5 Ways to Improve Your Pain Tolerance. But, first…

 

Where Low Pain Tolerance Comes From

  • Trauma
  • PTSD/ PTS
  • Genetics
  • Pandemics/ Disasters/ Wars

Your Pain Tolerance can say a lot about you.

Interestingly, studies have found red heads to have lower pain tolerance. There may be more than one factor at play…

 

Genetics can influence our Pain Tolerance, according to research. In my clinical experience, this is often true.

 

Trauma- Having a low pain threshold can come from past trauma such as early childhood trauma, including abuse/neglect.

It can also be a response from adult trauma or abuse.

Natural Disasters, Wars and Pandemics increase the stress response and can affect Pain.

 

PTSD is a condition that can affect Pain tolerance. It is often called PTS (dropping the “D” for Disorder can lessen the stigma).

Pandemics can cause a form of PTSD or PTS. 

Did You Know?…Acupuncture can be effective for the PTSD Person suffering with Anxiety, Sleep and Stress. It is true. I have seen it and experienced it.

Check Back for More on PTSD Here 

 

It will be interesting to see how the current COVID-19 Pandemic affects people in relation to Pain tolerance!

 

CBD Topicals and Oil taken by Mouth can Help with Pain and Stress.

Practitioner Grade CBD Products are sold here at Aleesha D Acupuncture. 

 

Read More on CBD  Here

 

5 Ways to Improve Your Pain Tolerance (Reasons it May be Low)…

  1. Sleep
  2. Stress-Reduce it!
  3. Stress-Take on Less
  4. Movement
  5. Breathing 
  6. Talk Therapy
  7. Meditation

 

By the Way, Acupuncture is Great for Pain!

How does Acupuncture Work on Pain?…

Acupuncture Activates the Nervous System which then tells the brain to release pain-relieving chemicals like endorphins.

 

Sleep- Sleep is huge! Sleep is when your body repairs. Those who have a deficit of sleep show lower pain tolerance. 

Stress- If Stress makes Pain Worse, then Let’s lower our Stress. There are ways we can improve our stress. It is true that sometimes genetics has an influence. However, we do not need to take on new stress. Say “No” to new responsibilities if you are already stressed. Reduce the stress you already have (see other ways on the above list to help).

Movement- We can do daily movement. If we are too stressed out to do strenuous exercise (like H.I.I.T. training) or Hot Yoga, we can opt for slower, more gentle options. This is often not a very Western way to look at self-improvement. We often think we need to Go-Go-Go and Work-Work-Work. We think Faster and More is better. Well, I am here to tell you that in my early twenties I had a lesson in this…

I did Qigong for the first time for 45 minutes and didn’t think anything of it other than it was an interesting activity to try that “old” people do just to do something…Boy was I WRONG. DEAD WRONG. Then next day I awoke to soreness in muscles everywhere. Muscles I did not even know I had. Movements like Qigong (Chigong), TaiChi and Gentle Yoga stretches can have a profound positive effect on our bodies since they use all muscles. Sometimes keeping muscles taut and stretching them gently in order to release long-held stress.

Meditation is great for reducing stress. I am a lifelong participant and recommend DAILY practice to reduce your stress. It has even been proven to lower blood pressure! Perhaps this is why doctors of old would prescribe petting a cat to their bp patients.

 

Meditation Resources Here

 

Breathing exercises- Becoming aware of the breath can be a life saver for stressful times in our lives. Hey! We will always be jumping through hoops of fire in life. We need to train ourselves to stop and breathe. Like acupuncture, breathing can get you out of the Fight or Flight and back into the Rest and Digest. I like a few techniques and will share two:

  1. The 1-2 count: Breathe in on count of 1; breathe out on count of 1. Then breathe in on count of 2; breathe out on count of 2. Repeat. If you forget which number you are on, start at 1 again. So Simple. The brain can easily return to this even when stress is causing fuzzy thinking. 
  2. The 4-7-8 Breathe in for a count of 4-hold breath for a count of 7-exhale out for a count of 8. This one helped me be able to hold my breath for over a minute! It takes practice so start slowly. Check with your doctor before holding your breath longer than this exercise.

