Relieving Trigger Points For Fibromyalgia Pain

Relieving Trigger Points For Fibromyalgia Pain

I remember when if you had aches and pains all over your body the western medical community sent you off to a mental health expert. They determined that a select set of trigger points for Fibromyalgia suggested you needing counseling.
trigger points for Fibromyalgia chart
Soon they discovered.

Trigger Points For Fibromyalgia

 

Most of the trigger points for Fibromyalgia are the main pain points for many people who complain of pain. Does this mean if you have neck, low back or hip pain you have an autoimmune disease?

 

 

Not so fast.

While according to the Mayo Clinic Fibromyalgia is very common; the main indication has 18 specific trigger points on your body that are tender when pressure is applied. There are other factors too. Today labs tests and thyroid functions help determine you have this autoimmune disease. Today we know there are better ways to treat trigger points for Fibromyalgia.

 

It’s Not In Your Head Either

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Fibromyalgia diagnosis

By the way. . .

It’s no longer a mental health issue but a confirmed pain syndrome. But for those with Fibromyalgia, it’s not a win to be taken seriously. The battle still rages for proper health care. The pain still dominates their happiness.

While counseling still is listed as one of the top three ways to treat Fibromyalgia, there’s a better way to deal with the pain itself.

Natural Medicine’s Top Three Tips For Fibromyalgia Suffers

 

  1. Try the AIP diet which stands for Autoimmune Protocol. This eating lifestyle is one of the healthiest ways to live. The focus is on vegetables [no nightshades], fruits, protein, and healthy fats.
  2. Get Moving. It’s important to keep moving even on days you hurt more. Take a walk. Stroll a park or the mall, but physical activity is crucial. If you can do more and not create problems, do it.
  3. Acupuncture with massage. Why the combination?  Gentle bodywork on trigger points for Fibromyalgia is best. Acupuncturists are trained in how to apply the right type and amount of pressure. Be sure to see a licensed [LAC] acupuncturist as they have the training you need to help you manage your pain.

    Acupuncture Injections are usually part of treatment for autoimmune.  

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Combining AIP, movement, and acupuncture can help you lead a normal life. Age is not a factor in autoimmune, and the trigger points for Fibromyalgia are painful. Let these three tips support you in leading a normal life.

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2 Tips For Losing Weight After Menopause

2 Tips For Losing Weight After Menopause

It hit Susan like a train wreck she said. “I seemed to gain weight overnight, and I need help for losing weight after menopause.”Losing weight after menopause

Susan was a regular for acupuncture for pain but never would talk about wellness care. “My butt is as big as a caboose don’t you think?” she asked me turning around to show me where the fat had deposited itself. Like many women, her body had betrayed her. Why?

Simple

Menopause means a change. That’s what my mother called it. It’s right – a change in hormones. A change in your lifestyle. Particularly food and fitness.

Handing Susan a tissue I explained this.

Pre-invest in yourself

First thing is don’t wait until you notice symptoms. Start in your 40’s by being proactive. Use acupuncture for wellness care. In my office, we can do acupuncture through health insurance even when you don’t have acupuncture as a covered benefit. Acupuncture is one of the leading ways to reduce stress a major factor in weight gain.

Vary your exercise from walking to cycling. Do weight and then some yoga.

Start removing grains, pseudo-grains if you haven’t already.

Losing Weight After Menopause – 2 Tips

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Susan like many other women I work with in my practice had done an exercise routine for years. She explained that she did these videos at home and then walked every lunch hour for 10 minutes. Yet her belly and butt got bigger. The scale showed a gain too.

Two sizes bigger she felt that losing weight after menopause would be impossible. Not true!

As an acupuncturist, I know that acupuncture will boost the metabolism. I know as a functional medicine practitioner that certain supplements, food, and exercise will help you with losing weight after menopause.

So what are the 2 tips beside do acupuncture?

