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Acupuncture Brings the Gift of Stress and Pain Relief

If you’re feeling ho-hum this holiday season — get your stress under wraps with acupuncture!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and it can also be a time of extra commitments, nonstop activity, and pressure to get it all done. This can result in a lot of stress both mental and physical.

Hang on to your Santa hats! There is a gentle and effective way to handle this stress — acupuncture!

Everyone feels stressed occasionally, but when it continues for a long time or gets overwhelming it can take a real toll on your health. The immune system is particularly sensitive to its effects, and the holidays coincide with the cold and flu season. This means that ongoing stress can leave you vulnerable to any number of illnesses that no one would want as a gift.

Acupuncture works to strengthen your immunity. Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. When these channels are open, the immune system functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy.

Acupuncture helps you manage stress and anxiety, and relieve insomnia.  Let that stress melt away like snow from a salted sidewalk! Acupuncture is extremely relaxing and most people fall asleep after the needles are inserted. Patients often report feeling a sense of calm and quiet energy after their treatments, as well a great night’s sleep.

Acupuncture relieves pain. Stress can have a real impact on your physical well-being. Many people report increased pain and discomfort in the upper back, neck, low back or other joints during this time of year. Studies show that acupuncture helps to relieve osteoarthritis, sciatica, neck, back and shoulder pain, migraines and headaches.

Pain relief, stress relief and an immunity boost — acupuncture is a great gift this holiday season! 

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Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Don’t Stress! Enjoy the Holidays with Acupuncture

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Enjoy the holidays with acupuncture!

Don’t be ho-hum this holiday season — get your stress under wraps with acupuncture!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and it can also be a time of extra commitments, nonstop activity, and pressure to get it all done. This can result in a lot of stress both mental and physical.

Hang on to your Santa hats! There is a gentle and effective way to handle this stress — acupuncture!

Everyone feels stressed occasionally, but when it continues for a long time or gets overwhelming it can take a real toll on your health. The immune system is particularly sensitive to its effects, and the holidays coincide with the cold and flu season. This means that ongoing stress can leave you vulnerable to any number of illnesses that no one would want as a gift.

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Stress melts away with acupuncture!

Acupuncture works to strengthen your immunity. Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. When these channels are open, the immune system functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy.

Acupuncture helps you manage stress and anxiety, and relieve insomnia.  Let that stress melt away like snow from a salted sidewalk! Acupuncture is extremely relaxing and most people fall asleep after the needles are inserted. Patients often report feeling a sense of calm and quiet energy after their treatments, as well a great night’s sleep.

Acupuncture relieves pain. Stress can have a real impact on your physical well-being. Many people report increased pain and discomfort in the upper back, neck, low back or other joints during this time of year. Studies show that acupuncture helps to relieve osteoarthritis, sciatica, neck, back and shoulder pain, migraines and headaches.

Pain relief, stress relief and an immunity boost — acupuncture is a great gift this holiday season! 

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…

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Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.

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Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

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Winter Being a Pain in the Polar Vortex!? Acupuncture Helps Backs Sore from Shoveling!

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Relieve Those Sore Backs with Acupuncture!

Polar Vortex! Snowmageddon! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks, and sometimes the back sure does get tweaked.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back (why can’t they make shovels like they used to?) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. 

Another source of back pain comes from a herniated disc — which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae. 

Sciatica is also a culprit that causes pain in the back. Sciatica, (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg.

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery. That means no recovering-from-surgery-time!

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. Acupuncture is wonderful at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. And so might you be!

This is obviously something for everyone suffering from sciatica — you want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. The tension clears faster if you can catch it early. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live).

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. Now get back out there and finish that shoveling! (Or bribe the neighborhood kids!)

For more information about back pain and how acupuncture can help, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Sore Back from Shoveling or Hurtling Down Icy Sidewalks? Acupuncture Can Help You Want to Play in the Snow!

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Acupuncture Can Make Winter More Fun!

The holiday is fast approaching, and aches and pains are starting to abound like the famous reindeer on the roof! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks, and sometimes the back sure does get tweaked.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back (why can’t they make shovels like they used to?) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. (“With the knees! Lift with the knees!”)

Another source of back pain comes from a herniated disc — which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae. 

Sciatica is also a culprit that causes pain in the back. Sciatica, (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg.

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery. That means no recovering-from-surgery-time!

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. Acupuncture is wonderful at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. As you might be as well! And Santa’s watching!

This is obviously something for everyone suffering from Sciatica — you want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live).

