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Let's face it: old age is uncomfortable; we are lucky if we just get away with aches and pains. As our bodies age, we begin to slow down and spinal degeneration sets in: conditions like spinal stenosis and arthritis can cause debilitating pain and cause us to feel less able. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we believe in taking a proactive approach to aging. That means identifying the factors that slow us down and facing them head on. Acupuncture is a tool that helps you do just that. Read on to find out how.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks and destroys its own beneficial tissue, including the cartilage that supports your joints. The resulting loss of mobility and weakness creates a condition that breeds pain and discomfort. Autoimmune disorders are hard to come to grips with and even harder to treat effectively because we still don't know what triggers the body's immune system response to attack healthy tissue. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we have been using natural modalities to help RA sufferers manage their pain and live well despite their condition. Let's take a look at how acupuncture helps manage RA symptoms.
Whether you are deskbound or work on your feet, working on the road or from home, your job is sure to cause some degree of stress. And whether your job is physically demanding or mentally exhausting (or both), it is important to remember that mental and physical stress go hand in hand. A stressed out, exhausted you means a less productive and efficient you and perhaps some companies are finally starting to realize this. Extracting the maximum amount of labor out of a given individual without looking out for their physical and mental and well-being is the best way to end up with an exhausted, stressed out workforce that benefits exactly no one. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we are guardians of workplace wellness. We seek to use our natural healing modalities to keep the stress of your job from negatively affecting the balance of your life. Read on to find out how.
Difficulty sleeping is one of the most painful experiences in life; without regular, restorative sleep, our bodies are forced to work harder, under compromised conditions, and the results can be horrendous. Not getting enough rest has been linked to a host of serious health problems, from high blood pressure to heart disease, asthma to inflammation, the list seems to be endless. Indeed, lack of sleep weakens the immune system and decreases energy which leads to anxiety, depression and daytime sleepiness. Because lack of sleep affects almost every facet of daily life, humans have set store by solving it; unfortunately, it is not as simple as that. Primary insomnia has no identifiable underlying cause while secondary insomnia is a symptom of another condition. So successfuly treating insomnia depends on first having an accurate diagnosis and secondly selecting the righ treatment. Acupuncture is one of these treatments that shows great efficacy without the side effects that sleeping pills and other treatments have become infamous for.
While acupuncture would never purport to be a be-all, end-all treatment for headaches, it can directly address the the root causes of the headache and thereby ease the symptoms. Acupuncture needles are placed in accordance with the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which often coincides with nerves throughout the body. Insertion of the needles at these strategic points will release such important hormones as endorphins which trigger a pain-killing response in the body. With very little risk for side-effects, acupuncture has emerged as one of the premier alternative-medicine treatments for headaches. For people looking to avoid the side-effects of prescription drugs and other traditional forms of headache treatment, it is worth asking whether acupuncture could work for you.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a painful condition that occurs when nerves and blood vessels in the thoracic outlet become copmressed. The thoracic outlet refers to the space between the collar bone and the first rib, and compression of this zone is associated with pain and dysfunction in the upper extremities. Symptoms depend on whether nerves or blood vessels are impinged upon. With nerves:
With blood vessels:
This is a serious condition that requires a thoughtful approach to treatment- that being said, many patients experience significant improvement with conservative therapies like chiropractic and acupuncture.