Apply Heat or Ice to Pain?

Should You Apply Heat or Ice to an Injury?

Apply Heat or Ice to Pain?

Athlete tying shoe at Anoka Acupuncture

 

I often get this question from patients.

The answer is: It depends who you ask…

 

Acupuncturists will say to apply heat to the aching area; Chiropractors and PT’s will say to apply ice.

 

My answer is: It depends How Long after the Injury

My other answer is: (After a couple of days)  It depends How You as an Individual Respond.

 

What I tell my patients is…

 

Within 24-48 hours Post-Injury:

Apply Ice.

Apply ice* to the area of sprain or strain or bruised area within the first 24-48 hours.

This is because it will help keep swelling and inflammation down.

A friend of mine lives in the UP.

She sprained her ankle.

…She was a lucky duck to be at the beach… on the BIG Lake (Superior)

…She was a smart enough duck to realize getting into this natural ice bath would keep it from becoming a balloon!

She was able to put her shoes back on because the foot had not become enormous from swelling.

 

     *Be sure to use a protective barrier like a washcloth between your skin and the ice.

     *Be sure to limit time it is applied to avoid skin damage.

 

After 1-2 days:

Apply Heat.

The reason acupuncturists like using heat instead of ice with injuries is that cold congeals. Cold makes the muscle clench up.

That is what we are trying to avoid.

…This is why we like to take a hot shower or

Get in the hot tub to relax.

 

No one says, “Who wants to get in the Cold tub!?”

 

Muscle spasms due to over-working and injuries, old and new like heat. Heat relaxes. Heat loosens up tight muscles.

Except within the first 24-48 hours (use ice then).

 

How does Heat or Cold Work on You?

After 24-48 hours, it depends whether or not heat or cold helps you as an individual.

Everyone is different. Ice may really help one person, whereas another may find it worsens symptoms, even after 24-48 hours.

 

Did you know?-Acupuncture is good for helping heal more quickly after a sprain or strain?

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, Lac

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Read 10 Things Acupuncture Treats Here

 

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!

Aleesha treats pain, energy, and digestion 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 appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

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

 

What is YIN versus YANG?

 

Yin and Yang are opposites.

Opposites are part of nature.

They are important to electricity; positive vs negative electrical charges.

They are important to creating life; male vs female.

 

And-they are important to Acupuncture within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

This Yin versus Yang is used within disease patterns to determine the treatment protocol.

They are important to Acupuncture; TCM Disease Pattern of Excess vs Deficient.

 

Examples: 

 

YIN YANG
Female Male
Deficient Excess
Cold Hot
Inner Outer
Quiet Loud
Dark Light 
Water Fire
Winter Summer
Asleep Awake

There are also Yin within Yang

and

Yang within Yin…

 

Examples: 

Late/ Early Yin or Yang part of Seasons within a Yin/Yang Season;

Early Winter, Late Winter, Early Summer, Late Summer

Winter is Yin; Summer is Yang 

 

Yin turning to Yang; Sunrise-Light coming up out of Darkness,

Yang turning to Yin; Dusk-Dark settling in from after a Sunset

Keeping Yin and Yang in balance happens when we are in balance.

 

When we become imbalanced, Excess (Yang) and Deficient (Yin) imbalances happen within the body and organ systems.

Once the imbalance becomes too great, the Yin and Yang separate.

Death happens when the Yin and Yang completely separate.

 

Four Ways Acupuncture Helps Hot flashes and Night Sweats

  1. Triggers more positive mood (by activating endorphin pathways)-May help you deal better with symptoms!
  2. Decreases secretion of calcitonin (neuropeptide that causes vasodilation) *vasodilation triggers warm body temperature
  3. Increases melatonin  
  4. Prompts Your Body to Return back to Homeostasis *Homeostasis= condition of optimal functioning for an organism

Most Patients suffering with hot flashes report less frequency and less intense symptoms after acupuncture.

 

How Acupuncture Helps Hot Flashes

Acupuncture triggers a more positive mood by activating endorphin pathways. Patients can move from anxiety, depression and irritability to feeling chill and relaxed.

Acupuncture prompts the body to decrease vasodilation in order to reduce heat and perspiration in the body, helping the individual both day and night.

Acupuncture increases Melatonin, the sleep hormone necessary for sound sleep. Melatonin is disturbed during hot flashes and night sweats occurring at night.

This is why many get acupuncture for Insomnia!

 

Acupuncture helps the body return to its natural, healthy state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the condition of optimal functioning for an organism.

Another example of this is when acupuncture lowers blood pressure in someone with high blood pressure.

 

Read How Acupuncture Helps High blood Pressure Here

 

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 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!

Aleesha treats energy, digestion and fertility 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 229 Jackson St.

