25. June 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture St Helens Relief for Arthritic Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Practiced by Chinese healers and used by the Chinese for thousands of years as a treatment for various kinds of illnesses, acupuncture is now one of the most popular alternative forms of treatment around the world as well.  It is for the various health benefits that it offers as well as its safeness (no negative side effects) that it is so popular with people of all races.  Acupuncture St Helens is even now being extolled as a natural remedy for arthritis, probably because traditional Chinese practitioners believe that arthritis is a manifestation of an imbalance in the body’s energy.  Acupuncture is supposed then to revive the natural energy balance.  In Western medical viewpoint, acupuncture has been observed to activate the release of endorphins, which naturally block pain.

The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis around the world and it affects around 20 million sufferers in the Untied States.  Osteoarthritis is caused by the degradation of the joints and soft bones that causes stiffness and severe pain.  Rheumatoid arthritis is usually more severe in pain and scope since not only the joints are affected but also some major organs.  Rheumatoid arthritis causes extreme swelling in the lining of the joints resulting in inflammation, stiffness, and severe pain.  This kind of arthritis also contorts the shape of the joints and severely impairs their range of movement.  Acupuncture is a very potent treatment for pain relief for both types of arthritis.

Treatment begins by cleansing the skin with alcohol.  Sterilized fine needles are inserted into the area of distress or in other parts of the body.  The number of needles used and the depths of insertion depend on the degree of the pain.  The needles are either “tweaked” or manipulated or electrically energized and allowed to remain in the skin for several minutes to an hour.

A slight sensation is felt as the needles are inserted, which is much less painful than when one is receiving a vaccination shot.  A warm sensation is felt when the needles are applied with mild electricity.  This manipulation or electrical stimulation is used to optimize the effect and thus increase the benefits of the treatment.  Acupuncture as a treatment for arthritis is usually done two times per week and it usually implies several treatments for one to substantially enjoy the benefits.

There is not doubt the acupuncture relieves pain, thus making it an ideal modality for arthritis, which is mainly a problem principally characterized by pain. Arthritis is a very significant problem in the United States because of its debilitating nature.  There are hundreds of pain medications for arthritis but acupuncture is more superior to these because it does not cause any side effects whatsoever.

25. June 2011 · Comments Off on Three Other Benefits of Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture

Acupuncture Davis is usually associated with the analgesic treatment of pain.  Besides this fact, acupuncture has many benefits for various kinds of conditions.  Listed below are some of the ways acupuncture helps in treating these common conditions.

Sleep Disorders

The most common method in the United States to get sleep is through medication therapy.  Sleeping pills prescribed or not are consumed by the tens of millions everyday and night making treatment for sleeping disorders a multi-billion industry.  Millions suffer from sleep disorders such as trouble falling asleep, trouble maintaining sleep, trouble keeping awake and erratic sleep cycles to mention a few.  Of course, medications are not really healthy options since these drugs are laden with toxins that cause harmful side effects to the body.  For all intents and purposes, acupuncture is a superior alternative to medications it being an effective, natural drug-free (no side effects) treatment for sleeping problems

The circadian rhythm, which is like the body’s natural timer, when functioning normally, automatically lets the body feel sleepy when it is time to sleep.  What acupuncture does is manipulate the circadian rhythm to “reset” the time to the sleeping and waking cycle best suited for the individual’s lifestyle, which may not be always sleeping in the night.  Acupuncture helps allay the mind off any extreme emotions and makes the mind relax and allows the to body feel light and comfortable.  This is very helpful as the mind does not go one worrying about what is going to happen the next day while one is trying to sleep.

Menstrual Disorders

Anovulation and irregular distressing and painful menstruation are very real problems for many women.  The conventional Western answer for these problems is pill prescriptions to regulate the hormonal cycle.  Many women do benefit from this approach and many likewise do not.  The negative aspect of this is again the harmful side effects of the drug.  While on the “pill”, most women gain weight, have diminished sexual appetite and develop mood swings to name a few.

