What is Cupping?

by Michelle Sauberzweig

Cupping therapy is a modality of Chinese Medicine that utilizes glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure, similar to a vacuum. It is indicated primarily for detoxification, musculoskeletal problems, common colds and other systemic issues. Used for 3,500 years, cupping therapy is growing in popularity, feels amazing and can drastically improve your health!

This therapy is very safe and has numerous benefits. The technique of cupping is done superficially, but it can affect tissues up to four inches deep! This causes tissues to release toxins, creating an effective detoxification for your body. Cupping also improves circulation, activates the lymphatic system, clears colon blockages, cleanses the skin, decreases stretch marks and improves varicose veins.

This method is generally performed on one’s back and usually leaves circular bruises that diminish in less than a week. Many celebrities have publically exposed their cupping marks over the past decade and are considered devotees to the therapy. The celebrities include Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Simpson and Victoria Beckham.

If you are interested in trying cupping, contact our license Acupuncturist, Michelle Sauberzweig, with Living Well Acupuncture at (740) 206-8705. You may also schedule online at www.livingwell-acupuncture.com. 

Acupuncture & Motor Vehicle Injury Recovery

by Michelle Sauberzweig

At Living Well Acupuncture we often treat musculoskeletal disorders, such as those sustained in motor vehicle injuries.  Acupuncture is not only safe but very effective in treating those involved in accidents. Through Acupuncture, you can quickly reduce the severity and frequency of many symptoms associated with these injuries such as, headaches, neck and back pain, fatigue, limited range of motion, and stress.  Best of all your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance usually always covers the costs of the acupuncture treatments you need to speed your recovery.  It is best to seek treatment immediately following your accident for the best treatment outcome.

How will Acupuncture help my injuries?                                                At Living Well Acupuncture, acupuncture will be used to increase the flow of energy and blood in the body and to release trigger points in the soft tissue, which will help relieve pain and assist your body in recovering from injury.  

Is Acupuncture covered by my personal injury protection (PIP)?
Most of the time, yes, it is covered and no referral is necessary for acupuncture. You are entitled to immediate benefits following your accident, including payment of medical bills regardless of the circumstance or fault for the motor vehicle accident.  Feel free to contact our office and we will contact the insurance companies for you and verify that care is covered.

Do I need to seek treatment for my injuries?
Yes, untreated and/or poorly treated cases of injury can result in lifelong problems and suffering.

Can Acupuncture help me?
Yes, acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment that will assist your body through the healing process by reducing inflammation, and promoting circulation to the injured tissues, decreasing pain and increasing range of motion.

If you have been in an accident, and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call (740) 206-8705 to schedule an appointment today.

• Muscle stiffness or achiness
• Restricted range of motion
• Headaches
• Neck Pain
• Mid-Back Pain
• Low Back Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Hip Pain
• Numbness and Tingling
• Fatigue
• Spasms
• Difficulty Sleeping
• Difficulty Concentrating/Poor memory
• Equilibrium problems, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears
• Eyestrain, blurred vision, increased sensitivity to light
• Unexplained depression, anxiety, and/or irritability
• Nerve pain or inflammation
• Circulatory symptoms such as cold hands or feet

Acupuncture & Allergies

by Michelle Sauberzweig

Do you suffer from itchy eyes and throat, sinus congestion, sneezing and asthma? If so, unfortunately you are suffering from allergies! With the spring sunshine and flowers come wind and pollen which trigger allergies for many of us. Tree pollens are the most prevalent pollens in the spring while grass and weed pollens follow in late spring and summer. Airborne mold spores can be found almost year round, as well as dust, dust mites, and animal dander.

Acupuncture can address the causes of allergies and focus on balancing the immune system. This will lead to substantial long-term health benefits including managing your allergies. Our goal is to develop a plan to eliminate the acute symptoms and provide relief, while strengthening the underlying weak immune system. This comprehensive plan will be individualized for each patient and may include acupuncture, dietary modifications, and Chinese Herbal Formulas or Homeopathic formulas.

