Archive for the ‘Acupuncture’ Category

Back Pain and Acupuncture

Friday, October 29th, 2010

If you have “non-structural” or soft-tissue pain in your back, lower back, neck and shoulders, then you are advised to seek acupuncture as a treatment option that has a high chance of success, with virtually no risks or side-effects if it is not effective.

For the vast majority of patients I have seen since I started my practice in 1999, back pain of all varieties have responded very well to acupuncture treatment, provided the cause is not a structural one. Non-structural back pain is likely the type you have if you have not been involved in an accident or trauma that caused physical damage to the spine or spinal cord.

Examples of structural problems would be things like ruptured discs, crushed vertebrae and pinched nerves due to narrow outlets in the vertebral body.

Soft tissue pain (for which acupuncture is great) include things like strained back muscles, tight muscles that cause pain, pain that occurs after over exertion. Often people have semi-chronic back pain that originates from soft-tissue injury or strain. This is the most common type of back pain and the kind you most likely have if you haven’t had a serious accident or spinal trauma.

For most patients, a course of 4-8 treatments will greatly relieve or eliminate back pain…it just depends upon the severity of the pain, and how long it has been bothersome.

If you have specific questions about your pain, or wish to know how acupuncture might help your back, low back, neck and shoulder pains…give us a call and we’ll help you decide if acupuncture is right for you.

Acupuncture For Migraine Headaches

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Acupuncture is very effective for most migraine headache sufferers. In fact, I would say that 75% of the patients I have seen with migraine headaches (for over 10 years now, and counting) improve dramatically within 6-8 treatments.

Granted I have had a few patients who did not respond to acupuncture for migraines, but I can count those people on one hand.

Acupuncture works by helping the body’s natural ability to heal kick into high gear. In the case of migraines, using acupuncture is one way to guide the body back toward peak health and balance.

Some of the reasons we notice imbalances include stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, anger/frustration and a host of other “modern” complaints. All of these can work together to create an imbalance in the body that is causes overwhelming and often debilitating migraine headaches.

If you are interested in conquering migraines without the need to take expensive, toxic and side-effect riddled medications for the rest of your life…
then you owe it to yourself to give acupuncture a try.

And, as a friendly reminder: Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist for this type of work, not a Chiropractor “certified” in acupuncture. Being certified in acupuncture means nothing really. Licensed Acupuncturists are licensed by the Board of Medical Practice and have 3-4 years of training in acupuncture and Asian Medicine. Those are the people you want to see.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Acupuncture remains the most widely applied medicine in the world today. Here’s why acupuncture continues to produce results.

As a health system, acupuncture continues to thrive after thousands of years, being done almost identically today as it has always been done. The fact that acupuncture and herbal medicines have survived the test of time,  gives credibility to the medicine and to its efficacy, and its ability to deliver acceptable results to patients who try it.

“How” acupuncture works depends upon whom you ask.

If you read the Traditional Asian Medical writings on acupuncture, you will quickly discover that this form of medicine comes from a perspective that some type of life-force (often called chi–pronounced “chee”) gives life to everything around us. This force works on and through us, as it does throughout the entire spectrum of Creation.

Although we cannot measure this force, this chi, we can certainly recognize that in its absence, life ceases to exist.

From and energetic medical perspective, chi flows through your body and directs all physical functions. You might say that chi is “behind” all physical health and vitality.

When chi flow gets constricted or imbalanced (often through physical, emotional and mental stresses), pain, discomfort and/or disease are all possible results that will follow from this decreased energy flow.

The purpose of acupuncture is to strategically place sterile needles (more like fine wires, really), into specific places on the body that are known to redirect your chi, and help you re-balance your entire body.  By balancing your chi, the physical body will regain its balance and vitality, because the energetic blockages causing pain, discomfort or disease have been removed.

Acupuncture has a very high success rate for what I would call non-critical health imbalances. If you have migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, back or neck pain, irregular menstrual cycles–just to name a few–then acupuncture is a great medicine.

For more serious conditions, such as cancer, acupuncture can often help manage side-effects from chemotherapy (such as nausea and fatigue).

Because acupuncture is not injecting the body with any medicine or otherwise using outside resources to alter your body’s natural state, it is a safe, complimentary health model that can bring balance to your body whether used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medicine.

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Acupuncture For Fertility

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Acupuncture is a great therapy to add into your “pre-conception” regime, to get your body ready to conceive.

When you are actively trying to get pregnant, acupuncture is helpful to keep your body relaxed, improve blood flow to your uterus and balance hormones that make it easier for you to conceive.

Acupuncture is often the first choice for couples facing fertility challenges, because it is cost effective and has been shown to improve conception rates. How does it do this?

Couples seeking In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures, will find that adding acupuncture to their protocol (both pre-and post-transfer) may improve their IVF pregnancy success rates by up to 65%

Read this FOX News study on acupuncture and IVF

And so is plenty of “real world” experience.

Since 1999, I have witnessed acupuncture help dozens of couples get pregnant. If you are interested in the methods behind successfully conceiving, quickly and naturally, contact me to arrange a consultation.

I recommend you consult the Whole Body Fertility webite for specific information about how you can accomplish that.

If you would like to find out more information about acupuncture treatments for fertility issues. Please contact me using the form on this website, or by calling me at my office number 320-656-1010.