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Suffering Sinus Issues? Acupuncture is Nothing to Sneeze At!

Breathe Easier with Acupuncture

Breathe Easier with Acupuncture

When you can’t breathe, and your sinuses are revolting — acupuncture can help!

Chronic sinusitis affects over 37 million Americans a year. Sinus pain can result from sinusitis, sinus congestion or allergic reactions. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the sinuses. Sinus congestion and sinusitis can result from a viral infection, as in the case of a cold. Sinus pain can also arise from allergies to smoke, pollen, pollution or cosmetic fragrances. In addition, our homes often contain air-borne irritants, such as household cleaners, carpet or varnish pollutants and dust. Even outdoor use of lawn chemicals and pesticides can trigger sinus pain. And the nose knows that’s no fun.

In the case of viral infections or allergies, usually the respiratory channels and mucous membranes are also affected. Sometimes the pain is severe, triggering a sinus headache, or facial pain.

If you experience allergic reactions or hypersensitivities, it helps, first of all to remove as many possible sources of allergens as possible. Obviously, in the spring it is impossible to get rid of the pollen outdoors, but it’s easy enough to eliminate most dust, household cleaning chemicals, cosmetic fragrances, pesticides and lawn chemicals from your home. Acupuncture and diet changes will also help reduce your allergic reactions. If you’re using drugs to control allergic symptoms, you’ll notice immediately that with acupuncture treatments, you can eliminate the drugs quite quickly and still have the same relief of symptoms, without the undesirable side effects.

In the case of viral infections, acupuncture helps to relieve stress and restore balance to your system so that your body can heal itself and return to full health quickly. Not only will your cold get better quickly, but you’ll experience some beneficial side effects from acupuncture!

And that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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Balanced Through Acupuncture – Relief from MS, Parkinson’s and Other Health Challenges

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Improved Balance With Acupuncture

A loss of balance can occur because of nerve or brain injury, damage to the inner ear or obstruction to the inner ear. Gait imbalance also demonstrates a loss of balance and can indicate a more serious problem. When nerves suffer injury, muscles don’t react normally to position changes, making balance more challenging.

Three common causes of nerve damage are neuropathy, which often accompanies diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Peripheral neuropathy often results from diabetes and affects the nerves of the hands, arms, legs and feet. Neuropathy often entails a tingling sensation in these areas and indicates a loss of nerve activity. The Mayo Clinic reports that acupuncture helps reduce symptoms in persons experiencing neuropathy, as it restores circulation and nerve function. You may need multiple sessions to notice significant improvement, but these sessions are certainly worth your time.

As acupuncture helps to balance blood-sugar stabilizing hormones, you will also notice improvement in your overall health. If you have received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, acupuncture can enhance your life, as it can slow down and even undo the degenerative effects of MS. Along with lifestyle changes, acupuncture helps strengthen neural pathways, leading to stronger muscles and improved coordination and balance. If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, acupuncture will help decrease your symptoms so you can stay physically active much, much longer than your prognosis!

If Parkinson’s disease causes your lack of balance, acupuncture can reverse these effects. A recent study at the University of Seoul, South Korea, reported in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics that acupuncture reactivates parts of the brain that had become deactivated in the course of Parkinson’s disease. Some of the brain areas involved in Parkinson’s disease include the thalamus and motor areas of the brain. Researchers discovered better neural responses after acupuncture in the basal ganglia, the thalamus and the motor areas of the brain. Because Parkinson’s disease can be very debilitating, scientists are researching the application of acupuncture extensively with positive results.

Gait imbalance is very common in people above the age of 60, but you should not consider this a normal part of aging! Not only does this condition hamper physical activity, it could indicate a more serious condition. If you notice your walk is uneven, I can study your lifestyle habits, symptoms and health history to determine and treat the cause.

Obstruction can occur in the inner ear because of viral infection or allergies. With a viral infection, acupuncture, along with rest and care, can help to strengthen the body to ward off the infection. Allergies can also cause loss of balance when fluid fills the nasal and inner ear cavities as a result of the body’s response to allergens. When the inner ear becomes blocked, acupuncture will very gently help heal the body’s sensitivity to the allergen which decreases the excess fluid build up. Acupuncture also releases the obstruction to restore a clear head and normal balance.

A happy, healthy, and well-balanced you!

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