Thursday, March 7, 2013

Acupuncture

     Okay, so this isn't exactly post about massage therapy.  But, there are other natural/holistic healthcare modalities worth trying should you experience any pain and discomfort, and one of them is Acupuncture.
     I, myself, have never actually tried Acupuncture.  I've wanted to, but it just seems I can never get my finances in order with timing.  I do, however, know plenty of people who have tried it and love it! So, I thought I'd share a little history about Acupuncture and its benefits for you.


     Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine.    
     According to WHO (World Health Organization) acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, while evidence indicates it may have an effective therapeutic value for many more. People with tension headaches and/or migraines may find acupuncture to be very effective in alleviating their symptoms, according to a study carried out at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Another study at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that twice weekly acupuncture treatments relieve debilitating symptoms of Xerostomia - severe dry mouth - among patients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer
     Here is a list of conditions that Acupuncture may treat:


  • Addiction
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis 
  • Colds 
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastritis
  • Headache
  • Hypertension
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Menopause
  • Migraine
  • Morning Sickness/Nausea
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Vertigo  

      I've found that when it comes to pricing, there is a wide range.  I've discovered that some places will charge $55 a session, and others in upwards of $125 a session.  And there are some places that will take insurance, provided your insurance carrier covers Acupuncture treatment.  But despite the wide margin in rates, I feel it's worth looking into.  Unfortunately, healthcare is not free.  If you don't have your health, well, you wouldn't be able to do anything.  Plus, Acupuncture is a wonderful companion modality to massage therapy.  
     See? I can make an Acupuncture post relative to a massage therapy blog . . .