Talk Therapy- Many with intensified pain have had Childhood trauma, especially during the early formative years (ages 1-3) and also on up to age 7. I am not going to get real science-y here and you can do your own further research into this. Just know that the memory of trauma affects the nerves when the brain is “triggered” and we carry these traumas in our tissues. Ever feel the stress in an injured area of your body?-It is kind of like this.

These days almost everyone has seen a talk therapist so get the stigma right out of your head! Seeking help from a licensed therapist can help you to see why you are holding stress in your body and you can begin (under the care of a professional) to work through this and improve your body’s response to stress and your ability to improve your pain tolerance can follow.

These days therapy can be done through virtual means (in the middle of a pandemic) thanks to companies like Telehealth and Zoom. No excuses. Take care of yourself. Time for Self Care. Especially during a Pandemic, do the Self-Care.

 

Remember, our Minds and Bodies are Connected into this one Being we call Self. Often, emotional pain goes un-noticed until physical pain manifests. And it ALWAYS Manifests Physically, eventually. Now, go take care of Yourself. You are investing in Your Now Self & Your Future Self. Show them both some Love. Perhaps the Love & Care You did Not Get in Childhood.

Check Back for a Great Stress Reduction Therapy You Can do Anywhere. Anytime.

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel cared for and listened to. They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Build up Your Immunity with Acupuncture!

Did You Know More Doctors Are Referring Patients to Acupuncturists for varying reasons?

Doctors Refer out the following Main Complaints to Acupuncturists: General Pain and…

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Fertility Issues

&  More Docs are Referring out to Acupuncturists to Treat:

  • Joint Pain/ Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.)
  • Neurological Pain/ Numbness/ Tingling 
  • Post-Surgery Knee/ Hip Replacements/ R.O.M.
  • Post-Cancer Treatment Symptoms like Nausea

 

Schedule an Appointment today with Aleesha at Aleesha D Acupuncture. Be sure Your Acupuncturist is a Licensed (not only Certified) Acupuncturist to be sure they are fully Trained!

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel cared for and listened to. They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Acupuncture Helps Lower Inflammation! …Where’s the Proof?

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Did You Know…?

Inflammation Markers are actually lower after acupuncture and …the results can have lasting effects. 

This is why Acupuncture works great for pain due to things like Joint pain, Arthritis; Rheumatoid Arthritis and OsteoArthritis.

This is also why Acupuncture works great after surgery and is often used in hospitals now after knee surgeries.

 

The Western research is now catching up to prove how and why acupuncture works using testing for inflammation markers and imaging. We always knew it worked. Now we are finding out how…

 

If you have Pain and Inflammation, you should try acupuncture. Acupuncture is a drug-free, surgery-free answer to pain.

Many doctors such as neurologists, rheumatologists and dentists send patients our way who are looking for natural ways to deal with pain. 

Acupuncture works! That is why we do what we do.

Contact us to set-up an appointment.

Thanks for reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel cared for and listened to. They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Heal Scars Faster with Acupuncture!

Have a scar that is bothersome to you? Maybe your scar has grown in a bumpy, un-even pattern.

Perhaps you have a lack of sensitivity in the scar tissue area or sensation of cold in the area.

Scar Symptoms Acupuncture Treats:

Numbness, itching, tingling or sensation of heat or cold may be symptoms that acupuncture can help when it comes to scar healing.

  • Raised
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Heat/ Cold Sensation
  • Faster Healing Time

Scars tend to respond well to acupuncture treatment and the tissue around it tends to heal and fade, faster!

How Many Acupuncture Scar Treatments are needed:

Usually you can expect to see and feel improvement in scar tissue within 6-12 Treatments, with frequency of treatments 1-2 times per week. Individual results may vary due to the health of the individual and how chronic (how long since the scar was formed).

 

Contraindications of Scar Treating with Acupuncture:

  • Any scar that is less than 4-6 weeks old
  • Diabetes
  • Frail or Weak individuals

Why Do You Have to Wait So Long To Treat Scars?

It is best to wait about 6 weeks after injury or surgery to allow the scar a chance to build it’s matrix of tissue. This is especially important with large area scars, such as over the abdominal area.

