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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.
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?