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Save Your Sleep (and Other’s Sanity!) – Acupuncture Helps Relieve Snoring!

Acupuncture Can Relieve Snoring!

Acupuncture Can Relieve Snoring!

Whether it’s raining, or pouring, when the Old Man’s snoring it can cease to be amusing pretty quickly! Night time breathing problems can disrupt sleep patterns, oxygen intake, REM sleep, and can even lead to more serious conditions. Snoring usually brings with it other health problems: headaches and sore throat, among others. Snoring can result from stress, sleep apnea or cardiovascular issues. 

Sinusitis is also a condition that is commonly a cause for snoring, and is a direct result of allergies. Sinusitis can cause nasal passages to become obstructed, resulting in noisy breathing. Chronic nasal congestion due to allergies is very common and can be relieved and sometimes reversed with acupuncture. Whatever the cause, acupuncture can successfully treat snoring and its causes. 

Your sleep patterns and your health history is examined to determine the source of your snoring. We then focus on specific meridians that balance the tone and tension in the many tissues of the neck and throat. Besides acupuncture, healthy lifestyle changes are recommended to help relieve your snoring symptoms. These lifestyle changes include a slight diet modification to improve the structure and quality of the neck tissues.

Many scientific studies show the positive correlation between snoring reduction and acupuncture. People who receive treatment for snoring report better sleep, greater sense of well being and markedly less stress. Studies show that people who receive acupuncture for snoring cessation also decrease their risk of heart disease and stroke. Needless to say, stopping snoring can also improve your intimate relationships!

 

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Acupuncture Supports Survivors of Stroke

Acupuncture Can Aid Recovery from Stroke

Acupuncture Can Aid Recovery from Stroke

A stroke can change your life in an instant. 

But acupuncture can aid with the recovery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults. The American Heart Association estimates that between 500,000 and 750,000 strokes occur in the U.S. each year, approximately 150,000 people dying from the stroke itself or from related complications.

A stroke happens when a part of the brain dies from lack of blood, usually because one of the arteries that supply oxygen-carrying blood to the brain has been damaged. This can be caused one of two ways:

Clogged vessel or ischemic stroke: Caused by blockage of a blood vessel in the brain, usually by a blood clot or by fatty deposits on the vessel wall. 80% of strokes are ischemic.

Burst vessel or hemorrhagic stroke: Caused by a ruptured blood vessel, preventing normal flow and allowing blood to leak into brain tissue, destroying it. This occurs in 20% of strokes.

Although stroke is a disease of the brain, it can affect the entire body. A common disability that results from stroke is complete paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia). A related disability that is not as debilitating as paralysis is one-sided weakness (hemiparesis). Stroke may cause difficulties with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory. Stroke survivors often have problems understanding or forming speech.

A stroke can lead to emotional problems, as stroke patients may have difficulty controlling their emotions or may express inappropriate emotions and experience depression. Stroke survivors may also have numbness or strange sensations. The pain is often worse in the hands and feet and is made worse by movement and temperature changes, especially cold temperatures.

Acupuncture can improve not only the physical symptoms of stroke but also the emotional malaise that often accompanies such a significant life change. As you can see, there are a variety of side effects from stroke, and acupuncture can work for speech problems (aphasia), facial paralysis, and muscular paralysis/weakness (hemiplagia, rigidity). Acupuncture also works to preserve brain tissue by decreasing the stress response, stabilizing the brain’s healing process, and signaling the brain to keep making active connections to arms and legs which have lost their normal brain control systems, and helps to treat spastic dyskinesia (difficulty in performing voluntary movements), a common problem among stroke patients. Acupuncture can also work to boost balance for stroke survivors, as well as muscle strength.

The rehabilitative stage of the treatment involves treating any existing underlying factors such as hypertension, to balance the yin and yang, open the blood vessels, promote the flow of energy, while stimulating blood circulation and decreasing blood or Chi stagnation, and choosing points that deal with local issues.

Symptoms of stroke appear suddenly! 

Watch for these symptoms and be prepared to act quickly for yourself or on behalf of someone you are with:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you suspect you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms indicative of a stroke, do not wait. Call 911 emergency immediately. There are now effective therapies for stroke that must be administered at a hospital, but they lose their effectiveness if not given within the first 3 hours after stroke symptoms appear. Every minute counts!

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No Snoring, Please! Acupuncture Successfully Treats Snoring and Its Causes

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Acupuncture Solves Snoring Problems

While often a subject that leads itself to humor, snoring is a potentially serious subject — night time breathing problems can disrupt sleep patterns, oxygen intake, REM sleep, and can even lead to more serious conditions. Snoring usually brings with it other health problems: headaches and sore throat, among others. Snoring can result from stress, sleep apnea or cardiovascular issues.

Sinusitis is also a condition that is commonly a cause for snoring, and is a direct result of allergies. Sinusitis can cause nasal passages to become obstructed, resulting in noisy breathing. Chronic nasal congestion due to allergies is very common and can be relieved and sometimes reversed with acupuncture. Whatever the cause, acupuncture can successfully treat snoring and its causes.

I examine your sleep patterns and your health history to determine the source of your snoring. I then focus on specific meridians that balance the tone and tension in the many tissues of the neck and throat. Besides acupuncture, I recommend some healthy lifestyle changes to help relieve your snoring symptoms. These lifestyle changes include a slight diet modification to improve the structure and quality of the neck tissues.

Many scientific studies show the positive correlation between snoring reduction and acupuncture. People who receive treatment for snoring report better sleep, greater sense of well being and markedly less stress. Studies show that people who receive acupuncture for snoring cessation also decrease their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Needless to say, stopping snoring can also improve your intimate relationships!

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

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