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Want Gentle Relief from Back Pain? Get Acupuncture!

Looking for effective relief from back pain this Summer? Get acupuncture!

Did you overdo it while weeding your garden, playing a friendly game of neighborhood football, or just carrying groceries? More than 80 percent of our population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.

The top causes of back pain are sprains from overstretching back ligaments, and strains, (a muscle rip or tear) caused by sudden force. Sprains and strains can happen from poor posture, improper lifting or lack of proper muscle warm up prior to exercise.

In many cases back problems develop over time — from sitting incorrectly at a desk or steering wheel, or repetitive tasks, such as heavy lifting. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities, not to mention that it just hurts! There’s no need to suffer any longer.

Back problems are the number one reason why people get acupuncture treatments, and there’s good reason. Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally — without medication.

Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested form of therapy that has exceptionally few side effects. Modern research shows that not only is acupuncture effective in relieving back pain, it can also treat other systems in the body like the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history and tailor a treatment specifically to your needs. The root cause of the pain will be treated. 

Your energy pathways will be opened up, and your body will begin to be able to heal itself, muscles will relax, reducing the pain. Many patients feel immediate improvements.

The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free. 

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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Four Solid Reasons To Get Acupuncture This Spring

Enjoy Spring with Acupuncture!

Want a natural approach to health this Spring? Try acupuncture!

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to successfully treat a wide variety of concerns and conditions. These are four that this holistic, effective treatment works wonders for!

1. Acupuncture for Weight Control/Weight Loss 

Shorts and swimsuit weather is coming! Whether you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight, acupuncture takes the stress out of losing weight.

Acupuncture treatments release endorphins which have a calming and relaxing effect, bringing stress to a minimum. It can help rebalance the organ systems, and strengthens the liver function. The liver produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down the fats that cause weight gain.

Acupuncture can power up any weight control strategy by keeping your appetite in check, easing cravings, improving digestion, and enhancing the way nutrients are used.

2. Acupuncture for Pain Relief  

In cases of strains and sprains, acupuncture serves to reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. It helps injured muscles heal more quickly, by reducing the body’s tendency to protect the injury that often contributes to further distress. 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!

Acupuncture is effective for headaches, back pain, arthritis, menstrual pain, and so much more!

3. Acupuncture for Allergy Relief 
Allergy relief with acupuncture!

Allergy relief with acupuncture!

According to the National Center for Health Statistics about 26 million Americans endure chronic seasonal allergies.

Symptoms typically include sneezing, dry and unproductive coughing, wheezing, swollen sinuses that lead to stuffy noses and headaches, , itching, watery and reddened eyes, runny noses, reduced sense of smell and taste, and disturbed sleep.

Acupuncture treatments can give immediate relief from allergy symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes, naturally, with no side effects!

4. Acupuncture for an Immunity Boost 

Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. This enhances the body’s own innate healing capacity and leads to an overall increase in energy and vitality.  When these channels are open, the immune system functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy.

The best part? Acupuncture is safe, natural, effective and drug-free. 

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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Need Help with Back Pain? Acupuncture Brings Quick Relief

Back Pain Relief with Acupuncture!

Back Pain Relief with Acupuncture!

Looking for effective relief from back pain this Spring? Get acupuncture!

Did you overdo it while starting your garden, or working in the yard? More than 80 percent of our population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.

The top causes of back pain are sprains from overstretching back ligaments, and strains, (a muscle rip or tear) caused by sudden force. Sprains and strains can happen from poor posture, improper lifting or lack of proper muscle warm up prior to exercise.

In many cases back problems develop over time — from sitting incorrectly at a desk or steering wheel, or repetitive tasks, such as heavy lifting. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities, not to mention that it just hurts! There’s no need to suffer any longer.

Back problems are the number one reason why people get acupuncture treatments, and there’s good reason. Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally — without medication.

Stay limber with acupuncture!

Stay limber with acupuncture!

Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested form of therapy that has exceptionally few side effects. Modern research shows that not only is acupuncture effective in relieving back pain, it can also treat other systems in the body like the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history and tailor a treatment specifically to your needs. The root cause of the pain will be treated. 

Your energy pathways will be opened up, and your body will begin to be able to heal itself, muscles will relax, reducing the pain. Many patients feel immediate improvements.

The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free. 

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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Summer Is No Time For Back Pain! Acupuncture Relieves and Heals

Healthy Backs with Acupuncture!

Healthy Backs with Acupuncture!

Whether it’s from bad physical habits or a sudden strain, acupuncture can bring relief to lower back pain!

There’s nothing like back pain to stop you in your tracks and ruin a fun summer vacation. It’s the main reason patients visit our office. Lower back pain affects up to 80% of the population at one or more times in their life.

