Bladder Spasms

The bladder can have a mind of its own. Normally, the bladder relaxes as it fills and contracts only when you need to urinate. Bladder spasms can occur when the bladder muscles suddenly contract causing a sudden need to urinate.  In some people this can also cause pain.

The symptoms of bladder spasms can be intense, impacting your work, education, and social life. Bladder spasms can occur in overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, and other conditions.

Acupuncture is an excellent way to reduce bladder spasms. Acupuncture works by resetting the body to be healthy and allowing the bladder to … Read More

How to Choose Acupuncture Points?

Patients are always curious how acupuncturists choose the correct acupuncture points.

The basic idea with acupuncture is to correct the underlying imbalance in the body.  By correcting the imbalances we stimulate the body to heal itself.

As an acupuncturist, I will determine the imbalance through the intake and examination.  For example, if someone is coming in for a migraine headache which is caused by a lack of circulation  of the energy, what we call qi stagnation, we’ll choose points to move the qi.  A common combination for moving the qi is Liv 3 and LI 4.

Evolving Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for Stress Induced Back Pain

lower back painCar accidents, injuries, and training are not the only reason people develop back pain.

Stress is also be a significant cause of back pain.

Acupuncture is very effective for back pain because it can address both the physical and mental aspects of the cause of the back pain.

Case Study: Stress Induced Back Pain

This patient came to me with chronic back pain on the lower left side. When I asked where the pain was specifically, she pointed to the sacro iliac joint. This is a very common location for lower back pain.

She had back pain for a … Read More

An Athletic Back Pain

Back pain commonly challenges serious athletes.  In this post I wanted to share an acupuncture success story about a marathon runner who came to my office for acupuncture treatment.

This patient came to me after developing back pain while training for  the New York Marathon.  He was building up strength and running time when he developed pain in the lower back on the right side.  The pain was most intense after running and sometimes traveled down through the butt.  Back stiffness and spasms were also a problem.

After a visit to his orthopedist and an MRI, he was diagnosed … Read More

Treatment of Neck Pain with Acupuncture: Success Stories

In this post, I will wrap up my series on acupuncture for shoulder and neck pain with two cases, one about an athlete and the other a retired New Yorker.

The Athlete with a Pain in the Neck

This patient is a serious athlete in his mid 30’s.  He exercised five times per week, lifting weights in the gym, bike riding, and playing a number of organized sports.  After an injury a few months before, he began to develop pain and stiffness in the right side of his neck.  The pain was worse after lifting weights as well as after … Read More

3 Essential Back Stretches

This is the third post about how to treat back pain with acupuncture.

Back stretches and exercises are helpful to loosen your back and keep it pain free.  I use them in conjunction with acupuncture.

Here are three stretches to loosen your back, relieve tightness, and prevent pain.  Go slowly and don’t overdo it in order to avoid injury.

Bouncing

Bouncing is a great way to loosen up the back.  Place your hands on your lower back and gently bounce at the knees.   If you have tight spots, make your hand into a fist and massage them out.

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Acupuncture for Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder is a syndrome characterized by the frequent, strong, and sudden urge to urinate. The syndrome can seriously disrupt your life by interrupting your work and make you avoid social situations.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been treating syndromes of frequent urination for over 2000 years as well as modern clinical success.

How Acupuncture Treats Overactive Bladder

Acupuncture helps reduce the symptoms of overactive bladder by relaxing the nerves and muscles associated with the bladder.  Overactive bladder may be caused from bladder spasm creating the sudden need to urinate or a sudden feeling … Read More