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Do You Want to Accelerate Your Recovery From An Injury?

•    Acupuncture reduces pain and increases relaxation by improving localized blood circulation, accelerates tissue metabolism, improves neurotrophy (nutrition and metabolism of tissues under the influence of nerves), relieves swelling or edema, eliminates inflammation, and stimulates the recovery of nerve fibers. Treatment helps the endogenous release of opioid peptides, which assist in the down regulation of excess sympathetic nerve activity. Patients experienced significant relaxation of muscles and relief from spasms.

•    Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms. Acupuncture creates “micro traumas” that signal the body’s ability to heal injuries by activating nervous, immune, and endocrine systems. As the body heals the micro traumas, it also heals any surrounding tissue damage left over from old injuries.

•    Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow. Shortened, or contracted muscles are stuck in the fight or flight state (or sympathetic state), which results in pain. To heal, acupuncture induces the rest and digest state thus allowing the body to heal itself.

 

Do You Want to Feel Less Pain During Therapy?

•    Acupuncture releases natural painkillers. Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!

•    Acupuncture also works by stimulating the nervous system, sensory nerves, and proprioceptor fibers that travel from the skin to the spine and into the brain. Acupuncture improves the nerve signal to your brain to release opioids (natural pain killers) to shut off the pain signal and eliminate pain.

 

Do You Want to Have Lasting Healing?

•    Acupuncture promotes blood flow. This is significant because everything the body needs to heal is in the blood, including oxygen. Nutrients we absorb from food, immune substances, hormones, analgesics (painkillers) and anti-inflammatories. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health.

•    For example if as little as diminishes blood flow 3% in the breast area cancer may develop. Blood flow decreases as we age and can be impacted by trauma, injuries and certain diseases. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow and vasodilatation in several regions of the body.

•    Acupuncture treats one of the most common causes of disease: blood stagnation or blocked blood flow. When there is problem with blood flow to any area of the body, that area cannot function properly and cannot heal properly.

 

What should you do About Chronic Pain?

•    Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain. It does this through a process called “descending control normalization”, which involves the serotonergic nervous system. In other words, acupuncture can intercept and change the information on its way to the brain. This can block pain, increase natural pain-killers, and up regulate hormones, enzymes, and nutrient delivery to affected tissues.

•    Acupuncture causes the blood vessels to dilate and increase blood supply to specific areas of the body to relieve pain, improper function (muscle or organ), and prevent aging.

•    Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow.

 

Do You Have Stress? Do You Have Pain? Are They Related? Is Your Pain Making You Moody? Is Your Pain Causing Insomnia?

•    Acupuncture reduces stress. This is perhaps the most important systemic effect of acupuncture. Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ve probably heard of the “fight-or-flight” response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system has been called the “rest-and-digest” or “calm-and-connect” system, and in many ways is the opposite of the sympathetic system. Recent research has implicated impaired parasympathetic function in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. When the parasympathetic system is turned on, you can rest, pain subsides, and you can sleep again.

Acupuncture is an effective method for alleviating chronic pain that results from muscle tension, but it is not something that can be practiced at home or without a licensed and experienced acupuncturist. Contact our acupuncturist for a consultation and to find out how this form of treatment may be able to support your optimal well-being.

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