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Acupuncture Brings Sweet Dreams – Ease Insomnia and Nightmares!

 
Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Sweet Dreams with Acupuncture!

Are you more than ready for a good night’s sleep?

We’ve all been there — sleepless nights. When it happens regularly, it can have serious consequences to one’s health — in fact, it can affect all areas of one’s life. Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels that won’t stop turning, poor lifestyle choices, or an emotional crisis, a sleep disorder is never cause for celebration. And often, when we do fall asleep, it’s not always restful. Sometimes sleep brings more stress.

A reported estimated 30 percent of adults have nightmares at least once a month. They usually indicate a release of stress from your recent day’s experience, the brain’s reaction to the information it has gathered during the waking hours, and how it deals with change, stress, or new concepts. This can be a dumping ground for the subconscious, a mix of physiology and psychology.

But when the daytime stress and the nighttime bad dreams keep you from a good night’s sleep for subsequent days…time to call in the reinforcements! Acupuncture!

Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms. Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful.

Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. Acupuncture provides fast relief to break the cycle of bad sleep, and rebuild your quality of life. Acupuncture is often thought of for the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and chronic fatigue. And it’s very helpful for ceasing nightmares. Acupuncture works by approaching the mind and body holistically to address internal imbalance, encouraging the flow of natural energy, and releasing physical and mental tension.

At the initial consultation, we gather information to get a complete picture of what is causing the bad dreams and disturbed sleep. Acupuncture can free up energetic and physical blocks, leading to ideal movement and function throughout the body. Patients typically feel a sense of relaxation after the needles are inserted.

The therapy boosts your mood and immune system. It relaxes muscle tension, enhances circulation, and…promotes better sleep! These and other benefits of acupuncture stop that vicious cycle of stress and bad dreams. As your mental and physical well-being improve, bad dreams become less intense and less frequent, and nightmare-related stress, anxiety, and depression fade, letting you get the restful sleep you so need and deserve. 

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments. Before turning to prescription drugs, give acupuncture a try! It might be the answer you’re (about to be) dreaming of! Here’s to happy dreaming!

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Summer Health and Happiness – Acupuncture Can Relieve Worry and Pain

Acupuncture Helps You Be Worry and Pain Free!

Acupuncture Helps You Be Worry and Pain Free!

Imagine how it would be if you had added energy, relief from stress and freedom from pain.

Acupuncture has been around for centuries, and for good reason — it works!

Most everybody worries sometimes. But sometimes the worry gets out of control. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Daily life can become a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning. This is not what we want for anybody! 

Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to treat many cases of anxiety and depression, including GAD. It’s an excellent complementary therapy as well. In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

What is causing this imbalance? There can be many different reasons for the disharmony within the body that result in emotional disorders, but anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our qi (energy) is not moving smoothly. Often irritability and moodiness can be the consequence of built up stress in your life. Those little things can really add up! Over time these emotions can develop into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health concerns such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency for a weakened immune system.  

The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of qi throughout the body and for calming our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving qi is disrupted, qi can become stuck or stagnant. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony that we see in patients.

Here’s the good news! Acupuncture is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. The treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with the stagnation focuses on moving qi, and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. 

Acupuncture can help smooth your emotions and bring your hormones into balance. It can also help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration — which will make everyone happier…and you much more healthy!

Acupuncture is also helpful for relieving pain.

It serves to reduce inflammation and help injured muscles heal more quickly. In the case of lower back strain, acupuncture helps to relieve those stresses that are causing tension so that the hamstring muscles can recover, and also reduces the body’s reactive guarding that often contributes to further distress. Acupuncture also restores and improves circulation to your injured parts, enabling them to heal more quickly.  It will also promote good sleep, and aid in digestion. Acupuncture supports healthy hormone function which will help support your joints’ integrity, gives you more energy, and can help create pain relieving substances within the body to help it feel better! 

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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When Every Day You’re Shuffling — Acupuncture Helps with Hip Pain!

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Healthy, Happy Hips with Acupuncture!

