From Out of Nowhere

Last night, we lost power for a while aroundPain Management Acupuncture Massage Nashville 11:30. Of course, that woke the twins, now 22 months old. As I was positioning our son for a diaper change, I felt a sharp pain on the right side of my back. I pulled part of the latissimus dorsi, right over the ribs. There was searing pain every time I moved my torso or took a breath. In the past two years, I have changed thousands of diapers, and there’s no way to estimate how many times I have lifted a child. But there it was: I injured myself during an activity I do many times a day.

And that’s how it happens. No one plans on being hurt or getting sick. Regardless of how well you take care of your body, it’s vulnerable. Acupuncture is a great protective shield. It can help our bodies reach optimal health, decreasing the risk of illness and injury. And it can help our bodies recover from illness and injury faster, kicking our immune systems into high gear, improving circulation, and much more.

If you’re looking to improve and protect your health, give us a call at 615-939-2787 or schedule on line at http://www.affinityacupuncture.com. We offer convenient evening hours three days a week a well as two Saturdays a month to help fit your busy lifestyle.

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Do You Have the Change in Season Blahs?

The leaves are starting to change in Nashville. Temperatures are cooling off, and people are transitioning to fall wardrobes. Pumpkins and squash are readily available, and Pinterest is full of seasonal recipes and crafts.

The transition to fall, while beautiful with its rich colors, isn’t always easy on the body. With kids back in school, germs are being spread quickly. Changes in the barometric pressure affect a lot of individuals with chronic headaches. Shorter daylight hours can impact energy levels. Autumn allergies strike, causing runny noses and itchy eyes.

Affinity Acupuncture offers a variety of treatments to help boost the immune system and decrease symptoms of colds, allergies, and fatigue. We offer nutritional counseling as well as acupuncture treatments and Traditional Chinese Medicine to help your body perform at its best. Did you go the whole summer without having a massage? We offer that as well, and yes, you deserve it. Call 615-939-2787 today, or book your appointments on-line. Acupuncture Nashville Herbs Brentwood

Acupuncture Calms Arthritis Pain, Increases Mobility

From HealthCMI

on 19 September 2014.

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Acupuncture reduces pain and improves functional mobility for patients with osteoarthritis. Researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, conducted a meta-analysis of 12 trials consisting of 1,763 patients with osteoarthritis. All trials compared true acupuncture with sham acupuncture, conventional treatments and no treatments. University of Manitoba in Canada. The study finds acupuncture effective in reducing pain intensity levels, increasing mobility and improving quality of life scores. A subgroup analysis reveals that patients receiving acupuncture treatments for intervention periods greater than 4 weeks have greater reductions in pain intensity levels than patients receiving acupuncture over a shorter duration of time.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects millions of people worldwide. It affects joints in the body including the hands, lower back, neck, knees and hips. This type of arthritis is often associated with ‘wear and tear’ degeneration of joint cartilage over time. Risk factors include aging, diabetes, injuries, gout, hypothyroid conditions and obesity. Symptoms and signs include pain, lack of flexibility and bone spurs.

Conventional treatments include medications to control pain and inflammation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cortisone and hyaluronic acid derivative injections, and joint replacement surgery. The Mayo Clinic staff notes on their website that studies show acupuncture, Tai Chi and yoga may help reduce osteoarthritis pain and improve mobility. This University of Manitoba study confirms that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

The researchers cite several modern investigations finding acupuncture effective for the treatment of several types of pain related conditions including fibromyalgia, lower back pain and osteoarthritis. Their investigation also cites studies demonstrating that acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment and is a “safe non-pharmacological treatment of musculoskeletal pain.” The researchers note, “we found acupuncture administered to adults with osteoarthritis to be associated with a statistically significant reduction in pain intensity, improved functional mobility and improved health-related quality of life.”

The researchers note that the most common acupuncture points used for the sample size of 1,763 patients were ST36, ST34, Xiyan, GB34, and SP9. Other acupuncture points include SP10, ST40, LV3, ST44, GB29, SP5, DU20, BL60, GB43, GB30, and extra points including EX31, EX32, and EXLE5. Most studies included manual acupuncture techniques to evoke de qi at least once during each treatment period. De qi is a combination of bodily sensations induced by acupuncture needling combined with physiological responses to the stimulation. De qi sensation is often described as dull, heavy, deep pressure, pulling, numb, aching, spreading, radiating, electrical, refreshing, relieving and tingling.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology researchers measured de qi’s relationship to changes in blood flow, tissue displacement, myoelectricity and brain MRI signals. They note “intrinsic change(s) of (the) human body” are induced by de qi during acupuncture. The team added that the “de qi elicited significant response(s) to acupuncture in (the) specific brain regions….” Other researchers note that achieving de qi at acupuncture points elicits distinctly different cortical responses than at non-acupuncture points. Specific acupuncture points demonstrate a consistent and unique ability to stimulate specific brain regions upon de qi stimulation. By contrast, non-acupuncture points did not induce unique responses. Researchers from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Medimar International Hospital and the European Foundation of TCM performed a meta-analysis of the medical implications of de qi. The findings suggest a direct correlation between ancient acupuncture techniques and improved positive patient outcomes. Acupoint selections.

The osteoarthritis researchers at the University of Manitoba note studies showing that, “Electrical needle stimulation can enhance the effects of acupuncture.” This study only examined manual acupuncture and excluded electro-acupuncture to eliminate electrical stimulation as a variable. The sorting process was stringent and excluded non-randomized studies and studies wherein superficial needling was used as part of the sham acupuncture techniques. The researchers found 14,449 relevant citations and sifted this number down to 12 unique trials of 1,763 patients to ensure that only quality studies were examined in the meta-analysis.