 

Examples of Scars Treated at Aleesha D Acupuncture:

  • C-section abdominal scars
  • Knee surgery scars
  • Older, bothersome scars

Scars, such as C-section scars fade in appearance more quickly with acupuncture treatment. The sensation of feeling around the scar area improves and range of motion can also improve in the area for increased mobility. This is a real concern for most of our patients who wish to remain as active as possible. As with anything, individual results may vary. Factors which may increase an individual’s skin healing time may include; age, weight, genetics, medical history, and overall health of the individual. Weight can increase wound healing time as there is typically less oxygenation within the tissue due to cardiovascular issues. 

What You Can Do to Help Scars Heal:

  • Keep it Clean
  • Keep it Moist
  • Avoid Smoking
  • Eat Nutritious Food & Hydrate
  • Avoid Drinking Alcohol & Caffeine
  • Follow Doctor’s advice on care for stitches
  • For c-sections: Wait 3 months before exercise like plank to avoid straining the pelvic floor muscles

Avoid smoking. Smoking can slow down healing. This is why one must stop smoking for two weeks before plastic surgery! 

Avoid drinking. Drinking Alcohol and Caffeine dehydrates the body and this is the opposite of what we are trying to do. 

Eat good, quality food while you are trying to heal-this goes for anytime you are asking your body to do something extra! Good, quality whole-foods Proteins like poultry, fish, eggs and a good, quality collagen protein powder are good examples.

Collagen powder is another easy way to add more protein that is also easy to digest. Aleesha D Acupuncture carries the Great Lakes brand Collagen Hydrolysate which is easier to digest and does not turn to gel. This is great for collagen in the skin along with acupuncture cosmetic and acupuncture scar treatment. It easily melts into warm liquid and has the same benefits as an organic, homemade bone broth. I take it every morning and night as I no longer take time to make homemade bone stock from scratch.

 

What Other Skin Issues Can Acupuncture Help?

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street just off Highway 169 with free parking.

CBD Oil for Chronic Pain

What is CBD?

CBD is an alternative Pain/ Inflammation Relief available to the public. CBD is taken in a variety of forms.

At first, I was hesitant to carry anything CBD because I figured it was just another fad (snake oil) without much research to back up the claims of it being effective.

Boy, was I wrong… After trying it myself on my neck around my occipital muscles and avoiding muscle tension pain and muscle knots- I was hooked!

This is when I decided to start carrying CBD varieties and offering this magic inflammation-reducer remedy to my patients-who mostly come in for Chronic pain and chronic issues such as Sleep, Headaches and Anxiety.

 

At Aleesha D Acupuncture, CBD is sold as Oil taken internally, Ointment and Stick (the latter two apply externally to the skin)

  • Oil
  • Ointment (cream)
  • Stick.

 

Cream or Stick Use: Pain, Chronic Pain in Muscles or Joints.

Use on: The stick is good for travel, in a gym bag and reaching areas like the back and feet.

Oral Oil Use: Anxiety, Sleep, 2nd Vehicle for Major, Chronic Pain (use with Cream or Stick for Pain for best effect). This is sublingual oil, meaning it goes under the tongue.

 

Why Try CBD for Chronic Pain & Other Issues:

CBD is non-habit-forming so one will not become addicted to CBD as may be the case with other pain-relief substances, drugs and medications. Many are looking for Opioid-alternatives in this day and age with all the heart-breaking addiction happening as a result of taking pain-reliving opioid drugs over time.

It is easy to travel with and use CBD when needed.

It is more affordable than many alternatives, such as issues around medications and costs of surgeries.

  • Medication alternative
  • Surgery alternative
  • Non-addicting
  • Affordable
  • Easy to Use

Why Try CBD at Aleesha D Acupuncture?

The brand at Aleesha D Acupuncture uses Charlotte’s Web™hemp extract, the Gold standard.

CBD products carried are practitioner-grade 

CBD Cream carried here has the most powerful formulation of 11% camphor, 16% menthol for fast pain relief (instant to minutes)

Then the CBD kicks in after the camphor and menthol take effect (about 15 minutes)

–This is why CBD products have menthol and camphor added.

 

CBD Oil & Uses:
CBD Oil is commonly used to reduce severe, chronic pain and inflammation, anxiety and insomnia.

