Treatment of ankle sprain with acupuncture : Health, News – India Today

ankle sprain

Ankle sprains!   They seem so innocuous sometimes, but can cause long-lasting problems if not treated appropriately.  Even if the swelling and pain isn’t bad, altered motor control and compensatory patterns can occur that don’t return to normal even long after the bruising has disappeared and you’ve regained full range of motion.  Really, it’s not something you want to leave untreated only to have it cause more problems later.  Lucky for you – you know me – and we can do so much more than ice  (side note, please please please stop icing everything) and not only decrease pain and swelling, but help get back your range of motion, stability and motor control.  And as it happens ankle sprains are one of my very favorite things to treat! This is because acupuncture works SO WELL – for both acute and chronic ankle sprains.

From the linked study:

“Of the 126 cases, 98 cases (77.78%) were completely cured, 17cases (13.49%) showed a marked effect, 8cases ( 6.35%) showed a moderate effect, and there was no effect in 3cases 2.38%. The total effective rate was 97.62%. Of the 98 cases that recovered completely, the least number of treatments is 1 and the most is 7, the average is 4 treatments.”

via Health alert: Treatment of ankle sprain with acupuncture : Health, News – India Today.

All this is to say, acupuncture is pretty effective in the treatment of ankle sprains.  Remember this next time you or someone you know rolls an ankle - come in and let me help!

Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain – NYTimes.com

I hope you’ve got good get out of town plans for Labor Day weekend.  It’s important.  As I mentioned in my recent blog about getting off the grid, there is something so important about unplugging from technology, not receiving calls and emails, and just being for a few days.  I know it sounds like a luxury, but it’s more than that – it’s essential for your brain and your body.  I promise you’ll be more productive when you return!

“THIS month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so. We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our precious time off.

But beware the false break. Make sure you have a real one….If we can train ourselves to take regular vacations — true vacations without work — and to set aside time for naps and contemplation, we will be in a more powerful position to start solving some of the world’s big problems. And to be happier and well rested while we’re doing it.”

-via Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain – NYTimes.com.

 

Related posts: The Busy Trap, Relax, You’ll Be More Productive, Off the Grid

 

How does your brain respond to pain? – Karen D. Davis | TED-Ed

A great quick look at how our brains respond to pain.  There’s even a small visual shout out to acupuncture on the section of why different people respond to different types of treatments.  Check it out!


via How does your brain respond to pain? – Karen D. Davis | TED-Ed.

Off the grid

I got out of Portland for the weekend and spent three great days out in nature, camping, hiking, taking photos and spending time with friends.  I think it’s really important to plan time off the grid – away from phones and computers.  Every time I do it, I wonder why I don’t do it more often.

nature, time and patience

I think it’s so easy to get caught up in technology and it’s promise of faster/easier/more  and to not be aware of the stress it brings. Of always being on and reachable and expected to respond.  I never think it impacts me that much until I go a few days without it and find out how much more relaxed and less stressed I am.

DSC_0267Getting away from it all is such a nice reset – I come back feeling refreshed and relaxed and ready to get back to it!  The clean air, the sounds of nature (in my case the McKenzie River flowing by), waking up with the sunshine, playing in the dirt – it’s all part of self-care and healing to both your mind and body.   If you haven’t done it yet this summer, make some time to get out in nature and get away from technology and let me know how you feel when you get back!

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What’s your favorite way to reset?