How Acupuncture Helps with Stress

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

stress-chiropractic-careStress: Research Shows How Acupuncture Helps

Some people don’t see stress as a big problem because it is a natural aspect of life. Nevertheless, many health concerns come from the ravages of stress. Many of the world’s greatest health concerns come from the harsh effects of continued stress on the body. Heart disease, obesity, headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and digestive problems have all been directly linked to stress.

Dealing with Stress

Everyone wants to lead a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately for many, stress creates myriad health problems that result in a less than optimal situation in their lives. People deal with stress in a variety of ways. Some of those ways can be just as or more detrimental than the stress itself. If you are abusing drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or food to alleviate stress, then you are definitely on the wrong path.

If you are dealing with stress or anxiety in a way that is either ineffectual or harmful, you should consider acupuncture and its related treatments. Acupuncture could help you have more calm, serene days and restful, sleep-filled nights. Unfortunately, until recently there was a dearth of biological evidence proving how this occurs. A new study on stress and acupuncture is giving new insights into the biological processes.

acupuncture-medicalA Study on the Benefits of Acupuncture for Stress Relief

According to study researcher Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, who is an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, this new study explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving properties and helps us “understand what’s going on at a molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit.”

The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Their results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology. They were able to show that the healing practice of acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety in those who receive it.


How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Body to Heal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

back-pain-bad-postureWhy Chiropractic Treatment Promotes Self Healing

If you suffer from acute or chronic back pain then you may be considering a visit to a chiropractor. You’ve probably heard that chiropractors offer relief from pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, but if you’re like many people, you may not know exactly what makes this treatment option so successful.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that although a large proportion of chiropractic treatment is focused around the spine, the positive effects can be wide-reaching.

As the spine is the home residence of the central nervous system (which is responsible for the functioning of everything in the body), spine-centric adjustments can actually benefit symptoms in other parts of the body. So, for example, a patient may seek chiropractic help initially to treat lower back pain and end up with an improved immune system as well.

Chiropractors typically treat a wide span of musculoskeletal conditions that affect the body’s bones, joints, nerves and muscles. Based on the principle that misalignments of the spine can hinder the body’s natural self-healing abilities, chiropractic treatment can contribute to overall optimum health. Chiropractors believe that the body cannot function to its maximum potential when spinal misalignments exist, because they block the stream of information between the brain and the body.


Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

arthritis-supplements-natural-careWhat Are The Natural Ways Of Treating Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint or joints of the body. The inflammation occurs when the autoimmune system is affected, and it attacks the joints instead of repairing the body, hence the ligaments and tendons in the joints become inflamed.

There are many types of arthritis, and this depends on the causes, but the most common ones are rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder and osteoarthritis which happens when the cartilage wears down.

The common symptoms of arthritis are stiffness, joint pain, and swellings of the affected joints. The symptoms are mostly noticed in the morning after they have rested the bones the whole night.

The treatment of arthritis varies as one can visit a doctor and also use natural herbal medicines and ways. The natural ways that you can use when you have arthritis will help one to reduce the pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

healthy-exerciseSome of the best natural ways include:

1. Exercising

Exercises are important for our daily lives, and they are great for arthritis patients. Exercises help control the amount of weight that you have, lubricates the joints, and strengthens the joint muscles hence you can move around easily. When you are not exercising, the synovial fluid in the joints turns and becomes a thick gel, hence makes the joint stiff, but exercising makes the fluid viscous hence the joints become lubricated. You don’t have to exercise much, but can take a walk for about 15-30minutes each day, do joint exercise or stretches to help get rid of the stiffness and also cycle.


How Acupuncture Helps Us Heal

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

acupuncture-healing-bodyHow Acupuncture Restores Balance and Helps Us Heal Ourselves

“The driving idea behind acupuncture is that you’re already in possession of everything you need to be well. Rather than focusing on what’s missing, and adding something to fill the gap, acupuncture takes what’s already there and rearranges it to restore balance. Acupuncture engages the body’s own healing mechanisms to address underlying problems.”

– AcuTake Website

Have you ever gone for an acupuncture treatment?

If not, you might find the experience surprisingly… enjoyable.

I have been going for acupuncture treatments for more than three years now and love it. The original reason I wanted to try acupuncture was for the tendinitis in my wrists (due to writing).

But like many people, I suspect, I didn’t get around to trying acupuncture until my mid-forties because I was wary of the needles. Okay, truthfully, the needles freaked me right out! I couldn’t figure out how all those needles – I don’t care what size they are – going into my skin couldn’t hurt.

acupuncture-needlesBut they don’t. Honest.

Instead, what the needles do, for me at least, is create an incredible sense of well-being and relaxation. Within minutes of the first needles being inserted, I begin to drift into a deeper level of consciousness.

