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Play Ball! Wave Your Arms! Acupuncuture Eases Rotator Cuff Issues

Acupuncture "Luvs" Athletes!

Acupuncture “Luvs” Athletes!

Want to get your killer serve back, but can’t get your arms to go up?

Acupuncture helps shoulder the burden, and get you back to moving freely!

Shoulder pain is the third most common specific reason U.S. patients seek acupuncture treatment. Our tendons are one of the body’s weakest links. Although muscle and bone heal well after injury, the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone has a relatively poor blood supply, and for that reason, it recovers slowly. 

Overuse of a tendon (repetitive strain injury) is the most common cause of tendonitis. 

It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing! Acupuncture for Golfers!

Swelling of the bursa and thickening of the rotator cuff can push the tendon up into the bony arch of the scapular acromion, creating a vicious cycle of tendon injury that can eventually lead to complete tears of the rotator cuff and degeneration of the tendon.

Rotator cuff tears are common and people over the age of 50 have a 25% chance of having a tear. 

Athletes who make repetitive throws like pitchers, cricketers and tennis players are also at risk, as well as body builders,  and golfers. The average Joe (or Joanne) also at risk? People who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities are also at risk for rotator cuff tears. Painters, carpenters, and others who do overhead work also have a greater chance for tears.

Common Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis 
  • Gradual onset of pain, swelling and weakness at the side and front of the shoulder and upper arm, made worse by overhead motions such as reaching and throwing.
  • Pain at night when resting on the affected side.
  • Sharp twinges and painful catches in the shoulder during arm elevation. 

Acupuncture has been shown to be very helpful for rotator cuff issues, and there has been a number of successful trials that give proof. A study compared superficial to deep-insertion acupuncture in 44 participants with shoulder pain and also found relative benefits, which lasted for at least 3 months. In another study, 117 people with rotator cuff injury (including tendonitis) were randomized to receive corticosteroid injections plus exercise or 10 acupuncture treatments plus exercise. Both groups experienced similar improvements in shoulder function and pain. 

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Get Back to Playing with Acupuncture!

Finally, in a sizable randomized trial, 425 patients receiving physical therapy for their persistent shoulder pain were divided into two groups: one received single-point acupuncture while the other received a sham treatment (mock transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for three weeks.

The acupuncture group showed significant improvement over the control group one week after treatment.

Acupuncture works for rotator cuff issues, arthritis, and sprains and strains of all kinds. How can it help you?

Sources: Ceecherelli F, Bordin M, Gagliardi G, et al. Comparison between superficial and deep acupuncture in the treatment of the shoulder’s myofascial pain: a randomized and controlled study. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2001;26:229-238.

Johansson K, Bergström A, Schröder K, Foldevi M. Subacromial corticosteroid injection or acupuncture with home exercises when treating patients with subacromial impingement in primary care—a randomized clinical trial. Fam Pract. 2011;28(4):355-365.

Vas J, Ortega C, Olmo V, et al. Single-point acupuncture and physiotherapy for the treatment of painful shoulder: a multicentre randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Apr 10.

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Fist Bump! Acupuncture Works Wonders for Wrist Pain

Strong and Healthy Wrists with Acupuncture!
Strong and Healthy Wrists with Acupuncture!
Is wrist pain keeping you from doing all that you’d like to, or what you used to?

It’s amazing how much we rely on our hands and wrists. Wrist issues are becoming very common in many workplaces and can grow into much bigger issues if left untreated. Acupuncture is very effective at treating chronic pain, such as arthritis, low back, neck or muscle pain, and pain after surgery, and is also very helpful with wrist issues, including tendonitis, arthritis, and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon or cord of fibrous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone. It is often accompanied by tenosynovitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the tendon sheath.  The symptoms of these conditions are pain and tenderness at or near a joint, especially upon movement of the joint; possible swelling over the area; and in some cases numbness and tingling. Stiffness, along with the pain can restrict movement of the joint involved.

Acupuncture can address the inflammatory effects, improving wrist motion and decreasing pain. In addition, acupuncture can be used to retrain muscle coordination, alleviating the initial cause of the inflammation.

Arthritis sufferers are also helped by acupuncture. Arthritis may develop at several possible sites in the hand. Acupuncture can help control the inflammation and pain. Many cases will benefit from treatment of the neck region as well, since the hand region receives neural input from the spinal cord in the neck. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common job-related injuries and is responsible for the highest number of days lost among all work related injuries. It is also the most frequent surgery of the hand and wrist. Many attribute the rise of CTS to poor computer ergonomics or uncomfortable body positioning for long hours. And for hairdressers, computer programmers, seamstresses, woodworkers, artists, and musicians and many more — this serious injury can mean the sidelining of a livelihood.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent tingling, burning, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb, index and middle fingers. The symptoms often first appear during the night. As symptoms worsen, people might feel pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, that radiates up the arm during the day. It can lead to decreased grip strength, which may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. If not properly treated, CTS can cause irreversible nerve damage and permanent deterioration of muscle tissue. But drugs, shots or surgery may not be necessary.

Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in clearing the causes to carpal tunnel symptoms. Acupuncture is safer than NSAIDs and cortisone shots, and it actually eliminates the pain source rather than temporarily masking symptoms.

Point sites chosen are located in the wrist, forearm, and the neck, upper back area. There is often quite a bit of tension in the muscles and tendons in these areas, and acupuncture releases this tension. The energy supply is restored which also improves the blood and fluid flow pathways to these soft tissue structures. Often the patient experiences immediate improvement. Acupuncture addresses any headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and sleeping problems that often accompany this condition, as well as reducing the swelling, inflammation and pain in the wrist.  High five!

