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Podiatric Acupuncture and Its Various Applications

May 28, 2017   

As with all acupuncture procedures, foot acupuncture involves the application of extremely thin sterile single use needles into acupuncture points on the skin stimulating the meridian channels to enhance the flow of energy or Chi. For various podiatric issues, acupuncture points on the lower limb (from the hip below) are used to relieve pain. Foot Acupuncture can be accompanied with other podiatric treatments or can be used as a standalone therapy to treat a number of foot conditions.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Again, as with all acupuncture procedures, foot acupuncture in Bellmore is an extremely safe therapy although there may be a few potential side effects such as bruising around the site of the needle insertion, (syncope) fainting, and drowsiness. Most people however, go through the treatment experiencing no adverse side effects. The effect they usually derive is a positive one and involves a feeling of being reenergized. Compared to several prescription medications, the side effects of acupuncture are substantially low. Before the treatment begins, the podiatrist will take a full medical history of the patient.

Podiatric Acupuncture – Its Uses

There can be several uses for podiatric acupuncture. It can be used to boost well-being and overall health as well to treat musculoskeletal conditions and to better manage chronic foot pain. It accomplishes all this by helping the body’s defense system heal itself.

Podiatrists

Podiatrists are mainstream medical professionals who have been through several years of training. They closely cooperate with other professionals in the healthcare industry to provide assistance and medical care in issues concerning the foot. Their practice is regulated by the Health Professions Council. They have to keep updating their skills through Continual Professional Development. They adhere to a strict professional and ethical code.

How many treatments are required?

The answer to this varies and will depend on the condition being treated. On the average, however, the podiatrist will recommend a treatment course of three to eight sessions.

Will acupuncture only work if I believe it will?

Acupuncture will work if your body responds to its effects whether you believe in it or not. A positive attitude however can help boost the effect of the treatment.

Summary

• The needles used in acupuncture are sterile and used only once.

• Foot Acupuncture is a relatively painless and very safe type of treatment.

• Foot Acupuncture can be used in combination with other podiatric treatments or it can be used as a standalone modality.

• Acupuncture has few or zero adverse side effects

• Acupuncture activates the body to help the body heal itself.

• Podiatrists are medical trained professionals who closely cooperate with other healthcare professionals to provide.

Acupuncture Can Help Control and Manage Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)Symptoms

May 28, 2017   

In the United States, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) affects about 10 million people. It is marked by pain in the muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Myofascial pain is distinguished by hypersensitivity of certain spots in tight muscle fibers (myofascial trigger points). Those trigger points can be caused by muscle overload from repetitive activities or trauma that result in increased stress on certain muscle groups. Symptoms experienced by TMD sufferers include weakness, muscle stiffness, limited range of movement of the jaws, headaches, and tenderness.

Each year millions of Americans with chronic pain avail themselves of acupuncture treatment; however, many mainstream doctors are still questioning its therapeutic value and they argue that the treatment in nothing more than placebo. But studies in TCM or traditional Chinese medicine have proven otherwise – acupuncture has proven to work and work well in the resolution of myofascial pain and temporomandibular disorders.

How Does Acupuncture TMD Treatment Work?

Although there is still no clear cut answer as to how acupuncture relieves TMD pain, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the ability of acupuncture to restore the balanced flow of energy or Qi has something to do with it.

Recent clinical studies have yielded scientific explanations as to why acupuncture has proved successful as treatment for a lot of painful conditions. Western medical records in the 1970s indicate that acupuncture lessens the sensation of pain through the direct stimulation of the nerve and this alters the quality of signaling in nerve cells.

Research efforts actually show that acupuncture has the ability to inhibit the spinal dorsal horn and nociceptive trigeminal nucleus caudalis neurons by regulating the release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides.

Additional studies provide credence to the idea that acupuncture directly activates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins and other biological actions. Neurotransmitters and endorphins are the body’s own substances that help block and dampen the brain’s perception of pain. More studies are required to further analyze the workings behind acupuncture since many of its effects still are difficult to explain.

