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Carleton talks acute injury treatment with acupuncture!

Today we have another mini interview with Carleton about how acupuncture can help if you get hurt! For example- a sprained ankle, a tweak in your back from yard work or heavy lifting, a sports injury or a motor vehicle accident.
So, Carleton- What do you recommend for someone who has a recent injury? Of course, start with first aid: things like taking the pressure off the joint, raising the joint and applying ice to alleviate swelling and inflammation are all great places to start. I’d say that if it is a minor injury, just try to get an appointment with me as soon as possible, and feel free to call for a last minute appointment, we can often get you in on the same day even if the schedule looks full. If the injury is more major, check in with your primary care doctor first and then come to acupuncture during the healing phase. 
How does acupuncture help with acute injury? Well, acupuncture is great at speeding up the healing process and decreasing the pain you’re in right away. Needling the acupuncture points helps direct the body to send those cells that help with healing right to the location they are needed, which decreases swelling and inflammation and helps the recovery go faster. 

What does the treatment plan look like for acute injury?
That depends on the severity, for something like a pulled muscle or “tweak” from overdoing it on the weekend, we can often get you all fixed up in one to two visits. For a more serious ankle sprain, acupuncture treatments can shorten the recovery time by 25% according to a study done in China, though it may still take a few weeks to get you back to feeling completely normal.

 

If you or someone you know has an acute injury, try Alpine Acupuncture right here in Issaquah, we treat kids, teens, adults and elders!

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Solutions for Leg Cramps

 

Leg cramps are a problem that almost everyone faces at some point in their life. These cramps can be incredibly painful and very disruptive to sleep and activities. Luckily there are many great natural options for treating leg cramps. If you or someone you know has problems with leg cramps while in bed or after activity or after sitting for long periods, follow these steps to feel better soon!

  1. Drink lots of water and if you’re exercising, make sure some of your fluids have electrolytes in them (coconut water, sports drinks, etc)
  2. Get moving! If  you don’t move around much during the day, start with a gentle walk to get muscles warmed up
  3. Stretch. If you do get exercise, stretch those legs after every session by doing toe touches and heel drops (while standing with just your toes on a stair, let your heels drop down to stretch your calf muscles)
  4. Magnesium! Try magnesium lotion (available at Alpine Acupuncture), a calcium magnesium vitamin supplement or an Epsom salts soak for your legs. Magnesium is a very gentle and natural muscle relaxant.
  5. If you don’t get relief from these steps or if you have other pain, try acupuncture or massage to increase blood flow and relax tight muscles.
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7 Reasons to Seek Out Acupuncture

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Do you ever feel your life’s a ride that won’t ever stop? How many nights do you wait for Mr. Sandman to magically appear? How often do you truly take time for yourself? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life? When was the last time you actually felt at peace? If any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People in Asian countries have known the magnificence of acupuncture for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is growing in popularity in the United States and here are some reasons why you might want to consider utilizing it also. continue reading »

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