Acupuncture is well-known as a treatment for pain, but less so as a treatment for numbness. While it’s perhaps not as distressing as extreme pain, numbness can still interfere with someone’s ability to function and enjoy their life. We’ve seen acupuncture be very effective for treating many kinds of numbness…
Inflammation is a natural reaction to physical trauma or injury, and a key part of the immune response to heal wounds and fight infection. Unregulated or “out-of-control” inflammation, however, can contribute to serious health problems. Fortunately, acupuncture can treat both body-wide inflammation including allergic responses (asthma, sinusitis, and colitis for example) as well as more local inflammation like tendonitis or a sprain that just isn’t getting better.
Studies show that for HIV positive folks, acupuncture can help with disturbed sleep, diarrhea, nausea, overall quality of life, and HIV related pain and neuropathy. Acupuncture will not interact with medication, and can actually help with the side effects of medication like diarrhea, nausea, headaches, and itching. Acupuncture has also been shown to support the immune system …
At GCA we have quite a few regular patients who come for a cluster of treatments once a year, sometime between April and October, during their allergy season. Sometimes the relief is immediate, but if the allergies are really bad, it usually takes a few treatments for someone to feel substantially better.
“What does it feel like?” That’s one of the most common questions we hear from people new to acupuncture. We respond by assuring people that most folks relax pretty quickly, and many people even fall asleep. But that’s not the only thing that happens. A wide range of experiences during acupuncture are considered normal.
by Stef Cordes and Lisa Baird People often come to us for help with pain that is being partly managed by opioid painkillers, like Tylenol […]
A common, but awful, saying is that “the pain is all in your head.” The saying implies that it’s not real, that you’re making it up to get attention, which isn’t true. Yes, pain is located in your head, within your brain, and it’s very real. How your brain and nervous system process information has a huge impact on how much you hurt, and for how long. At GCA we believe you when you say it hurts, and we can treat you for that pain whether it is due to a current injury,or something more long-term and complex.
Not everyone celebrates this time of the year. And the holidays can be incredibly isolating, especially at a time when family, celebration, and joy take centre stage in media, in stores, at work, and in our social circles. Even people who do enjoy this time of year often report feeling quite stressed in December. Community acupuncture can help.
Community acupuncture can help with many of the common symptoms of MS, including chronic pain, trouble walking and/or “drop foot”, deep fatigue, muscle weakness and spasms, numbness and tingling, depression, and problems with focus and memory.
Acupuncture is an excellent non-verbal therapy for the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Injury; you don’t have to tell us any details of the trauma in order to get help with its impacts.