What may be more important is simply the proof that acupuncture does work regardless if it is through the quality of Qi flow or through body chemicals. The NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) states, “The outcomes from several studies imply that acupuncture is able to relieve knee pain/osteoarthritis, neck pain, and chronic low-back pain. It may also prevent migraine headaches and aid in the lessening of tension headache frequency”.

Western medicine is now only starting to understand how effective acupuncture is. The NCCIH noted “Recent data suggests that several factors such as belief and expectation that are not associated with traditional acupuncture may be one of the factors that bring about the beneficial effects of acupuncture pain treatment”.

TMD and Acupuncture

A treatment that constantly produce positive results, acupuncture for the treatment of TMJ and TMD is a long term plan of treatment, in which studies have revealed the most optimal treatment protocol for the treatment of TMD symptoms: treatment sessions lasting 30 minutes each one session per week. Acupuncturists treating TMD usually diagnose excess in the GB (gallbladder) meridian and a deficiency in the liver (Lv) meridian.

The site of the pain may be stuck with needles. This may include the area around the jaw and ear. But due to the interconnecting channels between the meridians, the needles can also be applied on the big toe, knees, and near the elbows. These are called distal acupoints and they as well, can change the flow of Qi through the jaw to alleviate inflammation and pain. To address identified disharmonies in the body, additional acupoints may be used. Rectifying the overall energy circulation in the body can help alleviate stress and other factors that contribute to TMJ disorders.

Researchers in Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona performed a study in 2012 that involved 168 adults all suffering from TMD. At first, all the subjects attended a class on TMD. At the second week of the study, the researchers assigned a self-care or traditional Chinese medicine therapy to patients who had the worst TMD pain. The traditional Chinese medicine therapy required 20 visits within a year. Treatment was customized based on the needs of the patient and included lifestyle guidance, massage, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture. The self-care group was given cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, relaxation therapy, jaw-stretching exercises and patient education as well as a self-help manual.

It was discovered that is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) provided short-term pain relief that was significantly greater than self-care. Furthermore, the TCM group experienced a greater decrease in social activity interference. The researchers concluded that this type of community-based, stepped-care approach using TCM is safe and could lead to a better quality of life and short-term relief of pain for TMD patients. In terms of long-term results, more studies are forthcoming that will provide a clearer picture of the effect of this treatment approach.

Combined Therapies

For the management of TMD, medical interventions currently utilized by doctors include home self-care, physiotherapy (massage), drugs, jaw appliance therapy (bite guard or stabilization splint), and surgery. Acupuncture can be used as a complementary treatment to the other approaches or as a standalone treatment. Drugs for TMJ disorders may include muscle relaxants, antidepressants, opioids (painkillers), and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). For extreme cases, local injections of corticosteroid injections may be prescribed. Acupuncture is often used often as a replacement to these modalities without the risks of side effects. Furthermore, it doesn’t interact with those current medical therapies.

Pharmaceutical therapies unfortunately are only able to provide temporal relief of TMD symptoms unlike acupuncture that zooms in on the root cause of the problem and thereby can potentially cure the condition completely. Acupuncture addresses the underlying cause of a condition by restoring balance to the body and mind through stimulation of energy pathways called meridians. This results in the relaxing of the neuromuscular tension in the jaw. TMD is oftentimes caused by muscle contraction in the face and jaw or too much stress in the jaw. Acupuncture relieves TMD discomfort by relaxing those muscles and lowering the overall levels of stress in the body.

Lifestyle changes are also important for the long-term care of TMD. Depending on any underlying disharmony the acupuncturist may identify, dietary changes may be also required. When there is an issue with teeth clenching or teeth grinding, the patient may need to wear a mouth night guard prescribed by a dentist to prevent them from occurring during sleep. Any misalignment can be rectified with bite plates.

