You Want to Stick Me with THAT?
A acupuncturist inserts very thin needles through the skin and manipulates meridians* through which energy flows.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as qi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians (*pathways) in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessed through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Illness occurs when there’s an imbalance of the forces. Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations can bring the energy flow back into proper balance.
Benefits of Acupuncture:
- Safe (when performed correctly)
- Minimal side effects
- Effective in controlling some types of pain, especially for patients who do not respond to pharmaceutical pain medications
- Useful alternative for patients who do not want to take pain medications
- Dangerous for patients with bleeding disorders/on blood thinners
- Bleeding, bruising and soreness at the insertion sites
- Needle may break and damage an internal organ (rare)
- Unsterilized needles may infect the patient
- When inserted deeply into the chest or upper back there is a risk of collapsed lung (rare)
Who May Benefit?
- Alleviates pain and nausea after surgery
- Reduces level of pain/amount of potent painkillers needed by patients after surgery
- Reduces symptoms of indigestion in pregnant women
- Relieves hot flashes in women who are being treated with the anti-estrogen tamoxifen after breast cancer surgery
Latest studies indicate effectiveness in fighting…
low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, post-operative dental pain, osteoarthritis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, menstrual cramps, chronic stress, high blood pressure
Just What the Doctor Ordered
Massage affects the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduces muscular tension or flaccidity, stimulates or sedates the nervous system, and enhances tissue healing. Massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, and may enhance immune system functioning.
Massage helps these medical conditions: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome/other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headaches, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
- reduces of muscle tension/stiffness/spasms
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- increases of the ease and efficiency of movement
- relieves stress/helps relaxation
- promotes deeper and easier breathing
- improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph
- relief of tension-related conditions, such as headaches and eyestrain
- Promotes faster healing of soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, and reduces pain and swelling related to such injuries
- reduces the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries
- enhances the health and nourishment of skin
- improves posture
- reduces stress/excellent stress management tool
- creates a feeling of well-being
- Reduces levels of anxiety
- Increases awareness of the mind-body connection
- Promotes relaxed state of mental awareness
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Cryotherapy is a procedure that uses extreme cold to treat things such as cancerous tumors. It is less traumatic and has a shorter recovery time than open surgeries, but there is a risk of damage to the organs and nerves surrounding the treatment area.
Patients experience less pain and seldom need overnight stays in the hospital to manage pain
Cryotherapy only requires a small incision, resulting in less damage to other tissues than patients experience with other surgical options
Fewer side effects, and patients can usually resume normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure
Less expensive than other cancer treatment options
Bleeding, as a result of puncturing and freezing tissue, can occur
surrounding organs may be affected
Long-term effects of cryotherapy are unknown and still being investigated.