Acupuncture is an effective way to regulate and normalize the menstrual cycle without needing to suffer from these negative side effects.  Since acupuncture has the ability to balance and regulate all body functions, this ability allows the reproductive cycle and systems to function regularly and normally.  The result of acupuncture treatment will be to bring the body into a healthy homeostatic balance.

Low Energy

An unhealthy lifestyle and/or poor blood circulation makes a person lethargic and weak.  Poor diet, stress and vices such as smoking and alcohol intake or even drug abuse can really mess up the body.  Acupuncture can help the person kick his substance addiction or cravings and improves blood circulation allowing the body to receive vital nourishment once more.

Acupuncture Miami is an ancient Chinese medicinal art form used in China and other parts of the Orient for 4,000 years as treatment for a wide range of sicknesses and disorders.  It was first introduced in the United States in the 1970s and it was shown to be very effective in removing post surgical pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) viewpoint of how acupuncture works to treat human diseases and sicknesses contrasts remarkably from the perspective of the West.  TCM believes the two opposing but complementary principles of yin and yang dynamic in the human body is what causes health or disease to occur in the body.  Yin represents passivity and water while yang is associated with activity and fire.  TCM also states that an energy called Qi or chi flows through invisible energy pathways spread all across the body called meridians.  Chi is what gives the body energy, life and growth.  The smooth unhindered flow of chi causes the body to be healthy.  If chi is obstructed or stagnates in the meridians, the result will be an imbalance of yin and yang and disease starts to manifest.  There are over 400 acupuncture points located in the skin all over the body.  These points connect to meridians, which in turn connect to the organs and tissues of the body.  Acupuncture points are were hair thin hole-less needles are inserted in the skin when the body has a disease or illness and depending on the symptoms manifested by the disease, specific acupuncture points corresponding to the organs affected by the disease are used.

In Western viewpoint, acupuncture works to heal the body by stimulating the release of opioids.  These opioids are responsible for the mitigation of most types of pain.  Western research has discovered that acupuncture activates nerves in the vertebrae and brain that release neurotransmitters, which removes or lessens the pain.  Numerous MRI evidences have verified that acupuncture influences the brain to increase a person’s pain threshold.

Another Western science observation states that acupuncture improves blood flow around the affected areas.  This enhanced blood flow nourishes the affected body area and washes away toxins.  Western scientists have also stated that acupuncture points are carriers of electromagnetic (energy) signals. Therefore, acupuncture activates these points, which in turn causes electromagnetic signals or energy to increase.  One of the effects of these signals is to transmit natural painkillers (endorphins and enkephalins among others), to the affected or injured body part causing the pain to subside or go away.

Acupuncture is a very powerful analgesic and relieves a huge array of painful symptoms.  It also effectively reduces nausea and vomiting caused by various factors such as chemotherapy or anesthesia. It powerfully treats asthma, carpel tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis and menstrual cramps among others.  It helps treat chemical and behavioral addiction and cravings of all sorts and is an excellent therapy for chronic pain for both young and old patients.

12. June 2011 · Comments Off on Chiropractic Marlton Therapy for Sciatica · Categories: Chiropractic

Sciatica is pain originating in the low back or buttock that radiates on both legs caused by compressed sciatic nerves.  The pain may be felt as sharp, nagging and with sensations akin to being shocked with electricity.  Causes of sciatica may include lumbar spine subluxations, herniated disks, pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, diabetes or constipation, to name a few.  Sciatica sufferers may risk sensory loss, monoplegia or insomnia if sciatica is left untreated.

In order to determine a diagnosis, the chiropractor needs to review the patient’s medical history, and perform physical and neurological examinations. The use of X-rays, MRI sans CT scans may be needed to gain a more precise diagnosis and determine if indeed chiropractic treatment is appropriate for the patient’s problem.  The aim of chiropractic therapy is to allow the body to heal itself.  This therapy does not use any drugs during treatment and is non-surgical. The hands of the chiropractor  are the only tools used to treat neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) problems.  Sciatica may involve many modalities.  The more popular ones are ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, spinal adjustments, TENS and ultrasound

1. Ice/Cold therapy –  Ice packs are applied to the area of inflammation to alleviate the sciatic pain and reduce inflammation.

