First and foremost, prevention. This is the number one reason for trying acupuncture and although it’s not the most common reason to try it. Most people try acupuncture for the first time because they have some kind of ailment such as pain, digestive distress, or emotional imbalance. Acupuncture can and should be looked at as preventative medicine, instead of waiting to get a diagnosis of a specific condition. An acupuncturist is be able to detect much more subtle imbalances in your system and work to correct them.
• Acupuncture can be used to offset stress and the effects of aging. Research proves that neglected stress can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds, leading to all kinds of ailments ranging from digestive distress, painful periods, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, allergies, blood pressure and sugar imbalances, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fatigue. Cosmetically speaking, wrinkled skin, grey hairs, thin hair, and dark circles under the eyes are no strangers to the extremely stressed body. Acupuncture has been proven to help offset these adverse effects and can help promote a more youthful energetic self.
• Acupuncture can help you understand your body and mind better. Acupuncture is not just all about tiny needles. In addition to being treated with acupuncture to help regulate your system, most practitioners offer dietary and lifestyle suggestion that may help you make the changes you want to see in your life.
The next time you have trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, consider seeing an acupuncturist which might detect subtle imbalances that could be leading to those distressing symptoms. Furthermore, acupuncturists are trained to treat not only the “symptoms” but the “root causes,” which means making changes on deep fundamental levels of your being.
Filed under Acupuncture, Back pain, Chronic pain, Cosmetic acupucnture, Depression, Digestive problems, Facial acupuncture, Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Fatigue, Headache, Hot flashes, Insomnia, Menopause, Neck pain, Pain relief, Shoulder pain
Sam Robinson* is a healthy 60 years old male. He has gone through many physical traumas in his life such as multiple broken bones and different work related injuries but he is otherwise healthy. He presented to our clinic because of his brother’s referral. At initial visit, he reported that his left shoulder pain is an insidious onset and was worsening over the last 2 weeks. He did not recall any trauma and injury to the left shoulder. Sam explained that although he has been through many injuries and traumas, this pain was nothing like them. It was the WORSE pain he has ever felt. The shoulder pain was dull and occasionally sharp. He was getting about one hour of sleep every night due to his shoulder pain. During physical exam, it was found that he has decreased range of motion with the arm secondary to pain.
Acupuncture was performed and pain subsided tremendously. He reported pain to be 1-2/10 after the first treatment. We also talked about naturopathic treatments that can be conducted at home to help speed up healing. Sam was advised to taking omega-3s to help decrease inflammation of the shoulder. We also spoke about dietary changes such as avoid nightshades (potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes) which can potentially aggravate his symptoms.
Sam was asked to return for the second treatment the same week but was not able to make it until one week after the first treatment. He reported that he has been following the naturopathic treatment protocols and that the pain relieved for 4 days and is now started slowing coming back. The second treatment was preform and again he noticed pain decreased to about 1/10. He range of motion noticeably improved after the treatment.
After a series of six treatments, Sam is pain-free. He is now receiving acupuncture once every month for general health maintenance and wellness.
*name changed for confidentially purposes.
Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective mode of treatment for back pain, headaches and more.
According to Acupuncture Today:
Acupuncture can play an important role in the reduction or elimination of back pain by reducing recovery time and preventing a chronic condition from developing.
Research has shown that acupuncture causes the body to produce natural steroids and promote the production of natural endorphins. Steroids decrease inflammation, while endorphins are produced by the body to kill pain. Both substances can play an integral part in the breaking up of the pain cycle.
By reducing acute back pain, acupuncture may also reduce the chances of chronic back pain from occurring. It can help avoid the need for costlier and more invasive surgical procedures. And if back pain can be significantly reduced with acupuncture, it also lowers the need for painkillers or other medications that can either cause unwanted side-effects or prolong a patient’s condition.
If you have ever suffered a neck injury such as whiplash you will be aware of how limiting and painful it can be. We rely on the neck to support our head and when the ligaments and muscles within the neck are damaged, the head’s range of movement is restricted.
Whiplash symptoms may occur immediately or minutes to hours after the initial injury; the sooner after the injury that symptoms develop, the greater the chance of serious damage.
- Neck pain
- Neck swelling
- Tenderness along the back of your neck
- Muscle spasms (in the side or back of your neck)
- Difficulty moving your neck around
- Pain shooting from your neck into either shoulder or arm
This may stop us from carrying out normal day-to-day tasks such as driving, sitting at our desks for long periods of time, and doing the house work and many of us are keen to find relief for whiplash injury symptoms as soon as possible. Some rely on the marvels of modern medicine while others turn to more unconventional techniques such as acupuncture.
In a randomized, controlled study involving 124 patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years, with chronic (85%) or subacute whiplash-associated disorder (grade I or II), treatment with acupuncture (12 treatments over the course of 6 weeks) was found to be associated with significantly greater reduction in pain intensity at 3 and 6 months follow-up, as compared to subjects who received a simulated but not real acupuncture treatment. The authors conclude, “Real acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in pain intensity over at least 6 months.”
“A Randomized Trial Comparing Acupuncture and Simulated Acupuncture, for Sub-acute and Chronic Whiplash,” Cameron ID, Wang E, et al, Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2011 April 7; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia).