Many patients come to Acupuncture Northwest seeking treatment for a specific problem, like a painful lower back, insomnia, or poor digestion. But what happens after that specific problem is treated and resolved? For most patients, we transition them to maintenance treatment.
The purpose of maintenance acupuncture treatments is to promote continued health, and prevent future symptoms or illness. Essentially, we want you to feel this good for a very long time. Much like how we take our car in for a tune-up, and invest in regular service to extend the life of the car, maintenance acupuncture can prevent symptoms of illness before they arise.
As a patient, maintenance could mean getting treatment one to four times a month, depending on the issue. For patients who feel the need for regular stress management or tension release, a treatment every week or every other week works wonders. For those who aren’t experiencing many symptoms of illness, but want to continue to feel balanced and strong, treatments once a month serve as smart long-term investments towards health.
Maintenance is so crucial to ongoing health because we are constantly bombarded by small stressors throughout our day, and they accumulate over time. Eventually, we succumb to the pileup of “junk” that has accumulated and we start having unwelcome symptoms. Acupuncture is like a reset for the body. An hour of acupuncture to keep your body in balance is a great way to avoid pain, boost immunity and keep your body running as healthy and happy as possible. By getting regular tune-up treatments, you can reduce the likelihood of injuries, and decrease the effects of stress, like weakened immunity, depression, anxiety, body pain, insomnia and digestive problems.
Why let your body fall back into old, unhealthy habits, when you have already done the work to start feeling like your best self, and it takes only minimal effort to stay there? You wouldn’t ignore the oil change light in your car, would you? Invest in your own body, today.
Unfortunately as winter sets in and we begin to see in-climate weather and dangerous road conditions, the possibility of getting into an accident greatly increases. So first and foremost please use caution and be extremely careful when road conditions do become dangerous or better yet; avoid driving all together.
If you are in an accident involving injuries, seeking immediate Emergency Medical Attention by calling 911 is obviously your first priority. However after undergoing initial emergency room treatment, you may find that you need further treatment options to handle ongoing pain or stress. In this case there are a variety of post ER treatment options available to you including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care. All of these have proven to be a very successful in treating pain, muscle strain, stress and other MVA related ailments.
How does Acupuncture Treat Pain?
Acupuncture can effectively eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and circulation as well as relax the mind and body of trauma stress. Acupuncture Northwest has a good success rate with treating MVA (Motor Vehicle Accidents) victims and shortening the recovery window for the injured. If you have been in an accident and as a result are experiencing pain or discomfort, give us a call to see if we can formulate a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. We can do more than just treat physical ailments, we can also help to clear your mind of accident related stress or cloudiness.
Accident Scene Precautions and Awareness
There are many other important hazards to be aware of in auto accident so if you or someone is able – survey the accident scene for the following hazards before making moves: downed power lines, leaking fuel, oncoming cars, water hazards. Unfortunately accidents put us in a panic and fight or flight mindset which making it difficult to think clearly in the moment.
In Chinese medicine, each of our organs has a physical and energetic function that define their role in keeping the body in balance. They all work together in harmony, and when one organ becomes out of balance, each of the other organs have to work harder to compensate for that. If this imbalance continues for too long, chronic issues can develop.
The Liver organ is responsible for the smooth movement of qi in the body. Qi is defined as the “energy” or “life force” within us, and by nature, wants to flow unobstructed through meridians in the body. The Liver is also the organ that is first affected by stress in our lives. During high times of stress or overwork, our Liver qi becomes stagnant.
Signs of Liver qi stagnation include muscle tightness and tension, irritability, and PMS symptoms in women. It can also create excess heat in the body, which can manifest as high blood pressure, red face, and headaches.
How do we soothe our Livers and prevent qi stagnation? There are many things we can do. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to move Liver qi and address the root cause of the problem, stress. Exercise, deep breathing, getting adequate rest and sleep, and practicing meditation are all good techniques to help soothe the Liver. Letting go of mistakes made in the past, working through feelings of guilt and fear, and avoiding obsessing about events that might occur in the future are also ways to help keep the flow of qi moving and fluid, rather than stuck and stagnant.
Tip: Liver 3 is a great acupressure point to help move Liver qi. It is on the top of the foot, between the big toe and the second toe. Move about an inch up from the crease between these two toes, and feel for the most tender spot, using firm pressure to massage the point. Your Liver will thank you!