 

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

 

Treat Face Wrinkles & Your Body (all at once)…

 

How:  Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture!

Face & Body

2-for-1 Treatment Explained…

 

Mei Zen Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture uses many needles in the face to treat wrinkles. Needles are added to other parts of the body to treat the individual, beyond just the face!

This is the only facial treatment that also treats the whole body!

 

Facial Acupuncture:

Mei Zen uses a facial cosmetic acupuncture protocol of more than 50 needles in the face 

Mei Zen diminishes deep wrinkles and erases fine wrinkles.

  • Jowls
  • Crow’s feet
  • Laugh Lines
  • Elevens (between eyebrows)

 

Body Acupuncture:

Face points plus other points in the body are placed, depending on issues specific to each individual.

For example, one individual may deal with ongoing digestion and weight issues while another struggles with with anxiety and insomnia.

Needles are placed in specific points in the body according to what each individual needs. 

This is in addition to the facial needles used to diminish deep wrinkles and erase fine lines.

Read More on Why the Mei Zen Protocol is Best Here

 

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 pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, 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 listened to and taken care of.

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

Applying Essential oil to Acupuncture Points for Sleep:

Sometimes I like to apply peppermint or lavender essential oil to the bottoms of the feet on K-1 acupuncture point.

(see last post on Acupuncture Points to Massage at Home for Sleep)

 

Using a cotton ball or a cotton swab can avoid getting the oil into your eyes later!

Trust me-avoiding peppermint oil in the eyes will also ensure better sleep.

 

Massaging the essential oil into the soles of your feet at this point helps bring the “Qi” or energy down from the head

(over-thinking) and into the feet. This can help us to feel more grounded and relaxed and ready for sleep. 

 

Also, I believe the sheer ritual of rubbing oil into the feet can be soothing to the mind.

It is almost like the mind can relax in knowing we are taking care of the body and it is okay to stop thinking now.

This is why it is part of my bedtime routine.

 

Many of my patients ask which brand I use…I like to use Aura Cacia brand for essential oils since they are mostly organic and are a local MN company (support local). I also really like Posumon Chinese herbal peppermint oil.

This is what I use in treatments.

Po sum on Chinese herbal peppermint oil can be ordered for purchase, if you would like.

 

*Carrier Oils to use with essential oils:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Castor oil (hexane-free)

I like to use castor oil for feet and hair and sometimes add a bit to my facial oil.

Just be sure to use unrefined and organic oils.

*Carrier oils are used to “carry” the essential oil.

This is what the bulk amount of oil is made of in essential oil remedies.

 

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 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!

Aleesha treats energy, digestion and fertility 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 229 Jackson St.

 

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

We are in the Middle of a Pandemic. 

So what can we do to possibly make our breathing air more Safe?

Ways to Improve Air Quality Now…

 

  • Buy a humidifier*
  • Buy a hepa filter air purification system

(I use the IQ Air Atem Air Purifier in the Clinic and at Home)

  • Wear a face mask in public places or where you cannot distance
  • Keep Home Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)  system clean and maintenance up to date

 

*Dry air has been found to negatively affect mice in studies.

Mice were studied in a “dry air” group vs. a humidified “moist air” group…

 

“Dry air” Mice vs “Moist air” Mice

  • “Dry air” mice were more prone to the flu/ Influenza virus. 
  • This is because the mucosal flow (mucous flow) in the lungs slowed down in the “dry air” mice.
  • “Dry air” mice were unable to clear the virus from their lungs.
  • “Dry air” mice got sicker (more quickly and with more severity).

Hyper hepa IQ Air Atem Air purifier in the Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic in Anoka cleans the air during your treatment.

 

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 stress, 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 listened to and taken care of.

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

Loving Kindness Meditation helps you feel better.

You start out by showing love and kindness to yourself…

Then to others whom you care about.

From there you move to neutral others, like mail carriers or people you have seen in the community, though you do not really know them that well.

Eventually you can even feel kindness, even love for your enemies!

 

Pretty powerful, eh?… Let’s get started…

First, be sure you are in a safe space to do this (no driving now)!

Sit in a chair with straight and relaxed posture. 

Shoulders are relaxed. Hands rest comfortably in your lap.

Close your eyes.

 

Recall a pet you love(d) or a special person that you felt unconditional love for.

Maybe a special person in your life showed you unconditional love. If not, perhaps Nature has been there for you unconditionally.

You may feel sensations in your body as you bask in the gratitude for this love and acceptance.

You may feel warmth on your face. 

You may feel a smile widening, naturally.

 

Breathe in and out, feelings of peace and acceptance. 

No need to control the breath.

Just be aware of it.

 

Recite a Mantra.

