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Reduce Pain Sensitivity, and other Symptoms of Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture!

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Reduce Symptoms of Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture!

It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older, and between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.

Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome affecting the soft tissues and often involves sleep disturbances, tenderness at specific points, muscle pain, fatigue and depression. A literal translation of the term is pain of the muscles and fibrous tissues. Other associated symptoms can include lack of cognitive function, fatigue, depression, insomnia, joint stiffness, and a disruption of normal bodily functions.

No definitive cause for fibromyalgia has been diagnosed; however most medical experts cite stress, a hormone imbalance and psychological factors as the most likely causes. Maintaining a high level of fitness and a regular sleep regiment has been effective in lessoning the symptoms; in addition, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture are extremely helpful.

In fact, a study published in Clinical Rheumatology concludes that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. The researchers concluded that acupuncture demonstrates definitive “beneficial effects” in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Other research performed at the prestigious Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester concluded that acupuncture is effective in treating fibromyalgia and showed specific efficaciousness in its ability to reduce pain, fatigue and anxiety.

Acupuncture treatments are painless, and gentle. Acupuncture will most likely not chase each tender spot, as there are too many! We will do a complete history, and evaluate the tongue and pulses as well. Here is an example where the ph is low in the body fluids, and will need to be raised (more alkaline) with the proper blend of mineral supplements. When the ph is better, the nerve endings don’t complain so quickly. We will also select individually appropriate point sites that will address the underlying causes. And yes, there will be immediate and quick improvements on the various symptom locations! Acupuncture has been proven to be an important and effective method for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome, and improves quality of life.

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

Sources: An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine for fibromyalgia. Rohini Terry, Rachel Perry and Edzard Ernst. Clinical Rheumatology
Volume 31, Number 1 (2012), 55-66, DOI: 10.1007/s10067-011-1783-5.

Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Jun;81(6):749-57. Improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms with acupuncture: results of a randomized controlled trial. Martin DP, Sletten CD, Williams BA, Berger IH. Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota.

Don’t Be Afraid to Laugh or Sneeze! Acupuncture Helps with Incontinence Issues

Acupuncture Eases Incontinence

Acupuncture Helps with Incontinence Issues!

It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. There are millions of people who suffer from the potentially embarrassing and life-limiting condition of incontinence. Urinary (or bladder) incontinence is when you are not able to keep urine from leaking from your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder. It tends to affect a larger percent of women than men, and is most common in elderly women. The more times a woman has given birth, the more her risk of urinary incontinence goes up. Smoking is also a risk factor.

There are a number of different types of incontinence, each with its own cause, but in most cases there is an explanation that can be pinpointed. The most common type is stress incontinence, where you leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise. Another type is urge incontinence, when you may have to “go” suddenly and can’t hold the urine in. Some women have both types. People can experience frequent urination occurring eight or more times a day or two or more times at night, or experience nocturia — awaking at night to urinate.  Some people may experience temporary incontinence.

In many cases, other health issues in the body are the origin. These include diabetes, enlarged prostate, and brain disorders (M.S., Parkinson’s disease, strokes). Other causes are stretched pelvic muscles from pregnancy and childbirth, low estrogen levels in women, enlarged prostate in men, side effects of certain medications, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and being overweight. A series of tests can determine the cause as well as the course of treatment.

A simple issue that helps the health of the bladder function as well as the irritation levels in the urinary tract, is the ph of the intercellular fluids in those tissue structures. Often a low ph (too acidic, or not alkaline enough) can be corrected easily and will improve symptoms dramatically.

Acupuncture can give quick improvement. The point sites we choose are on the lower abdomen, as well as the lower back. There will be other point sites as well. The treatment is gentle, relaxing, and painless. Acupuncture gives a wonderful boost to the immune system as well!  It is important to address other health concerns as well, and acupuncture is always holistic in its approach. It also regards illness as an imbalance within the body, with patterns and degrees of being unique to each individual, and the choice of acupuncture points is specific to each patient’s individual needs. Don’t let incontinence keep you from living life to its fullest!

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

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