5 Ways Acupuncture Helps Patients After Head Injuries

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Acupuncture and Healing

According to research by the American Stroke Association, a person under 50 increases the chance of suffering a stroke by three times after an injury to the head or neck. These findings are extremely important in modern medicine. However, research is also showing that acupuncture is a great treatment option for those who have suffered damage due to a stroke.

In fact, acupuncture is already the most popular treatment modality for stroke patients in China. Chinese practitioners have effectively used holistic health treatments like acupuncture on patients for centuries. Patients who receive acupuncture treatments twice a week for ten weeks report significant improvements in their balance, walking, and mobility. It also promotes a good overall mood and positive emotions. With more ease in their daily activities, patients see an improvement in their quality of life.

Causes of Stroke after Injury

Scientists have found that a major cause of stroke after a serious head or neck trauma is due to tears in the blood vessels of the head or neck from the injury. If these artery damages can be assessed at the time of the injury, an acupuncturist can treat a patient to help heal the injuries quickly and efficiently. With treatment, patients can help to prevent a stroke in the future. Because of this, it now appears that acupuncture can actually help reduce the risk of a future stroke in people who have suffered prior head or neck injuries. So how does this ancient holistic medicine practice help? Here are a few ways that acupuncture helps to prevent strokes after a head or neck injury:

Acupuncture Can Facilitate Nerve Regeneration

Research has proven that acupuncture helps to repair damaged nerves. Tests from researchers demonstrate that patients who received treatments show increased nerve regeneration. There have even been some interesting case histories involving re-wiring taking place in the brain following damage to the spinal cord. However, this has not been fully tested yet. Of course, every case is unique. The best advice is to visit a licensed acupuncturist. They can give a face to face assessment of what treatments might be possible given a patient’s own unique and specific circumstances

Prevents the Aggregation of Blood Cells

When blood cells aggregate, they tend to stick together. This process occurs more often around tears in blood vessels or skin, such as after an injury. This is similar to how your blood coagulates on your skin after you receive a cut that breaks the skin. However, when blood cells coagulate around blood vessels in the head or neck, a stroke can occur. Regular acupuncture treatments keep the flow of blood regular and help prevent this aggregation of blood cells.

Dilates Blood Vessels by Triggering the Release of Hormones

In addition, acupuncture helps to stimulate the local sensory nerve endings in the skin and muscles in a patient’s head and neck. Nerve endings there send impulses into the spinal cord and brain. However, these nerve endings also release various chemical substances into local tissues that are near the treatment of acupuncture. These chemicals help local blood vessels to dilate, which causes blood flow to increase. Both of these help to promote local tissue healing.

Helps Surviving Nerve Cells Find New Pathways

Nerve endings create impulses that travel into the spinal cord. Research has recently shown that acupuncture has a stimulating effect on brain cells. This stimulation causes a proliferation of new cells in the brain. These biochemical responses also stimulate nerve endings, causing them to induce regeneration if possible. In fact, according to scientific researchers, acupuncture has been shown to “increase the release of nerve growth factors (NGFs) to make nerve cells survive and axons grow, synthesize neurotransmitters, (and) metabolize toxic substances”.

Helps Your Brain Bypass Damaged Areas

As shown above, acupuncture helps a patient’s brain create new nerve endings, pathways, and even brain cells. It also aids neural pathways in creating better connections with the right and left brain. The body will naturally use these connections to bypass damaged areas of the brain and nervous system. In fact, researchers have taken this concept to new levels, using specialized techniques based on acupuncture to regenerate neurons in the brains of rats. Although medical advances like these are in our future, techniques like acupuncture help pave the way for research such as this.

Relax Holistic is the the Premier  ‘go to’ clinic for  Acupuncture healing.

At Relax Holistic, our stroke patients have shown major improvements after having acupuncture treatments. Our staff  have personally witnessed how it works so well for patients. They report reduced swelling, improved circulation and overall range of motion. We have even seen it instantly restore a patient’s speech after a major stroke. Call us to learn and experience how acupuncture works.

Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help a Herniated, Slipped or Ruptured Disc? You Bet!

Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help a Herniated, Slipped or Ruptured Disc? You Bet!

When your back is injured, you’re likely to hear the terms herniated disc, slipped disc, and ruptured disc used interchangeably. There’s a good reason for that. They all refer to the same thing. A herniated lumbar disc is a common reason for patients to visit our holistic health clinic for a chiropractic adjustment.  A lumbar disc injury is very painful. That’s because a herniated disc pinches nerves and affects the spinal cord.

People between the ages of 30-50 years old are the most likely to suffer disc injuries. More than twice as many men as women suffer from the problem. There is no evidence that pharmaceutical drugs can help with a herniated disc. Traditional medical treatments that prescribe painkillers for severe back pain simply mask the symptoms. They don’t address the underlying problem. Chiropractic adjustment is much more effective at relieving local or radiating pain for people with acute back pain.

