Sciatica

Nov 20 2018
by Lisa Baird
A black and white line drawing of the back of the legs, showing the nerves that travel along the back of the legs, with the sciatic nerve shown in red.

Sciatica can cause a frightening amount of pain and/or numbness and lower leg weakness, but most people recover from sciatica within a few days or weeks without lasting damage. We have seen community acupuncture offer considerable pain relief for people suffering from acute and chronic cases of sciatica.

Help with UTIs

Aug 28 2018
by Lisa Baird
A practioner needling a patient's ankles; two patients visible in the background in recliners covered in yellow sheets.

There are many reasons why folks get UTIs; hormonal changes, new sexual partners, antibiotic treatment, diabetes, BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), etc. We also see some people who get UTIs whenever they get stressed-out and run-down. But whatever the reason, we have seen community acupuncture reduce the pain, urinary frequency, and general discomfort associated with UTIs.

Jaw Problems

Mar 31 2018
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A practitioner sets a needle into a patient's wrist as the patient reclines in a lazyboy. Two other sleeping patients are visible in the background.

The temporomandibular joint (also known as the TMJ) is a hinge connecting the jaw to the skull. There’s one in front of each ear. They […]

Acupuncture and Cancer

Jul 30 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A practioner needling a patient's ankles; two patients visible in the background in recliners covered in yellow sheets.

Acupuncture is a useful complementary therapy for cancer. Acupuncture treatment can help with side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea and vomiting, hot flashes, pain and inflammation …

Community Acupuncture and HIV/AIDS

May 14 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
9 recliners in a semi-circle, each with a patient resting under red blankets. Practioner seated on a small black stool giving a treatment to one patient.

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 …

Multiple Sclerosis

Nov 15 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Treatment room full of patients seated or reclined under red blankets in lazyboys. Standing practitioner covering patient with red blanket.

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.

While Waiting for Hip or Knee Replacement …

Aug 11 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A practitioner sets a needle into a patient's wrist as the patient reclines in a lazyboy. Two other sleeping patients are visible in the background.

Wait lists for knee or hip replacement surgery are very long! Acupuncture can help with the pain while you’re waiting. Even people who have told us “it’s bone-on-bone in there,” i.e. even people with extreme breakdown of joint cartilage, have reported significant and lasting pain relief as well as improved mobility.

Digestive Problems

May 24 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
Treatment room full of patients seated or reclined under red blankets in lazyboys. Standing practitioner covering patient with red blanket.

Acupuncture provides simple, long-term relief for many digestive problems without side effects (unless you count improved sleep and stress relief as side effects).

Fibromyalgia

Jan 26 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Some of our patients with fibromyalgia have made treatment at GCA a regular part of their routine, enjoying increased energy levels and decreased pain. Other patients book in when they’re having a “flare-up”, knowing that a few treatments close together will ease them through the spike in pain and exhaustion …

Community Acupuncture for Depression & Anxiety

Jun 29 2015
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Many things can cause depression and anxiety. A traumatic event, hormonal shifts, bereavement, chronic pain, prolonged lack of sleep, socio-economic struggles and living with oppression can all trigger or aggravate mild to severe depression as well as anxiety. Whatever the cause(s), community acupuncture can help.

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