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Acupuncture is Great for Treating Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is Great for Treating Chronic Pain

The National Institutes of Health estimates that approximately 25.3 million adults suffer from chronic pain (defined as experiencing pain every day for the preceding three months). They also estimate that nearly 40 million adults experience what is considered severe levels of pain.

Chronic pain can be debilitating for those suffering from it and directly impacts quality of life. People often treat chronic pain with anti-inflammatory medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), physical therapy, or with ice and heat, but those options don’t always provide long lasting relief. According to Harvard Medical School, “acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.”  continue reading »

Top 3 Reasons Acupuncture is Great for Seniors

Top 3 Reasons Acupuncture is Great for Seniors

As we get older, those aches and pains become a little more pronounced and life begins to create some new challenges. For many seniors, schedules become impacted with doctor’s appointments and trips to the pharmacy. If you haven’t tried acupuncture, here are three reasons you should give it a try as it can greatly help some of the greatest health challenges facing seniors today.  continue reading »

Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

As we enter a new year, it is natural to want to look back on the last one. As humans, we have the gift and the hurdle of marking time, so it can feel helpful to recall memories we want to hold on to or look for lessons we can take with us.  

To that end, here are three categories in which research into the type, application and efficacy of acupuncture saw significant advancements in 2020, findings that will certainly help guide us as we move forward. In a year that saw so much focus on our health, these findings offer some good news in the fields of pain management without opioids, migraine headaches, and insight into why it is that acupuncture is effective as an anti-inflammatory.  continue reading »

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!

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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