Category Archive for: ‘Acupuncture’

The Needle Effect

In 1978, a Czech doctor, Karel Lewit,  published a landmark study in the Journal Pain. His study looked at therapeutic injection techniques for myofascial pain. In his analysis of 241 patients, he concluded that “it appeared that it was the puncture of the needle that was the common denominator, not the substance that was injected.” He went on to say …

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Got Pain?

Got pain?     you’re not alone Acute and chronic pain affects approximately 100 million Americans, with the annual costs associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. Pain is a uniquely individual and subjective experience that depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors. For many patients, the treatment of pain is inadequate not just because …

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How to heal faster and stronger

If you have an injury (acute or chronic) this weeks blog is for you. Ultimately, your body knows what to do to heal an injury. The classic model of injury healing comprises  four sequential, yet overlapping phases: (1) Hemostasis, (2) Inflammation (3) Proliferation   (4) Remodeling.   Within the first few minutes after the injury, a process of platelet aggregation …

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Better, Stronger, Faster

Whether you’re a professional, recreational or competitive athlete, you are likely looking for ways to be better, stronger and faster in order to get that competitive edge. In prior blogs I’ve  discussed nutritional  and training factors for sports performance. If you don’t have adequate fuel or an anti-inflammatory diet, this can definitely be a limiting factor in your ability to …

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Acupuncture may be the key to your stress- and a number of associated health problems

One’s reaction to stress is mediated by the hypothalamus -pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA)   What is the hypothalamus -pituitary-adrenal axis? The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, secretes hormones that regulate the body’s response to stress as well as regulating digestion, the immune system, emotions, sexuality and energy metabolism. It is also involved in the “flight or fight” response to acute stress, which results …

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Are You Scarred for Life?

      Scar tissue can cause many problems, including: Limited range of motion Decreased circulation Interference of sensory and motor nerve function Pain Scar tissue is a natural reaction of the body to trauma. It forms as part of the inflammatory and healing processes. Scars can be found on any tissue on the body, with the most common sites …

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RICE vs MEAT: Which is better for an acute injury?

         RICE is the acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is considered to be the standard approach to an acute injury within the initial 24 to 48 hours.     The basis of this approach is that inflammation causes the pain associated with the injury. Take away inflammation and you take away the pain. In …

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Got Low Back Pain?

  Nearly 80% of adults are affected by low back pain, with annual costs in the United States estimated to be greater than $26 billion. Low back pain affects office space workers, those engaged in manual labor, athletes and even children. Low back pain has been attributed to direct trauma, arthritis, and mechanical dysfunction. Mechanical problems are likely the most …

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The power of the Needle

    The practice of acupuncture dates back nearly 5000 years, where it began in China. Over the course of its development, ancient practitioners developed concepts and systems reflecting the religious, medical and cultural beliefs of their time. Archaeological relics and manuscripts give us a clue to understanding the history and development of acupuncture. Ancient practitioners examined their patients by …

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The Bain of Pain is in the Brain

      Does your pain keep recurring? Do you feel like your health care providers are chasing your pain?     Has your treatment been directed towards your symptoms vs the cause?       Pain usually begins with some sort of injury affecting the Human Movement System (HMS): Soft Tissues, joints and the nervous system. Over time, this …

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