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Fore! Acupuncture Great for Golfers

Improve Your Golf Game with Acupuncture

Don’t let pain or stiffness hold you back from playing your best game. Get back to the full swing of things with acupuncture!

You have the equipment, the membership, the gorgeous weather, the awesome outfit. As you know, a calm and healthy body and mind is essential to a great golf game. And now, acupuncture can help you to bring your game to the next level.

While golf is not generally a high-impact sport, there can be issues that arise. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has discovered the average golfer plays 37 rounds a year and is practicing more and more, so while they are improving their game, they are risking acute and chronic problems, specifically from strained muscles, repetitive motions and inflammation.

Acupuncture increases your flexibility on the golf course!

Acupuncture increases flexibility!

In addition, the factors of age, stress, tension and sedentary jobs can inhibit flexibility and range of motion, which can also directly impact a golfer’s game, potentially leading to injuries.

Acupuncture treats many different common conditions including low back pain, golfers elbow, rotator cuff injuries, hip pain, golfer’s elbow, neck and upper back pain, knee pain, and more.

Acupuncture also emphasizes the mind/body connection so that more than just a physical improvement, players can also benefit from better concentration and less stress and tension. 

So golfers, here are some of the best benefits of getting acupuncture!

  • Endorphins! Acupuncture releases those lovely chemicals that is our body’s natural way to kill pain.
  • Relaxes muscle spasms, and calms nerve irritation.
  • Releases your body’s natural steroids which reduce inflammation, which can lead to a better swing.
  • Improves blood flow and promotes faster healing.
  • Memory improvement – Remember that VP’s name on the 9th hole!
  • Regulation of hormones and body functions. A good thing.
  • Eliminates stress and elevates your mood. Nobody likes a golf club flying through the air!
  • Better sleep.
  • Improves your flexibility and range of motion. Again, a better and more consistent swing!
  • Enhances your immune system, which is useful if you’re shaking a lot of hands (after you win!).

So whether you are new to golf, and are looking to improve your game, or are dealing with a golf-related injury you would like help with, try acupuncture!

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Hey There, You Delicate Flower! Acupuncture Gives the Beat Down to Bruises!

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Acupuncture Speeds the Healing of Bruises!

Whether it’s from a serious spillage on an icy sidewalk, a bit of a rough game of backyard ball, or an argument your hip had with the corner of the kitchen table, a bruise can sure be painful!

A bruise is a traumatic injury of the soft tissues of the body that results in breakage of the local capillaries and leakage of red blood cells. A bruise forms when blood vessels near your skin’s surface are broken, allowing a small amount of blood to leak into the tissues under your skin. The trapped blood appears as a black-and-blue mark. 

Trauma sufficient to cause bruising can occur from a wide variety of situations including accidents, falls, sports injuries and surgeries. How often and how badly you bruise depends on many factors, including your health. Easy bruising can occur when the blood vessels are weakened by diseases (such as scurvy), and certain medications (such as aspirin and prednisone, and especially blood thinners) also make it more likely for you to bruise. Age is also a factor. Bruising can occur at any age, but as you age, your skin becomes thinner, and the capillaries under your skin become more prone to breaking.

Acupuncture aids in the healing and resolution of injuries of all kinds, and bruising is no exception. Treatments are effective for reducing pain in the affected area, as well as increasing the local circulation and attracting white blood cells to the area of injury, which increases the delivery of nutrients and removal of waste elements. This speeds the healing process and lets that bruise be a thing of the past!

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Are You Ready for Some Football (or Soccer or…?) Acupuncture Can Get You Moving without Fumbling!

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Acupuncture Can Prevent
and Help Heal Sports Injuries!

Sidelined by an injury or want to improve your game?

Acupuncture is a highly effective, time-tested treatment for sports injuries because it resolves pain, accelerates healing and increases range of motion. Acupuncture achieves this by decreasing inflammation, swelling and bruising; relaxing muscles and relieving spasms; lowering the body’s pain response and improving circulation. Athletes of all kinds can benefit from acupuncture if they’ve been injured, and acupuncture can help prevent injuries as well. Acupuncture for athletes is actually most beneficial while they’re training, before an injury surfaces.

Acupuncture can naturally boosts athletes’ energy levels, aid in post-workout recovery, and improve overall performance levels. Athletes who incorporate acupuncture as part of their regular training regimens notice fewer injuries and better results, and they seem to glean more enjoyment from it. It also boosts the immune system!

Injuries do happen, though, and if we’re looking at serious injuries, acupuncture is also a wonderful complimentary therapy to traditional medicine in the treatment of stress fractures. In the acute phase, it eases muscle guarding, increases blood flow to the area, and decreases pain and inflammation. Longer-term, acupuncture can bring blood to the local area to assist with bone regeneration and address underlying structural and metabolic weaknesses that led to the stress fracture in the first place.

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for repetitive use injuries like tendonitis, reducing swelling, relieving pain, decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the area. If the next Refrigerator Perry has strained a ligament, acupuncture can be used in the acute phase to reduce swelling and pain and increase blood flow to the area to promote healing and increased range of motion. Once out of the acute phase, acupuncture can be used to balance the body’s natural muscular structure, avoid bracing from surrounding muscles, and strengthen the site of injury.

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 get out there to have some more fun!

Not only can acupuncture reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with shin splints, it reduces the inflammation and pain of bursitis to promote recovery, and as in many of these common sports injuries, acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia. No more running on empty!

