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2019 = Your Best Year

2019 is well under way and we are creeping up on February. I hope that anybody that made a new years resolution to be healthier, in less pain, more relaxed, or any other resolution has been able to keep up with their goals.

If you find yourself struggling with a goal of weight loss, less stress, less physical pain, less reliance on pain medication, or any other number of goals that have been difficult to follow, give me a call and see if there is anything that I can do that might be able to help you get back on track.

If it’s weight loss you want to talk about, acupuncture is something that can help you move in the direction you are seeking. Also, discussing different eating habits, whether it’s a specific diet like Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian, etc. or just want to talk at macro nutrient breakdowns (protein, carbs, fats), or even eating windows with Intermittent Fasting. These are all things that we can discuss to try to help you reach whatever goal you may have.

If exercise is something you want to look into, but aren’t sure where to begin, we can discuss some simple strategies to get you started, whether it’s a walking routine, or something more advanced like yoga, swimming, or weight/resistance training.

And of course, if you have been dealing with pain recently, whether it’s from a car accident or just general pain day to day, acupuncture of course is a great tool in helping relieve your pain. Living with pain isn’t something that anybody should have to deal with, and if acupuncture can help, now is the right time to try to rid yourself of that pain.

New Years resolutions, or goals in general are hard to reach, but with the right focus and consistency, any goal can be met. Sometimes you just need to take the first step and the rest will follow.

2019 hopefully can be the year where you are living your best life and can truly enjoy the most of your health and happiness. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (360) 892-4355 or email me at [email protected]

All the best,

Michael

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Date Meta-Analysis

In May 2018, The Journal of Pain, Vol 19, No 5 published a new critical review in association with the American Pain Society regarding Acupuncture for chronic pain. Study link

The review was a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials regarding chronic pain management utilizing acupuncture. The analysis studied 39 individual trials, with a total of 20,827 patients that had either: chronic headaches, musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, or shoulder pain. The main outcomes the studies measured were pain level and function.

According to the analysis, Acupuncture was superior to sham as well as no acupuncture control group for each pain condition with the difference being .5 Standard deviation and .2 standard deviations. They also “found clear evidence that the effects of acupuncture persist over time with only a small decrease, approximately 15%, in treatment effect at 1 year.” That last sentence is an important one that shows that not only did acupuncture benefit the patients while receiving treatments, but the results were still being felt by the patient 1 year later which is huge when we as a society are trying to deal with chronic pain and the heavy reliance on opioids to deal with chronic pain.

Their final perspective, which can be read in the initial abstract of the journal, is as follow:
“Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and arthritis pain. Treatment effects of acupuncture persist over time and cannot be explained solely in terms of placebo effects. Referral for a course of acupuncture treatment is a reasonable option for a patient with chronic pain.”

If you or anybody you know has been dealing with chronic pain, acupuncture is definitely something worth trying, especially before needing to rely on opioids or requiring surgery. If you have any questions about if acupuncture can help you, or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to give me a call at (360) 892-4355 or email me at [email protected]

Trailblazers Meyers Leonard Receiving Cupping therapy as part of his rehab

Meyers Leonard receiving  cupping, which is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique

Meyers Leonard receiving cupping, which is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique to help with his shoulder rehab. If you have any questions about Cupping and whether it’s right for you, feel free to call me at (360) 892-4355 and I can answer any questions you may have about it.