  • PAIN
  • ANXIETY
  • ARTHRITIS
  • HEADACHES
  • INSOMNIA
  • INFLAMMATION
  • BACK PAIN/ NECK PAIN/ BONE-ON-BONE KNEE PAIN

 

CBD Oil & How to Take:

CBD Oil is taken orally and sublingual (under tongue). Typically the inflammation-reducing oil is held under the tongue for 30-seconds and then swallowed. Some take it in the morning, bedtime or both.

CBD Oil & When to Take:

When to take CBD depends on symptoms and the individual. If taking for Insomnia or Sleep issues, it probably makes most sense to take CBD at night. If taking for Chronic pain and the pain disturbs sleep, taking CBD at night is a good place to start. If pain is worse at the beginning of the day, as is normal for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, try taking CBD in the morning to get the joints going for the day.

CBD is sought after because it can be an alternative to addictive substances, both legal and illegal and has surprisingly effective pain-relief results! This is why it flies off of the shelves here at Aleesha D Acupuncture.

Thanks for Reading!

Feel free to post Questions/ Comments directly to the blog. 

Check back for the next post on CBD ointment (cream)…

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha D Ackerman

is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She successfully treats patients with all types of headaches, including Tension headaches.

Aleesha suffered many years herself with migraine headaches. She can truly empathize with her suffering patients and her passion is to help them feel better.

Feel better, Move forward

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha atAnokaAcupuncture.com

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

 

 

 

Acupuncture Treats Bell’s Palsy (Half Facial Paralysis) at Anoka Pain and Women’s Health

What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy occurs to half the face and is due to weakened facial muscles. Usually once first notices they cannot smile, drink without dribbling from one side of mouth or are unable to cry. It usually comes on suddenly, often one will just wake up one day to these symptoms without any warning ahead of time. 

Acupuncture treats Half-Sided Facial Paralysis (aka Bell’s Palsy) and facial tics.

Causes of Bell’s Palsy:

Damage to seventh Cranial Nerve can lead to Bell’s Palsy and for some reason viral infections often coincide with the onset.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the cause is seen as being due to the body falling under attack by external wind which strikes and is granted access to the interior of the body when the immunity is weakened. 

Who Gets Bell’s Palsy?

  • Pregnant Women
  • Adults in their 20’s
  • Diabetics
  • Elderly

Signs/ Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy:

  • Half-sided Facial Paralysis
  • Half-Sided Facial Droop
  • Eyelid or Mouth Droop on One side
    • Dribbling while Drinking 
    • Difficulty Smiling

 

Could this be a Stroke?

Of course, watch for signs/ symptoms of Stroke, such as inability to smile on one side, along with weakness in one hand (squeeze both hands to test for one weak side) or difficulty balancing (hold hand out in front at same level to test). A local police officer friend of mine coined it the “Frankenstein Test” for this reason. Of course, any new and sudden cognitive difficulty should be considered an emergency.

Points Used for Bell’s Palsy:

Licensed Acupuncturists needle Acupuncture points, Motor Points and Trigger Points in order to relieve half-face muscle paralysis and facial tics which may accompany Bell’s Palsy, especially if condition has become chronic.

When to Get Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy:

Acupuncture works best when Bell’s Palsy patients get in as soon as possible after diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy. Acupuncture can also help those with symptoms of chronic Bell’s Palsy or facial tics which may come and go with stress.

Where Are Needles Placed for Bell’s Palsy?

Acupuncture points are located mostly on the face, though some are located distally on the arms and legs in order to treat the individual as he/ she presents with their overall constitution.

Will Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

Acupuncture needling in the facial area involves using thinner needles designed to treat the more delicate and sensitive areas such as the muscles of the face and for this reason there should be no pain. If you do feel pain, tell your licensed Acupuncturist so she/ he may readjust the needle. 

Acupuncture Treatment for Paralysis And Loss of Sensation Post-Stroke:

Acupuncture also is used for Stroke and is widely used in China for this reason, where patients are given acupuncture treatment as soon as they are stabilized following stroke. In China, acupuncture has been integrated into the hospital and is considered part of the patient’s medical treatment. Acupuncture is considered useful medicine by most of the world’s population. This is interesting to many Westerners who think of Acupuncture as an alternative medicine. 

