Albanese, L.Ac., M.S., is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture under
the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners. She is the founder of Northwest
AcuHealth,LLC. She holds a Master of Science in Traditional
more information visit her
website at www.nwacuhealth.com
or call 503-358-7454.
information contained herein is not intended to diagnose or treat ANY
Your Walking with Acupuncture
Acupuncture services are becoming quite popular in the treatment and
prevention of injuries for walkers, hikers, and runners in the Portland
area. Its a great way to reduce mental and physical stress in
the body. It seems like such a revolutionary means of treatment and
yet its a form of medicine that has been around for thousands
of years. Currently in our Western culture there is a greater awareness
of the benefits of this healing modality. Hopefully this article will
answer some basic questions about acupuncture and how it can benefit
is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, hair-like needles strategically
placed in locations specific to your Chinese medical diagnosis. Although
modern Western medicine HAS proven acupuncture to work, it is unable
to explain how it works . Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient
Chinese theories that acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of
qi in the body. When it comes to orthopedic conditions,
such as a sports injury, some acupuncturists combine Eastern and Western
medical evaluations to allow for a complete diagnosis.
How do you know if acupuncture is right for you? First and foremost
if you are in severe pain, it is important that you be evaluated by
your physician or a specialist to rule out a more serious condition
(i.e., herniated disc, ligament or muscle tear, stress fracture, etc).
Once you are diagnosed it may be the case that surgery is preventable
through more conservative forms of treatment such as acupuncture and
exercise. Acupuncture can help in the healing process whether you have
acute pain and swelling, a chronic overuse injury, or to expedite healing
after surgery. Acupuncture can also be instrumental in preventing injuries
before they occur.
your fitness level increases so will your training intensity. As intensity
increases it becomes even more important to take preventative measures.
Making healthier food choices, warm-ups/cool-downs, stretching, and
staying hydrated are all integral parts to optimal health and key elements
in the prevention of injuries. So why it is that people still get injured
even when taking these preventative measures? Sometimes your body might
not be working as efficiently as it could be due to an old injury, thus
creating imbalance. An old injury can change your gait. This can cause
a slight limp or a shortened leg swing, which can also create changes
to your upper body. Improper body mechanics break up the fluidity of
your movements during exercise. This will then create inefficiency,
and over time can cause pain and possibly an injury. Acupuncture can
assist in getting the body back to its proper alignment in order to
reduce pain and optimize your performance.
are some common walking injuries that acupuncture can help? Low back, hip, shoulder, and knee pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis,
sprained ankles, and shin splints, as well as structural imbalances
and muscle weakness can all be treated successfully with acupuncture.
If these ailments are identified and treated early it will help to prevent
future injuries in other parts of the body.
it hurt? No. Some say that the needles aren't painful, they are
sensational. Most find the treatments to be so relaxing
that they actually fall asleep.
many treatments does it take to get results? This depends on the nature and severity of the condition. One to two
treatments per week are suggested. Most people see benefits in four
to six treatments for acute conditions. Chronic conditions may require
treatment for several weeks.
How long will the results and benefits last? Many people wonder if the
results will be temporary. Treatments are intended to address the underlying
condition, not just mask the symptoms. When the source of the condition
is addressed and corrected, the results are long lasting or permanent.
Periodic treatments throughout the year are recommended to maintain
much does treatment cost? The fees for one session vary from office to office. Typically the rate
for an initial evaluation and treatment will run anywhere from $75 to
$125. It will usually take an hour to an hour and a half for the acupuncturist
to get a complete medical history and perform the treatment. The follow-up
sessions on average run about $65 and will last from 45 minutes to an
hour depending on the condition and the practitioner.
there been extensive research done in the area of acupuncture to prove
that it works? Yes, the World Health Organization has researched and documented the
success of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The United States National
Institute of Health has also researched and documented the effectiveness
of this complete medical system and the FDA has approved the acupuncture
needle as a grade II medical instrument.
acupuncture still remains a mystery and to others acupuncture has become
an integral part of their wellness program. In addition to exercise,
making healthier food choices, and taking proper preventative measures,
acupuncture can help to maintain your bodys natural balance. More
balance can mean better efficiency that ultimately will improve your
performance and optimize your existence.