The top causes of back pain are sprains from overstretching back ligaments, and strains, (a muscle rip or tear) caused by sudden force. Sprains and strains can happen from poor posture, improper lifting or lack of proper muscle warm up prior to exercise.  In many cases back problems develop over time — from sitting incorrectly at a desk or steering wheel, or repetitive tasks, such as heavy lifting.

Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities. And summer is no time to suffer from back pain!

Freedom from Back Pain with Acupuncture!

Freedom from Back Pain with Acupuncture!

Back problems are the number one reason why people get acupuncture treatments. There’s good reason. Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally — without medication. 

Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested form of therapy that has exceptionally few side effects. Modern research shows that not only is acupuncture effective in relieving back pain, it can also treat other systems in the body like the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.

At CT Acupuncture Center we look at your whole health history and tailor a treatment specifically to your needs.  The root cause of the pain will be treated. Your energy pathways will be opened up, and your body will begin to be able to heal itself, muscles will relax, reducing the pain.

Many patients feel immediate improvements. The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free.

Return to summer fun, and let acupuncture get you back on track!

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

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Too much fun in the sun and now you look like a lobster? Acupuncture can help with that too. Acupuncture Relieves Sunburn

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Get Back to Gardening Your Eden! Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain

Relieve the aches and pains of gardening with acupuncture!

Cultivate health – – Acupuncture eases the strains and sprains of gardening!

You’ve been aching to get at your yard and garden…and now so is your back! More than 80 percent of our population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. When you consider 40 million households in the U.S. actively tend a garden, that’s a lot of sore backs.

When gardening, about 80 to 90 percent of the movement is in a bent position which is unnatural on the body and, when prolonged, can lead to lower-back pain. Repetitive bending, reaching, twisting, and lifting – all actions common to gardening, and even light digging, planting, weeding, and mulching over the course of a long gardening season – tend to put the lower-lumbar area of the back at risk.

Remember to stretch before any strenuous activity -- even gardening!

Remember to stretch before any strenuous activity — even gardening!

Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor — and their acupuncturist! Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities.

Planted the potatoes and now you’re feeling the burn? Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work very well for those conditions as well.

Working in the garden is a wonderful way to get some exercise, grow your own food and flowers, enjoy nature, and nourish your inner self.

Let acupuncture ease your aches and pains so you can get back out there — pain free!

Here’s some more advice to take good care of your back during the gardening season.

  • To prevent overstretching your back, warm up before you start. Try taking a walk around the block, to loosen up your limbs, or a hot shower.
  • Even when you’re warmed up, it’s still possible to injure your back. Repetitive motions and lifting heavy objects improperly are definitely risky garden business for backs. Don’t bend and twist when lifting something heavy!
  • Try switching tasks every 15 minutes, and use knee pads when pulling weeds and planting. Lift with your legs and keep your back straight.

Would you like 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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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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No Use Cursing the Gopher When The Ankle’s Already Twisted – Acupuncture Supports Sprained Ankles!

Heel Pain Relieved with Acupuncture!

Ankle Sprains Relieved with Acupuncture!

It’s amazing, really, how easy it is to sprain your ankle.  And it’s usually nothing that death-defying or glamorous.  Getting up too fast and twisting weird while getting a snack. Tripping over your own foot and falling down the stairs. Stepping into a gopher hole when you were just trying to catch a frisbee.  And no, “I’m” not “all right”, Mr. Gopher. Not so much at all…

A sprain is the most common type of ankle injury, something that occurs when the foot twists beyond the range of normal motion and the ligament is stretched or suffers a tear. (Stepping in a hole, for example.) Most ankle sprains happen when you make a rapid shifting movement with your foot planted. Often the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward. This causes the ligaments on the outside of the ankle to stretch and tear. The most serious sprains involve a partial or fully torn ligament. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and if the injury is severe, the inability to put any weight on it. The recommended treatment for an ankle sprain is R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

A sprained ankle can move an athlete or performer to the sidelines and offstage — it was just reported that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss the three-game series against the Blue Jays after spraining his left ankle.  Many an understudy takes the stage when the principal dancers of a ballet suffer a sprain.  However, acupuncture is one of the most successful treatments for this par­tic­u­lar ailment, it is extraordinary. Serena Williams received sev­eral acu­punc­ture treat­ments early in 2012 when she was in Brisbane com­pet­ing in the Women’s International Tennis Tournament, who also, incidentally,  had  a very good year in 2012!

