Winter SADness and depression ~ Acupuncture is a great solution

Throughout the winter season, many of us suffer from depression, SAD, or, simply, feeling the blues.

SAD, Seasonal affective Disorder is the general term for the depression like symptoms people get in specific seasons, usually winter.

There are two theories as to why people get SAD:

Firstly, many scientists believe that is caused by lack of serotonin, the neurotransmitter produced throughout the day which is thought to contribute to the feeling of well being and happiness. Serotonin production is stimulated by sun light and other bright lights.

However, research has shown that it can also be caused by an over production of melatonin, the neurotransmitter that is produced at night, and stimulates fatigue. The production of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and low light.

The symptoms of SAD are somewhat similar to depression, including lack of energy, over sleeping, low enthusiasm to be active and socialize, as well as many more.

Commonly, SAD is treated by light therapy: a method in which a person exposes his/herself to bright light for a period of time every day. This therapy has shown to have good results.

Other people use prescription drugs, antidepressants to rid themselves of SAD.

What we don’t hear enough about is exercise; exercise is probably the best therapy for SAD, and in some cases for depression as well.

Exercise moves circulation, and produces endorphins, other neurotransmitters that contributes to happiness and well being.

Similar to exercise, being outside, being one with the elements, and feeling the elements, is an amazing way to treat SAD and depression in the winter.

Furthermore, exercise also moves Qi, which is the treatment of SAD and depression from Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture direction.

In TCM and Acupuncture, the symptoms of depression and other related symptoms like in SAD, are mostly related to the syndrome we call “Qi stagnation”, and can be related to other syndromes of weaknesses, or deficiencies.

Acupuncture gets circulation moving and releases endorphins as well as moving the Qi, d by doing so, reduces or eliminates depression and other symptoms of SAD.

Acupuncture is a great approach to treatment of these conditions, as well as TCM herbal remedies.

So don’t stay home suffering – come and receive some Acupuncture treatment, and you will feel much better.

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why is Acupuncture the best treatment for neck pain?

Why should you see and Acupuncturist if you are experiencing neck pain

The neck is one of the most susceptible areas of the body to tensions and pains.

One can see the neck muscles as holding our “heavy” head in place and giving it an

amazing range of motions, as well as the ability to see, hear, smell and taste as much as

possible from our surroundings.

Many Massage Therapists, Chiropractors and physiotherapist regularly work on neck

pains, and many such treatments are effective.

So why do neck pains keep returning? Why aren’t Whiplashes injuries getting treated

more successfully or with better results?

While acupuncture may not be the only solution, it is a viable and excellent option to consider when faced with neck pain.

Why is acupuncture so successful at treating neck pain?

The answer is because I as an acupuncturists treat not only the muscles and connective tissue, but also several other corresponding issues:

– Acupuncture “opens the channels”: When the neck and its surrounding areas are

injured, or even when there is a “simple” neck tension, the circulation of Blood

and Qi to the area is not sufficient, because of this circulation issue, the healing of the

muscles and connective tissue is slower or not complete.

– Acupuncture works to improve the blood circulation as well as treat the muscles

and connective tissue directly to increase the speed and thoroughness of the

healing process.

– The theory of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) understands that there are

different organ systems that are involved in keeping our muscles and fascia in

good shape. With this understanding, I would devise the accurate treatment

regiment that would address the systems involved in the given injury.

– Acupuncture has a great “relaxing” effect on the body and mind, physically,

emotionally and psychologically. Many of us are getting neck pain and tension from

high stress in our daily life.

– In cases of Whiplash injuries resulting from car accidents, ski accidents or work

injuries, it is recommended to see Acupuncturist as soon as possible for best results.

– Acupuncture can have a positive effect in many different areas beyond healing of injuries.

It calms the nerves, reduces anxiety and helps in inducing deeper and more restful

sleep that stimulates the healing process of the body.

No other physical therapy has such a complete effect on our body’s healing

mechanism.

A such, if you are experiencing neck pains, book yourself a treatment with me, or if

you are using massage or chiropractic treatments, think about adding acupuncture as

well, as it will enhance all the other forms of treatment.

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why choose acupuncture for treatment of injuries.

all physical body work modalities are good to use when you have an injury.

