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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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