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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes — Acupuncture Naturally Relieves Stress and Strain

 

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Sometimes the natural approach just works best!

Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain from head to toe for thousands of years, and without side effects! Let’s take a look at what acupuncture can do for your head, shoulders, knees and toes!

Acupuncture Works for Headaches/Migraines

Acupuncture can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.In addition to treating the symptoms of headaches, acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. A migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud sounds and certain smells).

Migraines can be treated preventatively with acupuncture, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Acupuncture for Shoulder (and Neck) Pain!

Acupuncture is very effective for muscle sprains and strains. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed, with range of motion restored. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed, and acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles, in the shoulders and also the back. It can help relieve pain and tightness by increasing the circulation of blood and energy, and it can also help to relieve stress.  Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment.

Acupuncture for Knee Pain!

Knee pain usually arises from injury or a degenerative problem.  Acupuncture can revitalize the energetic systems surrounding the knee, enabling the body to heal the knee tissues. Acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Acupuncture for Foot Pain!

Acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis, which is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia.

Acupuncture is also a very effective treatment for acute or chronic muscle tension and soreness, even if there is no diagnosed injury. Acupuncture relaxes the individual muscle fibers, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow to tense and blocked areas. This lets you feel better, and move forward!

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Migraines Be Gone! Acupuncture Works Wonders with Migraine Headaches

Smile! Acupuncture Helps with Migraines!

Smile! Acupuncture Helps with Migraines!

Migraines hurt. Acupuncture can quickly bring relief to those suffering from migraines, and without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter medications can bring. And the less time with a migraine, the better!

Here’s a little about life with migraines. In the worst attacks some sufferers of migraines become so debilitated that the pain seems unbearable, a temple is throbbing and they have to retire to a darkened room. Then often comes hours of excruciating pain and feelings of nausea, then a welcome relief as they may vomit, the pain recedes and they can perhaps fall to sleep. Needless to say, this all can lead to an inability to go to work, school, or attend social activities.

What is a migraine, anyways? Migraine is a condition defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, the aforementioned vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head. Typically, a migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Approximately 75% of sufferers are female. Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others), menstruation, and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).

Acupuncture to the rescue!

In my own practice at CT Acupuncture, I have worked with migraine patients, (classic, cluster, and variations on the theme) for over 25 years, and my surveys have shown close to 100% improvement on virtually all the patients I have treated. Migraines can be treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Are you the type that likes to see things in print? Here’s some interesting news…a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal demonstrates that acupuncture can reduce the days each month suffered with migraines to be reduced by half.

In the four-week study, almost 500 adults were treated with either traditional Chinese acupuncture or a sham treatment in which acupuncture needles were inserted in nonspecific points. Participants did not know which type of acupuncture treatment they were receiving.

After completing the study, all of the participants — including those in the sham group — reported fewer days with migraines than before the study began. Before the study, most suffered monthly migraines, on average six days of migraines a month. After the completing the study, they reported migraines on an average of three days in the month.

In the month following the treatment, all of the participants also reported improvements in the frequency and intensity of migraines. However, lasting effects were seen only in study participants who received traditional acupuncture. Three months after treatment, people who received traditional Chinese acupuncture continued to report a reduction in migraine days, frequency, and intensity. People who received the sham treatment did not.

Suffer migraines no longer! Wouldn’t you like to know what life is like without them?

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There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays (and Acupuncture Helps You to Not Be Car Sick When You Get There!)

Don't Let Motion Sickness Keep You From Happy Travels!

Don’t Let Motion Sickness Keep You From Happy Travels!

Have you ever traveled over the river and through the woods, hurling in the back seat as you go? Or realized that flying makes you a queasy seat-mate?

You don’t need to reach for another in-flight doggie bag…acupuncture is helpful for those who suffer from motion sickness, and relieves its symptoms.

Acupuncture will treat nausea and vertigo often with immediate success. Depending on the causes, more treatments will be relevant. We will evaluate your history, your tongue, and your pulse energies to determine what more is involved to be treated. Emotions and diet come to mind, as well as other medical issues.