Massage, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, but how do we choose which one to use?

Acupuncture works the fastest, and addresses more of your ” whole issue”.

I know all practitioners, of all physical therapy modalities say that, but look at it carefully:

Acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese medicine, involve all the aspects of the body in the diagnosis, all 5 major organ systems are connected to one another, they all influence one another.

So when we come to diagnose and choose a treatment method, we look at the joint or ligament involved, as well as the systems that might be involved. for example:

when we have an injury in a joint, we look at the Liver system, that control all joints and sinews.

but without good supply of Blood and Yin (fluids) to the Liver system, the support to the joints might not be adequate, and we will “more prone to injuries”.

so we will need to check and support the Heart and the Spleen system, in order to make sure we have good supply of Blood.

if a person is not sleeping well, or not eating well, or not exercising regularly, all these aspects can influence our susceptibility to injuries, and it might not always just be a matter of choice.

sometime we want to sleep but find it very hard to fall asleep, sometime we eat good food, but not digesting the food well, etc.

Acupuncture treat all these aspects, as well as the direct injured area itself.

we know from research and experience that needling an injured joint or area, helps very much in reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing.

And, with a good diagnosis and treatment that addresses all other aspect that might be related to the injury, we are really treating the whole body, the symptoms and the root causes.

Choosing Acupuncture as your first approach to treatment of injuries make sense, saves money on the long run, and save you time and sufferings.

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Qi and Exercise

Qi and Exercise

we all know that exercise it so important, but just thinking about it from a “western” point of view, does not give us the whole picture.

In “western thinking”, we think about exercise as “strengthening, building muscles, stretching”.

In Traditional Chinese medicine we can see other, deeper, effects of exercise.

We know that exercise is one of the best remedies for stress, but why?

Exercise helps sleep, irritability, depression, anxiety, why?

The short answer is “because it moves Qi”,

The longer answer has to do with the Traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM) term of “Qi”.

Qi is Energy, (the actual meaning of the word is Air), its a dual “function and substance”.

Qi is a very complex concept, but for our use, its the energy that enervate the body.

When Qi flows naturally and unimpaired, the body functions well, we sleep better, we have more energy.

When Qi is not flowing, not moving, we are in a state of “Qi stagnation”.

Qi stagnation is one of the most common conditions we see in an Acupuncture clinic, and one of the first conditions, that lead into many other problems.

For example: a healthy young woman is having a period of high stress at work.

Because of the stress she will develop “Qi stagnation”, which will usually leads to “heat” in different systems in the body, and in turn, it very possibly will lead to disturbed sleep, it might create problems in her menstruation, and probably disturb the digestion.

These kind of effects are very common and are experienced by both women and men.

Exercise is one of the best way to move Qi and keep in good health.

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shoulder pain

Shoulder pain:
Shoulder pains are very common, and occur often from a repetitive movement injury, as well as from nerve damage or impeachment, often after a whiplash injury to the neck.

Shoulder injuries react very positively to Acupuncture.
the Acupuncture treatment addresses the problems from many different aspects at the same time.
It brings circulation to the area, promoting natural healing of tendons, ligaments and fascia in the area.
It relaxes the muscles, reduces inflammation, reduces pain and promotes an overall healing state in the area.
The results of Acupuncture treatments are faster and better than many of the traditional treatments.
It is very beneficial to combine different forms of treatments at the same time, like Acupuncture with Massage, and/ or Chiropractic treatment or Physiotherapy.Shoulder pain:
Shoulder pains are very common, and occur often from a repetitive movement injury, as well as from nerve damage or impeachment, often after a whiplash injury to the neck.

Shoulder injuries react very positively to Acupuncture.
the Acupuncture treatment addresses the problems from many different aspects at the same time.
It brings circulation to the area, promoting natural healing of tendons, ligaments and fascia in the area.
It relaxes the muscles, reduces inflammation, reduces pain and promotes an overall healing state in the area.
The results of Acupuncture treatments are faster and better than many of the traditional treatments.
It is very beneficial to combine different forms of treatments at the same time, like Acupuncture with Massage, and/ or Chiropractic treatment or Physiotherapy.

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