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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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“Does Your Face Hurt? Yes, It’s Killing Me!” Acupuncture Relieves Facial Pain

Facial Pain Relieved with Acupuncture

Facial Pain Relieved with Acupuncture

It’s hard to smile at the world when your face is in pain.

But here’s some good news worth smiling over! Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating chronic pain, including facial pain.

Chronic facial pain arises from two common causes: trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders). Trigeminal neuralgia occurs with damage to any of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. There are three areas of the face which are served by the trigeminal nerve, roughly corresponding to the forehead and eyebrow, the eye and cheek and upper jaw, and the lower jaw. Usually one sided, facial neuralgias can occasionally affect both sides of the face. Typically, the pain is extremely penetrating and intense, and can be triggered by movement of the facial muscles or touching a “trigger” point on the face or inside the mouth. While causes of trigeminal neuralgia are unclear, relief of pain with acupuncture is much more predictable and safe than treatment with drugs or surgery.

TMJ, (temporomandibular joint disorder) a disorder in the jaw joints, can arise from dental problems, mental stress, or neuromuscular disorders. Most people with TMJ problems have pain that comes and goes, but some have chronic (long-term) pain.

TMJ problems often cause these symptoms:

  • Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles or jaw joint or an ache around your ear
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders, or near the ear
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening your mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Headache
  • A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Also, sometimes earaches, dizziness, and hearing problems

Among the many ways to treat TMJ, several studies show that acupuncture is very effective and relatively safe. In general, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.

A recent British study of 70 cases of dental patients receiving acupuncture for TMJ indicated that 85% of patients benefited with an average reduction in pain intensity of 75%. A 2008 study reported high long-term patient satisfaction and improvement of symptoms 18 to 20 years following acupuncture therapy.

Research has also shown that acupuncture may specifically help in the management of facial pain by acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry. Acupuncture works for both acute and chronic pain.

You can eliminate symptoms of TMJ with lifestyle changes — your health history will be discussed to discover which lifestyle habits to tweak in order to eliminate symptoms as well as applying acupuncture to key points that will relieve stress and restore energy circulation to the affected joints. Acupuncture can help to both relax these targeted muscles and decrease the overall stress level in the body to relieve TMJ discomfort.

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Bergström I, List T, Magnusson T. A follow-up study of subjective symptoms of temporomandibular disorders in patients who received acupuncture and/or interocclusal appliance therapy 18-20 years earlier. Acta Odontol Scand. 2008 Apr. Vol. 66(2):88-92.

 

Acupuncture Successfully Treats Chronic Facial Pain

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Acupuncture Successfully Treats Facial Pain

Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating chronic pain, including facial pain. Chronic facial pain arises from two common causes: trigeminal neuralgia and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders). Trigeminal neuralgia occurs with damage to any of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. Often the pain, triggered by touching certain points or moving certain facial muscles, is intense. While causes of trigeminal neuralgia are unclear, relief of pain with acupuncture is much more predictable and safe than treatment with drugs or surgery.

TMJ,  a disorder in the jaw joints, can arise from dental problems, mental stress, or neuromuscular disorders. Most people with TMJ problems have pain that comes and goes, but some have chronic (long-term) pain.

TMJ problems often cause these symptoms:

  • Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles or jaw joint or an ache around your ear
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders, or near the ear
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening your mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Headache
  • A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Also, sometimes earaches, dizziness, and hearing problems

Among the many ways to treat TMJ, several studies show that acupuncture is very effective and relatively safe. A recent British study of 70 cases of dental patients receiving acupuncture for TMJ indicated that 85% of patients benefited with an average reduction in pain intensity of 75%. A 2008 study reported high long-term patient satisfaction and improvement of symptoms 18 to 20 years following acupuncture therapy.

You can eliminate symptoms of TMJ with lifestyle changes — I will discuss your health history with you to discover which lifestyle habits to tweak in order to eliminate symptoms as well as apply acupuncture to key points that will relieve stress and restore energy circulation to the affected joints.  Acupuncture can help to both relax these targeted muscles and decrease the overall stress level in the body to relieve TMJ discomfort.

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

Visit us on Facebook!

Bergström I, List T, Magnusson T. A follow-up study of subjective symptoms of temporomandibular disorders in patients who received acupuncture and/or interocclusal appliance therapy 18-20 years earlier. Acta Odontol Scand. 2008 Apr. Vol. 66(2):88-92.

Source: Temporomandibular joint dysfunction http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/temporomandibular-joint-000162.htm#ixzz2W6gTTVyf
University of Maryland Medical Center