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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.
This hypothetical location refers to the point in your body where your mass appears to be concentrated. In a stationary world, our COG is located anterior to the second sacral vertebra, but because we are always in motion, this position is fluid- changing with every motion of the upper and lower bodies, as well as the limbs. Understanding your center of gravity (along with knowing where it is) has important implications for balance and stability, injury prevention and overall wellness. Let's find out a little bit more about the importance of your center of gravity.
No matter your level of athletic ability, simply putting your body through the demands of physical activity causes stress to your muscles. Systemic muscular stress is associated with fatigue, decreased athletic performance and injury; not surprisingly, acupuncture is becoming one of the premier ways to respond to these limitations. In a sports setting, acupuncture is used to:
Athletes across the world are finding that acupuncture is a natural, effective tool that helps them reach peak levels of performance. So how does it work?
No matter how much we fight it, strength is harder to come by in old age. We are no longer enjoy the resilience of our strapping young bodies, which means that we are more vulnerable to injury; when injury does strike, it takes more out of us. That is why we believe, in accordance with general health guidelines, that strength training is essential to well-being in old age. By focusing on strengthening muscles in all the important areas of your body, you remain more able to function and more resilient to injury. Read on for more information about the importance of strength training for over-50s.