2. Ultrasound – Sound waves are produced to improve blood and neural circulation. This therapy helps mitigate pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected area.

3. TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) – A small, portable, battery-powered machine connected to the body by electrodes.  This machine produces weak electrical impulses that are sent out to affected muscles and nerves to relieve pain and alleviate muscle spasms.

4. Spinal adjustment – Also called chiropractic or spinal manipulation. This therapy helps realign joints and other vertebral parts. By realigning misplaced joints and vertebrae, nerves are released to function normally again, sending better signals to the body muscles, organs and tissues and thus enhancing the performance of these body parts. Spinal adjustment is proven to be safe and effective and that is why it is the most commonly used treatment in chiropractic care.  This treatment is known for the popping and crackling sound made by the body as it is massaged and manipulated by the chiropractor.

Chiropractors have knowledge of a wide assortment of adjustment techniques allowing them to tackle different types of subluxations and disorders. However, spinal adjustment is the treatment that separates chiropractic therapy from all other forms of medical disciplines.  There are cases of sciatica that cannot be treated with chiropractic therapy.  That is why a thorough physical and diagnostic examination together with a study of the patient’s medical history should be done to have a clear perspective of the problem.  If the problem is beyond the power of chiropractic therapy to cure, the chiropractor usually refers the patient to a mainstream medical physician.

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.

04. June 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture New York and Addiction Treatment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Acupuncture New York is part of the 3000 year old ancient healing practice of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.  TCM uses paradigms as chi (life force or vital energy), yin (water principle, passive, nurture, cool), blood, Yang (warm, kinetic, aggressive, fire principle) and the concept of the major body organs distinct from the understanding of Western science to diagnose and treat various kinds of conditions.  The Five elements system is also a component of traditional Chinese medicine founded on five qualities or energies (water, metal, earth, fire and wood) of nature and the human body.  The Five elements associate to organs, smells, tastes, seasons among others.  When these energies are in hormony and balance, the body experiences good health.

TCM treats all kinds of addiction.  There are two types of addiction according to TCM.

Chemical addictions – Chemical addictions are addiction to substances such as caffeine, sugar, nicotine, alcohol, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines.  Perspective wise, TCM classifies addictive substances as hot (yang) in nature, inciting blood and chi to activity, dispersing them.  Prolonged intake of these substances can wreak havoc on the body, mind and yin, resulting in yin deficiency syndrome of empty heat.  This condition engenders cravings, aggression, anxieties and restlessness.  Prolonged use will lead to imbalance of liver yin, chronic kidney disease and yang and chi deficiency syndromes.  The five-element system associates substances to an element.  Example, wood – alcohol , fire – nicotine, fire – amphetamines, fire – ecstasy, metal – cocaine, wood – cannabis, water – heroin, earth – sugar, wood – caffeine.  This association enables the acupuncturist to know the treatment approach and the underlying problem of the addiction.

Behavioral addictions – Compulsive lying, gambling, living on the edge, obsessive workouts and sex are all manifestations of this addiction. The five-element system is used to explain in TCM perspective the root causes of the addiction and thus knowing what treatment approach to take.

Whatever addiction the person is hooked one, acupuncture can be an effective tool to treat the underlying causes of the problem, energy deficiencies in the body and to offer an effective solution. Initial consultations usually will ascertain what symptoms are manifested by the patient and will formulate a diagnosis based on them.  Acupuncture is aimed at neutralizing the cravings, facilitating detoxification for chemical addictions and enabling the body to restore its balance and harmony. Acupuncture treatment usually is in the ears or in the body or both.  As the treatment progresses the organs become better nourished and energy is redistributed in balance and harmony.  With addictions that are chemical in nature, the empty heat is taken away and body yin is replenished diminishing the cravings.  Acupuncture is a very good therapy for all types of addictions and  based on the severity of the condition, treatment may last for 6-10 weeks.