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Inducing labor is a critical decision that has enormous implications for the health of both mother and baby. It is put forward when it is thought that the pregnancy should not continue for reasons including:
When these conditions are present, many women are faced with a tortuous decision. Medical inductions are fraught with side-effects that can have long-lasting impacts on the life of both mother and child. More and more women seek an alternative method for inducing labor and acupuncture is answering that call.
Unfortunately, we are far better at abusing our brains than treating them nicely. We pile on the stress at work, then "decompress," with sensory stimulation in the evenings; we forego hydration and good nutrition against our better judgment; we let our sleep suffer; all of these factors create serious wear and tear for our brains. The problem is not that we wear them down, but that we do little to replace what we take out. Let us give you some incentive for why you will want to start taking better care of your brain.
Acupuncture is being shown to help people with brain disorders affecting functions like memory, learning, speech and movement, among others. More and more studies are showing that acupuncture has a measurable effect on brain function, even if the reasons (within a Western medicine framework) for this remain nebulous. But Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us that the brain is regulated like any other organ in the body; when dysfunction is present, it needs to be stimulated and nourished. Scalp acupuncture is TCM's response to cognitive dysfunction; MRIs have shown that people with a variety of neurological disorders respond to the increase in cerebral circulation that is stimulated by acupuncture needling.
Scalp acupuncture is forging its way into acceptance in the Western medical conscious. Most often used in the applications of post-stroke and brain surgery therapy, there is a growing body of clinical findings that point to the efficacy of scalp acupuncture in helping sufferers of:
...and many more. But many people are still hesitant about scalp acupuncture, perhaps because of the dearth of practitioners in the United States. Let's find out a little bit more about how it works.
We get this question a lot and our answer is always the same: as soon as you feel ready; as soon as you feel ready to leave the house, you could receive a chiropractic adjustment. The post-partum period is broken up into three phases, and will last as long as 9 months after birth; the majority of women will report at least one health problem during this period of time. What this tells us is that recovering from pregnancy and delivery is not something that happens over a night, or a week. It will take a concerted effort on your behalf to adjust to a body that is forever-changed, and a life that is irreversibly altered. For many new mothers, this can be an overwhelming time, fraught with nerves and misapprehension. It is our job to help balance your body and mind to help you effectively transition back into a new normal life with your baby.
Morning sickness is different woman to woman- for some it is a severe nausea complete with vomiting while for others it may only be a background headache. But one thing is agreed- it is always uncomfortable and it is certainly not limited to the morning time. Your body is changing rapidly and morning sickness is a reflection of it trying to adapt; the first step to relieving the discomfort of morning sickness is therefore to relax. Getting pissed off at morning sickness has never helped anyone! If your morning sickness is moving past manageable, consider using acupuncture to relieve the symptoms and mitigate the discomfort.