Tips to decrease allergies & improve your immune response:
• Stay indoors during peak pollen times
• Use a salt water rinse or nasal spray to cleanse your nose
• Get regular Vitamin B shots
• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables & stay hydrated
• Wash your hands frequently and shower at night to rid your hair & body of all pollen
• Use your air conditioner and air filters to decrease allergen exposure
• Receive monthly Acupuncture treatments
• Keep your house clean to reduce dust exposure
• Get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily

Current Special
10% off any Chinese Herbal Formula that combat allergies!
Call Michelle at (740) 206-8705 and schedule your appointment today!

Common Questions about Injection Therapy

by Michelle Sauberzweig

What substances are used to inject into the body?
All homeopathic Heel substances are used at Living Well Acupuncture. They include Traumeel, Zeel, Spascupreel, Lyphomyosot, Engystol and Neuralgo-Rheum.

Why are these homeopathic injections used?
Injection therapy is an alternative approach to pain that is indicated for patients with acute and chronic pain & inflammation. Most people use them because they are looking for safe and natural alternatives to treat, not mask their symptoms. Homeopathic injections are a great alternative to corticosteroids and pain medication. In addition, these injections decrease the number of overall acupuncture treatments needed. Delivering a therapeutic substance into the affected area works well with acupuncture. They both work to heal the body from the inside out!

Who is considered a great candidate for Injection Therapy?
• Patients with a history of GI and cardiovascular complaints
• Patients unsuited for corticosteroid therapy
• Patients with chronic conditions requiring safe alternative for long term pain relief
• Patients on multiple medications
• Patients who would like a low-risk medication and alternative to NSAIDs

What conditions are these homeopathic injections suitable for?
The injection solutions are effective for inflammation, chronic and acute pain, musculoskeletal disorders, injuries, muscle spasms, arthritic and degenerative conditions, neuralgia and intervertebral disc conditions.

How long have Heel Injection Solutions been used?
Heel solutions have been used for more than sixty years. They were developed in Europe and are available globally.

Are these injections safe?
Yes, because these solutions are homeopathic, there is nothing for the body’s antibodies to react to. For this reason, there are no reported side effects occurring in the sixty years they have been used.

Are these injections appropriate for patients on multiple medications?
Yes.

Is there anyone who should avoid injection therapy?
Yes, patients on blood thinners should not utilize injection therapy due to the increase chance of bleeding and bruising.

For more information or to schedule your appointment for injection therapy, contact Michelle Sauberzweig, Licensed Acupuncturist at Living Well Acupuncture at (740) 206-8705 or email at michelle@livingwell-acupuncture.com.

 

What is Acupuncture?

by Michelle Sauberzweig

Did you know that Acupuncture is now being used by one third of the world? For the past 3,000 years acupuncture has successfully treated billions of people for many different symptoms, conditions, injuries and diseases.

Why is it so popular?                                                                                Medicine has always been about treating symptoms and disease. Most of us ignore our bodies until they begin screaming out at us in some sort of pain, numbness, indigestion, insomnia, weakness, fatigue, or any other number of unbearable symptoms. When we can no longer stand it we make an appointment with an MD, take a drug and hope the symptoms magically go away. With the magic comes a plethora of side effects accompanied by the same underlying problem that is now masked by the drug. Most people are no longer looking for a band-aid to put on their problem, but rather a solution to the cause of their problem. With Acupuncture, the concern is not the symptom or the disease. Instead, we focus on determining the underlying cause of the particular problem and restoring the normal balance within the body which is often the original cause of the exacerbated symptoms.

What is Acupuncture?                                                                              Acupuncture is just one branch of Chinese Medicine that promotes natural healing and restores internal balance. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of very fine needles into the body at specific points to support and enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. It is a safe, painless and effective way to alleviate pain, strengthen the immune system and prevent disease.

How does Acupuncture work?                                                   Acupuncture is based on a subtle energy system that connects throughout the entire body. The energy known as ‘qi’ flows through distinct meridians and pathways. Disease manifests when there are energy blockages within the body. By using designated points, the meridians are stimulated to create an even flow of qi within the body which sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.