You can say a short little mantra of words to yourself to help guide you (there are many examples).

This is one that I like to use often:

 

“May I be Safe.

May I be Healthy.

May I Easily Take Care of Myself.

May I Feel at Ease Wherever I Go.”

 

I repeat this Mantra over and over, as needed.

Maybe when you are waiting for the doctor to give you a prognosis for yourself or a loved one.

Maybe when you are going through a divorce or a death of someone close to you.

Maybe when you are laying awake at night, unable to stop thinking.

 

After a while (maybe a couple of weeks) of saying this mantra over and over (or another similar mantra of your choosing),

you can replace the “I” with “She” or “He” when you do Loving Kindness on a Loved one.

Eventually you can widen your scope to communities, nations, the entire world,

or if you have an enemy or anyone who you may despise or hate.

 

Science and Loving Kindness Meditation

Looking at fMRI on those who had logged 10,000 hours of Loving Kindness Meditation…

Evidence Based Practice has shown Loving Kindness Meditation lights up the areas of the brain responsible for Empathy.

The more one practices, the more these brain areas light up.

 

Oh, yeah and this type of Meditation actually helps increase EMPATHY. 

Now that is something we all NEED right about NOW!

 

Pema Chödrön has a book called Start Where You Are. It uses a type of meditation that helps you familiarize yourself with Loving Kindness meditation, as well. She is a Buddhist nun. She grew up in the western world and is very humble in her dialogue.

 

John Kabat-Zinn goes into Loving Kindness Meditation a great deal on YouTube.

He also has many great books, including a great parenting book!

This can be a great journey toward moving from reactionary living to living more mindfully. It truly is life changing stuff.

Find More resources from Jon Kabat-Zinn and other meditation experts Here

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 stress, 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 listened to and taken care of.

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

 

TMJ Jaw Pain or Headache? 

Here are 7 things to try…

  1. TMJ massage
  2. Mouth guard
  3. Body scan meditation
  4. Position of tongue 
  5. Acupuncture on TMJ trigger points
  6. Holding a pencil or finger in your mouth
  7. Get Hypnotized

 

TMJ massage can be done on the INSIDE  of the mouth.

That is right! The inside of the mouth is massaged to release TMJ pain.

I can refer you to someone who is trained in this and gets good results with my patients!

 

Mouth guard may be worn at night for bruxism. Bruxism is clenching the teeth.

Dentists will make you one that fits your individual mouth.

Hopefully your insurance covers some or all of the cost of a dental mouth guard.

 

Also, you can buy a primitive, sports style at a pharmacy (the kind you mold to your mouth by boiling in a pot ahead of time).

 

Body scan with Jon Kabat-Zinn is helpful as a meditation.

This is free on YouTube. It lasts about forty minutes.

I am always shocked how there is tension somewhere in my body that I was not aware of holding!

 

Tongue Position can make a difference. Hold your tongue behind your upper front teeth/on the roof of your mouth.

This is called your hard palate. Practice holding your tongue here in a resting position as much as possible.

Yogis often focus on keeping the tongue in this position.

 

-Over time you will get used to doing this, as with anything you practice.

 

Acupuncture works great when needles are placed within the TMJ trigger points. Headache points may be used as well.

Most patients feel better the first time and have marked results after a few treatments.

 

Holding a pencil or even your pointer finger in between your front upper and lower teeth can train the teeth to stay apart.

I did this for two weeks, about 10 minutes per day–usually while typing posts like this.

I found that at first I kept biting my own finger and the pencil showed teeth marks afterward.

-Eventually I was able to train myself to stop clenching so there were no teeth marks.

 

Hey-be sure to use a brand new pencil (without teeth marks).

Hee-hee!

 

Hypnosis- Someone close to me tried a hypnotist to stop clenching and it worked!

This individual damaged teeth for years due to the constant day and night jaw clenching.

I know someone who is trained and has had success with this and can refer you, if needed.

 

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Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

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 stress, 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 listened to and taken care of.

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

Is Acupuncture good for Ringing in the Ear (a.k.a., “Tinnitus”)?

I get this question all the time.

The short answer is, “Maybe.”

Tinnitus is helped with acupuncture about 50% of the time.

 

Why Not Acupuncture for Tinnitus?

This is because the cause for tinnitus can be from many things. 

Often nerve damage has taken place.

Sometimes the damage comes from injury, surgery or from too loud of noises over time, like the workplace or loud concerts.