It’s not just motion sickness that can cause a stomach to be queasy. There are also other issues that can cause a person to feel nauseous, including food poisoning, dehydration, some medications (such as chemo), migraines, and vertigo. In a large number of cases, a stomach infection is to blame for the nausea, but in about 10% of cases, the root cause is unknown.

Sometimes, it doesn’t just stop at feeling sick…most people classify vomiting as one of the more unpleasant experiences in life. Acupuncture can also treat this evil sister of nausea. Vomiting is not a stand-alone symptom, is just stands out! We need to look deeper into all the interrelationships of your physiology to treat underlying causes. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, considering the whole body-mind complex when considering a single symptom — it doesn’t exist alone.

Often low blood pressure people are sensitive to altitude and motion sickness. That relates to an imbalance between the neurological and vascular systems. Acupuncture is a wonderful holistic therapy that looks into all the relationships that are important for generating these symptoms. We treat several meridians, with local point sites to the surface of the stomach area, as well as back points, and leg points. A complete history helps to uncover all of the factors that can be participating. The procedures are relatively painless, and can even be relaxing. It is true that immediate relief is so welcome!

Don’t let motion sickness or stomach issues keep you from being happy at home for the holidays!

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“Not Right Now, I Have a Headache…” Get Back To Having Fun with Acupuncture!

Headaches Relieved

Headaches Relieved with Acupuncture

Headaches. They can turn reading a book, playing a game, working on a computer or bending to hug your kid into a painful experience.

They are also one of the most common physical complaints that prompt people to treat themselves or seek professional assistance.  Tension headaches are the most common headaches, and generally cause infrequent mild to moderate pain, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, they are caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region.

Treatment for both tension and migraine headaches typically consists of over-the-counter or prescription medications, respectively. These medications can come with some side effects that some people wish to avoid. Acupuncture has been used to relieve headaches and migraines for thousands of years, and without side effects! Acupuncture can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.

There has also been evidence published that points to the same — a new systematic review that determines that acupuncture is indeed an effective treatment option.

The review appears in The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing trials on a topic.

The Cochrane review by Linde and his colleagues focused on acupuncture for tension headaches. The researchers evaluated 11 studies that investigated 2,317 participants. The studies compared participants who had undergone acupuncture therapy with those who had no treatment except painkillers for acute headaches, or had a sham therapy, which mimicked true acupuncture. Researchers followed the patients for at least eight weeks.

Two large studies that investigated whether adding acupuncture to treatment with painkillers found that those patients who received acupuncture had fewer headaches. Forty-seven percent of patients who received acupuncture reported a decrease in the number of headache days by at least half, compared with 16 percent of patients in the control groups.

Six studies compared true acupuncture to “fake” acupuncture in which needles were either inserted at incorrect points or did not penetrate the skin. Overall, these studies found slightly better effects in the patients receiving the true acupuncture intervention.

“The response to acupuncture in general seems to be large and clinically relevant,” Linde said.

In addition to treating the symptoms of headaches, acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. Acupuncture points to treat headaches are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, shoulders, and perhaps even your big toe! The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Typical treatments last from five to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments. Either way, relief can be found, and without side effects!

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Linde K, et al. Acupuncture for tension-type headaches. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 1.

 

Open the Drapes, and Play the Music! Acupuncture Relieves Migraines!

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The Sun is a Friend Again! Acupuncture Helps with Migraines!

Migraines are in no way pleasant to deal with. Some people suffer days of pain. And it certainly can be debilitating, leading to an inability to go to work, school, or attend social activities.

In the worst attacks some sufferers of migraines become so debilitated that the pain seems unbearable, a temple is throbbing and they have to retire to a darkened room. Then often comes hours of excruciating pain and feelings of  nausea, then a welcome relief as they may vomit, the pain recedes and they can perhaps fall to sleep.

Migraine is a condition defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, the aforementioned vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head. Typically, a migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Approximately 75% of sufferers are female. Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others), menstruation, and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).

Acupuncture can bring relief to those suffering from migraines, and without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter medications can bring. And the less time with a migraine, the better!

In fact, a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal demonstrates that acupuncture can reduce the days each month suffered with migraines to be reduced by half.