All these behavioral approaches (altering chewing habits, jaw stretching exercises, relaxation methods, and stress reduction) have been proven to work very well. To treat TMJ discomfort, your acupuncturist can instruct you with these lifestyle changes.

For the management of TMD, you can use acupuncture either as part of an integrated plan of treatment or as a stand-alone therapy. It can provide you with an effective and really substantial alternative to occlusal splint treatment, which most probably is more preferable for patients who aren’t able to tolerate these splints very well. One study revealed TMD symptoms were significantly decreased with the use of both occlusal splints and acupuncture.

For people who don’t respond well to splint treatment, they could include acupuncture as an additional part of their treatment. When bruxism at night continues to be a problem, one option is to use acupuncture initially to get much better hold of the symptoms then use an occlusal splint to control symptoms on a long-term basis later on. Acute and chronic types of TMD can be very well addressed with acupuncture. How well the patient responds depends on how long the patient has had the condition. Normally, for acute TMD, the length of treatment would be much shorter than chronic cases.

Acupuncturists who have treated lots of cases of neuromusculoskeletal pain and TMD conditions have found these acupuncture points to work very well in the treatment of neck, head, and facial pain: GB 20, Yangbai (GB 14), Bl 10, Neiting (St 44), St 8, Li 4, , ST-6, and ST-7. These acupoints are typically stimulated for 10 to 20 minutes along with needling of Li 4 and some other acupoints, bilaterally, depending on the area affected and the severity of the pain. Electrical stimulation is added onto the needles to augment stimulation. Proof of this method’s effectiveness requires the close observation of the change in the pain perception of the patient.

Contraindications

The following is a list of precautions and guidelines when considering the use of acupuncture treatment:

1. If there is a strong possibility of getting an infection at the site intended for needle insertion, then acupuncture treatment should not be used
2. Acupuncture treatment would not be advisable for patients who cannot remain still during the entire treatment session.
3. If the needle insertion causes intolerable pain or discomfort for the patient, then the needle should be removed

It’s very important to follow safety precautions in an acupuncture treatment. They include only using disposable sterilized needles; utilizing aseptic methods for insertion of needles; closely monitoring the patient for any signs of bleeding; counting needles prior to and post treatment; needling the patient in supine position; and instructing the patient not to drive after treatment.

Conclusion

Acupuncture in general, is a very useful mode of treatment for the management of TMD symptoms. It can be used as a useful, simple, efficacious and quite safe complementary and standalone therapy in the management of TMD.

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The Use of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Treatments for Post-Partum Problems

May 28, 2017   

Chinese Medicine’s potency stems from its ability to deal with the underlying roots of disharmonies, that when treated allow for long-term results. Some of the issues women in post-partum delivery experience include:

o Insomnia
o Inadequate Lactation
o Back Pain
o Post-Traumatic Stress
o PND (Post Natal Depression)
o Night Sweating
o Post-Partum Bleeding & Persistent Lochia
o Mastitis
o Tiredness, Fatigue

Insomnia

Insomnia may turn into an unremitting cycle and may contribute to other conditions such as anxiety, natal depression, and tiredness/fatigue. According to Chinese Medicine, the blood houses the Shen or spirit. When the body has inadequate amounts of blood to house shen, then it brings about disturbed insomnia and other symptoms and amongst other maladies. Usually this inadequacy is due to fluid loss (sweat) and blood loss as well as heat in the system that dries up the blood that can arise during child delivery pregnancy and/or after delivery. To remove blood stagnation and heat, rebalance qi, tonify yin, and balance the system support may come in the form of acupuncture, herbal remedies, and diet.

Treatment and acupoints are chosen based on the classification that’s determined in Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis.

Inadequate Lactation

Acupuncture is quite effective in treating inadequate lactation. In a depleted state, the body has inadequate resources to provide and maintain sufficient milk production during breast feeding. After birth, this is a common experience especially when blood and qi are depleted. Systemic support and nourishment through herbs and acupuncture to rebalance the blood and qi is a very good way of addressing inadequate lactation naturally.