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


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.


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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Leave the Tenderness for the Heart – Acupuncture Relieves Tendonitis!

Tendonitis Relief with Acupuncture!

Tendonitis Relief with Acupuncture!

Injuries sure can take the fun out of play, or make work painful or even impossible. A very common injury is tendonitis. Tendonitis (or tendinitis) is an inflammation of the tendon or cord of fibrous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone. It is often accompanied by tenosynovitis, which is an inflammation of the lining of the tendon sheath. The symptoms of these conditions are pain and tenderness at or near a joint, especially when you move the affected limb,  possible swelling over the area, and in some cases numbness, tingling, and/or a burning sensation, as well as a crackling sound, called crepitus. Stiffness, along with the pain can restrict movement of the joint involved.

The exact cause of the inflammation is often unknown, but may result from repeated trauma, excessive strain or overuse of the tendon. Repetitive strain injuries are most often related to the type of work that a person does — file clerks, hairdressers, musicians, car mechanics, massage therapists — as well as anyone who works for long, uninterrupted hours on a computer are predisposed to this type of overuse injury. Also, those that play hard can also suffer — rock climbers tend to develop it in their fingers and elbows. Generally, tendonitis will develop when the stresses on a tendon overwhelm the body’s repair mechanisms. For instance, irregular or too-strenuous exercise along with not warming up properly can also make one prone to tendonitis — the “weekend warrior”. People who are overweight have a higher risk of tendonitis because of the increased pressure on tendons, ligaments, and bones.

Tendonitis is most often seen in the shoulder (rotator cuff tendonitis), elbow (tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow), wrist, hand and thumb (de Quervain’s disease), knee (jumper’s knee), ankle (Achilles tendonitis), and hip. Any activity performed frequently with poor body mechanics will place stress on some structural weak link — often a tendon.

Most times, you can treat tendonitis with rest and physical therapy. But often the painful symptoms persist, and acupuncture is the answer!

Acupuncture gives excellent results in both acute and chronic cases of tendonitis. Acupuncture can help manage the pain of tendonitis while decreasing inflammation of the tendon. More importantly, acupuncture can be used for targeted muscle inhibition with the goal of reinforcing or re-establishing proper body mechanics through motor recruitment patterns. This will address the root cause of the inflammation and pain.

Acute cases can often be resolved in a few treatments. However, many people with this problem suffer from very chronic conditions. These cases can be treated with good results too, but the more long-standing the condition, the longer it will take to resolve. Acupuncture can successfully restore the tendon’s ability to function properly and improve healing, and regular acupuncture “tune-ups” can also aid in preventing the development of tendonitis in the first place, as well as preventing a recurrence of tendonitis once it has been relieved.

Leave the tenderness for the heart, let your tendons be strong!

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Arm Pain? The Solution Points Towards Acupuncture…


Arm Pain Relieved by Acupuncture

From a broken bone to tendonitis to nerve compression or bruising, the causes of arm pain are many and varied. Sometimes neck problems can cause a pinched nerve, resulting in pain in the arm. Other times, a sports injury can leave tendons inflamed and tender. Regardless of the source of pain and the severity of the injury, acupuncture will touch on points specific to the particular cause and can improve circulation while promoting healing. We work with you to compile a health history to determine the cause and then develop a treatment plan to resolve that particular issue. Often long-term arm pain can dissolve with just a few sessions!

When arm pain results from a sports injury, it can 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. This is mistaken thinking. 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!

In the case of elbow pain, also called tennis elbow, the forearm muscles and tendons are stressed. As a result, tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis can develop. Repeated hand, wrist or forearm movements – playing tennis, gardening, throwing, typing or even playing the piano – can cause inflammation of the connective tissues surrounding the elbow. Acupuncture on points specific to the elbow can effectively heal the connective tissues, reducing the pain. Acupuncture also releases endorphins that soothe the pain while stimulating circulation and the body’s own healing abilities.

As in elbow pain, carpal tunnel syndrome results when the wrist and forearm are stressed, often by repeated motions of the hand.  The median nerve enters the hand through a narrow area called the carpal tunnel. Swelling will pinch the nerve and cause pain or numbness, often affecting the function of the hand. Many common activities can result in carpal tunnel syndrome: playing keyboard instruments, typing, writing, painting and playing racquet sports. Acupuncture on points specific to the wrist will relieve the inflammation and reduce the swelling, reversing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and allowing renewed function of the hand and wrist.

A few testimonials to this effect, showing how Acupuncture helped heal their arm pain —

 “After other medical practitioners had been unsuccessful in treating my bursitis, I had reached the point of not being able to lift my arm. I was depressed and desperate at the loss of function. I couldn’t trust the arm to perform as needed. After a short series of treatments, I was pain free and regained total use of my shoulder and the bursitis has not recurred.  I, the skeptic, have become a believer in the benefits acupuncture can create. Looking for a concerned, knowledgeable specialist interested in your total health, look no further than Ingri.”  – Ronald Wendschuh, Redding, CT

  “Hi Ingri, I’ve been treated by you… over 15 years ago for a tendon sheath problem in my right arm… which prevented me from doing even everyday tasks, such as writing, lifting even light objects, and extending my arm to reach for anything.  The treatment was fully effective, and I avoided costly surgery, that offered only a chance of relief.  I am symptom free today, 15 years later. Thanks.”   –  Robert