In the four-week study, almost 500 adults were treated with either traditional Chinese acupuncture or a sham treatment in which acupuncture needles were inserted in nonspecific points. Participants did not know which type of acupuncture treatment they were receiving.

After completing the study, all of the participants — including those in the sham group — reported fewer days with migraines than before the study began. Before the study, most suffered monthly migraines, on average six days of migraines a month. After the completing the study, they reported migraines on an average of three days in the month.

In the month following the treatment, all of the participants also reported improvements in the frequency and intensity of migraines. However, lasting effects were seen only in study participants who received traditional acupuncture. Three months after treatment, people who received traditional Chinese acupuncture continued to report a reduction in migraine days, frequency, and intensity. People who received the sham treatment did not.

In our own practice at CT Acupuncture, we have worked with migraine patients, (classic, cluster, and variations on the theme) for over 25 years, and our surveys have shown close to 100% improvement on virtually all the patients we have treated. Migraines can be treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Suffer migraines no longer!

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Cool the Heat of Rosacea with Acupuncture!

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Acupuncture Helps Rosacea Sufferers!

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but when someone suffers from rosacea, the painful burning and embarrassing redness can make anyone feel like less than a beautiful flower.

Rosacea is a cyclic inflammatory skin condition that usually affects the face, although it rarely can affect the upper body. It also tends to be a progressive problem, meaning that it gets worse over time. Rosacea will flare up for a few weeks or months, then appear to get better before flaring up again.

Rosacea symptoms are redness on the face, red bumps (pustules) on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, thickening of the skin, visible blood vessels (telangiectasia), burning sensation in the eyes, and flushing/blushing. Another rosacea symptom common in older men is a bulbous, red nose (rhinophyma). When rosacea is severe, patients often also develop redness, dryness, grittiness, and inflammation of the eyes that can eventually lead to partial vision loss.

In addition to the possible inherited predisposition for rosacea, consumption of alchohol, especially in large quantities, can also trigger the problem. Experiencing extreme heat, due to sun exposure or contact with hot air or water, may also cause or exacerbate the disease. Exposure to cold wind or water can also make the condition worse, as well as stress and spicy foods. For rosacea patients, chemicals in soaps and cleansers can irritate skin and should be avoided.

Rosacea, like acne, appears on the face. This is not a part of the body that can be hidden, and there are significant negative effects of rosacea on self-esteem and self-confidence. The actual cause of rosacea is unclear, and treating rosacea in Western medicine is geared toward managing the acne and inflammation, and involves the use of topical and oral antibiotics or anti-infectives. But it doesn’t help solve the underlying problem.

In Chinese medicine, rosacea is considered to be a kind of heat in your body.  Like heat anywhere, it tends to rise upward, and in the case of rosacea, it affects your face.  Interestingly, a great many people who have rosacea also suffer from migraine headaches, which also tend to be caused by heat moving upward and creating symptoms. (Acupuncture helps with migraines, too!)

Acupuncture treats rosacea by cooling red, inflamed skin, clearing pustules and helping to reduce the appearance of blood vessels. Part of the treatment for rosacea is to determine and eliminate the source of the heat and causes of flare-ups. This involves an assessment and history of the condition, lifestyle factors, diet, and triggers.

As each person is unique, and each set of symptoms is unique — therefore, each treatment is unique. Acupuncture works best alongside dietary therapy and lifestyle modifications to help treat rosacea. You don’t have to suffer through this skin problem! Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat rosacea holistically.

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An Oral Report! Acupuncture Gets An A From Teachers! Take Acupuncture To Work Week!

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Acupuncture Gets An “A”!

Without teachers, we would none of us know a thing, including rules about double negatives.

That being said, we’ll open up “Take Acupuncture to Work Week” with one of the most honorable of professions, the Teacher. With summer here, school is out for many, but teaching is often a year ’round commitment.

How can acupuncture help Teachers? Well…what do Teachers use the most? Their brains, hearts, voices, back, fingers and feet…basically it’s a head to toe position, especially if someone is a teacher of movement! Stress is also a factor with this job — lots of people, lots of commitments, lots of energy expended, lots of exposure to lots of contagions from all of those people.