Fun Fact: The Healthcare Medicine Institute analyzed 14 clinical trials involving 3,835 patients and concluded on its website that “Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and a larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture [or] standard care treatment.” Not-So Fun Fact: ACL tear is one of the most debilitating knee injuries, in which case a knee-stabilizing ligament tears, but here’s the good news — acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Sports injuries often take a long time to heal, especially where ligaments or tendons are concerned. Sometimes, because of repeated use of the arm, connective tissues don’t ever have a chance to heal properly. In these cases, an athlete may come to the conclusion that an injury is permanent — not the case! All connective tissue can heal properly when given the chance and supported in the healing process. Acupuncture can speed up the healing process by returning the natural energy flow to the affected area of the body so that your arm can heal, even while you’re using it!

No pain, no gain? Not so…acupuncture can ease the pain of the strains, and let you get back to what you do best, beating your own best time and score! And get out there to play!

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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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Pain, Inflammation and Shin Splints, Oh My! Acupuncture Helps Fleet Footers!

Ease Knee Issues with Acupuncture

Ease Knee Issues with Acupuncture

Shooting pains right behind your shin bone — ouch!  Has your hop, skip and a jump has been reduced to a hobble, gimp and a slow crawl?  If you are someone that that has undergone intense athletic training, you’ve most likely experienced shin splints (or tibial stress syndrome) at some point.  It’s very common with runners, dancers, hikers, football players, and even casual walkers.

Shin splints often occur after sudden changes in physical activity. These can be changes in frequency, such as increasing the number of days you exercise each week. Changes in duration and intensity, such as running longer distances or on hills, or an intense workout after a period of inactivity can also cause shin splints.

This condition is caused by putting too much strain on the connective tissues that join the shin bones to muscle. And that can really put a hitch in your giddy-up!

But here’s good news, cowboys and cowgirls…treating shin splints with acupuncture can be very effective, especially when it is addressed early on.  Wahoo! Healing time and pain can be reduced dramatically when acupuncture is used.  A 2002 study published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine showed that athletes with shin splints who underwent acupuncture reported significantly lower pain levels than athletes who received traditional sports medicine treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication. Subjects who received acupuncture also found that the pain interfered less with the playing of their sport. Less pain, more fun!

Not only can acupuncture reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with shin splints, it reduces the inflammation and pain of bursitis to promote recovery, and as in many of these common sports injuries, acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia. More dancing in the streets!

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 get out there to have some more fun!

Sports injuries often take a long time to heal, especially where ligaments or tendons are concerned. Sometimes, because of repeated use of a limb, connective tissues don’t ever have a chance to heal properly. In these cases, an athlete may come to the conclusion that an injury is permanent. Not so! All connective tissue can heal properly when given the chance and supported in the healing process. Acupuncture can speed up the healing process by returning the natural energy flow to the affected area of the body so that you can heal. Now go hit the trails!

Helpful Tips to Prevent Shin Splints 

  • Alternate high-impact activities like running and dancing with lower-impact exercises such as cycling and swimming.
  • Be gentle with yourself! Stretch before any workout (this warms up your body’s tissues, which prepares them for impact) and then warm up using your regular routine.
  • Good shoes are important! Those with flat feet or rigid arches are particularly susceptible to shin splints. Be sure to  wear quality shoes with an air or gel sole for cushioning, and adjust the laces properly before every workout.
  • Effleurage it! Performing a gentle gliding massage stroke called effleurage on your lower legs for five minutes before every workout warms up the muscles and helps remove fluid buildup caused by inflammation. 

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No More Being Sidelined! Heal Sports Injuries with Acupuncture!

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Acupuncture is an Excellent Athletic Supporter!

School is back in session, and between gym workouts, sports practices and games there can be a lot of wear and tear on the body. Athletes of all kinds can benefit from acupuncture if they’ve been injured, and acupuncture can help prevent injuries as well.

If we’re looking at serious injuries, acupuncture is also a wonderful complimentary therapy to traditional medicine in the treatment of stress fractures. In the acute phase, it eases muscle guarding, increases blood flow to the area, and decreases pain and inflammation. Longer-term, acupuncture can bring blood to the local area to assist with bone regeneration and address underlying structural and metabolic weaknesses that led to the stress fracture in the first place.

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for repetitive use injuries like tendonitis, reducing swelling, relieving pain, decreasing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the area. If the next Pele has strained a ligament, acupuncture can be used in the acute phase to reduce swelling and pain and increase blood flow to the area to promote healing and increased range of motion. Once out of the acute phase, acupuncture can be used to balance the body’s natural muscular structure, avoid bracing from surrounding muscles, and strengthen the site of injury.

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 get out there to have some more fun!

Not only can acupuncture reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with shin splints, it reduces the inflammation and pain of bursitis to promote recovery, and as in many of these common sports injuries, acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia. No more running on empty!

Fun Fact: The Healthcare Medicine Institute analyzed 14 clinical trials involving 3,835 patients and concluded on its website that “Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and a larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture [or] standard care treatment.” Not-so Fun Fact: ACL tear is one of the most debilitating knee injuries, in which case a knee-stabilizing ligament tears, but here’s the good news — acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Sports injuries often take a long time to heal, especially where ligaments or tendons are concerned. Sometimes, because of repeated use of the arm, connective tissues don’t ever have a chance to heal properly. In these cases, an athlete may come to the conclusion that an injury is permanent — not the case! All connective tissue can heal properly when given the chance and supported in the healing process. Acupuncture can speed up the healing process by returning the natural energy flow to the affected area of the body so that your arm can heal, even while you’re using it!

No pain, no gain? Not so…acupuncture can ease the pain of the strains, and let you get back to what you do best, beating your own best time and score! And get out there to play!

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

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