Acupuncture, the Spine and Nerves

Acupuncture, the Spine and Nerves

Why does our spine cause us so many problems?

  1. Muscle Imbalance
  2. Hyper-reactive nerves
  3. Space-occupying lesions

With all of these pathologies, it is oversimplification to claim that invasion of bone or disc into the nerve’s space is CAUSING the pain. Every day, patients walk into the clinic with an x-ray and that is exactly what they say. But there are many people out there with similar x-rays for all of these pathologies that are pain free, or their pain is much reduced, so there must be more to the equation...

Acupuncture for Anxiety Related Disorders

Acupuncture for Anxiety Related Disorders

If you have been diagnosed with, or have been suffering from:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • PTSD
  • Stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 
  • A chronic disease that gives you anxiety

You are not alone.  Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults (about 18%)...

Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Acupuncture for Neck Pain

About 15% of adults experience neck pain at any one time. Prevalence of neck pain increases as one gets older and is more common in women than men. Spondylosis, or degeneration of the spine, is one reason for this, but neck pain usually comes from multiple factors . Neck pain can include pain in the neck itself, the upper back and shoulder girdle, as well as associated pain in the head, upper extremities, or the low back.  Acupuncture has been shown in clinical trials to benefit acute and chronic neck pain long term.  By relieving muscle tension and benefitting neck and shoulder posture, acupuncture relieves pain and decreases stress and degeneration of the neck to prevent recurrence.  Furthermore, by taking into account emotional and systemic stresses to the microcirculation and nervous system, acupuncture treats the root of disorder, extending benefits well beyond common “band aid” treatments...

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain can be ongoing, frustrating and debilitating.  For some, this is a temporary setback, for others, back pain progresses to a chronic disease that seriously diminishes quality of life.  Acupuncture is one of the few non-invasive therapies that have been shown in clinical trials to benefit back pain long-term.  More than just pain relief, acupuncture changes the way the nervous system interacts with the musculoskeletal system to restore balance.  Based on re-establishing coordination of the musculature and fascia, Sports Medicine Acupuncture changes range of motion and strength immediately.  This directly benefits the spine and posture...

Acupuncture after your Auto Accident

Acupuncture after your Auto Accident

As you probably know, Minnesota has no-fault/PIP, i.e. Personal Injury Protection. That means that you do not have to pay for medical care after an auto/personal injury no matter who was at fault for the accident. Your car insurance pays, they may seek reimbursement from other parties on your behalf. In addition, your auto insurance premium will not go up additionally when you add a medical claim to an existing accident claim. The accident may cause the premium to rise if you were at fault and you do not have accident forgiveness, but it will not reflect the medical claim...

Cancer Prevention and Survival: Nutrition and Supplements

Cancer Prevention and Survival: Nutrition and Supplements

As part of Midwest Specialty Acupuncture’s series on cancer, today we delve into foods, supplements and how we nourish ourselves.  Because there is a lot of information out there and new supplement claims can be made by just about anyone with a computer, we are going to focus on the recommendations of an expert panel whose job it is to analyze data for this very reason...

 

Increase Cancer Survivorship with Exercise

Increase Cancer Survivorship with Exercise

“When will we treat physical activity as a legitimate medical therapy… even though it does not come in a pill?”

-Church T, Blair SN.  Br J Sports Med 2008 Oct 16

We all know we are supposed to exercise.  It makes us feel good by getting the endorphins running.  If we falter, we feel sluggish or moody; suffer from poor sleep, digestion or anxiety...

 

 

The Meditative Art of Qi Gong in Minneapolis

The Meditative Art of Qi Gong in Minneapolis

“Qi” means life energy.  It animates us, providing function to our structure.  Its vibrancy is dependent on flow.  That flow coalesces in the channels or meridians.  These conduits connect the entire body into an integrative whole.  Each aspect of us affects every other aspect.  And this goes for more than just the physical body, but the emotional and spiritual bodies as well.  Qi flows through each of these and all of us and our many complexities, integrating us into one fantastically functional unit...

Starting and Keeping Good Habits

Starting and Keeping Good Habits

Welcome to 2013!  On this first day of this New Year, our thoughts expand outward.  No longer simply concerned with Thanksgiving, then Christmas; as the winter energy peaks then gathers a different seed for the spring, we look deeper, farther at the year to come.  

This is a natural process highlighted by the “tai ji symbol” you may recognize from pop feng shui ornaments.  The black is yin- which refers to winter, night, quiet, inward, and female.  The white is yang- symbolizing summer, daytime, growth, forward, external, and male...

The Pain Gap- Why Conventional Pain Control Methods are not Working

The Pain Gap- Why Conventional Pain Control Methods are not Working

It is a most common scenario.  Something hurts, beyond the “usual” pain, so we go in to seek care from our doctor.  The more severe, short-term pain patients get pain killers and possibly muscle relaxers, are told to rest, ice and it will improve.  For longer, nagging injuries, patients are offered a steroid injection to decrease inflammation and get them immediately out of pain- with the hope that relief will continue long term.  X-rays and/or MRIs are ordered as needed. Of course, severe conditions may wind up in surgery but that’s a whole other discussion...

 

The Dirty on Tainted Steroid Injections

In fall, a fungal meningitis outbreak of historic proportions is occurring locally and nationwide due to tainted methylprednisolone acetate, a common joint and epidural injection for pain purchased from the New England Compounding Center.  The center shut down almost immediately as inspectors wrote about dirty floors and a leaky boiler. Floor mats near sterile drug-mixing areas were "visibly soiled with assorted debris," and a leak from a nearby boiler created an "environment susceptible to contaminant growth".  Furthermore, according to Massachusetts law, compounding pharmacies must have a prescription for every patient for each dose they send out; otherwise it falls under manufacturing mandates.  But documents recently released show multiple complaints against the pharmacy going back to 1999...