Acupuncture is also great for the student, the secretary, the editor-in-chief, the Mom…you get the idea. Acupuncture is important to add to the treatment plan when you sprain your ankle, in fact, if the treatment begins soon after the injury, chronic pain can be avoided. The electro-magnetic field needs to be de-traumatized, the energy flow pattern needs to be cleared to enhance complete restoration of the ankle strength. The healing goes faster, and all residual blockages of “energy patterns” is cleared away. For all patients seeking acupuncture, a history of body injuries is asked about, and old ankle injuries are listed and considered in that future treatment, in addition to other injuries larger or smaller. The body has the ability to “remember” traumas. Acupuncture can release and heal it.

Point sites chosen will certainly be local, and near to the injury. Do not be surprised if point sites farther away are also included. Acupuncture is painless, gentle, and effective. Often, the anxiety and stress are immediately relieved. Patients feel much more relaxed and at ease during and after a treatment. Consider limping or hopping in for a treatment right away. Your frisbee is waiting!

P.S. (Topsoil is great for filling in gopher holes.)

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Fight Fire with…Needles? Acupuncture Great for Firefighters! Take Acupuncture To Work Week Continues…

Acupuncture Can Assist Firefighters!

Acupuncture Can Assist Firefighters!

Today’s installment deals with a hero to many a person!  Burning buildings, medical crises to avert or assist with are everyday tasks for the modern day firefighter. Firefighters have been battling the elements for centuries, putting life and limb on the line to bring safety to people, and protect property. Today, Fire and Rescue is still a mix of full-time paid, paid-on-call, and volunteer responders. In fact, in 2011, 1,100,450 firefighters from 30,145 local fire departments protected the United States. That’s a lot of people!

This heroism does not come without its risks — 70,090 firefighters were injured in 2011, and strain, sprain, and muscular pain were the leading type of injury.  Here’s where acupuncture can help the firefighter!

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament (a band of fibrous tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint).  A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon (fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone). Depending on the severity of the injury, a strain may be a simple overstretch of the muscle or tendon, or it can result from a partial or complete tear.

That sounds painful! And keeps a firefighter from doing what they do best — running around saving the day!

Acupuncture can be used to reduce swelling and pain and increase blood flow to the area to promote healing and increased range of motion. Acupuncture can also be used to balance the body’s natural muscular structure, avoid bracing from surrounding muscles, and strengthen the site of injury.

Acupuncture is 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.  If the injury is serious, it can also prepare the body for surgery (if it is needed) for a faster recovery. Post-surgery, acupuncture can target the pain and assist with tissue regeneration. Acupuncture to the rescue!

We will now move to the opposite end of the spectrum — a serious matter that affects many first responders…Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is defined as an anxiety disorder triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Over a 30 year career, a firefighter bears witness to many of life’s traumas. We can characterize PTSD as a dysfunction of the body’s stress-coping system, which could lead to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts. It can be subdivided into three categories: re-experiencing the trauma (intrusive memories), the numbing of affect and the avoidance of trauma-related stimuli (emotional numbing), and symptoms of excessive arousal not present before the event (increased arousal). Some of the physiological effects of PTSD include a higher resting rate, higher resting blood pressure, cognitive and mood disturbances, and abnormal changes in cortisol and norepinephrine (a hormone similar to adrenaline and “The Stress Hormone, respectively).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is being seen in persons whose work exposes them to traumatic events or who treat trauma survivors. These occupations include military personnel, firefighters, police officers, emergency medicine specialists, search-and rescue personnel, and disaster investigators.  Acupuncture can assist in alleviating some of the ailments related to PTSD such as anxiety/panic disorders, depression, insomnia, and mental fogginess.

Fatigue is another common symptom associated with depression or PTSD. Many firefighters are so tired that they become inactive. Inactivity is associated with chronic medical conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. This could lead to depression and helplessness. PTSD sufferers commonly express a feeling of helplessness.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms.

Acupuncture does help to identify causes and relevant events with effects residing in the body memory. It is good to pinpoint some of the stressed and traumatized areas, release and reduce the levels of stress, so a new level of calm and comfort is gained. Point sites may be on the upper back, neck, lower back, hands or feet. Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds.

Acupuncture is of great benefit to all those looking for relief of many ailments, from the basic to the complex, the emotional and the physical.   We’ll leave firefighting to those brave, glorious people, and get back to what we do best — helping to heal!

Thank you to all those that make such a great difference to us all — you are valued more than you know.

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Sources: U.S. Fire Department Profile Through 2011, by Michael J. Karter, Jr.
Firefighter Fatalities in the United States-2011, by Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc and Joseph L. Molis
U.S. Firefighter Injuries 2011, by Michael J. Karter, Jr., and Joseph L. Molis. Bryant, RA, & Harvey, AG. (1995).
“Posttraumatic Stress in Volunteer Firefighters: Predictors of Distress,” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183, 267-271. Del Ben, KS, Scotti, JR, Chen, Y, & Fortson, BL. (2006).
Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Firefighters,” Work and Stress, 20, 37-48.