All of that stress can cause…headaches! Unruly students, school bells, fire drills during exams, PTA meetings, 350 papers to grade, the janitor is having to visit the classroom with a mop and bucket…again…temples begin to throb just thinking about it.

Because “headache” is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days. And that’s not good for a teacher (or their students)!

Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine (think of those poor Driver’s Ed teachers), acupuncture is quickly helpful. The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache! Or a tack in a chair. No, really, it is!) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there, and the headache eases. Back to school! Call the substitute back!

Take that, headache!

On to…blood pressure.  Thump thump. Thump thump..EVERYONE forgot their homework?!…thump thump thump thump…

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. The most prevalent type is classified as “primary hypertension”, and a far less-common type of hypertension is “secondary hypertension”, which is caused by a condition in another part of the body, such as the heart, kidneys or endocrine system.

Left untreated, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm. Serious subject matter indeed. And apparently necessitates another call to the substitute.

Here’s an oral report! Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure. The choice of point sites varies with the consideration of other factors in the medical history. Hypertension means a little too much tension or contractive energetic going into the muscles and the smooth muscle of the arterial walls. The acupuncture treatment helps those point sites release the extra tensive energy out, by way of an intrinsic expansive function those same point sites also have.

You learn something new every day!

We will end today’s lesson with the backbone of the Teacher’s arsenal. The…back.

Have you seen their chairs? And linoleum or concrete just isn’t as soft as it used to be to walk on. Teachers are athletes of the mind,  reaching for the stars to share them with their students, and the back sure can get torqued.

One of the top causes of back pain are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. Say, Coach tried to show off for the Seniors when he hadn’t stretched properly. Acupuncture continues to gain popularity in this country because it is an effective treatment of acute and chronic backache, in fact, back pain is one of the most commonly treated symptoms. Acute pain can often be cleared up in a few sessions.

And now the gym students can learn about how to properly lift now that Coach is back from acupuncture!

Thanks to all the fantastic teachers out there that makes such a difference every day.

Happy Summer!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Cluster Headaches – Acupuncture Can Clear Up Most Cases!

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Cluster Headaches Cleared By Acupuncture

Cluster headaches are not your average headache.

A cluster headache is a headache that is more painful, somewhat similar to a migraine. In most cases, it strikes extremely suddenly, and can last from 15 minutes to more than three weeks. It tends to be a unilateral headache (affecting only one side of the head) and some medical experts claim that the cluster headache is one of the most painful conditions known to medical science. Kidney stones, labor, cracked ribs, etc, are on that list.

The cause of a cluster headache is unknown, but similar to other headaches, there is often a warning “shadow” (a series of painful sensations) that occurs beforehand. Although there is no known trigger, research has pointed to genetics, as sufferers almost always have one or more relatives who also suffer from cluster headaches.

Acupuncture is very helpful in clearing up the causes to the cluster headaches, although a series of treatments will be required. The patient may not feel immediate improvement during the first treatment, but signs of improvements do encourage the patient to complete a full series, and improvement does come  along the way. Point sites will be chosen on the abdomen, upper back, head, ear, hands, and perhaps feet. The choice will vary based on a thorough history and exam. In my experience through many years, I have seen most cases clear up nicely. Definitely try acupuncture!

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Yesterday’s Focus — Migraines. Today..Headaches! Who Needs Them Either?!

A headache is a pain, either acute or dull, anywhere in the head or neck area. Because headache is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days.

43r-headacheA “tension headache” is the most common (and usually mildest) type of headache, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses. Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine, acupuncture is quickly helpful. We always look to the underlying causes as well, and thereby help to prevent any future occurrences.

The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache…) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there. Yippee. Next time you have a tension headache, come in and I will show you how true it is.

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Focus on…Migraines!

Migraine is a condition that is defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head. Typically, a migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, and approximately 75% of sufferers are female. Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others) and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).

Migraines are treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine Imagepatterns, permanently! This is great news and should be more well-known, if you ask me.

We have worked with migraine patients, (classic, cluster, and variations on the theme) for the last 25 years, and our surveys have shown close to 100% improvement on virtually all the patients we have treated. The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

www.ctacupuncture.com