No Brainer Reasons to Visit an Acupuncturist – Reason #3 – Knee Arthritis

A study published in January 2017 identifies conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture. Arthritis of the Knee, is one of the conditions that is very successfully treated with acupuncture – it’s a no brainer.

So, if your knee is really hurting, you might have been to your doctor searching for ways to relieve the pain.  Doctors will often give injections in the knee to relieve the pain.  For some, these injections can be quite helpful, but the relief is only temporary, typically lasting for months.

For a long-term benefit to the knee, one of the most effective strategies is to begin a strengthening program.  By increasing the muscles in your leg (especially the upper leg), you may reduce the pressure of the knee, thereby reducing pain.  One exercise that is great for strengthening the upper leg is a wall sit.  This exercise does not require any equipment, and can be done anywhere there is some blank wall space.  Here is a great example of how to perform this simple exercise: Wall Sit Exercise.

If you are carrying a little extra weight, it can be really hard on the knees, so working to loose that weight is a great strategy to eliminate knee pain long term.

Other strategies to help with pain on a shorter term basis include icing, heat packs (you can even alternate ice and heat), as well as taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil).

If you are looking for a medication free way to resolve the pain of arthritis in the knee, it might be time to consider acupuncture.  Acupuncture treatments will stimulate circulation, and ease inflammation, resulting in decreased pain.  Once the pain is reduced, you can increase your activity level, which helps keep weight down, and the knee joint lubricated and pain free.

 

Ann & Emily

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No Brainer Reasons to Visit an Acupuncturist – Reason #2 – Back Pain

 

A study published in January 2017 identifies conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture. Back pain, whether it be acute pain (it just started today) or chronic pain (it’s been around for months or even years) is one of the conditions that is very successfully treated with acupuncture – it’s a no brainer.

So, what do you do between now and your acupuncture appointment to manage the pain you are experiencing?  Let’s give you some self-care recommendations.

If the pain is acute (it just happened): You can try laying down on the floor with your feet slightly elevated on a pillow.  Alternate between applying heat and then ice.  For example, 15 minutes with a heating pad and then 15 minutes with an ice pack.  There are some over the counter pain patches that might be helpful.

If the pain is chronic: try a self-massager (we have a shiatzu massager from Costco that we both use at home), do some basic stretching, nothing that hurts, here is an example of a stretching routine from Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO3racIlTcg.

We are often asked; how long will it take for me to be better with acupuncture?  For acute pain, resolution is typically quick.  We may see you 1-3 times in a week and the pain should be gone or greatly diminished.  For chronic pain, resolution is often longer.  We will recommend an initial 4 treatment plan.  From there we will access your progress and come up with a treatment plan.

Whatever the cause of your back pain, once we see you we will make some individual self-care and/or life style recommendations to help the pain go away faster, and to keep it away.  We will also refer for additional care from a massage therapist, chiropractor, or orthopedic specialist if we think it is necessary.

Ann & Emily

 

 

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Is your laundry clean but toxic?

Oh, the smell of clean laundry.  It may bring back childhood memories of putting on fresh clothes or crawling into bed with fresh clean sheets.  But what is that smell you remember so well?

 

Commercial laundry detergents such as the top selling brands: Tide, Gain, Kirkland, and others are what we are most familiar with.  The problem with these brands is that they are full of chemicals and in some cases, chemical fragrances. The ingredient list may include, petroleum, phosphates, formaldehyde, chlorine, synthetic dyes and synthetic fragrances.

 

Dryer sheets are also a significant problem as they coat your clothes, and are made with synthetic chemicals and synthetic fragrance.

 

When your clothes are washed in these products, the chemicals permeate the materiel, and remain as a reside on the clothes.  The chemicals can result in skin irritations, affect your metabolism by disrupting hormones, possibly even affecting your immune system.

 

So, it’s time to clean out your laundry room, and bring in some less toxic products.  My current favorite laundry detergent is Molly’s Suds.  This product is made with only 3 ingredients plus organic essential oil.  Check out their website mollysuds.com.  Instead of dryer sheets, I use wool dryer balls and if I want a natural fragrance, I make my own “dryer sheets” using a recipe from Wellness Mamma, here is the link: http://ift.tt/2nN4tu2

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No Brainer Reasons to Visit an Acupuncturist – Reason #1 – Headache

A study published in January 2017 identifies conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture.  Headache of any type including migraine and tension headache is one of the conditions that is very successfully treated with acupuncture – it’s a no brainer.

It makes us cry when we hear a patient’s story about dealing with frequent headaches.  The pain, missing time with family and friends, missing work, the “hangover” from taking drugs that only dull the pain, never taking the pain away forever.

Acupuncture is amazingly effective in eliminating headaches.  The technique we use will eliminate or significantly reduce the pain during the first treatment.  Then we develop a plan, with the patient to eliminate headaches long term.  Once your headaches are gone, there should be
no reason to use prescription or over the counter drugs.

Remember: it is not normal to have a headache (ever, unless you get hit on the head) let us help you, let us give you your life back, and become headache free, you deserve it.

Ann & Emily

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