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Acupuncture Davis for Urinary Problems

May 28, 2011   

Difficult urination or dysuria, overactive bladder, hematuria or blood in urine and male impotency are typical symptoms of men suffering from chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.  Physicians in the Far East have treated these symptoms with acupuncture for over 2000 years.  In the US, 35% of males over age 50 have chronic prostatitis and so few are aware that acupuncture can treat this problem.  Most Americans usually associate acupuncture for back pain and knee treatment.  In China, most people utilize acupuncture for remedy of male disorders such as chronic prostatitis, pelvic pain syndrome and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).  Chronic prostatitis happens when the body is out of balance. Diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for acupuncture treatment for chronic prostatitis entails analyzing the presence of symptoms such as pain, color of urine, frequency or scarcity of urine and reduced or increased urine flow. Usually, prostatitis is caused by a lack of chi and blood in the reproductive system, or existence of “pathogens,” such as humidity or heat.

The kind acupuncture Davis treatment given is on a case-to-case basis depending on the symptoms presented by the patient. The treatment’s aim is to balance the disharmony, open channels that are obstructed and provide pain relief.  For some patients, acupuncture can also stop the blood in the urine.  Acupuncture points for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome are usually in located in the lower abdomen, waist, back and/or legs.  Electro-acupuncture and moxibustion may be utilized to enhance the treatment. Usually, five to ten acupuncture treatments once or twice a week are needed to fully treat these disorders.

With regards to evidence of its efficacy, some studies have shown positive results on the effects of acupuncture in prostatitis.  An initial study experimented with acupuncture coupled with electrical stimulation in treating people with chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Treatments were done twice a week for 6 weeks.  Subjects experienced a qualitative improvement in life, a reduction of urinary difficulties, and increased urinary function after 6 weeks.  One study, this time dealing with acupuncture for chronic pelvic pain syndrome showed that treatment once a week for 4 weeks and then once a month showed a substantial diminishment of pain and a vastly improved quality of life for the subjects.  These studies reinforced the application of acupuncture to be a safe ands effective treatment for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome symptoms.

Acupuncture has proven to be a very beneficial complementary treatment for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome especially when done in concert with drug medication therapy.  Acupuncture helps detoxify the body of harmful toxins inherent in these drugs and neutralize the harmful side effects associated with these drugs by boosting the immune functions of the body.

Acupuncture St Helens and Heart Diseases

May 21, 2011   

The Chinese have practiced acupuncture for over 2500 years as a treatment for various numbers of illnesses.  The theory of acupuncture is to treat diseases by activating different regions of the body using needles.  Acupuncture remains somewhat of a mystery for Western medicine though Americans have generally accepted it over the last 4 decades.  There have been countless tests to observe how acupuncture St Helens empirically works.  The basis of acupuncture lies in the existence of a force or energy in the body, called chi, responsible for its growth and life.  This energy circulates within the body similar to blood circulation and if this circulation is obstructed, disease then starts to manifest.  Traditional Chinese medicine have discovered a dozen or so energy pathways called meridians forming networks around the body just like the arterial and venous systems in the body.  These meridians are the conduits where chi travels around the body.  They connect to thousands of acupuncture points on the skin dispersed all over the body on one end and to the major body organs on the other end.  To diagnose a disease, the acupuncturist uses visual inspection of the patient, breathing auscultation, interviewing the patient regarding the patient’s breathing and general health condition, analyzing the patient’s tongue and even smelling of the patient’s breath and urine.  This type of examination seems odd to Western medicine but this determines whether the patient’s energy flow is deficient or whether it is too much.

There are different kinds of acupuncture techniques.  There is traditional acupuncture, electro acupuncture, and moxibustion, which is acupuncture combined with using an herb called moxa.  New studies have shown the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating some types of cardiovascular disease. These studies have observed acupuncture’s ability to lower blood pressure and its usefulness in calming heart activity by releasing opioid peptides to calm an excited cardiovascular state.  Electro acupuncture produces low frequency electric stimulation effective in stimulating the nerves responsible for cardiovascular reflexes. Stimulating the acupuncture site where the nerves are located helps the body produce acetylcholine.  Acetylcholine helps set off a series of reactions in the brain at the hypothalamus, midbrain and medulla that help improves cardiac functions.  Acupuncture has also been observed to enhance blood flow in the myocardium, which is good for patient suffering from ischemic heart disease and cardiac arrhythmias.  Studies show that acupuncture and electro acupuncture can improve unhealthy cardiac conditions due to the stimulation of endorphins and enkephalins in the blood improving the balance of energy in the heart area.  The enhancement of blood flow to the myocardium has proven acupuncture’s ability to dilate the blood vessels, which is beneficial to patient’s suffering from Raynaud’s syndrome.  This disorder is distinguished by the tightening of the small blood arteries and the discoloration of body areas affected by this disease.

Acupuncture Davis and Disk Herniation

May 21, 2011   

Disk herniations do not usually occur due to injuries or accidents.  They degenerate through time due to biomechanical factors and to stress.  A disk herniation does not necessitate back surgery as it may not be a permanent solution for this disorder.  A disk herniation can cause other disks to misplace and so it is important to address this problem at once.  Biomechanical causes of disk herniation are poor posture and gait, sitting for long periods and heavy lifting.  Stress is another factor often overlooked but is just as damaging as the biomechanical causes.  Many patients suffering from a herniated disk would recall stressful moments in their lives and the development of back pain shortly thereafter.  Continued emotional stress causes a depressive state in the nervous system causing blood flow to decrease, which tends to under nourish many body organs, muscles and peripheral tissues.  A decrease in blood supply to the lumbar muscles makes the muscles contract and become stiff causing them to fatigue quickly.  Moreover, long bouts of emotional stress increase the amount of granulocytes, which causes swelling and degenerative aberrations to the spine and disks.  Acupuncture Davis treatment to the concerned muscles corrects these anomalies and activates the depressed state of the nervous system.  The latter is done by relaxing the body and mind to take away emotional stress.  Once the person is freed from the state of emotional stress, positive physiological changes take place.

Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with disk hernation.  It does cause, however, gastric problems and prolonged use can result in liver damage.  Acupuncture carries no such effects to the body.  Pain medications also inhibit chemicals called prostaglandins that are important for good blood circulation.  This effect therefore stifles nourishment of the muscles and prevents other areas of the body from functioning properly.  Acupuncture works in contrast to these medications since enhanced blood flow is always experienced by the body especially in the areas were pain and soreness is felt.  Acupuncture regulates and optimizes the function of the autonomic nervous system, which controls the flow of blood in the body.  When proper circulation in the body happens, the organs, tissues and muscles all benefit and begin to function better.  Furthermore, the increased blood flow causes the body to relax and feel revitalized.  This is likened to a car given a new engine tune up.

Good blood circulation in the tissue (especially the muscle tissues) is vital to take away muscle fatigue and pain-inducing chemicals such as lactic acid.  This results in better muscle function and strength and in the elimination of pain in the area of concern.  Acupuncture is a superior form of treatment compared to drug medications and a non-invasive way to treat the symptoms of disk herniation.

Introduction to Acupuncture Miami

May 14, 2011   

Acupuncture Miami is a non-traditional (not a part of Western medicine) treatment alternative for back or neck pain.  It is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practiced for 3,000 years and its core of belief is that the body contains networks of energy channels.  The vital energy or life force flowing in the body is called qi or chi and the normal flow of chi is believed to be the reason for good mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.  There are about 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connecting to 20 energy channels called meridians. These channels are where chi flows throughout the body.  Acupuncture treatment is the application of reed-thin needles into certain points in the body in order to restore the normal flow of chi.  Acupuncture, though not empirically proven, has shown an ability to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).  Some people have experienced a tingling sensation while others felt relaxed and some become full of energy when receiving treatment.

In an acupuncture treatment session, needles ranging from 1 to 20, metallic, sterile and disposable needles are inserted with depths from just merely penetrating the skin surface to up to an inch to several inches deep.  Acupuncture needles of sizes 5 to 9 inches long are used in the muscles and/or fat layers in the skin and in the scalp. The needles are inserted for 10 to 30 minutes.  Many times, the needles are “tweaked” or manipulated depending on the result the acupuncturist wants the body to elicit.  Some treatments involve inserting a needle for about 10 seconds and then removed with the same needle used for treating other points on the same patient.  Some treatments are with heated needles and some with needles connected to thin wires plugged in to a machine that generate weak electrical pulses.  Some treatments use moxibustion and burn this on the needles during insertion. There are treatment techniques such as cupping whereby cups are heated and used on the skin to create a suction effect and bring blood up to the skin.  Some treatments treat a certain micro system such ear acupuncture where many meridians connect to important organs and tissues in the body.

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the release of certain beneficial chemicals in the body, which help relieve many kinds of pain and stresses physically and psychologically.  These chemicals are called opioid peptides and they have an analgesic effect on the body.  They help relieve or take away many different kinds of pain.  Acupuncture is also acknowledged to stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to release chemicals necessary for the mitigation of pain as well as control of the activity of organs.  Studies also manifest that acupuncture plays a big part in improving the immune functions in the body.

Benefits of Chiropractic Elyria Treatment

May 7, 2011   

Chiropractic treatment is a popular from of alternative therapy designed to treat and prevent pain and disorders related to the neuromusculoskeletal system including the spine. Chiropractic care is often used as a supplementary form of therapy for conventional medical treatments.  Chiropractors like physical therapists work to regain the patient’s mobility and mitigate pain through various forms of treatments which includes spinal adjustment, massage, ultrasound and specific exercises to mention a few.

Chiropractic care was utilized by the Egyptians and Greeks thousands of years ago and has been shoved in the limelight once again in the 19th century by a person named Daniel David Palmer who proclaimed that, “Ninety-five per cent of all diseases are caused by displaced vertebrae.”  Chiropractic treatment has been badly maligned as quackery in its early years but now has grown in popularity due to its effectiveness in treating many types of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) injuries and pain.  It now has gained the respect it deserves oftentimes even being recommended and prescribed by many conventional physicians for NMS pain.

Chiropractors believe in the ability of the body to heal itself and that proper care of the NMS system does result in a relatively healthy body.  The proper function of the nervous system with unimpeded neural signals to the organs, muscles and tissues means a body devoid of ailments or disease.  The structure and function of the spine and its effects on the NMS system is what the chiropractor Elyria care for among others.

Chiropractic treatment is so effective that some doctors have integrated it into their cancer patients’ treatment program.  This treatment is used to relieve pain, headaches and stress.  For many individuals who have opted out of pharmaceutical therapy, they can find chiropractic therapy a good form of alternative treatment with very minimal side effects.  It is a proven treatment for limited range of motion problems, headaches and for cancer patients; this really makes it beneficial especially for the ones suffering mesothelioma.

Many sports teams have their own chiropractors on standby to heal their injured players.  Chiropractors usually treat people injured in accidents like those suffering from whiplash or concussion.  Other patients being consulted on are those with nerve and joint problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis or sciatica.

There are numerous treatment modalities the chiropractor can utilize but the most common is the spinal adjustment technique and is used for patients with limited range of motions of one or more of their body parts.  This treatment is associated with the popping and cracking noise caused by the bursting of the bubbles in the synovial fluid when a joint is manipulated into its proper place.  Spinal adjustment is usually applied for pain in the extremities, in the hands, shoulders and neck.