Simple Health Acupuncture's Blog

In our blog we will discuss many wellness topics such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, natural cosmetic treatments, pain management, mental health, lifestyle and healthy living. We hope you enjoy reading. 

Omega class fatty acids are also known as "essential fatty acids." Why? Because while the body can produce most of the types of fats it needs for cellular function, there are a few that cannot be synthesized and must be obtained from the diet. Not getting enough of the Omegas can result in some pretty serious diseases, including decreased Liver and Kidney function, mood disorders, and disruption of your endocrine (hormonal) system.

By 2030 the number of people who are 65 and older will constitute 19% of the US population. This population experiences common geriatric conditions which can be treated and managed with chiropractic care. Unfortunately there are many seniors who are unaware of the many benefits. Chiropractic utilizes a hands on approach working primarily on the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems to help encourage the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The goal is to help preserve and restore optimal health.

You have heard your friends and acquaintances tell you how much acupuncture has improved their quality of life, and they urge you to try it, but you just can’t get past the needles. Have no fear, there is a way to get around the needles.

If you are needle shy, or needle sensitive, you can still receive the benefits of acupuncture with other handy tools that your acupuncturist may have for people just like you. In my practice I have cold lasers, tuning forks, and a handheld TENS point locator, all which can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and provide needleless treatment. For children I used Shonishin tools which are small metal tools that are used to scratch or tap a child’s skin over acupuncture pathways, without inserting needles into the skin.

Do you ever feel anxious and emotional? Maybe your energy level is low, your digestive system is sluggish, you tend to gain weight easily but have difficulty shedding the pounds; maybe you feel that you tend to get sick often and your immune system is not functioning at optimum; maybe no matter what you do, you find that you don't sleep well, and for women, maybe you feel like your hormones are completely out of whack! If some or all of this describes what you are feeling, you could be experiencing dysregulation of your HPA axis.

Most people who get massages are looking for pain or stress relief.  But what they don’t know it can address other health issues that we may leave up to medication to treat.  When we receive a full body massage, our bodies benefit in more ways than one. Here is a list of health issues where Massage Therapy can help.

The age-old saying “you are what you eat” is truly the fundamental necessity of what it takes to be healthy (if you want to read about the possible origin of this phrase see this webpage https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/you-are-what-you-eat.html it is interesting!). What you eat is the single most important way to become and stay healthy. When we nourish our body our cells rejoice, and we thrive. Every day our food choices define our health, and not just our physical health, but also our mental and emotional health (2). A study found that people who increased vegetable and fruit intake from 1 to 8 servings per day “would experience an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment (2).” Eating a healthier diet actually improves our happiness before it improves our physical health.

Are you a cycling enthusiast? Living here in beautiful sunny SoCal, I don't blame you! Over the years, I have noticed that certain sports tend to attract die-hard aficionados more than others. Cycling and running are two of the biggest! It is almost as if people get addicted, and strive to go longer, faster, and farther, taking their bodies to the limit. Unfortunately, this is also how people tend to injure themselves.

 

Your neck or cervical spine as it’s also called is composed of the base of your head and seven vertebrae. It is responsible for keeping our head upright and carrying its full weight which is approximately 10-12 lbs. The neck is capable of moving in various directions and is naturally very flexible. This flexibility, however, makes it susceptible to injury and pain.

The trauma from an motor vehicle accident or other major physical accident, such as a fall or sports injury, can have lifelong repercussions. The physical and emotional damage can cause problems later in life if not treated before more permanent damage sets in. Even if bones are not broken, lacerations are not present and you did not end up being taken to a hospital, soft tissue damage often occurs. If tissue damage is not treated, pain may go away after the initial period following the injury, or perhaps one thinks that they are doing alright because the pain can be reduced or eliminated with anti-inflammatory medications; however, scar tissue will form and the area can have decreased range of motion, reduced flexibility, and pain may develop from incorrectly healed tissue and/or scar tissue impinging nerves or narrowing joint spaces. Emotionally, you may suffer from post traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression.

2017-18 has been one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. Currently, every state except Hawaii is experiencing widespread flu, experts are calling it just short of an epidemic. Despite efforts to vaccinate, public health experts and officials are finding that this season’s predominant form of the flu, the H3N2 virus, has been particularly difficult to prevent against.

 

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