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Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

Whether you are a professional, college, or high school athlete (or maybe just a weekend warrior), you know that injuries can happen when you least expect it. Sometimes, it’s a traumatic injury because your body was pushed beyond its limit and sometimes, the injury comes from simple overuse. And every athlete wants to get back on the field, court, or track as quickly as possible. continue reading »

How Acupuncture Can Improve Lung Health

How Acupuncture Can Improve Lung Health

The health of our lungs isn’t necessarily talked about a lot when general health is discussed. Typically, cardiovascular health, chronic pain, cholesterol and stroke risk tend to be the more common topics. Many don’t think about lung health until there is a problem and then improving it becomes priority number one. continue reading »

Five Benefits of Consistent Acupuncture Treatments

Five Benefits of Consistent Acupuncture Treatments

In a nutshell, traditional acupuncture, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, works under the belief that the body is controlled by a flow of energy called qi traveling through pathways in the body that are called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that when these pathways become blocked and the energy can’t flow freely, various health problems begin to appear.  continue reading »

What is Cupping and Why are Athletes Doing it?

michael phelps swimmingWhy do some of the world’s top athletes look as though they’ve been on the receiving end of a brutal paintball firing squad?

US swimmer Michael Phelps’s skin is strewn with livid polka dots, and his compatriot, the gymnast Alex Naddour is also sporting circular welts.

But this is not the result of a corporate team-building exercise. The athletes are among the latest adherents to the traditional Chinese medicine treatment known as “cupping”.

Cupping is one of the best therapies around. It is a proven method for effectively treating illness and disease, as well as for muscle injury, overuse or poor circulation. A partial vacuum is created in a cup placed on the surface of the skin over an area that features enough soft tissue (without hair) to allow the cup to adhere.

A gentle vacuum is created by using a pump attached to the stem of the cup. The cup is applied directly to the skin and the underlying tissue is drawn up into the cup. Cups are left on anywhere from 5-15 minutes, sometimes resulting in circular bruises that vary in color from light red to red to purple. The skin and muscle are not damaged and any bruises that form fade within a few days.

The earliest written record of cupping in Chinese Medicine is from silk texts, discovered in a tomb said to be sealed in 168 B.C.E. Throughout the ages, cupping has been used to treat headaches, muscle aches and pains, respiratory conditions such as asthma, abdominal pain, digestive problems, the common cold, menstrual disorders, dizziness, and skin conditions. More recently it is also used in the treatment of anxiety.

Cupping continues to be one of the most effective musculo-skeletal therapies available. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, weekend warrior or simply an active person who occasionally overdoes it, cupping will help you feel better immediately.

Acupuncture for Better Circulation

Acupuncture for Better Circulation

Perhaps the greatest benefit of acupuncture is that this form of medicine has been practiced for thousands of years and has been specifically used to increase circulation for centuries. At the bedrock of this medicine are the techniques used to stimulate sympathetic responses resulting in blood vessel dilation and increased blood flow. Maybe a simpler way of explaining it is to say acupuncture stimulates energy pathways in the body, thus enhancing blood flow. continue reading »

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