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The Benefits of Detoxifying your Body with Acupuncture

The Benefits of Detoxifying your Body with Acupuncture

Life can be incredibly stressful. Even if things are “going well,” the constant pull of the needs of others including kids, coworkers, parents, and even friends can leave us feeling drained and often leads us into making poor lifestyle choices. But what if there was a place you could go to heal your body and your mind? A sanctuary of sorts, where you can find serenity and healing through the art of acupuncture. Your acupuncturist can help you find the path to detoxification—a journey of renewal and revitalization for both body and soul.  continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Orthopedic Pain

Acupuncture for Orthopedic Pain

Orthopedic pain is a big deal for many Americans, and it comes in many different forms including knee, hip, shoulder, and other joint pain. Acupuncture has been proven an effective tool to deal with orthopedic pain…even Harvard Medical School thinks so.  continue reading »

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Acupuncture & Athletes: A Winning Combination

Acupuncture & Athletes: A Winning Combination

Whether a weekend warrior or a seasoned semi-professional or professional competitor, athletes are always looking for that competitive edge, the thing that can keep them healthy and give them a bit more in the tank to defeat the competition. 

Sports acupuncture is a great tool athletes can use as part of their overall health care strategy. Sports acupuncture is a hybrid form of acupuncture and sports medicine that is specifically used to support sports-related activity. Athletes and runners especially can use sports medicine acupuncture to relieve pain, accelerate the healing of sports related injuries, improve performance, and increase muscle flexibility. Let’s unpack each of these benefits and see just how sports acupuncture can be used to treat athletes. continue reading »

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Acupuncture: The Best Solution for Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia

Did you know?… There aren’t any great solutions for Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia in Western Medicine. Some are prescribed a steroid, or nerve pain medication, gabapentin/neurotin, or occasionally surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia, however, these treatment approaches have very little success.

Thankfully, there IS a lot of clinical success using acupuncture for both Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia. Clinical trials show as much as 80-100% improvement in both Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia using acupuncture.

At Cloud 9 Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we treat all types of facial pain, whether it’s a dental surgery gone wrong, nerve damage from facial surgery, or Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Luckily, patients only need a short course of treatment to start seeing results. Call for a consult to begin 410-847-7466.

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Soothe Your Sore Head: Exploring Acupuncture for Headache & Migraine Relief

Headaches. We’ve all been there, battling that throbbing pain that disrupts our day and steals our focus. While medication is often the first line of defense, many are seeking alternative solutions with fewer side effects. Enter acupuncture, an time-tested practice in the modern world with potential to alleviate headaches naturally.

But, Does Acupuncture Actually Work for Headaches?

YES! Studies show results! The National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledges acupuncture as a viable option for headache relief, particularly for tension headaches and migraines. Research shows it is as effective as medication, with the added benefit of fewer side effects.

Here’s how it might work:

  • Stimulating Nerves: Acupuncture needles trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers.
  • Improving Blood Flow: Increased circulation can relax muscles and reduce pressure, easing headache pain.
  • Balancing Energy: Traditional Chinese medicine views headaches as energy imbalances. Acupuncture aims to restore harmony, promoting overall well-being.

What Headaches Can Acupuncture Help With?

Acupuncture shows promise for various headache types, including:

  • Tension Headaches: The most common type, often caused by muscle tension in the head and neck.
  • Migraines: Characterized by severe throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
  • Cluster Headaches: Intense pain concentrated around one eye, typically occurring in episodes.

What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session for Headaches

Your acupuncturist will first discuss your medical history and headache symptoms. Then, they will provide acupuncture at specific points on your body, focusing on areas related to headaches. The experience is usually pain-free, with some people feeling a tingling sensation. Sessions typically last 30-45 minutes, and multiple sessions are recommended for optimal results.

Important Considerations Before Trying Acupuncture

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Communicate your medical history: Inform your acupuncturist about any medications you’re taking or health conditions you have.
  • Manage expectations: Acupuncture may not be a cure-all, but it can offer significant relief for most, especially if you follow your treatment plan.

Is Acupuncture Right for You?

Start with a consultation with our doctor, Dr. Laura Parks. Call 410-847-4766 to begin.

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