Acupuncturist

Physical Training & Avoiding Injuries

Posted on March 21, 2017. Filed under: Acupuncturist, Aging, Chiropractic, Exercise, Healing, injury, rebuild, Pain, Posture, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

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Monica Steiner at work in the gym

By Dr. Greg Steiner
CA Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic

“I keep getting hurt – how can I train to gain without getting injured anymore?” This and similar questions are only slightly less common than “What did I do to myself?”

Let’s face it, little is more frustrating than being knocked off the training track once again. Finding a sticking point or plateau is bad enough, but what I might call “break down points” is probably even worse. The difference is critical – a plateau is that inability to surpass a certain desired goal in size, strength or muscularity. A breaking point is one of those times when “Oops, it happened again,” such as when training weights approach a certain level at which a back, shoulder or perhaps knee always seems to give way.

The essential bottom-line point is that if you are injured over and over again, your training will suffer. If your training suffers, it is not possible to reach your peak cardiovascular fitness. So, what are we to do?  Whatever the most motivating end goals, the underlying requirement is training consistency. A week here or a month there is of no value, other than in giving one a sense that “efforts are being made, I’m trying…” Largely futile and possibly dangerous – it used to be called “the weekend warrior” syndrome, which helps fill the waiting rooms of Monday morning chiropractic clinics as these individuals exert beyond what is their safe capacity.

The next essential step is to do the exercises correctly. One of my physician mentors used to have a saying – “If it’s not right, it’s all wrong!” He didn’t pick up this phrase from school however, but from an elite military unit of which he was once a part. He himself was a super-fit, super motivated highly intelligent man with very big uppers arms and a fighting spirit to match. His relevant point in his saying however, was that in times of high stress, structures and procedures had to be tip-top, or something would break.

In weight training, this refers to cheating on form while the body is under the greatest load, usually when performing the hard reps late in a set, or when using very low reps and very heavy weights. It’s then that the weak links give way, and injury occurs.

Sorry, but no one training method or scheme produces the perfect size, fitness, strength while taking no effort, being fun to do all the time and perfectly safe.  But, the real baseline is consistency and ability to replicate useful workouts time and time again while simultaneously performing them correctly without error.  The principle behind training without getting hurt is to stress the muscles without damaging the supporting structures such as ligaments and joint capsules in order to grow and maximize them without causing them injury.  If you are not sure if you’re doing something correctly, find an expert who can help and get that extra insight.

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Thinking About Acupuncture, Don’t Fear the Needle

Posted on July 29, 2016. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Acupuncturist, Children, Health, inflammation, Pain, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

~by Dr. Gregory Steiner

Child receiving AcupunctureMany of us have heard about the benefits of natural healing, the thought of not being dependent on medications, the ability for the body to function optimally based upon proper diet and exercise, and holistic therapies that can heal us of afflictions. Eastern medicine has educated us on the benefits of massage, herbal and aromatherapy, and even acupuncture.  Unfortunately, many of us are reluctant to seek acupuncture treatment because we have a fear, a fear of the unknown and a fear of needles.  But what does the “typical” thought of needle conjure in the mind? Maybe we were traumatized when we received immunization shots as a child, anesthesia shots for fillings, or some other type of injection leaving our brains to associate needles with pain and uncomfortable situations.  Luckily, acupuncture performed correctly by a trained professional causes virtually no pain!

I’m afraid of needles, does acupuncture hurt?
Rest assured that acupuncture needles are in no way similar to hypodermic needles.  First of all, a medical hypodermic needle has a hollow point and sharp edge and must “break” the skin to either insert or withdraw fluid. Acupuncture needles are solid, round-point thin and wire-like and are sterilized and disposable.  With their small size, they are more comparable to a strand of hair.  They are hardly like needles at all.  The depth the needle goes is so shallow that it doesn’t even draw blood.  A helpful comparison is that  between 20 and 40 acupuncture needles can actually fit inside the hollow shaft point of a hypodermic needle (depending on size).  These needles are so small and thin that some of them can actually be passed through a balloon without popping it!

What does it feel like?
Many patients describe the feeling of the needle as either a tingling or pulsating sensation, or a dull ache which soon passes, or not feeling anything at all being inserted.  It only takes a second for the doctors to insert the needle and when working with an experienced practitioner, should relatively be painless.  If by chance, there is discomfort, the needle can be quickly removed and repositioned.  Pain isn’t something that should be felt or elicited; in fact, the acupuncture is used to do the opposite and help alleviate pain.

What is it used for?
Acupuncture can help with a variety of issues, including reduction or elimination of pain, whether it be for the back, neck, shoulders or joints to name a few.  It can help with headaches, stress & anxiety, and even help balance the body which in turn can positively affect the thyroid, menstruation issues, and hormones. It has also been used to increase energy levels and has been effective in weight loss and allergy symptom relief.  The list can go on and on for the benefits that acupuncture can provide.

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Natural Relief from Headaches

Posted on August 30, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Acupuncturist, Chiropractic, Healing, Health, Pain | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Stress~By Dr. Gregory Steiner
CA Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic

Headaches can develop from a variety of issues. Not enough water (dehydration) is one of the most common types which can easily be remedied by drinking an adequate supply of water daily (usually 10-12 glasses). Other types of headaches can result from muscular tension, poor posture, hormonal imbalance, diet, etc.. Toxicity can also lead to headaches, whether its junky food or exposure to chemicals (think household cleaners & air pollution). Toxins jams up metabolic pathways by blocking off hormones or high jacking an organ to where it produces too much of one thing and not enough of another. All these things funnel into a cause for a headache. For example, if you inhale too many fumes while painting your house, you get a headache. If you catch a bug, which is a form of toxicity, you get a headache.