Back Pain

Back pain acupuncture treatment is one of the most widely used applications of acupuncture. Postpartum women are especially susceptible to ailments in the back due in part to kidney qi depletion for the development of the baby. The kidney is the organ system that controls the lower back. Support can come in the form of acupuncture and herbs to tonify kidney qi and blood, and rebalance the system.

A qualified and experienced acupuncturist who may be referred by your doctor, chiropractor, or osteopath can diagnose and differentiate the causative factors of your back pain.

Post-Traumatic Stress

Acupuncture in Pembroke Pines can be effectively applied on post-traumatic stress. The treatment assists in the removal of energetic trauma that has arisen in the body, supports the normal functioning of organs, and calms the nerves and the shen. It is a very good complement for counseling therapy.

PND or Post Natal Depression

According to Chinese Medicine, various factors can cause PND. Support through acupuncture and herbs to rebalance the treat blood inadequacy and stagnation, and remove heat and damp are ideal ways of restoring the body back to health and vitality. Acupuncture and herbs are also very effective therapies when combined with counseling.

Night Sweating

A common problem that occurs during postpartum is night sweating. In Chinese medicine, this is symptomatic of too much heat in the system, or blood or yin deficiency. Any loss in fluid, whether by tearing, urination, or sweating can be a cause or a sign of an imbalance and needs to be properly addressed. Common night sweating-associated patterns of disharmony include qi stagnation, jing deficiency, stagnant heat, accumulation of damp and heat, accumulation of toxic heat, blood and qi deficiency, and yin deficiency. Your acupuncturist needs to differentiate and treat these patterns in order to rebalance your body system. This can be accomplished with Chinese herbs and acupuncture bringing about long-lasting results. During your initial consultation guidance and advice will be given by your acupuncturist based on your health status.

Post-Partum Bleeding & Persistent Lochia

Binding or keeping body structures in place (i.e. blood in the vessels) is one of the functions of qi. If qi is weak, prolapses or leakages can occur. When there is too much heat in the system, bleeding may also occur.

Postpartum bleeding (in small amounts) is normal for up to four or six weeks; if after this time bleeding still persists, from the viewpoint of Chinese medicine, this is already considered pathological. When postpartum bleeding continues for a considerable period of time, it severely depletes the body and needs to be stopped before more serious complications arise. Herbal and acupuncture treatment can be used to rectify this issue efficiently and quickly.

Mastitis

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, mastitis can be the result of several factors. To restore balance to the system, treat blood stagnation, clear heat and damp, and boost the flow of blood and qi, acupuncture and herbs can be used.

Antibiotics may be necessary if this issue is not addressed early enough.

Tiredness, Fatigue

Tiredness, anxiety, and fatigue are very common experiences in postpartum women. To tonify blood and qi, Chinese herbs and acupuncture are recommended to return your body to a state of vitality and health.

Acupuncture and the Consequences of Enhanced Globalization

May 21, 2017   

In the hands of a well-trained practitioner, acupuncture can have much broader applications than just being merely a great way to control pain. It is part of the Chinese health care system that can be traced back at least 3,000 years. The underlying premise of acupuncture is the idea that patterns of energy flow (Qi) exist through the body that are indispensable for health. A disturbance of this flow is believed to be the cause of health issues. The aim of the treatment is to regain the individual’s health and well-being. A lot of people may find it a bit bizarre to find a treatment that treats illnesses by inserting needles into specific points in the body. Acupuncture is only meant to be performed by qualified and licensed practitioners in this field of alternative healthcare. It is a technique that encourages the body to heal itself as well as to improve function naturally. Acupuncture can be used successfully as a treatment in itself or used adjunctively to other forms of medical treatment in various surgical and medical disorders. One should always plan their activities is such a way that they can get some rest after treatment. For the initial visits, this is especially important. Prior to or after treatment do not immediately consume an unusually large meal.