What Other Skin Issues Can Acupuncture Treat?

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS. She treats patients with Bell’s Palsy, Facial Tics and other Skin issues. 

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha atAnokaAcupuncture.com

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 E Main near Andover, MN.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

Should I Try E-stim with Acupuncture?

(Photo of me getting treated with E-stimulation therapy and acupuncture needles).

What E-stim Is Used For:

 

Why Get E-stim?

  • Relieves Pain
  • Increases R.O.M.
  • Improves Circulation
  • Relieves Numbness/ Tingling
  • Relieves Muscle cramping/ spasm

E-stimulation with acupuncture works to help improve circulation of Qi and Blood after acute injury such as shin splints or after surgery such as knee or hip replacement surgery. Many hospitals use acupuncture after surgery for this reason.

  • Improves Sensory/ Mobility Issues
  • Quicker Healing Time w/ Injury
  • Quicker Post- Surgery Recovery
  • Improves overall Quality of Life (QOL) in Patients

 

Where is e-stim applied to the body?

  • Head/ Neck/ Shoulders
  • Back
  • Arms/ Hands
  • Hips/ Buttock
  • Legs/ Feet

Sciatica pain and Neuropathy patients often find added relief when E-stimulation therapy is added to their Acupuncture treatment.

Which Types of Shoulder Pain Is Acupuncture Good For?

When is e-stim used?

  • Relieve Pain
  • Improve ROM
  • Improve Impaired Nerve Sensation/ Feeling

Many Patients with Rotator cuff injury and overuse injury of the shoulder respond well to E-stimulation therapy.

Explanation of HOW E-stim Works Here

 

Who Gets E-Stim Acupuncture?

  • Athletes
  • Neuropathy Patients
  • Joint Pain Patients
  • Sciatica Patients
  • Post-op Patients
  • Acute/ Chronic Pain Sufferers

How Acupuncture Helps Joint Pain

 

Often patients with Neuropathy complain of lack of feeling in the hands/ feet and find themselves dropping objects such as a cup of coffee. Some are afraid to hold their pets or grandchildren for fear of dropping them. Some complain of impaired fine motor skills in the fingers, such as difficulty changing a watch battery and find that acupuncture with e-stimulation therapy helps them to re-gain feeling to the fingertips in order do these simple tasks once again. 

Some experience Neuropathy in the feet and may fall down due to lack of sensation in the toes. Do not wait until this progresses up the legs. 

Acupuncture with E-stim therapy helps improve the Quality of Life (QOL) in many patients with diagnosed Neuropathy.

Is Your Leg Pain Due to Sciatica?

 

What it Treats:

 

Thanks for Reading!

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating Pain such as Migraine headaches and Back Pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and low libido.

 Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Aleesha treats Chronic Pain and Women’s Health successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN.

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

How Does E-Stim Work with Acupuncture to Decrease Pain and Numbness/ Tingling Sensation?

At a patient’s request, I decided to answer the question of how e-stim works with acupuncture on today’s post.

 

Later on we’ll answer the Why/ Where/ When/ Who & What of E-stim with Acupuncture.

 

For now, let’s answer the How of  E-stimulation Therapy…

E-stimulation uses electrical current to cause effect on the tissue being treated.

Often a person’s first experience with e-stim is a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation) unit is with a physical therapist who uses it with pads instead of needles.

To ensure your safety, be sure to always get acupuncture from a LICENSED acupuncturist, just as you would bring your car to a mechanic and your child to a licensed care provider.  

E-stim Action:

  • Stimulating the Muscles to Contract
  • Stimulating Nerves (to decrease pain)
  • Stimulating Nerves (to “wake-up” sensation)
  • Increasing blood flow circulation (speeds-up healing)
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Decreasing Pain
  • Decreasing Spasticity
  • Activate Brainstem & Spinal Cord

Other Issues E-stim Treats:

How Acupuncture Can Help TBI Patients

Increasing blood circulation by using e-stimulation with acupuncture helps speed up healing time and lower inflammation.