  1. Begin a move toward a Paleo eating lifestyle if you haven’t already. Remove grains, sugar, and dairy from your diet for a while. Work with someone like myself who is an acupuncturist and a health coach.You’ll need to plan the changes in your eating habits. Cleaning out the kitchen, learning to cook or new ways to prepare tasty yet easy meals. You don’t have to do this alone.‘ Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.’ Unknown
  2. Exercise[1] is about to change. Yes, you can still walk daily but the 10 minutes is now 45-60 minutes – daily. If you’re open to it, try other forms of cardio. Going to a spin class or a dance class for women. acupuncture and weight lossFor Susan, we needed to add strength training. I suggested weightlifting. She preferred to try Yoga and Pilates. It all works.

The point is you have to change some things up. What worked when you were 40 doesn’t work when you’re 50. It will not work when you’re 60 either. You may move from high-impact to lower impact.

Mix it up at any age Susan did. She found a “spin room” on her way home from work and a Yoga place nearby. She still walks just further outside for longer.

She donated her exercise videos and bought a few light weights. On some days, she lifts weight in front of a mirror in her home.

Expected the unexpected

Let it be fun. Your acupuncture treatment should be relaxing and a special time for you. Enjoy it. If you get your nails or hair done professionally then invest in your wellness and longevity through acupuncture care too.

Think about finding new recipes with our website.. Aren’t you tired of the same old thing?  It’s exciting to eat new flavors and try old favorites with a new approach.  A lot of women have gotten away from cooking. Using a health coach helps you find what fits your professional and personal lifestyle.Health Coach

Susan resisted the idea of anything other than walking. She was too busy to be in a class. Once she got going with a punch card for the “Spin room” she found that varying her time there helped to relieve stress more than walking. She began to sleep better. Losing weight after menopause became easier.

‘Let exercise be your stress reliever, not food.’ Unknown

Not everyone will have Susan’s amazing results of returning to her old dress size and have a shapelier body yet it’s possible for you too.

Losing weight after menopause always works if you apply my 2 tips. Susan latest comments about her body to me this past week, “Look! My butt looks better than it did when I was 40!”

 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296386/

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Why Doctors Can’t Fix Restless Leg Syndrome

Why Doctors Can’t Fix Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg is downright terrible. I can’t remember when I didn’t have it. It may have started when I was pregnant for the first time over thirty years ago. That’s a long time to suffer.restless leg syndrome

There are times when I feel it creeping up my leg like bugs walking on my skin. My leg flies in the air with a jerk. Then there’s the tingling feeling on the back of my thigh. Little prickly pins move down toward my knee most often on the back of my leg. Recently my ankle will just all of a sudden get a twinge and my foot jets out kicking whatever is in front of me.

What is your restless leg like?  Does it affect both legs like mine did before I got Plantar Fasciitis? Are you just living with it – hoping for a cure? For me, the cure came in the form of the Pure Wave Massager.

Why Doctors Can’t Fix Restless Leg

So what is this thing that doctors can’t fix?  What causes it and why do more women than men get it?  All great questions still answers are elusive.

If you have it then getting sleep is tough. How do you do at the theater, a long movie or concert?  For me, I fill with dread when the audience [me] return to the theater after an intermission. The poor person in front of me is in for a treat as my leg begins to kick their seat out of control.

Recently we saw Hamilton. I used the Pure Wave Massager before we left for Denver Performing Arts and had no restless leg syndrome!

What is Restless LegRLS restless leg

RLS, as it is known, is a disorder of the nervous system. Western medicine calls it a disorder. I call it a pain in the butt – literally at times.

While only about 10% of the population get it, more women have it. There’s no age that it effects. Western medicine will try to tell you that it might be in your genes. I doubt that. What I do believe.