With increased exchange of views and globalization, the system of medicine also strives to enter into the others’ territories. This process is ongoing and it results in providing world class treatment techniques that eventually leads to a better way of healing. Still, there are no assurances that a specific medical system will ultimately be successful in providing relief to the patient despite the many cases that purport to show successful treatment results by one system of medicine in order to establish itself as superior. There are attempts that still go on in justifying the supremacy of a specific medicine system and it applies to all the world’s medical systems. Enhanced globalization is to blame for all this.

There are hard-core Western pharmaceutical adherents who associate Chinese Medicine with being hocus-pocus and think that it is confined to magic. In their ignorance and blindness, they consider this system as primitive and since the basis of Chinese Medicine traces its origins to acupuncture and herbs, they attribute its effects to a term known as the placebo effect. They don’t think Chinese Medicine ever works at all when it comes to the curing or treatment of illnesses and diseases. Besides that, they see Chinese Medicine as being more inclined to spiritualism, and erroneously places it under the category of religious healing practices.

The fact of the matter is totally opposite. Chinese Medicine is an independent system of thought and actually is coherent. The way it is currently practiced has taken quite a long time to evolve. Chinese Medicine attempts to restore the human body back to its optimal state of health through natural, safe and very effective means. This is the reason why it has gained immense popularity not only in the countries where it is already established but also in the far-flung regions of the world.

Mark Whalen is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist and the founder of Five Points Acupuncture and Wellness in Reading, MA.

Study Shows That Acupuncture Treatment Can Lead to the Repair of Spinal Cord Injury

May 21, 2017   

According to the Mayo Clinic, several factors can cause nerve damage: exposure to toxins, infections, and injuries. Nerve damage can lead to symptoms like loss of sensation, burning and/or tingling sensation, and pain. Having been the subject of numerous scientific studies regarding nerve regeneration, acupuncture has proven to be an effective method to repair damaged nerves. To ensure proper care, discuss acupuncture with your doctor first before visiting a practitioner.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

For thousands of years acupuncture has been used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners as a way to resolve illnesses and bring balance to the body. It is part of an Eastern medical tradition known as TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. According to TCM, illness is believed to be caused by imbalances in the energy flow of the body. Acupuncture is a procedure that uses mall thin needles stuck into the skin at body areas known as acupuncture points to restore health and rebalance energy. Today, in the United States, there are thousands of licensed acupuncturists, dentists, and medical doctors who practice this 5,000 year-old treatment.

Spinal Cord Injury Acupuncture Treatment in Austin

Paralysis can ensue when there is damage to the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. In 2011, the medical journal “Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology” published a study showing how the use of electro-acupuncture led to the regeneration of nerve cells in rats who had suffered injuries to their spinal cord. It was shown that when used in conjunction with other therapies, electro-acupuncture was able to restore partial function to paralyzed limbs in the injured rats.

Peripheral Neuropathy Acupuncture Treatment

A 2009 publication of the European Journal of Neurology featured a study that show acupuncture being able to immediately resolve the symptoms of patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition involving damage to the nerves. The patients in this study were treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture. Each patient was started on a customized treatment plan after consultation with an acupuncturist. They were treated with acupuncture at various acupoints as suggested by the acupuncturist. Besides experiencing symptomatic relief, the patients treated with acupuncture demonstrated enhanced nerve conduction over the course of the ten-week study, causing the authors of the research to conclude that acupuncture treatment caused the nerves to regenerate.

Points to Remember

Acupuncture is widely known as a safe treatment, having fewer risks compared to conventional medical modalities. However, when it is performed without adequate training, acupuncture can lead to serious complications. Electro-acupuncture is contraindicated for the following patients: patients with a history of seizures, epilepsy, stroke, and heart disease and those with pacemakers. Before receiving acupuncture, the NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines) has recommended that you check the credentials of the acupuncturist first to make sure that he or she is qualified.