What does an Acupuncture session include?                                            Each session includes an assessment of your current condition, the treatment itself and suggestions on how to stay healthy. The treatment may include additional therapies such as acupressure, moxabustion, cupping, gui sha, dietary therapy and herbal medicine.

For questions or to schedule your appointment, contact Michelle Sauberzweig, L.Ac, with Living Well Acupuncture at (740) 206-8705.

Acupuncture & Anxiety

by Michelle Sauberzweig

Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the United States experience anxiety or depression? This means approximately 40 million people are affected by these emotional disorders. Unfortunately only 10% of these people seek help and receive proper treatment. There are noteworthy medications for treatment but their possible side effects make many people consider alternative forms of treatment such as acupuncture.

The American lifestyle of “more is better” has been taxing on our mental health. Some of us choose to work hard and play hard until exhaustion. Others tend to continually worry about insignificant details and ultimately the uncontrollable. In addition, with the latest technology, we are constantly inundated with social media and never do we just relax and unwind. This demanding lifestyle and lack of adequate rest causes the mind and body to become overwhelmed and congested which leaves the door wide open for anxiety and/or depression to plague the mind.

Acupuncture can help by creating a deep state of relaxation during the treatment, ultimately healing the mind and the body. Combining acupuncture with Chinese herbs makes this alternative medicine is extremely effective in increasing energy and healing the body from the inside out. The treatments and herbs restore energy balance, creating feelings of rejuvenation and relaxation, leaving those feelings of anxiety and/or depression in the past.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views anxiety and depression not as a brain dysfunction, but more as an inner organ dysfunction. TCM theory holds that certain organs play a role in the emotions. Emotions and the state of organ health are intimately connected. These organs can develop imbalances and dysfunctions due to dietary, environmental, lifestyle, and hereditary factors.

If you are currently experiencing anxiety or depression, Michelle Sauberzweig, L.Ac., would be happy to provide you with a complimentary acupuncture consultation and discuss how you can benefit from Chinese Medicine.  Call Michelle at (740) 206-8705 or email michelle@livingwell-acupuncture.com to schedule your appointment today.

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

by Michelle Sauberzweig

Dry needling is becoming more mainstream as a form of pain relief treatment and you will undoubtedly hear more about this modality. It has been around for years but has increased in popularity because its clinical success.

Dry needling bases itself on the neurophysiologically modern understanding of pain as it surrounds hyperactive trigger points in a specific area. According to the Wikipedia, dry needling is defined as the use of a solid filiform needle. Acupuncture is also defined as the use of a solid filiform needle. Dry needling performed by a medical provider for the treatment of myofascial trigger points and is considered the same as an Acupuncturists needling ‘a-shi’ points (aka trigger points) during your acupuncture treatment. To clarify, dry needling is a form of acupuncture; however, there are a few differences between the terms dry needling and acupuncture.

                                                               DRY NEEDLING                  ACUPUNCTURE
Provides Pain Relief                                         X                                          X
Painful Treatments                                          X
Diagnose and Treat Disorders/Illness                                                      X
Creates Emotional Balance                                                                        X
Strengthens Immune System                                                                    X
Improves Respiratory Health                                                                    X
Eliminates Allergies                                                                                     X
Enhances Digestion                                                                                     X
Increases circulation                                                                                   X
Reduces Stress                                                                                             X
Balances Hormones                                                                                    X
Relieves Insomnia                                                                                        X
Used to Recover Quickly from Surgery/Illness                                        X
Combats Radiation/Chemo Side Effects                                                   X
Improves Quality of Life/Health                                                                 X
Practiced for how long                                   33 Years                        3000 Years
Training/Schooling for Practitioners             46 Hours                       2850 Hours

At Living Well Acupuncture, our licensed Acupuncturist, Michelle Sauberzweig, has received 2880 hours of training, obtained her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is able to successfully perform traditional acupuncture treatments and ‘dry needling’ treatments in our office. Since there are many different ways to administer and stimulate acupuncture needles, your practitioner can decide which method is best for you. If you have any questions regarding dry needling or to schedule an appointment please feel free to call us at (740) 206-8705.