Shoulder Pain Relief In Bellmore, NY - Ni Nan Healing Art Center

Shoulder pain can affect your lifestyle in ways you’ve never thought about. You may not realize how much you use your shoulders in everyday activities such as dressing, eating, and brushing your hair until you have a shoulder issue that makes it almost impossible to do these things without pain. Sadly, shoulder problems are on the rise, with an estimated 40 to 60 percent of adults experiencing conditions at some point in their lives, such as frozen shoulder, rotator cuff problems, impingement, and chronic pain or tightness of this joint.

Why Is Shoulder Pain So Common?

There are a number of reasons that shoulder problems plague so many people. The structure of your shoulder causes it to be vulnerable to issues. It’s a ball and socket joint, like your hip, and the most mobile joint in your body. Unlike your hip, however, the socket of your shoulder is shallow, so it depends on the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments to hold the bones together and stabilize the joint.

Another reason that shoulder conditions are on the rise is that over the past several decades, technology has caused our posture to change. The overwhelming majority of us spend hours each day hunched over computers, looking down at cell phones, or carrying a backpack with shoulders pulled forward. Being stooped over much of the time causes your shoulders to roll forward, shortening the muscles in your chest and putting a strain on the muscles at the back of your shoulders, especially those of your rotator cuff.

Your rotator cuff is one of the most common sources of shoulder pain. It is actually a group of four muscles that are crucial to the stabilization and movement of your shoulder. Through poor posture, injury, or overuse these muscles can become pulled, torn, become inflamed or impinged, that cause pain and loss of function. Additionally, chronically tight shoulder and neck muscles, injuries, and overuse can also cause shoulder disorders.

There Is A Natural Treatment

Western treatments for shoulder problems may include physical therapy, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery. However, more and more people are turning to acupuncture to treat their shoulder pain, and for a good reason. A number of research studies have concluded that acupuncture can be effective in reducing pain and improving range of motion in patients with shoulder complaints.

Acupuncture helps to relieve pain because it increases the release of opioid-like chemicals in your brain as well as blocking the pain signals along your nerve pathways. In addition, acupuncture increases circulation to the area being treated, decreases inflammation significantly, helps to loosen muscles and increase range of motion, and supports the healing process.

If you choose acupuncture to treat your shoulder pain, your practitioner will determine the best course of treatment for you, based on the history of your condition and your overall health. For best results, their plan for you may include adding electric stimulation to your acupuncture treatments, using heat therapy, prescribing an herbal formula, suggesting dietary modifications, or incorporating bodywork into your sessions. The ultimate goal of your treatment plan is to relieve your pain, increase range of motion, support the healing process, and restore function.

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Natural Anxiety Relief In Bellmore, NY - Ni Nan Healing Art Center

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a part of our built-in survival mechanism. It’s appropriate to feel a certain amount of anxiousness when you’re driving in a snowstorm or giving a speech to a large group. However, if you’re anxious for no apparent reason, find anxiety is taking over your life, or experiencing panic attacks, your anxiety has gone from appropriate to being a problem.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, you’re not alone. Up to 30 percent of people worldwide suffer from anxiety. Symptoms may include a racing heart, shortness of breath, chest tightness, feeling lightheaded, numbness and tingling in your extremities, and a general feeling of fear. Extreme anxiety may trigger a panic attack, with the above symptoms, plus an overwhelming fear that you may be having a heart attack or dying right now. Panic attacks often seem to come out of nowhere, and are so frightening that most sufferers worry about having another.

Anxiety can be caused by traumatic events, overwhelming stress, or constant worry. In addition, physical factors, such as a hormonal imbalance, heart problems, or the side effects of certain medications may also trigger anxiety. Some experts speculate that anxiety may be genetic, as it tends to run in families.

Treatments For Anxiety

Standard medical treatment for anxiety includes talk therapy and the use of medications. Some doctors support self-treatment in the form of meditation, relaxation techniques, developing a support network, thought-stopping exercises, and physical activity.

A large number of people who are struggling with anxiety have turned to acupuncture for treatment. There is a great deal of research to support their decision. In a 2017 review of thirteen clinical and scientific studies, researchers determined that acupuncture was an effective treatment for anxiety; similar in effectiveness to talk therapy. This review included three studies in which subjects reported more improvement in their symptoms than control subjects who received medications for their anxiety.

From a Chinese perspective, anxiety may be diagnosed as an imbalance of the Heart, Kidney, or Spleen organ systems. Your Chinese Heart houses something called the Shen, which encompasses your consciousness, feelings, memory, and spirit. Disturbances of the Shen can result in anxiety. The emotional make-up of your Kidney system is deep-seated fear, and your Spleen is associated with worry—either of which can be an underlying cause of anxiety.

There are, however, very real and measurable physiological changes that occur as the result of acupuncture; changes that can account for acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating anxiety. Scientists have found that acupuncture increases the circulation of endorphins, which are feel-good neurotransmitters that improve your mood, regulate the stress response, lower blood pressure, enhance digestion, and decrease pain. In addition, acupuncture helps slow down your brain’s release of stress neurochemicals, and helps to balance the interplay of the stress hormones of cortisol, adrenalin, and insulin.

If you choose to treat your anxiety with acupuncture, your practitioner may combine their treatments with Chinese herbs, lifestyle changes, and something called auricular (or ear) acupuncture. Originally developed to treat addictions, auricular acupuncture has been found to be so effective in treating anxiety and mental health conditions that the Veterans Administration is using acupuncture for veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTSD).

The bottom line is that when it comes to treating anxiety, acupuncture can be an effective option. Your practitioner has a number of healing tools and strategies, and can individualize your treatment plan for the best results.

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Could Acupuncture be the Answer for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

February 11, 2019

Whenever I see a bank teller or cashier wearing a wrist brace, my first thought is that they’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. The nature of their work is repetitious and can be hard on their wrists and hands, and carpal tunnel syndrome is a common result. What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome […]

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