Depression Can Be Totally Cured With Acupuncture Treatments

May 21, 2017   

Depression treatment through acupuncture treatment in Vancouver works by addressing the physical imbalances underlying the condition. In contrast to Western medicine that sees depression as an emotional or mental problem Chinese medicine believes that depression is actually a physical condition that simply manifests emotionally. Chinese medicine perceives the underlying cause of depression to be a blockage to the flow of Qi or energy, which is commonly referred to as Qi stagnation. When the circulation of qi throughout the body does not go well, it leads to the rise of one or more of the characteristic symptoms of depression.

Sometimes, even when you’re tired you may have trouble falling asleep. Or you may fall asleep but can’t stay asleep. You may wake up at night and may not be able to go back to sleep till the break of dawn. You may even be able to sleep anytime you want all day and night but still wake up feeling that you haven’t had enough sleep. You may have eating problems, you either want to eat all the time or have no appetite at all. You may have a have strong craving for rich or high carbohydrate foods, salty foods, or sweets. You may be so mentally and physically exhausted that you don’t even want to think or move. You have absolutely no interest and have no motivation in anything at all.

Besides those symptoms, depression may also come with recurring thoughts that won’t go away, a total absence of emotions (feeling emotionally numb)or feelings of strong emotions (anger, irritability, sadness). You may have lost hope of feeling better again or are stricken with a profound sadness. Physical pain may sometimes be felt during depression like neck aches or headaches. Your brain won’t function correctly when you’re depressed. This can lead to poor concentration and memory and foggy thinking. You can become hypersensitive to people and the environment around you. You may become intolerant to normal music, voices, sounds, and bright lights.

How is depression triggered by blocked qi? And how does blocked qi occur in the first place? The flow of Qi can get blocked through factors such as a poor diet, chronic pain, trauma, and stress. Acupuncture is a very effective treatment against depression because it clears the factors that obstruct the flow of qi and helps qi normally circulate throughout the body once more. Acupuncture treatment, unlike most drugs, produce long lasting results. This means that it can get your qi to flow properly whilst strengthening your body to preserve that smooth flow in your body.

Furthermore, acupuncture can address the other symptoms associated with depression. It relieves anxiety that usually comes with depression, especially at night, clears negative thoughts and calms your mind, and improves your quality of sleep by regulating your day/night cycle. It boosts your concentration and mental alertness by activating brain activity, and reinforces your physical energy by enhancing the function of your spleen. Acupuncture helps regulate your digestive function to either lessen your cravings (if your depression has caused you to binge eat) or increase appetite after you’ve lost it.

It also raises your tolerance level to stimuli from the environment and to people around you so they no longer bother you. Your body you will regain your motivation as your Qi starts flowing again. You then can begin enjoying interactions with people around you and start feeling hopeful once more.

People who’ve been suffering from mild or moderate depression and who’ve tried acupuncture have experienced generally impressive results. Most of them had a full recovery. People suffering from severe depression, with thoughts of suicide may be treated with acupuncture provided it is accompanied by proper care from a psychiatrist.

A lot of people think they are trapped in their depression are usually only hoping to manage it as best they can. They should know that there is a better solution in the form of acupuncture.

Acupuncture Produces the Same Effects as Proper Posture in the Relief of Back Pain

May 14, 2017   

Over the past few years, a bunch of studies have shown acupunctures efficiency in the treatment of back pain. This treatment offers much more quality relief than Western drug therapy, particularly NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. One specific study led to an interesting outcome in that the use of “sham” acupuncture back pain treatment that utilized toothpicks to poke but not puncture the skin proved just as effective as the needling form of acupuncture.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The studies’ outcomes suggest that piercing the skin is not actually necessary in order to alleviate back pain; this implies that acupressure could work just as well as traditional needling acupuncture. The researchers theorized that when the skin is stimulated superficially, a “physiological chain reaction” takes place within the body.