 

Causes of Tinnitus

  • Respiratory infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Injury
  • Stress

Symptoms of Tinnitus

  • High pitched or Low pitched ringing in the ear(s)
  • buzzing sound
  • hissing sound
  • humming sound
  • Comes and goes or Constant 
  • Minor or Severe

 

When to See a Doctor

  • As with anytime you experience something suddenly or severely (or both), see your doctor
  • Occurring after Respiratory infection or Cold
  • with dizziness
  • with hearing loss

If there is hearing loss, waiting to see a doctor may result in more nerve damage (if there is damage) and/or more hearing loss.

Better to see a doctor to be sure before it is too late.

After all, it is one of your five senses.

 

Transparency in Treatments

This is why I am very honest with people when they ask if I can help with Tinnitus. 

I can try, though do not want to see someone throw their money away if it does not work. 

Of course, when it does work, then it is worth it.

I think it is always important to have transparency when you see anyone about anything.

Getting the upfront possible outcomes makes it easier to decide on whether or not to try acupuncture, or anything in life.

 

Research Proves Acupuncture Helps with…

What is proven to work is Acupuncture on Pain and Inflammation.

Back pain, headaches, chronic pain, joint pain, muscle pain, period cramps, etc.

 

 

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 stress, 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 listened to and taken care of.

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

 

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is an energy practice. It is very old. It is useful to relax the body and mind. Qi gong uses breathing and movement.

We were required to take Qi Gong classes in grad school as soon-to-be licensed acupuncturists.

It is used by many in Asia to promote longevity, and a clear mind. You can use it, too!

 

I like to start each day and end each day doing the breathing exercise followed by the movement for 5 minutes total.

I know you are “supposed” to practice these exercises longer. Like 5 minutes each for the breathing and movement. If you can do 10 minutes every morning and night, that is even better.

 

but… I know myself. Pigeonholing myself into that rigid way of “all or nothing” thinking just doesn’t do it for me. 

There are too many rabbit holes for me to go down each one completely.

Many of us are like this. 

 

It’s not that I don’t want to follow rules, it’s just that if I have to follow rules that don’t fit my lifestyle, I just won’t do it.

It has to be easy enough to add one more thing to my day. Or, out it goes!

 

So, I settle on doing it for 5 minutes every morning and again 5 minutes every night. Do what you can.

Compliance is better than no compliance.

Make peace with wherever you are at. 

 

What is Qi?

Qi is our Life force Energy.

Qi travels through our body’s Meridians.

 

What are Meridians?

Think of Meridians as highways where energy (or Qi) travels.

Meridians are Energy Pathways.

 

Why Move the Qi?

When Qi gets stagnated (stuck), we can become ill in body and/or mind.

We want to keep the Qi free-flowing to maintain health.

A physical example is when scar tissue forms (stagnation) after surgery.

Once the skin has created that matrix of protection in scar tissue, acupuncture can help break up the stagnation or scar tissue. Things like numbness, lack of sensation there and pronounced scarring can all be helped with acupuncture. Many are amazed by scars healing better after acupuncture. About 6 weeks after a caesarean section (C-section) acupuncture can help to start to diminish the abdominal scar. (Sorry, shameless plug).

A mental example of Qi getting stuck is called “Qi Stagnation” and this shows up as irritability or depression, and possibly bitter taste in the mouth or rib-side pain. Acupuncturists call it “Liver Qi Stagnation” and it is common in the Western world here. Acupuncture helps this in people every day. Qi gong can help your mood and focus over time, too.

 

Here is a short Qi Gong breathing exercise Intro…

Qi Gong breathing:

 

Inhale, extend your abdomen, allowing it to fill with air.

Exhale, contracting abdomen while you release the air. Feel it first coming from the bottom of your lungs. Push the air up and out until you feel your abdomen and chest are like a deflated balloon.

 

As you breathe in, imagine your Qi flowing through all the channels in your body.

Guide the flow of your Qi through breathing easy and gentle. Do not try to force it through.

Do the same as you breathe out. If visualizing helps, do that. 

 

Here is a short Qi Gong Movement Exercise:

Start movement from the waist, keeping it soft and gentle. Start swaying slowly from the waist.

Move your arms in a swaying motion. Sway your arms side to side across your torso, gently. 

Your arms may land on your torso in the front and back of your body.

Knees are slightly bent.

Hips may sway with the movement.

 

I like to end by giving myself a generous, yet gentle bear hug.

Especially now during COVID-19.

I have not hugged my kid in six months…Maybe give yourself two bear hugs.

 

Qi gong can help us to relax. We can learn to re-program our bodies and minds to be more mindful, less reactive. Less anxious.

Remember, be gentle. This gentle movement can be a useful tool to help wake up your body first thing and also to wind down the body and mind, letting it know that you are respectfully preparing it for sleep in a gentle, caring, and mindful way.

 

A Short Intro to Loving Kindness Meditation to Feel at Ease

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 stress, 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 listened to and taken care of.

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