Three Factors Play A Role In Restless Leg Syndrome

  1. Pregnancy like with The problem is for many it doesn’t go away. In Asian medicine, it is believed to be because of blood changes to the mom during pregnancy. This means hormones go wacky. Also, it is likely due to blood loss during delivery and the hormone changes.Many women become iron deficient, giving birth, and there is strong research pointing to anemia as a temporary cause.
  2. Chronic illness like diabetes or peripheral neuropathy often involves Restless leg syndrome is associated with other diseases such as Parkinson’s, Kidney issues, or autoimmune.restless leg syndrome, rls
  3. Tight muscles. This is the most common. There can be vitamin deficiency too. Vitamin D and all B Vitamins can greatly help a person. So why muscles.When our muscles stay tight, they limit the flow of blood, nerve responses, and create tension in that part of the body. Have you ever experienced tight, stressed shoulders?  It’s the same thing with legs. They get tight and unless we do deep massage daily restless leg syndrome with lessening or be gone for days. I prefer the Pure Wave Massager because I can do it myself and it has several different attachments.

As an acupuncturist and online health coach it’s so easy to treat my patients. Simply the process of acupuncture and my Pure Wave Intense Massager gives a better and deeper treatment with better success.

I hope if you have restless leg syndrome this article is helpful. If you are looking for what to do at home to eliminate or lessen your RLS try the Pure Wave.  

 

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How To Cure Plantar Fasciitis Without Getting Injections

How To Cure Plantar Fasciitis Without Getting Injections

Have you had mornings like this? You dread getting out of bed because of foot pain. Recently I had the ‘opportunity’ to experience Plantar Fasciitis. Man, it hurts like Heck. I stupidly rushed out the door before the holiday for gifts. Guess what you can’t wear two different boots on your feet even if they look almost identical. The slight difference in the heel killed my left foot.

Not All Foot Pain Is Plantar Fasciitis

Yes, a silly thing that has created lots of pain. I can’t go barefoot though I never did. I can’t wear flip-flops. That’s okay because I only used them in the gym sauna. But the worst is when I get up in the morning. It hurts to run to the restroom. It’s like stepping on tac’s or hot coals do you know the feeling? Yeah, I gave myself Plantar Fasciitis.

Sure I can do acupuncture on it. I do. I have many patients getting better because of my Plantar Fasciitis treatment. The key though for me in my personal experience is the vibration tool, called Pure Wave I use in the office and my foot rocker. Plantar Fasciitis is one of those things you have to be aggressive with daily. Yes, daily you have to treat it at home. Acupuncture weekly gets to the deep inflammation, and it promotes healing. Keep it up if you have Plantar Fasciitis.Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis And Stretching

When I think back to the day, I messed up. I spent six hours on my feet. Then I didn’t stretch out my feet or legs at all. Preventive is one of those hindsight things. But you bet, that as I get better, it’s part of my day – every day.

Runners And Plantar Fasciitis

Are you on your feet a lot?  Maybe you’re like me. I run. I love to run, so I do it outside when the weather is good. I’m one of those fare-weather runners. It’s not about a race. It’s that thing to stave off age and keep me moving. When I can’t run outside, I’m in the gym. I try to run and lift weights three times a week. This is a lot of time on your feet.  Wearing the right footwear made the difference for me. I have taken to wearing an old pair of Hoka Stinson ATR’s for errands or with jeans.

Finally. My feet love my low heels once again. I tried a pair Sunday, and my feet didn’t hurt. I still came home and used both the vibration tool and the foot rocker. It’s been almost ten weeks, and I can run three days in a row. Put on a pair of heels for a few hours.

Why Acupuncture For Plantar Fasciitis

If you have Plantar Fasciitis, you might want to try acupuncture. It’s important though to invest in both the Pure Wave and the UltraFlex PowerStep. I did try a few other things and found they made my foot worse.

The bonus for me is my restless leg is almost gone too! Both Plantar Fasciitis and restless leg are about inflammation and tightness. Acupuncture and the right home care solved these for many of my patients and me.

 

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