Hips should be for shimmying, not aching!

Here’s some of what can hurt hips — the big boys are hamstring injuries, osteoarthritis, bursitis in the hip and hip fractures. Hamstring strains can also result in pain and muscular spasm. The pain arises from lower back stresses and injury from trauma. There’s help to be had!

Acupuncture is a hip helper. It serves to reduce inflammation and help the injured muscles heal more quickly. In the case of lower back strain, acupuncture helps to relieve those stresses that are causing tension so that the hamstring muscles can recover. Acupuncture also reduces the body’s reactive guarding that often contributes to further distress.

Hip pain due to osteoarthritis occurs as a result of the wear and tear of the surface of the hip joint. During the process, inflammation and pain occur, which limits the normal range of motion. If the disease progresses without intervention, eventually the hip loses its ability to function normally. However, acupuncture relieves the inflammation and muscle guarding that cause bursitis hip pain. Acupuncture also restores circulation to the hip joints to allow them to heal. It supports healthy hormone function which will help support the joints’ integrity,  With acupuncture, it is possible for you to return to normal levels of activity pain free!

Hip pain due to bursitis occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that surrounds the joint and lubricates it, becomes inflamed. Bursitis responds very well to acupuncture as it reduces inflammation and speeds healing.

In the case of fracture, acupuncture can support recovery by reducing muscular guarding, helping the body to produce pain-relieving substances, decreasing inflammation and increasing circulation to speed healing.

Let acupuncture help your hips get back to moving you forward!

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers — Boost Your Immune System and Relieve Pain with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture Helps with RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis Relieved with Acupuncture

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammation that may affect many tissues and organs of the body, but primarily attacks synovial joints, which is the most common and movable type of joint in a person’s body. Rheumatoid arthritis is a connective tissue disease that affects three times as many women as it does men. Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50, although young people are also affected. Left untreated, it can damage other parts of the body, including the circulatory system, lungs, kidneys and eyes. This autoimmune disease also affects the tissue around the joints. Autoimmune diseases normally occur when the body’s tissues are erroneously attacked by their own immune system.

Because rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic illness, it can last for years, and people suffering from this disease may experience it for longer periods of time without showing any symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis is typically a progressive illness that may potentially cause the destruction of joints and permanent disability. The symptoms that are experienced are joint pain, swelling, stiffness and general discomfort. The pain can be quite severe.

Rheumatoid arthritis mainly affects the hands, feet and cervical spine. Symptoms include swollen and painful joints along with stiffness, especially in the morning. Changes in the skin in the surrounding area are also common.

Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative approach for treating rheumatoid arthritis. A key benefit to using acupuncture to treat RA is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. Drug treatments can cause people to develop a tolerance and increased doses may be needed to have an effect. This is not the case with acupuncture.

In fact, a recent “Health Alert” issued by Johns Hopkins about effectively treating RA stated: “Acupuncture is a potentially viable adjunctive therapy for arthritis pain, and it is rapidly gaining favor in the Western World.”

Additionally, a recent article in Arthritis Today outlined the benefits of using acupuncture to treat arthritis and cited several studies that showed its success:

Rheumatoid arthritis: A recent study from China shows that both traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture – a type in which pulsating electrical currents are sent through the needles to stimulate target areas – may reduce tenderness.

Osteoarthritis: In a German study, 304,674 people with knee OA who received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care had less pain and stiffness, improved function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone.

Since rheumatoid is autoimmune system disease, acupuncture is a wonderful tool because it effectively works to boost the immune system. When the immune system is strong, this disease can be prevented as well as other illnesses. Most importantly, acupuncture is a form of preventive medicine, because individuals can undergo this procedure without any specific illness or ailments. And it helps to keep their minds and body relaxed and stress free.

We treat local point sites to the painful areas, as well as systemic point sites designed to help the body be less inflamed and healthier. We treat the person as a whole rather than focusing on the symptoms of the disease. We also consider the lifestyle of the patient and also the environmental factors that may have triggered the problem. We may look at diet issues as well.  We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition.

