9 People Who Need Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment for the allergy-sufferer

Let’s be honest, almost everyone benefits from acupuncture treatment. But here is some insight into specific types of patients we commonly see in our clinic. Let’s look at nine people who need acupuncture now!

The athlete – Whether you’re a serious athlete or just getting into shape, our bodies need a tune-up to perform at their optimal level. Acupuncture helps keep your muscles loose, reduce inflammation and body pain, and improve performance, no matter what your sport. Come in for treatment during training and your body will thank you.

The parent – Raising children is a full-time job; and we know you don’t get a lot of time to yourselves when you have kids. Make acupuncture treatment a time for you; a time when you can rebalance and reboot. You will feel better and your kids will benefit as well.

The 50+ hour business person – The truth is that for many people, the 40 hour workweek is a pipe dream. If this is you, it is important to carve time out to take care of yourself. Acupuncture will reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, and provide a sense of balance that is most likely missing when you have to put in so many hours. We bet your shoulders are tense too…and we can help with that!

The injured – Injuries come in all forms, whether you were in a car accident, or sprained an ankle hiking over the weekend. But no matter the injury, the treatment principles are the same, and we can treat the acute trauma, reduce inflammation, improve circulation to the area of injury, and relieve pain. The sooner you start acupuncture treatment after an injury, the faster you are going to heal, period.

The allergy sufferer – We live in the Northwest, and pollen counts are high this allergy season. Acupuncture can clear your sinuses, relieve itchy eyes and throat and help improve your energy when your immune system seems to be rebelling against you.

The medical professional – We are betting that you tend to put other people’s health ahead of your own. But the best way to be of service to other people is to be available, which means taking care of your health too.

Your kids – It’s not always easy being a kid. Our bodies and minds grow and mature more in our first 18 years than in any other time of life. That’s a lot of transition, and acupuncture helps kids deal with these growing pains throughout all stages of development.

The teacher – Schools can be Petrie dishes for germs, and teachers often get whatever sickness is being passed around their classrooms. To stay well, boost your immune system and reduce stress levels with acupuncture. You will have better energy and an improved sense of well-being so you can stay in school.

The couple trying to conceive – Recent research has shown that acupuncture can help improve the efficacy of fertility treatments. The truth is, no matter where you are in the process of trying to conceive, acupuncture will benefit both men and women at every stage, and help you build the family of your dreams.

Shaved Asparagus With Arugula Recipe

I found this super easy and delicious recipe on The New York Times Wine & Dining page.

A couple quick tips: For those following a Cleanse Diet, you can simply omit the parmesan from the recipe and it still tastes fantastic. You can also leave out the prosciutto and it will still have great flavor as well. It is quick to put together with very few ingredients and no cooking.  For some additional protein and a great compliment – try adding some crumbled roasted Hazelnuts on top.

Bon Appetit!

– Jake (Sarah’s husband)

Best Nutrition Cookbook Ever

Veggie Stir Fry

My favorite cookbook is “The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.” This book is chalk full of tasty whole foods recipes and teaches you the importance of eating a heavily plant based diet. There is no understating the phrase “food is medicine.” The recipes are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, guilt free and finally – not flavor free!! For those of us with allergies, food sensitivities, diabetes or numerous other health ailments; this book is a blessing. The other insanely cool part about this book is the way they so clearly and concisely break down the foods and the how and why each food benefits your health.

Make just a few of these recipes and you quickly come to realize that the authors (Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre) took the time to build, test and refine the recipes by having their children and friends test each revision. The result is a collection of completely “eatable” meals! I think it is an especially interesting and impressive feat in that recipes in this genre are typically mundane or flavorless.

They have a great website

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Recipe for green smoothie 

Recipe for Kale sauté  … I just realized this is two kale recipes in a row. I love kale and promise to move on from it!

Cheers to good health!

Clinical Experience: TMJ

I had an old patient come back for a new issue the other day. He had not been able to open his mouth more than a couple of centimeters for 4 weeks. This patient could not eat or brush his teeth properly. He was drinking milk shakes, smoothies and soup to get nutrition. He had a tooth extracted 4 weeks earlier and shortly after the procedure he found himself in this terrible situation with his mouth clamped shut.

He had been to back to see his dentist, a physical therapist, and a TMJ specialist all to no avail. I always say patients need acupuncture after major dental work! From our clinical experience, 99% of  pain in the head and jaw is coming from the neck and shoulders. We worked on his jaw with trigger point acupuncture, we did acupuncture using imaging, and on the 3rd session, I treated him face down, and worked on his neck and shoulders, which were extremely tight. When I finished needling I asked him to try to open his mouth and he practically yelled, “bring me a pizza!!”  I told him it may take a couple of times to get him to 100%. Today he called to cancel his appointment a couple of days out because his problem was resolved. This is a man who could not eat and was facing possible surgery. I say it all day long, acupuncture is amazing. It blows me away everyday!

-Sarah