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Acupuncture and the Treatment of Arthritis

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in acupuncture, Blog | Comments Off on Acupuncture and the Treatment of Arthritis

Acupuncture and the Treatment of Arthritis

Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. It affects more than 50 million adults and is the most common cause of disability in America. There are various types of arthritis, but all come with pain and stiffness in the joints.

 

While research into acupuncture and arthritis is limited, the studies that have been conducted show promising results for those suffering with arthritic pain. In our Fort Myers acupuncture clinic, arthritis is a condition we routinely treat. Needles are inserted into various points on the body based on the location of the pain experienced. Often, we will use mirror imaging of the body to treat the affected joint(s)- i.e. using the elbow to treat the knee or the ankle to treat the neck/low back. There are also points that treat systemic inflammation and nourish the bones; we needle these to provide support for your body as it works to reduce inflammation.

Arthritis is a chronic condition and our goal with treatment is to provide our patients with more good days. For those with an autoimmune component to their arthritis (rheumatoid), the goal of treatment is to slow the progression of the degenerative changes this type of arthritis causes. For all types of arthritis, acupuncture can increase range of motion, decrease swelling and pain, and improve the patient’s quality of life. Can we guarantee that you will never have another flare up or never again awaken with stiff joints? No. But, based on experience, we can say that acupuncture treatment gives our patients more days free from the pain and restriction of arthritis.

If you are interested in getting acupuncture in Fort Myers for your arthritis, schedule online at  https://www.pocapoint.com/pp/gmca/. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Family Trip, Rocket Launch and Schedule Change

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in acupuncture, Blog | Comments Off on Family Trip, Rocket Launch and Schedule Change

Family Trip, Rocket Launch and Schedule Change

As many of you know we’re a family owned business, and every now and then that means that family stuff will mean clinic days have to change. This coming week we have the opportunity to take two very excited little boys to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the historic first launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful US made rocket since the Saturn V that carried astronauts to the moon. We were hoping it would happen when the clinic wasn’t going to be open, but as of now it is scheduled for Tuesday Feb 6th. 

The Falcon Heavy Rocket

With spaceflight things are always subject to change until the last minute, so as of now we’re leaving folks on the schedule for Tuesday. If the launch date remains unchanged by Monday afternoon, we will start calling everyone then to reschedule them. The best way to stay connected is via our Facebook page or website, and we’ll add any updates to this post as we have them, maybe a picture or two while we’re there. Thanks for your understanding, we love you guys.

 

Dom, Carly, Galen, and Kahless


 

 

 

 

PS: If you’re wanting to see the launch too, tickets are still available through the Kennedy Space Center, and just about anywhere in the Titusville/ Cocoa Beach/Canaveral area will be great launch viewing. Here’s a great article on good spots to view launches from, but expect most of the best spots to fill up quick.

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Acupuncture Point Profile: GB34

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in acupuncture, Blog | Comments Off on Acupuncture Point Profile: GB34

Acupuncture Point Profile: GB34

Most of the points we do in our clinic are below the elbows and knees. One of the more common locations we choose is the point gallbladder 34.

 

Located anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula on the lower leg, GB34 is the meeting point of the sinews (think tendons and muscles). Because of this, it can be used to treat disorders of the soft tissue anywhere in the body. The gallbladder channel runs along the sides of the body, all the way to the head, so needling this point can treat pain in the hips, ribs, head, and any pain that may radiate down the leg (like sciatica). It is also one of the primary channels, and points, we use when treating migraine headaches. Additionally, the location of GB34 is a mirror for the elbow and the neck. We will often use GB34 when treating tennis elbow or chronic neck pain for these reasons.

So the next time you come for a treatment, don’t be surprised if we needle GB34.

Want to try GB34 for yourself or maybe see what some of the other points have to offer? Schedule online at https://www.pocapoint.com/pp/gmca/ and come for a treatment at our Fort Myers acupuncture clinic. We hope to see you soon!

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Helping Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in acupuncture, Blog | Comments Off on Helping Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Helping Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Tennis elbow, AKA lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition in which the tendons of the outside part of the elbow are inflamed. Though actual playing of tennis is a common cause, tennis elbow can be caused by any repeated or strenuous activity, especially those involving lots of holding or gripping. Folks with tennis elbow will usually notice pain around the bony knob on the outside of the elbow as well as down their forearm and sometimes into the upper arm. Usually the pain will get worse when picking something up or gripping something, like when shaking hands.

