My First Acupuncture Treatment

 

For years I’ve struggled with lower back pain. I tried every over-the-counter pain killer on the market. Nothing seemed to provide relief. It wasn’t until I began my career with New York College of Health Professions that I learned of Acupuncture as a treatment for back pain. Sure, I’ve heard of Acupuncture before, but never as an option for me. It took me about a month to come around to the idea, but after doing my research, I decided to give it a try.  I walked on over to the Academic Healthcare Clinic and scheduled an appointment.

I showed up to my appointment nervous and skeptical. The idea of having someone stick me with needles was not appealing. My hesitation quickly faded after entering the treatment room. My practitioner’s calm and professional demeanor allowed me to relax. After asking a series of intake questions, she began the treatment. I was surprised when I felt little to no pain when she inserted the needles. I felt more relaxed almost instantaneously. After positioning every needle, my practitioner left the room and allowed the needles to sit. I was so incredibly relaxed that I fell asleep. Upon waking, I felt so calm and at peace that I completely forgot about the back pain that I went to get treated!

Overall, my first treatment was a great success. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve been back 5 times since. What I learned is this- even if you are skeptical, give it a chance. It could provide relief for a problem western medicine has not been able to resolve. To schedule your first Acupuncture appointment, call our Syosset Clinic at 516-364-0808 or our Kips Bay Clinic at 212-213-8800.

Following A Diet v. Changing Your Lifestyle

Weight-loss is a major concern in the United States, a country with an “obesity epidemic”. Considering the “super-sized” portions of sugar-loaded sodas and fat-loaded burgers, it is easy to fall into the pattern of consuming processed foods. When the bikini season is near, however, and the extra pounds must go, most people turn to a diet – a short-term solution to a long-lasting problem.

New diets come out every season, promising followers to lose more weight in a shorter amount of time. Individuals desperate to lose the weight trust such diets with their bodies and ultimately, their health. However, diets are not the solution. Over 80% of dieters gain more weight back than they lost after discontinuing their diet. The reason is that diets don’t change habits, lifestyle changes do. Losing weight and keeping it off requires us to reprogram our brains.

We all love comfort foods – even the fitness models – but the decision not to eat them excessively is what makes the difference between being fit and overweight. It is important to make the decision to eat nutritiously and have portion control as well as exercise regularly. In some cases, seeking professional help can be the best option for individuals who succeed best if their results are being monitored by someone else. Licensed acupuncturist, for instance, may be able to help you break certain habits such as emotional attachment to food. In many cases, changing your lifestyle involves changing your routine. It may mean changing the method of transportation you use to get to work or even the people you interact with regularly. While it may be a tough experience, it is one that can help ensure that you maintain your weight and your health.

Acupuncture and Education To Promote Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture is an ancient holistic therapy, which follows the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Unlike Western physicians, Acupuncturists focus on treating the patient as a whole, taking into consideration the physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors.  Acupuncture has shown to be effective in relieving pain, anxiety, migraines, depression and more. Currently, it is becoming a popular smoking cessation therapy in the United States.

In 2006, a study was performed testing the effectiveness of acupuncture, acupressure, electrostimulation and laser therapy in smoking cessation. The results, however, did not clearly indicate whether acupuncture is effective in helping the participants quit smoking cigarettes. This lack of clear results is largely due to the difficulty of setting up a control group with mock acupuncture.

However, a more recent study showed that acupuncture in addition to education about smoking cessation was four times as effective as acupuncture alone. More indicative of the healing qualities of acupuncture, the study showed that education in addition to placebo acupuncture was only twice as effective as acupuncture alone.

Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular among smokers. After a treatment the smoker leaves with tiny “seeds” taped to their ear which they can press on if they get the urge to smoke and re-stimulate the acupuncture points. Besides the needling technique, which involves inserting very thin needles into specific points in the body, acupuncturists commonly include other holistic therapies such as yoga. By integrating other holistic therapies into treatment, acupuncturists are able to address the physical, mental, environmental and emotional factors that may be affecting the patient’s behavioral habits such as smoking.