A chiropractic adjustment of the hip, sacrum, and axial traction is also the best way to treat patients with sciatica caused by disc herniation. Different chiropractic clinics many use different techniques to help the problem, but they’re all effective. The self-reported improvement from chiropractic care is similar to the two standard surgical techniques for herniated discs, discectomy and microdiscectomy.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is usually a degenerative condition brought on by wear and tear and normal aging. Over time, your discs lose moisture content and become less flexible. They can become dried up and brittle. If you perform repetitive motions at work, you can suffer a slipped disc from simple overuse. If you use improper bending, lifting or twisting motions while picking up or putting down large parcels, you’re also a candidate for a ruptured disc.

Being overweight is also a risk factor, as your stomach muscles are an important part of keeping your spine in alignment. Too much sitting, or craning your neck while working on a computer at work, are also common reasons to seek out a chiropractor for back problems. Even genetics plays a part.

Common Herniated Disc Symptoms

In addition to back pain, a herniated disc in your lower back can cause pain in your buttocks, hips, thighs and calves. You may feel pain on one side or both sides.  If the problem is in your cervical vertebrae, you’re more likely to feel pain in your shoulders and arms and even in the calves. Herniated discs also cause numbness, tingling and general weakness. Typically, you’ll experience symptoms in whatever muscles and body parts served by the affected nerves.

When To Seek a Chiropractic Adjustment

If a conventional doctor diagnoses you with a herniated disc, you should make an appointment at one of our three convenient Relax Holistic locations in the Los Angeles area. It’s important to consult with one of our chiropractors or acupuncturists as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome. Many of our patients show up at our office with symptoms, but no diagnosis.

A Relax Holistic chiropractor or acupuncturist can assess your undiagnosed back pain and formulate an effective treatment plan. Because a herniated disc is usually found in the lumbar region or cervical region, and includes tingling and numbness along with the pain, you’ll be able to give your practitioner a head start if you pay attention to your symptoms and communicate them clearly.

Remember, at Relax Holistic, our team is here to help. We’re happy to answer all your questions about back pain relief, or any of our holistic health services.  Contact us today!

Relax Acupuncture Clinic for Back pain relief, weight loss, anxiety and stress.

Relax Acupuncture Clinic for Back pain relief, weight loss, anxiety and stress.

Relax Holistic has the effective solution for back pain relief, weight loss, anxiety, stress, depression, fibromyalgia, infertility, headaches, arthritis, erectile dysfunction and all other ailments. Acupuncture is also an adjunct to all medical treatments including cancer and chemotherapy.

We understand that chronic back pain may cause weight gain, anxiety and stress. It is most important to make a correct diagnosis. We consult, Examine and form a treatment plan specific to your condition.

Most patients respond very well  to acupuncture even after the first session. We have found that it takes about 10 sessions over a period of 3 months to see the benefit with most conditions.

The Acupuncturist will evaluate with   a traditional pulse and tongue diagnosis.  Next, she will evaluate the 12 pulse points on your wrists and check you tongue to diagnose your condition. A treatment plan is made that may include herbal remedies and other modalities such as moxibustion and cupping.  The result is to achieve balance in the meridian organ systems. In other words, the body chemistry will become more balanced and symptoms will disappear.

The treatment session involves lying still while about five to twenty needles are inserted and left in place for 25 minutes. Most patients falls into a deep relaxed state and wake up refreshed. Other recommended modalities may be infra-red light therapy, moxabustion, cupping, gua-sha, tui-na massage, ear seeds, muscle stim.

 

Anxiety, Stress and Fibromyalgia

Pain, fatigue, tingling, and other fibromyalgia symptoms commonly trigger  panic attacks. The anxiety creates stress which has a powerful effect on the hormones in your body. This affects the immune system and triggers an inflammatory response to many allergens.

Studies have shown that acupuncture results are as effective as antidepressants. It may help treat the medications’ side effects, balance hormones and release endorphins to make you feel better.

 

Acupuncture needles

In general the needles are so fine that they do not induce pain as associated with traditional western medicine. Most patients report falling into a deep sleep or a very relaxed state during the 25 minute session.

 

NO Needle Acupuncture

For those who are afraid of the needles yet want the effects of an acupuncture treatment, our Acupuncturists offer a no needle treatment. This consists of a traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis, an acupressure massage coupled with tuning fork meridian therapy, laser stim, cupping, tui-na or gua-sha muscle therapy.  Stimulation of the points in this way is just as effective as using  needles.

 

Arthritis

Acupuncture effectively  controls arthritis and joint inflammation when coupled with dietary improvements and massage therapy. With consistent treatment the immune system and circulation improves. Pain is reduced and flair ups are controlled.

 

Weight Loss

Acupuncture stimulates your body’s circulation and in turn, improves several factors known to contribute to obesity.  Studies show it can affect the part of your brain that feels hunger. Acupuncture reduces stress, releases endorphins and balances your body chemistry. The Acupuncturist will give at least 10 treatments to balance the systems of your body. The mind becomes more in sync with the body and abnormal food cravings are lessened. The Acupuncturist will make dietary and lifestyle suggestions and in many cases the weight starts to fall off.

 

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If you are interested in learning how Acupuncture will benefit you mind and body, CALL US to schedule your appointment!

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