What Conditions Can We Treat?

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Some areas that Acupuncture is used to heal:

Acupuncture relaxes and loosens painful “knots” or “trigger points” that develop in muscles and fascia, the layer of tissue that surrounds muscles. Acupuncture works by deactivating these painful trigger points, unknotting sore spots and helping relax the unnatural tension that can develop in the muscle fibers as a result of injury.

Acupuncture works with the body’s own healing and pain mediation processes to help resolve the underlying injury naturally by interacting with pain receptors in your brain so you experience less pain at the injury site. With this decrease in the brain’s perception of pain, it will help muscles relax and improve blood flow to the area.

Headache and migraine 

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Simply defined, a headache is a pain in the head due to a number of factors, including tension; muscle contraction; vascular problems; withdrawal from certain medications; abscesses; or injury.  Migraine headaches have a much shorter duration, but their symptoms are much more severe. They typically affect women more frequently than men, with pain that usually occurs on one side of the head. Migraines can be so severe that they can cause loss of appetite, blurred vision, nausea and even vomiting.

Acupuncture is effective for migraine headaches, tension headaches, cluster headaches, post-traumatic headaches, and disease-related headaches that might be due to sinus problems, high blood pressure or sleeping disorders. The greatest advantage of acupuncture over Western medicine is that it does virtually no harm or produce any side effects, and the procedures for treating headaches are much less invasive with acupuncture than with surgery.  

Neck pain

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Neck pain is a common condition. It can be mild enough so that it is a mere annoyance, or severe enough that it can adversely affect the quality of one's life. Because of its position and range of motion, and because it plays a vital role in the support of the head, the neck is more subject to injury than any other portion of the spine. 

Neck pain can have a variety of causes. Keeping your head in an awkward position, caused by a sudden force (such as an automobile accident), or a medical condition (swelling, disease, tumors, bleeding, inflammation, etc.). Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of neck pain, particularly those caused by whiplash. Some studies suggest acupuncture can treat degenerative neck disorders such as ankylosing spondylosis and cervical spondylosis; in many cases, acupuncture has worked for patients whose conditions could not be solved using conventional approaches. 


Low back pain and Sciatica 

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Low back pain has been identified categorically as acute, subacute, or chronic, depending on the onset, duration, and severity.  Risk factors have included occupational posture, depressive moods, obesity, gender, and age.  Low back pain is not a disease but rather a group of signs and symptoms that affects all age groups across the lifespan.  Acupuncture may help improve quality of life as well as reduce lost workplace productivity through more effective and sustained pain relief. It is also efficient in reducing inflammation which may support better joint movement and relief of muscle stiffness as well as aid the healing of swelling and bruising.

Sciatica is a painful condition caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the leg. In some cases, the pain may extend below the knee and down into the foot. In addition to pain, sciatica may cause numbness and weakness of the lower leg muscles, leading to disability and decreased quality of life.  A study in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that stimulation of the Bladder and Gallbladder meridians can relieve the pain and soreness associated with sciatica, with relief in some patients lasting a minimum of six months. 

Knee Pain

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You use your knees a lot, probably more than you even realize: You use them to sit, to stand, to walk and just to maintain your balance. In short, they’re an indispensable part of your life.

Knees are one of the most commonly injured joint in the human body. Unlike some joints that pivot and swivel like those in the wrist or neck, the knee joint is designed to bend and flex in a single plane – up and down. Its range of motion is also restricted, typically to about zero degrees when it’s stretched out straight to about 140 degrees when it’s fully bent. A single misplaced step can cause the knee to twist or overextend, resulting in pain and inflammation in the ligaments, tendons and other areas of the joint that can make even simple movement uncomfortable.

Acupuncture has been shown to be highly effective in treating knee pain by increasing circulation to the injured area, and that helps healing in a couple of ways. When blood flow is increased, all the toxins and fluids that build up as a result of inflammation can be removed more quickly. That means swelling will decrease more rapidly, reducing the painful friction that occurs when swollen tissues rub against each other. Improved circulation also promotes healing by supplying the injured area with an increased supply of oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood, speeding up the tissue repair process.

Fibromyalgia                                                                                                                                                    

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that we still do not know much about. There is no specific known cause, and it could be brought on by many different factors. The main symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain throughout the body, mainly located in joints. The pain may be achy, sharp, radiating, burning, or shooting and it may be mild or severe. Fibromyalgia has also been known to bring on other conditions like trouble sleeping, headaches, depression, and anxiety. 

While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic treatment can help to uncover what may be causing the pain and also provide relief for the pain.  Adjustments and other treatments may be used to relieve pain from the affected areas. The added effects of chiropractic treatment such as increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system can also help to fight the effects of fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia give us a call to schedule a consultation so we can establish a plan to start you on your road to recovery.

Transverse Lie

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Transverse lie means that your baby is lying sideways across your tummy, rather than in a head-down position. It's a common position for your baby to take in early pregnancy. Most babies will get themselves into a head-down position by the end of the final trimester, if not before. The later in your pregnancy that transverse lie is diagnosed, the more likely it is that your baby will stay in this position until birth. 

If your baby stays in the transverse lie position, your doctor may offer to turn your baby by hand during a procedure called external cephalic version(ECV), after 36 weeks. This is when your doctor turns the baby with firm pressure to your abdomen to get the baby to roll into a head-down position.  This may be a very painful procedure and if it is not successful your doctor will recommend a planned Cesarean as it won't be possible for your baby to be born vaginally. 

Dr. Stokes has used Acupuncture successfully in turning the baby into a head-down position many times.  It is a great alternative method for turning a transverse lie baby.

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