E-stim for Acute (early onset) Trauma:

E-stim lowers pain & swelling caused by the body trying to repair itself. Sometimes the body gets in its own way of healing when the swelling and inflammation lasts too long, causing pain and discomfort. 

E-stim works by stimulating larger nerve fibers to override the smaller nerve fibers which are producing the pain. The “Gate” theory is often used to explain how this pain inhibition works, though it is over-simplified for the complexity of how pain and pain blocking actually works.

 

E-stim for Severe, Chronic Pain:

E-stim works on Severe, Chronic pain by…

  • Activating Central Nervous System (CNS) 
  • Activating beta-Endorphins (Analgesic/ Pain-relieving effect)
  • Activating Enkephalins & Orpahnins (Endorphins which Bind to Opioid receptors to reduce pain/ stress)

 

Tips:

  1. Avoid the Exercise or Activity that aggravates the pain for a few days and rest.
  2. See a doctor anytime you feel Pain which is Severe with Sudden onset.
  3. Avoid E-stim if Pregnant or have an implantable device such as a pacemaker (your practitioner should do a complete medical intake to avoid contraindications of treatment).

Now, You Can Find Out About the Why/ Where/ When/ Who & What of E-stim with Acupuncture Here!

 

Thanks for reading!

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating Pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and low libido.

 Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Aleesha treats Chronic Pain and Women’s Health successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

 

Magnesium is responsible for helping regulate many systems in the body and can affect the muscles, including the heart.

Are You Magnesium Deficient?

Here is a Loooonger List (than prior post) of Signs/Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

Allergies

Insomnia

Irritability

Thyroid Issues

Kidney Stones

Back pain

Uncoordinated

Extreme Fatigue

Excessive Cavities

Digestive Disorders

Low concentration

Low appetite

Muscle spasms

Low Progesterone

Cold Hands & Feet

Difficulty Handling Stress

Anxiety, Depression, Mental unrest

Palpitations (strong sensation of heart beat)

More on How Magnesium Affects the Body Here

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture treats Anxiety, Mild to Moderate Depression, Low Energy and Low Mood by helping your body to balance itself.

Thanks for Reading!

Feel free to leave a Question or Comment.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Acupuncture is good at treating pain and inflammation. Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Why You Should Supplement with Magnesium:

7 Signs/ Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Anxiety
  • Low Energy
  • Constipation
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Imbalanced Mood
  • Headaches/ Migraines
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Aleesha D Acupuncture Treats Restless Legs Syndrome.

Patient Testimonial on RLS Here

 

Which Type of Magnesium Should I Take?

The type of magnesium depends on digestive symptoms…

Take Magnesium Citrate to help with Mood, Energy and Constipation. Magnesium Citrate is the magnesium type that is actually prescribed at the hospital to help get things moving again after surgery and the medications given that both can cause constipation. If taking for constipation, back off the dosage if diarrhea results. Too much Magnesium (just like too much vitamin C) can cause diarrhea. It can be a good way to measure the threshold of how much Magnesium (Citrate) to take.

Take Magnesium Glycinate to help with Mood and Energy if you already have regular, daily bowel movements. Taking the Citrate form when you are already having regular, daily bowel movements will probably result in loose stool and possibly diarrhea.

 

Why Can’t I Just Eat Magnesium-Rich Foods Instead?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get enough Magnesium in our foods now days. This is because the soil which the normally Magnesium-rich foods grow in are deficient of Magnesium due to conventional fertilizers, over-tilling the soil, and not rotating crops appropriately. The roots of plants cannot pull up out of the ground what is just not there. So, the food is devoid of Magnesium.

 

Wouldn’t Low Magnesium Show in my Labs?

Less than 1% of Magnesium is found in the blood, so this is not the best way to test if you are getting enough Magnesium.

Checking the Signs and Symptoms above is a better way.

More Symptoms of Low Magnesium Here

 

Why is Magnesium So Important?

Helps with Vitamin D absorption (which you need to absorb Calcium)

Blood Pressure Regulation

Lower Cholesterol Serum &Triglycerides

Aids Digestion of Carbohydrates

Helps Metabolism (and Weight loss)

 

Thanks for Reading!

Feel free to leave a Question or Comment.

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Acupuncture is good at treating pain and inflammation. Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960