Several important strengths become apparent. First, manual acupuncture without any additional electrical stimulation is effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Acupuncture was found both safe and effective in the quality studies reviewed. Additionally, acupuncture was found cost-effective for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

The findings are not unique. For example, research published in Rheumatology, one of the Oxford Journals, concludes that “Sham-controlled RCTs suggest specific effects of acupuncture for pain control in patients with peripheral joint OA (osteoarthritis). Considering its favourable safety profile acupuncture seems an option worthy of consideration particularly for knee OA.” That study examined 18 randomized controlled trials of both manual and electro-acupuncture. The wide body of research supporting the use of acupuncture for the treatment of osteoarthritis as a safe and cost-effective modality suggests that further integration into biomedical settings and protocols is warranted.

– See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1365-acupuncture-calms-arthritis-pain-increases-mobility#sthash.BPJnEqTM.dpuf

A Better Perk Up Than Coffee?

For many of us, a cup of coffee is as much a part of the morning routine as brushing our teeth. By the time we’ve started our morning commute, the caffeine has kicked in, and we’re ready to take on the day. Two hours later (if not sooner) many of us are feeling sluggish again and pouring the next cup.

Coffee itself is not a bad thing – in fact, it has some great antioxidant benefits and may even reduce the risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Excessive consumption can be problematic, though, especially in how dehydrating coffee is. And if you’re buying special brews from coffee shops, it can take a real toll on the wallet and waistline (there are 48g of sugar in a very popular coffee beverage that is available in the fall…).

There’s something you can do as a more effective wake up in the mornings than a cup of coffee:

Drink 8-16 oz. of water.

Your brain is primarily made up of water. Our bodies are dehydrated in the mornings. Having a glass of water before your coffee or tea helps replenish the body and refresh all of the systems. Adding a slice of lemon also adds some great antioxidant benefits and flavor benefit. 1280px-A_small_cup_of_coffee

No More Dry Needling by PTs in TN

The following is an OpEd recently submitted by Affinity Acupuncture to The Tennessean and other local press. 

Affinity Acupuncture would like to commend the state Attorneys General for ruling that Intramuscular Manual Therapy (“IMT”), also known as Trigger-Point Dry Needling, does not fall within the scope of practice of physical therapy as defined by the Occupational and Physical Therapy Act, Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 63-13-101 to -318.

While this topic has not received much media attention, it is very important to state licensed acupuncturists.

Acupuncture and Trigger-Point Dry Needling, often referred to as Dry Needling, have many similarities. In fact, the ruling states that “while there are no doubt distinctions to be drawn between the two, dry needling’s obvious similarity to acupuncture cannot be ignored, and physical therapists may not perform acupuncture, which is a branch of medicine.” A 2008 Mayo Clinic study found a 93.3% anatomic correspondence with classic acupuncture points. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists Trigger Points as a subset of the catalog of acupuncture points. Our office considers dry needling to be a form of acupuncture.

Acupuncture is considered a branch of medicine. While it is growing in popularity, acupuncture is still a fairly controversial practice in the US. Most Americans are more comfortable with conventional Western techniques, or even Eastern techniques performed by Western practitioners. For this reason, some opt for dry needling from Physical Therapists or Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine. The reason this concerns acupuncturists does not reflect their confidence in Chiropractors or Occupational or Physical Therapists. Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Occupational and Physical Therapy are all effective Complimentary and Alternative Medicines (CAM). They can have tremendous positive impact on the body with or without the compliment of Western medicine. Our office often refers individuals to Physical and Occupational Therapists, as well as Chiropractors, when we believe they can benefit from the services that are clearly outlined in their scopes of practice.

With a well-trained practitioner of Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, or Chiropractic, the methods used are generally regarded as safe. The concern of Occupational and Physical Therapists, and even Chiropractors, performing Dry Needling lies in the level of training specific to the application of applying needles to the body. There is currently no uniform requirement for education of Dry Needling technique, which is disconcerting. It is not included in entry-level education for Physical Therapists, but additional training is available.
There are two main programs for training, neither of which require more than 104 hours of study for individuals who have not had previous training on the insertion of a surgical needle into the human body. The state of Tennessee requires that Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac.) complete a minimum of 1490 hours of training in Acupuncture, 660 hours of which are clinical hours supervised by a Licensed Acupuncturist. Acupuncturists are also required to complete Clean Needle exams through the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This is significantly more training than Physical Therapists and Chiropractors receive; many states only require 200-300 hours of approved training for licensed MDs.

It is in the best interest of the public that training meets certain standards. Without uniform levels of competency and safety, there are serious risks involved. If the required hours of training for Occupational and Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and even MDs are not increased, the hours required for acupuncturists should be reduced so that everyone performing the techniques is educated on the same level.

Once again, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic work are highly regarded by our office. That being said, we do applaud the recent opinion by the state Attorneys General, that Dry Needling is similar enough to a branch of medicine, acupuncture, that cannot be performed by Physical Therapists.

We Want YOU to Help us Change the Life of a Wounded Veteran

Join us on Thursday, July 3 for private and community acupuncture or massage therapy. 100% of service fees will be donated to the Nashville chapter of the Joshua Chamberlain Society. The recipient, Army Cpl. Jeremy Voels, is a decorated war hero who was severely injured in Afghanistan in 2010. Funds are going towards building an addition to his parent’s home with a wheelchair accessible bedroom, bathroom, and closet, as well as climate controlled storage.
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