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 […]

Community Acupuncture for Nightmares

Aug 27 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A row of three people reclining in lazyboys, covered with red blankets, with a practitioner seated on a stool glancing down at an acupuncture needle in her hand.

Acupuncture is great at treating stress, anxiety, and the impacts of trauma, and whether they are causing, aggravating or are the result of nightmares, acupuncture will likely help. We have treated numerous people for their bad dreams and usually see the nightmares get significantly less frequent, less severe, or even disappear completely.

Acupuncture for Numbness

Jul 04 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
In the foreground, a practitioner treating a patient with a needle in the forehead, in the background, another practiioner viewed from behind with a red blanket under one arm. Two other sleeping patients also in the background.

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…

Help for Inflammation

May 30 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A practitioner setting needles into a patient's knee with a supply cart and three other sleeping patients in the background.

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.

Seasonal Allergies

Mar 31 2017
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

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.

Chronic Pain, Part 2: Treating the Nervous System

Dec 28 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
A women sets needles into a patient's leg while patient reclines with closed eyes in a recliner. Another patient sleeps in another in the background.

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.

Memory Loss

Sep 29 2016
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird
In a large room with natural lighting, a semi-circle of patients reclining in lazyboys, covered with red blankets. On the far right, a pracitioner bends over to set needles for a patient.

Forgetfulness and memory loss are quite common complaints in clinic, and we regularly use acupuncture to support memory …

Relief from Headaches and Migraines

Jul 05 2016
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.

We treat headaches almost every day, and we have seen acupuncture help with all kinds of headaches. People sometimes get immediate relief in our chairs and are able to take a nap while the needles do their work. We regularly successfully treat headaches for people who “have tried everything.”

Support with Chronic Pain

Sep 17 2015
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Pain is the number one reason people come to us for treatment. Acupuncture has long been recognized as effective treatment for all kinds of pain, and our sliding scale ($20-$40) allows people to access regular treatment, which is necessary in order for acupuncture to be effective. We have three important things to say on the topic of treating chronic pain …

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