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. Now get back out there and finish that shoveling! 

For more information about back pain and how acupuncture can help, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Whether It’s From Twerking or Working — Acupuncture Helps with Back Pain!

Back Problems Helped with Acupuncture

Happy Backs with Acupuncture!

If you’ve “dropped it like it’s hot” and you can’t get back up again…acupuncture can help!

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back — maybe you couldn’t do that cartwheel across the front lawn after all) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. Another source of back pain comes from a herniated disc — which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae.

Sciatica is also a culprit that causes pain in the back. Sciatica, (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg.

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery. That means no recovering-from-surgery-time!

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists.  Acupuncture is wonderful at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. As you might be as well!

This is obviously something for everyone suffering from Sciatica — you want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live).

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. Get back to working, twerking, rocking and rolling!

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Photo: Oriental Dance by Petr Kratochvil

Help Beat the Strain of Summer Traveling with Acupuncture

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Feel Like You’ve Had a Vacation with Acupuncture!

Who knew that a ten hour car ride would end with one stiff neck? And that motel mattresses are often stuffed with what feels like a heady combination of bricks and cotton batting, causing your back to feel like you’ve slept on…well, bricks and cotton batting? That bike tour didn’t look quite so long when we looked at the brochure and now that we’ve stopped…OW! When summer traveling has got you down, consider acupuncture!

For something that is so strong, a neck sure can be finicky while traveling. A stiff neck is a condition when pain is experienced when attempting to turn or move the neck. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. What fun! There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm a little. And all this can add up to one cranky traveling partner…even if you’re traveling alone.

Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, even reading too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (think falling asleep in the back seat of the station wagon, or in coach on that cross-country flights, head lolling to the side), sleeping without proper head support (hotel pillows!!) or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft (that restaurant that insists on having the a/c set to “North Pole”).

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles. Often relief is felt after the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When long-standing pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations.

Acupuncture is also excellent for back pain. 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. Or from flinging your suitcase that’s just a little too heavy, at just a little too weird of an angle, perhaps while trying to make a point about keeping to schedules, and now you’re moving much more slowly than you’d like?

Acupuncture continues to gain popularity in this country because it is an effective treatment of acute and chronic backache. That’s excellent news for no matter where you are! Acupuncture helps alleviate the muscle spasms that can keep you from sleeping at night. Acute pain can often be cleared up in a few sessions. More treatments may be needed if there is an underlying deficiency, or a reoccurring problem, or sciatica.

Don’t let the wear and tear of summer traveling keep you from enjoying it to the fullest! Give acupuncture a try!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Acupuncture is the Plumber’s Helper! Take Acupuncture to Work Week Continues…

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Acupuncture is the Plumber’s Helper!

They aren’t your typical hero, that’s for certain…but when you need them…aren’t you really glad they are at your door?

Take Acupuncture to Work Week’s star of the day is… the Plumber!

Plumbing is an occupation that require manual dexterity as well as technical expertise. Plumbers go through strict training programs that prepare them for the rigors of the field, and successfully meet licencing, registration or certification requirements. They are also faced with a multitude of physically demanding tasks, from hauling giant hoses across septic fields to making repairs in tiny cramped spaces, dealing with things that most of us generally choose not to think about.

One would imagine that the plumber’s major complaint is an aching back — hours of toil in the soil can take its toll!

One of the common causes of back pain is Sciatica.  Sciatica, (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg. Plumber’s misfortune!

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery. That means no -recovering-from-surgery-time!

Acupuncture is wonderful at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. And so’s the Plumber.

This is obviously something for everyone suffering from Sciatica — you want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live).

When you (and the plumber) come in, we will look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories, (maybe even including the ones involving septic tanks?). The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years.  There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms. Most people clear up nicely. Happy Plumbers! Happy People!

Thanks for those that do such a good job at all the dirty jobs out there…

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Source: Health Aspects of Plumbing, World Health Organization/World Plumbing Council, 2006

Acupuncture Can Help Sciatica!

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Sciatica Relief Through Acupuncture

Sciatica (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg.

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, pregnancy, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration, is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery.

Acupuncture is awesome at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. You want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live). We will look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Some of these residual “fight, flight, fall, and freeze” patterns are part of the whoops and yikes that slips and falls cause. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger (for years). When I look at your tongue, I will see for example a little tremor or jiggle as you put your tongue out. There is the evidence to me that you harbor some old injuries. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when I see flinching during touch or treatment, I again know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms at my office. Most people clear up nicely.