So, before you turn to medication for your RA – or to assist an ongoing and effective treatment regimen – think about how acupuncture could help relieve this pain and stop the attack. Let us help!

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Acupuncture: A Drug Free Option To Successfully Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Acupuncture Drug Free Option To Treating RA

Acupuncture Successfully Treats RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a connective tissue disease that affects three times as many women as it does men. It is a painful, chronic condition that strikes the joints, and symptoms usually appear between the ages of 40 and 50, although young people are also affected.  Left untreated, it can damage other parts of the body, including the circulatory system, lungs, kidneys and eyes.

Rheumatoid arthritis mainly affects the hands, feet and cervical spine. Symptoms include swollen and painful joints along with stiffness (particularly in the morning). Changes in the skin in the surrounding area are also common.

Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative approach for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. A key benefit to using acupuncture to treat RA is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. Drug treatments can cause people to develop a tolerance and increased doses may be needed to have an effect. This is not the case with acupuncture.

In fact, a recent “Health Alert” issued by Johns Hopkins about effectively treating RA stated: “Acupuncture is a potentially viable adjunctive therapy for arthritis pain, and it is rapidly gaining favor in the Western World.”

Additionally, a recent article in Arthritis Today outlined the benefits of using acupuncture to treat arthritis and cited several studies that showed its success:

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A recent study from China shows that both traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture – a type in which pulsating electrical currents are sent through the needles to stimulate target areas – may reduce tenderness.

Osteoarthritis: In a German study, 304,674 people with knee OA who received 15 sessions of acupuncture combined with their usual medical care had less pain and stiffness, improved function and better quality of life than their counterparts who had routine care alone.

Here at CT Acupuncture  Center, we treat local point sites to the painful areas, as well as systemic point sites designed to help the body be less inflamed and healthier. We may look at diet issues as well. We often will treat 1-3 times a week to begin with, to ensure improvement. We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition.

So, before you turn to medication for your RA – or to assist an ongoing and effective treatment regimen – think about how acupuncture could help relieve this pain and stop the attack. Let us help!

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board – Acupuncture Relieves Joint Stiffness

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Joint Stiffness Relieved With Acupuncture

Joint stiffness refers to pain when moving a joint or the loss of range of motion when moving a joint. The most common joints to become stiff include the joints of the fingers and hands, toes and feet,wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, stress and hormone imbalances are the most common causes of joint stiffness.

In rheumatoid arthritis, these three stages contribute to joint stiffness: first, the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, then the joint synovium thickens and finally the inflamed cells release bone-digesting enzymes, often distorting the joint shape. The awesome thing about acupuncture is that it addresses the problem right at the source – inflammation. By reducing and then eliminating the inflammation, the stiffness goes away and the next two stages involving synovium, cartilage and bone simply cannot happen. Even if rheumatoid arthritis has progressed, once the cause of inflammation is gone, bones and cartilage can heal.

Acupuncture treats rheumatoid arthritis very effectively in restoring circulation, reversing inflammation and restoring full range of motion with ease.

Osteoarthritis is also called “degenerative joint disease.” This painful condition occurs when joint cartilage wears away. Resolving the root of the problem, that is, reducing inflammation and improving circulation in the joints, will allow your joint cells to regenerate new tissue and reverse this condition, relieving pain and restoring range of motion. Most people consider joint pain and stiffness an inevitable part of aging. However, joint stiffness and joint wear and tear usually result from chronic inflammation. Upon resolving the inflammation with acupuncture, joint pain and stiffness will disappear.

Stress also causes joint stiffness. Stress hormones act as inflammatory agents in your joints, reducing your body’s ability to heal its tissues. The gentle healing used in acupuncture helps your body to resolve stress, thus removing the cause of inflammation. As a result, cells in your joints can regenerate and repair the tissues.
Another common cause of joint inflammation is hormonal imbalance. Acupuncture’s balancing effects help restore normal hormone levels so that inflammation doesn’t occur and joints regain their health

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