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Fun Facts About Acupuncture

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 11.42.44 AMIn our last blog, A Little Bit About Acupuncture, we discussed some of the background and benefits of this ancient treatment, and touched on several of the different conditions and illnesses that can be relieved via acupuncture. But, there are still lots of things that people just don’t know about acupuncture and, as is often the case, the more we learn about things (even if it’s just fun facts) the more “at ease” we are with the procedure.

So, without further adieu, here’s our list of Fun Facts About Acupuncture:

  • Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest practicing forms of medicine known to date.
  • Originally, acupuncture needles were not made of stainless steel but instead were made of stone, bamboo, and bone.
  • Acupuncture gained attention in the United States after President Nixon visited China in 1972. Nixon was travelling with a New York Times reporter named James Reston, who wound up receiving acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the pain relief that the treatment provided him that he wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.
  • In 1997, acupuncture was formally recognized as a mainstream healing option by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). They released a statement documenting the procedure’s safety and efficacy for treating a range of health conditions.
  • The U.S. FDA classified acupuncture needles as medical instrument and assured their safety and effectiveness. Also, acupuncture needles are single use, sterilized, and pre-packaged.
  • Acupuncture can increase the success rate of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) up to 65%.
  • While awareness of acupuncture is growing, many conventional physicians are still unfamiliar with both the theory and practice of acupuncture.
  • There are hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture now, many of which originate in China. Acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Even though a needle is involved, acupuncture is virtually painless.
  • Acupuncture is highly individualized – for example, if 50 people with the common cold got acupuncture, all 50 people could have different acupuncture points in their treatments.

So, there you have it! Hopefully you learned some fun information from reading this blog. If you’d like more information on acupuncture – or any of the services that the providers here at Fletcher Chiropractic perform – please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

source: med.unc.edu; nih.gov; examiner.com

A Little Bit About Acupuncture

DSC03544You’ve probably heard about acupuncture – a form of treatment that involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture is used to treat pain as well as a whole host of other conditions.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment that comes from Chinese medicine. In fact, the earliest recorded use of the technique dates back to 200 BC! Chinese medicine centers around pathways of energy that flow through the body, with each pathway corresponding to either a singular organ or a group of organs that “oversees” certain bodily functions. It is thought that an imbalance – or even a blockage – of energy along a pathway can cause disease. To relieve this imbalance, thin needles are inserted at acupuncture points – these are the places where the energy pathway is extremely close to the skin’s surface. Acupuncture possesses the ability to  stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue and can help boost your body’s natural painkillers as well as increase blood flow.

What Types of Illnesses is Acupuncture Used to Treat?

The answer to this often times shocks a lot of people.

Why? Because the answer is: A LOT!

For instance, acupuncture is particularly effective for pain relief and for both nausea and vomiting following surgery or chemotherapy. Both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize acupuncture as a helpful part of treatment plans for a variety of conditions and illnesses. This includes: addiction (such as alcoholism), asthma, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low back pain, menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, osteoarthritis, sinusitis, irritable bowel syndrome, tendinitis, tennis elbow, and urinary problems such as incontinence. Plus, acupuncture can safely be combined with prescription drugs and other conventional treatments – with that said, it’s important for your primary care physician to be aware of your acupuncture treatments so that your recovery can be monitored by all involved.

If you or a loved one is struggling with pain, an injury, or an illness, please know that acupuncture may be exactly what you’ve been looking for! So, if acupuncture is something you’re interested in learning more about, give us a call. At your initial evaluation we’ll discuss all available treatment plans, as well as what we feel would suit you best. Here at Fletcher Chiropractic we take the time to get to know each and every one of our patients and strive to create unique, individualized treatment plans for everyone who walks through our doors.

source: umm.edu; nih.gov

Eating the Right Foods

Eating the proper foods is so important in order to take the right step toward a healthy life.  As a chiropractor, it is one of the 5 main elements we offer in our office.  The 5 elements are adjustments, soft tissue/massage, acupuncture, exercise/rehab, and NUTRITION. You get your nutrients from the food you eat, which helps your body in so many ways.  You get energy from food first of all, but those nutrients also help with all functions in your body.  If you don’t eat right, you will not feel right.  An example would be like if you do not eat at lunch, you can feel really tired and crash in the afternoon.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.  If you sit around eating Cheetos and drinking soda all the time, especially if you do not feel very good, then you are not helping your body.   You need the real nutritious food to help your body when you are in pain or do not feel very good. We like to say, “All in moderation.” An anti-inflammatory diet is key to feeling better, moving better and being healthier.

We get a a lot of questions about nutrition, what food to eat and what supplements to take.  In our office, we use Standard Process and Innate Response which are whole food supplement companies that we use and love.  We have similar philosophies, that you should try and can get mostly everything you need from your diet then use supplements to fill in the gaps of nutrition that you are missing.    When taking supplements, using a whole food supplement and a quality supplement is important so you know what you are taking into your body.    So be careful with the things that you take for nutrition and if you have any questions to contact your local health care provider.

So here are some good tips to follow:

1. Be prepared for proper eating.  YOU have to want to eat better and have the will power to follow recommendations.   So when you go to the store, make sure to read the labels on anything you get. Eat the fresh stuff!

2. Protein, Protein, Protein! Try to avoid processed foods and eat more colorful foods like fruits and vegetables.  Good sources of protein help keep you full.  Try to avoid the simple carbohydrates for energy.

3. Do not forget the water. Staying hydrated is most important because you need to drink your recommended amount of water glasses a day.  Water is key for healing and flushing out the bad stuff like inflammation.

4. Journal about your thoughts and diet.  Emotional eating can not help a good nutritional plan. A lot of people  do not know where to start but the best place to start is to keep a food journal for a week or two to give you an idea what you are actually eating.  You find out how much junk food or fast food you are eating.   It basically give you an idea to what to cut down and what you need to increase in your diet.  It allows you to prepare for grocery shopping, cooking, and eating for your family and yourself.

5. Cook your own food. Cooking your own food allows you to know what is in it and you can add good spices and herbs for flavor. Cinnamon, turmeric and ginger are good spices to begin with. It can also be a great way to spend time with your family.

Learn to eat right and you will feel better, look better and have less pain. We here at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln Nebraska are well verse in nutrition and are available to help you if you have any questions.  We are always here to help.

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Fletcher Chiropractic
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