My acupuncturist usually begins with my ears, for overall re-balancing, and then moves on to whatever area – often my forearms or shoulder – that needs attention.

After all the needles have been inserted, she waves some sort of nicely scented oil (such as lavender) near my face, then puts on the ocean-waves-lapping-against-the-shore music and leaves the room.

And for the next 40 minutes, that’s pretty much how I feel: like I’m floating on my back in the ocean.

So my acupuncturist sees two very different versions of yours truly on treatment day. There’s the bouncy, arms-waving-while-talking-a-mile-a-minute me who arrives for her appointment (with seconds to spare) and then there’s the quiet, relaxed, Zen-like (rarely sighted in public) version who drifts out an hour later.

As for my tendinitis? It is significantly better now that I am managing it in multiple ways: daily stretches, wearing wrist guards whenever I am typing, regular massage therapy and acupuncture.


How Much Fat and Protein Do Seniors Need?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

salmon-healthy-proteinA Guide to Protein and Fat Requirements for Seniors

As you age your natural ability to burn energy slows down considerably. Older people also usually have less muscle and body mass than when they were younger.

Those two health characteristics, combined with a slower metabolism, create a diminished need for fuel. This means your protein and fat requirements as a senior may be very different from they used to be.

It is critical for you to understand the dietary requirements and guidelines which lead to maximum health. Your individual situation is unique. However, the following recommendations will give you a rough guideline of how much fat and protein you should be consuming on a daily basis.

walnuts-healthy-fat-for-seniorsHow Much Protein Should a Senior Citizen Eat Each Day?

As a secondary source of energy when you don’t have enough fat and carbohydrates to draw from, healthy protein levels are especially important in senior citizens. According to the US Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board, women over 50 years of age need to consider 46 grams of protein a day as the absolute minimum.

Men over 50 should try to get at least 56 g of protein in their daily diet. Remember, these are minimum recommendations. Your health and weight status will directly impact how much protein you should be eating.

Healthy fish like salmon and mackerel, lean meats like chicken, and healthy foods like eggs, nuts and beans, all deliver high levels of protein. (Senior Protein Tip – you should consume at least 0.8 grams of daily protein for each kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight.)


What is Applied Kinesiology and Manual Muscle Testing?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Therapist with boy in rehab

What Is Manual Muscle Testing and Applied Kinesiology and Why Should I Care?

Manual muscle testing (MMT) is a method of using the strength and response of a muscle to test function in the body. Applied kinesiology is an art more than precise method of using a manual muscle test to evaluate a condition in the body.

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical, and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis according to the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

A brief history of manual muscle testing and applied kinesiology:
Manual muscle testing was developed in 1915 by Robert W. Lovett, M.D. as he was attempting to determine muscle weakness in polio patients.

Then in the 1940’s Henry and Florence Kendall published a book called “Muscle Testing and Function” which defined specific muscle tests to isolate each specific muscle. Frank Chapman, D.O. first described small tender nodules just under the skin that he related to dysfunction of an organ system in the 1920’s. [1] These small tender nodules are called Chapman’s reflex points or neurolymphatic points as they are referred to in AK.

manual-muscle-testingDr. George Goodheart was a chiropractor who practiced in Michigan and the founder of AK. Dr. Goodheart published the Applied Kinesiology Research Manual in 1964. He made many observations when conducting muscle tests developed by the Kendalls in association with Chapman’s neurolymphatic points. Dr. Goodheart noticed certain muscles were related to Chapman’s neurolymphatic points. This correlation is used in AK to indicate an organ that may be stressed.


Would You Benefit From Acupuncture Treatments?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

benefits-of-acupunctureWould I Benefit From Acupuncture?

Many people have heard about acupuncture and the first comment is usually “Stick needles in me? No way!” In general, we fear that which we do not know or the unfamiliar, especially if we think pain is involved.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine; it has been in practice for more than 2000 years! Acupuncture has provided billions of successful treatments with minimal side effects for centuries. In 1978 WHO, (World Health Organization) recognized acupuncture as a valid medical modality for treatment of various diseases and conditions.

grappin-acupuncture-treatment-clinicDespite the success and history of acupuncture, for many, the fear of needles is greater than the potential health benefits. If you are among those who have a fear of needles, you are not alone. Unlike getting a shot, acupuncture does not hurt. Sensation of tingling or mild electric sensation is possible. The acupuncture needle is so thin, thinner than a strand of your hair. In fact, approximately 14 acupuncture needles can fit in the hollow needle used for a standard blood draw. Think about that the next time your doctor orders a blood test!

acupuncture-medicalA licensed acupuncturist will use a single use sterile acupuncture needle recognized by FDA as a medical instrument. Acupuncture is a healing art; causing pain diminishes the body’s ability to heal, which is contraindicative of the goal of providing healing. The trained acupuncturist is skilled in placing the needles to maximize healing without discomfort or pain.