Western medical treatments and traditional acupuncture are very different from each other. The latter is a technique that aims to regain overall muscle balance to the body through the stimulation of life energy or “chi”. According to Chinese medicine of which acupuncture is part of, the human body is intrinsically designed for symmetry and balance.

The Posture Connection

Acupuncture and neutral anatomy or proper posture practically does the same things; they both normalize the functions of the body, transfer energy efficiently, and distally load at the upper extremity distally towards the core, down to the knees, with the energy dispersing finally to the feet. If that energy transfer is disrupted by improper or poor posture, the mind will have difficulty concentrating and the body will become imbalanced.

While a lot of researchers hesitate to theorize as to why exactly acupuncture works so well in resolving back pain, the reason for the treatment’s success may be gleaned from the results of a study undertaken by Vail Resorts. The three-week long research monitored 300 professional ski instructors who were told to perform different tasks while wearing a Posture Shirt that generates a neuromuscular reaction to keep proper posture while wearing regular clothes over the shirt. The subjects were given self-evaluation tests that dealt with the degree of muscle stiffness and fatigue in both cases. The outcomes suggested an anatomical effect from the tension and touch technology of the posture shirt that affected body awareness, muscle coordination, and skeletal alignment. In simpler terms, the shirts worked almost like an acupressure device.

Back Pain Alleviation Treatments

Acupuncture treatment in Encino for back pain is one way to provide significant of relief to people suffering from chronic pain. If we use the information mentioned above, one can also imply that anything that activates or stimulates the correct pressure points or acupoints along the spine, back, and neck would also bring about benefits. Therefore, a Posture Shirt also provides relief since it brings relief similar to acupressure.

It’s claimed by most acupuncturists that their therapies do more than just treat back pain. They also work to regain the balance of the body as well as boost overall health. The same thing happens when a person relearns how to keep proper posture; the balance of the body is maintained and this causes all the systems and organs to function optimally.

Acupuncture treatment for back pain is well-tested and produces proven positive results. It follows the same principle as proper posture when it comes to balancing the body systems and the body itself. Between posture correction and acupuncture, sure relief is to be found for people suffering from lower back pain.

Osteoarthritis Sufferers May Find Symptomatic Relief from Acupuncture

May 14, 2017   

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which the protective cartilage surrounding the ends of bones in a joint slowly degrades. The process of joint degradation results in pain in several ways – usually when the cartilage wears away, or when the adjacent bones themselves start to come in contact with each other and rub together. It is the most frequent type of arthritis. Conventional Western modes of treatment include drugs, dietary modifications and exercise and weight adjustments to help manage the symptoms – there is no real cure for this condition.

The good news for people suffering from osteoarthritis is that acupuncture in Maitland works extremely well in managing the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis. This treatment has been thoroughly and extensively researched that oftentimes have led to positive results.

Your acupuncturist is well trained in treating various types of chronic joint pain and arthritis conditions. Most pain usually is seen by these professionals as due to issues with the soft tissue – fascia and muscles that have attached to cause radiating and dull pain. Arthritis comes into play when the movement of the individual is poor and he or she has persistent changes in the soft tissue.

According to Western medicine osteoarthritis currently has no cure. This is true in the sense that once the bones distort or the cartilage degenerates, there’s really no way to fix the problem. However, this doesn’t mean the individual needs to keep on suffering. Your acupuncturist regularly sees patients having arthritic changes symptoms and at the end of treatment, these patients leave the clinic pain-free. The effect of the treatment usually lasts for three to four weeks after which another round of treatment may be required until the condition resolves to almost permanent basis.

Acupuncturists may also be able to help patients with severe conditions meaning their joints have degraded so badly that no amount of acupuncture will relieve their pain. They can be identified quickly and if after two or treatments their pain hasn’t subsided, they probably would need more invasive treatments such as surgery to resolve their condition.