In today’s day and age, pain relievers can be a useful temporary tool to alleviate the pain, but many people have had headaches for so long that they have become dependent upon medication and feel they have no other option than to take them. Unfortunately, these pills only mask the pain, they don’t correct it. As an alternative to medication, many people are seeking natural forms of pain relief. Acupuncture & Chiropractic care are two of the top choices.

The type of headache you have can help determine the best course of action for treatment. Many headaches are generated from muscle tension. It’s very common for tension to occur at the base of the neck, having generated from the upper back area. If a person holds their head forward (often seen in those who text or regularly use cell phones) a lot of tension develops in the neck over time and the muscles start to become habitually over tensed and over stretched simultaneously; this sets up a chronic inflammation which generates headaches. Chiropractic adjustments and repositioning the muscles can work wonders.

Other types of headaches such as migraines, cluster, those behind the eyes may not be muscularly related can benefit from Acupuncture. The wonderful thing about Acupuncture is that it can create a reduction in inflammation and muscular relaxation all on its own. It can change up the blood flow and circulation to provide pain killing relief as well.

Acupuncture can benefit just about everyone, the pain relieving effect especially. It can supplement or augment everything or it can stand alone. For certain types of treatment, chiropractic may be the best choice. Overall, using Acupuncture and Chiropractic combined can produce an even greater positive effect and long lasting results.

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Water & Acupuncture = A Good Mix

Posted on July 3, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Acupuncturist, Healing, Health, Joints | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

water & acupuncture combinedIt’s pretty common knowledge that most people don’t drink enough water.  Some people figure if they drink lots of coffee or soda, or even alcoholic beverages, it counts for water intake.  On the contrary,  instead of quenching your thirst and providing you with hydration, these caffeinated or alcoholic drinks cause your body to lose water reserves instead of adding to it.  So in theory, for every alcoholic or caffeinated drink you take, you have to drink 1 more glass of water to counter balance the effect.  Just make sure you meet the minimum requirement of at least 8 glasses of water a day (64 ounces), and even more if you are vigorously exercising.

Avoid Alcohol & Coffee before & after  Acupuncture
Drinking alcohol or coffee before your acupuncture session can reduce your positive experience.  Because one of the main goals of acupuncture is to bring greater clarity and consciousness to how we really feel, alcohol or coffee before the session can disrupt the bodily awareness.  Since alcohol impairs the senses and caffeinated coffee heightens them, both can potentially counteract or mask the effects of acupuncture.

It’s also important to steer clear of those beverages for a day or two after your acupuncture session as well.  Because acupuncture can help release toxins in the body, staying effectively hydrated will help flush out those toxins.  Drinking clean water works best to do the job. Alcohol and coffee will only work to dehydrate the body, so stay clear.

Interesting Water Facts

  • Most headaches are caused by dehydration.  Simple solution:  drink lots of water!
  • Constipation is a sure sign of not enough water.
  • Hangovers are usually caused by not enough water.  This is due to the fact that alcohol inhibits hormones in the kidney from retaining water therefore allowing your body to lose its reserves
  • At least 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated
  • Being mildly dehydrated can slow down the metabolism as much as 3%
  • One glass of water staved off hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a Univ. of Wash study
  • Sleepiness & fatigue in the afternoon are triggered by lack of enough water
  • Research has shown that drinking between 8-10 glasses of water daily can significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers
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How to Help Children Overcome their Fear of “Needles”

Posted on November 7, 2012. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Acupuncturist, Children, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Needles are the biggest concern among parents and children.  Oftentimes, when children hear “needle” they think of the last vaccination or flu shot they received conjuring up the frightening images a huge hypertrophic type needles.

Acupuncture needles are hardly needles at all.  With their small, thin size, they are more representative of a strand of hair.  Sterilized and disposable, most people don’t even feel them being inserted into the skin.  The depth of the needle is so shallow that it doesn’t even draw blood.

The best way to help children overcome their fear requires time and trust.  The first few visits will unlikely involve any needle at all but rather a “needle-less” buzzer which can still effectively stimulate the acupuncture points and deliver the same treatment without any needle insertions.

Steering completely away from the word “needle” and calling them “little hairs” or using a non-intimidating phrase such as “planting the flags” will also ease anxiety.  It’s all in the way it’s presented to the child.  Dr. Steiner will often show how it’s done on himself first.

Some young children may start off afraid of needles, but by the time they’re 8, 9, or 10, most of them think it’s “cool”.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in treating pediatric conditions such as:

  • ADHD
  • Colic
  • Earache
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Jaundice (in newborns)
  • Myopia
  • Bedwetting
  • Hyperactivity
  • Pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Weight-loss
  • Constipation
  • Allergy Rhinitis
  • Eczema
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin Rashes

Man people believe that children may avoid disease altogether if introduced to acupuncture at an early age. In Asian countries, this is common practice and a  good preventative measure that most children often enjoy.

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