What are the Best Natural Headache Remedies

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

natural-headache-remediesThe Top Natural Headache Remedies Proven Effective

Many people who experience the pain of headaches or migraines are reaching out for natural remedies, as they would prefer to avoid taking drugs or medications.

A headache is defined as a continuous pain in the head, whether it’s a chronic daily tension headache caused by muscle contractions or it’s a full blown migraine. A migraine is a throbbing, pounding pain that can last from a few hours to a few days. It can come from sensitivity to noise or light and often has an aspect of nausea or stomach upset.

Aside from over the counter drugs or prescription medications, there are a number of natural headache remedies that have been shown in studies to be effective. Here are some of the most studied ones and the chart below has some additional options.

B vitamins

In a study from Griffith University in Brisbane Australia, scientists studied 52 people diagnosed with migraines. They were split into two groups and one half received a daily dose of B vitamins that included 25 milligrams of B6, 2 milligrams of folic acid (vitamin B9), and 400 micrograms of B12, After six months, there was a significant lessening of migraine disability and symptoms from 60% to 30%. No reduction was seen in the placebo group.


The powerful active ingredient in Cayenne pepper is known as capsaicin. It is known for its ability to remedy pain and inflammation. One study on capsaicin for headache relief was published in the Clinical Journal of Pain. The researchers noted that capsaicin inhibits Substance P in the body, which is a substance that helps transmit pain signals. Substance P is a part of what creates feelings of pain and capsaicin helps to remove it. The study found that when capsaicin was applied topically to the nasal passages, the participants found relief for headaches, whereas those taking the placebo didn’t. Capsaicin is available as a pill, skin cream or nasal spray.


Managing Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Gain

Friday, March 4th, 2016

diabetes-managementType 2 Diabetes – Little Changes That Can Make a Big Difference to Your Blood Sugar and Body Weight

In your quest for better health, you may need all of the help you can get. It’s not a coincidence most adults struggle with their well-being.

We live in a time where it’s easy to become complacent with what matters the most. We give in to temptations. We submit to laziness.

Ultimately, unless a cataclysmic event inspiring the necessary change occurs, we tend to resume our indiscretions.

weight-gainThe above summarizes how many people develop Type 2 diabetes or become overweight.

If you’re overweight, it’s not because your body is predisposed to storing more fat. Nor is it because you have “fat genes.” Rather, it’s because you’ve made the wrong choices time and time again. But don’t fret. If you played a role in your weight gain, then you can certainly take charge of your weight loss.

The same principle applies to Type 2 diabetes. If you’re committed, you can overcome the disease that is supposed to be with you for life.

In your quest to treat these conditions, it pays to make little changes one at a time. The small adjustments you make to your lifestyle allow you to create momentum. When you finally establish some consistency, you’ll be firing on all cylinders. You’ll treat your conditions while simultaneously improving your well-being.

You may be wondering what are some of the changes that you can make to get your health back on track.


Bad Posture and Back Pain

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

poor-bad-posture5 Ways Bad Posture Leads To Back Pain

Have you ever wondered why after a long work day one may feel pain in the back or when after seating for long or even lying on a couch you may tend to feel some pain?

The reason to this is mainly as a result of back pain due to changes in posture. Posture has been linked to back pain in a lot of studies conducted the world over. It is thus important to note some of the most common postures that many people might be engaged in without knowing that these very postures cause back pain.

Here are the 5 most common postures that have been shown to cause back pain.

The first posture is the hunchback. This comes about when one forms a C- shape when they are working on a desk. This twists the spinal column and if one spends days on end doing this, the spine tends to get acclimatized to being curved. This causes back pain as well as pain in the shoulder and neck. Continued use of this posture over months or years causes the chest muscles to curve. Muscles of the upper back loosen as well and there is prominence of pain in the upper back.

back-pain-bad-postureTo avert this problem, it is suggested that a person should avoid hunching at the desk and rather sit upright where the item they are working on is at eye level. Simple exercises such as twisting the head and shoulders every so often with hands on the head causes the back to relax. It is also suggested that one should at least take a short break every 30 – 40 minutes where they can stand and change posture for a short while before going back to their seating posture. Yoga and regular cardiovascular exercise such as swimming, jogging or even taking a walk are great ways to avert this problem and strengthen the back.

Another bad posture that is common is the rounded shoulder. This is a posture caused by activity such as typing when one is seated. His can also be caused by a poor exercise regime which overworks the chest muscles, causing back, shoulder and neck pain. This can simply be averted by stretching every once in a while, twice or thrice during ones work day. These stretches helps realign the vertebral column and prevent pain. Exercises that are aimed at strengthening the trapezius should be included in normal exercise regimes if one spends most of the day working on a computer.