Acupuncture Works Well in the Treatment of Sinusitis

May 7, 2017   

Used for tens of centuries to cure various types of diseases, acupuncture is a 5000 plus year old treatment that works for psychological problems and for physical problems as well. It works marvelously in treating postsurgical pain and different types of pains and even allergies. This means then that acupuncture in Orlando can also treat sinusitis and other sinus conditions.

Sinusitis is a condition that can turn irritating and painful when it is prolonged due to the fact that there is no specific allopathic treatment for it. A lot of sinusitis sufferers deal with intense headaches that make them even more in distress. Sinusitis causes patients to suffer from pain, pressure and congestion in their heads especially around their eyes and cheeks.

More and more people are discovering the usefulness of acupuncture in the treatment of sinusitis. This treatment involves the application of hair-thin needles into specific points in the body to rectify the imbalances of Qi (the energy of the body). Acupoints selected are derived from the results of Chinese medicine diagnosis. In Chinese medicine, so many times, sinusitis is identified as external factors invading the lung in the case of colds or as lung Qi deficiency.

The acupoints used to treat the symptoms and their underlying cause include the Yin Tang and Bi tong (local points surrounding the sinus), and St 2, Li 20 as well as the Lu 5, and Lu 9 and some acupoints situated on the arms. This treatment releases sinus pressure and restores the flow to the blocked sinus. And when the sinus blockage is cleared, the person then experiences immediate relief.

Qi and blood is transported to the spot where discomfort and pain is felt when these acupuncture points are used. The needling of the correct distal points addresses the energy imbalance that contributes to the sinusitis condition.

So, we can say that rather than controlling or stopping your sinus problems with antibiotics, you can visit your nearest qualified acupuncturist and ask for the appropriate treatment; allow the treatment to run on the belief that Qi must flow freely throughout the body.

Acupuncture is Directly Connected to a Person’s Sexual Health

May 7, 2017   

One of the best known Eastern and Chinese alternative treatments in the world for sexual health is acupuncture in Miami. This is so even if its procedures are not really understood very well by Western medicine. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific spots in the body to help restore balance in the Yin and Yang of Qi (energy) and improve the flow of Qi and blood in the body in order to treat illness.

A sluggish or stagnant flow of Qi results in the disruption in the function of certain organs. It can lead to issues such as a poor sex life.

In Chinese medicine, the most important organ in sexuality is the kidney. The Chinese has given this organ a title: the gate of fire for the human body. If the Qi and blood flow to the kidney is blocked it can result in low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and difficulty in reaching orgasm.

The Chinese emperors were very fussy about their sex life. They commissioned medicine men and experts to conduct studies that would help them understand the flow of Qi. In this way, they were able to perfect the art of using acupuncture to address low libido and erectile dysfunction.

When an acupuncturist prepares a plan of treatment for a patient, he or she first conducts a diagnostic evaluation of the patient first in order to determine the spots or acupuncture points in which to stick the needles. The acupuncturist will need to check the patient’s blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse rate, and tongue. Besides these, the patient’s medical history needs to be reviewed as well.

The acupuncturist will also observe the patient’s symptoms to identify the part of the body where stagnation of blood and energy has occurred.

The needles are placed into the acupoints where it’s believed the circulation of energy is weak. These needles are left inserted in the body for around 30 – 45 minutes. In acupuncture treatment of sexual dysfunctions, acupoints near the kidney and sexual organs like the hips and stomach are selected. Also points remote from the problematic organ are sometimes used. They include acupoints in the legs, hands, and wrists to boost the flow of Qi and blood.

In the treatment of low libido, aromatherapy and/or Chinese herbal medicine is oftentimes combined with acupuncture. These modalities can provide resolutions for organic deficiencies. Patients who avail of acupuncture are also advised to perform regular exercises to help enhance the physical performance of their bodies.

Acupuncture can be great way to effect the stabilization of woman’s menstrual cycle, prolong erection, and increase the production of testosterone the improve libido.