Thankfully tennis elbow isn’t particularly difficult to treat. First off, someone who has tennis elbow should stop using it as much as possible. If doing something causes it to hurt, that means it is stressing the tendons more, and making healing more difficult. Icing the area a few times per day can help relieve pain and swelling, and for some a sling can be a good reminder not to use the affected arm.

Acupuncture can help to relieve the pain and swelling seen with tennis elbow, and by bringing more blood to the affected area help to speed along the natural healing process. In most cases we will select points in the muscles around the painful area, as well as extra points on the hand along the meridians that flow through the area, and some near the opposite knee. Typically we will see someone twice per week for a week or two until things are feeling better, then they just come in as needed if the pain returns. For more severe cases, or cases where an athlete has to keep playing through the pain, we will recommend more aggressive treatment, up to 4-5 times per week while encouraging them to rest as much as possible.

If tennis elbow is bothering you, come see us at our Fort Myers acupuncture clinic ASAP so we can get you back to feeling your best. If you’d like to schedule an appointment online, click here, otherwise give us a call!

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Acupuncture and Athletic Performance

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in acupuncture, Blog | Comments Off on Acupuncture and Athletic Performance

Acupuncture and Athletic Performance

Many of the patients we see in the clinic are athletes. Cyclists, CrossFit enthusiasts, runners, gymnasts, baseball players, golfers- all come seeking acupuncture to improve performance, alleviate pain, or get them in the right mindset for competition. Acupuncture was in the news during the 2016 summer Olympics as the world watched athletes compete with prominent bruises from cupping all over their bodies. But, is acupuncture really beneficial for athletic performance?

Studies say yes. A 2009 study from Taiwan that investigated the effects of acupuncture 30 and 60 minutes post exercise for male basketball players. A significant decrease in heart rate, oxygen consumption (v02 max), and blood lactic acid levels were shown in the players that received acupuncture compared to the players who did not (Zen-Pin Lin et al, Am. J. Chin. Med. 37, 471 (2009)). In a 2010 study by Brenner evaluated acupuncture for marathon runners and found a significant increase in performance. In 1993, Ehrlich and Haber found that athletes that received acupuncture were able to perform at higher rates than those who did not. Even in sedentary patients, as shown by Gential, et. al in 2005, acupuncture was shown to have a notable effect on heart rate and performance at anaerobic threshholds (Sfara, Melanie, “The Use of Acupuncture in Sports Medicine” (2013). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 252.).

From our perspective (a less scientific one), acupuncture works by increasing blood and energy flow to the affected areas of the body. Points are selected to nourish the muscles and tendons, stimulate the channels, to enhance respiratory activity, and to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. All this is done while relaxing comfortably in a recliner and our athletic patients leave feeling refreshed and ready to conquer their next goal.

If you are an athlete looking to speed up your recovery time and increase your performance, you can schedule your appointment with us online (https://www.pocapoint.com/pp/gmca/). We look forward to working with you!

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Hurricane Irma: the Good, the Bad, and the Temporarily Relocated

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Hurricane Irma: the Good, the Bad, and the Temporarily Relocated

Hurricane Irma: the Good, the Bad, and the Temporarily Relocated

Update: We are back open!

The power is back on and we will be open regular hours starting Monday 9/18 at 1pm! To help speed things getting back to normal for everyone we’ll have a few specials going this week:

  1. This week only we’ll be selling our 5-4-65 cards.
  2. First responders get treatments for just $10
  3. Linemen get treated free.
  4. If your power is still out, there’s no limit on how long you can nap. We spent a few nights with just the fan on and it was miserable. We get it!

Let’s all get back on track after Irma.

Original post follows:


Hey folks,

First off we are all OK, our house wasn’t damaged and we are well supplied with food/water/fuel/etc. Unfortunately we are also well supplied with heat and humidity, and neither our house nor the clinic have power. As of now both are still getting the same September 22 date many are seeing, but the way we see it a lousy hurricane won’t stop us from bringing acupuncture to our community!

We are working on getting online scheduling set up for these off-site locations, but for now we have scheduling available and will call everyone who schedules to make sure they know where they’re going.

Come see us at the following locations through the end of the week:

Thurs 9/14 830-130 Gindele Family Chiropractic on Dani Drive
4p-7p Millennial Brewing Company
Fri 9/15 10a-1p Gindele Family Chiropractic on Winkler
4p-7p Millennial Brewing Company
Sat 9/16 10a-2p Millennial Brewing Co

We are blessed to have the opportunity to continue working in spite of storm’s aftermath and would greatly appreciate your support of our clinic and our family.

Much Love,

Dom and Carly

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