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Conditions That Acupuncture Can Help!

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture needles stimulate a persons natural healing abilities. In Western medicine Acupuncture is most associated with treating musculo-skeletal conditions such as muscle strains or arthritis. Traditional Chinese Medicine, however, has used Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs to treat a much wider array of ailments (see list below). It is also used for stress relief, relaxation, balancing and the maintenance of optimum health. Most people have a variety of health concerns that we are able to address holistically. Depending on the individual patient and the condition being treated Acupuncture may be used alone or in conjunction with standard medical treatments.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and The National Institute of Health (NIH) consider the following conditions treatable with acupuncture:
Pain and weakness of joints and limbs
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Muscle cramps
Sprains & Strains
Sports Injuries
Post-op pain
Stroke rehabilitation
Facial Pain
Common cold
Menstrual irregularity
Eyes, Ears, Nose
Poor vision, tired eyes
Pain after tooth extraction
Gum problems
Alcohol, tobacco, drugs and food addictions
Low energy
Stress reduction
Immune system enhancement
Pain control
Inability to relax

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Conditions That Low Level Laser Therapy Can Help!

With FDA approval and more than 30 years of research, low level laser therapy (LLT) may soon become a frontline treatment option for doctors who are looking to not only relieve patientís pain but also accelerate injury healing. Laser therapy has been used world wide to treat well over 100 different conditions! Some of the conditions that respond the best to LLT are sprains/strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, swelling and inflammation in joints, wounds and burns, muscle spasms, low back and neck pain and various knee and elbow pains!

The Physiological Effects of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Biostimulation including improved metabolism & increase of cell metabolism
Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation
Analgesic effect
Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
Stimulation of wound healing
Benefits of Low Level Laser Therapy to Users (LLLT)
Relieves acute and chronic pains
Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
Increases blood supply
Stimulates the immune system
Stimulates nerve function
Develops collagen and muscle tissue
Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
Reduces inflammation
Applications of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
According to published Medical Reports, many acute and chronic conditions may be improved or eliminated with laser use including:
Acupuncture Points
Post-Operative Pain
Repetitive Stress
Back Pain Injuries
TMJ Pain/Dysfunction
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chonodromalacia Patellae
Tennis Elbow
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Heel Spurs/Plantar Fascitis
Trigger Points
Migraine Headaches Sprains/Strains
Neck Pain/Whiplash Swelling
Nerve Root Pain
Wound Healing

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Other Therapeutic Approaches

At Brookfield Acupuncture Center, we use a variety of techniques to benefit you. These techniques can be used in concert with needles or alone. Based upon our tailored plan for you, we will choose the proper combination of techniques for each treatment session.

Tuina Tuina is the massage component of TCM. Tuina can be used in addition to needles, where needles are unwarranted, where a different type of stimulation is needed, or as patient "self-care" where patients are taught self-massage to help ease recurrent conditions.

Electrical Stimulation mimics traditional needle manipulation techniques and is commonly used in areas to relieve pain, such as low back or joint pain. If needed, after needles are inserted to the proper depth, the e-stim machine is attached to the shaft of the needle and a barely perceptible current is applied until the patient feels a "tapping" sensation. Be sure to inform us if you have a pacemaker, seizure disorder, or embedded metal connectors such as pins, screws or plates.

Cupping A Slight vacuum is created inside of a small glass cup that is then placed on the surface of the skin. The vacuum force draws tissue into the cup, helping to relieve stagnated energy at a particular point. Cupping is used to relieve severe muscle tension. Some patients liken the sensation of cupping to deep massage.

Magnet Therapy Small-force magnets, applied to the skin at selected acupoints, impact the local flow of qi. Applied over a significant period of time, the magnets can effect change. Magnets are commonly used to lengthen the positive impact of an acupuncture treatment. We will teach you the after-care actions and concerns of using magnets.

Guasha Guasha involves the application of a small amount of lubricant to the skin surface. The skin surface is then raked with a guasha tool. This technique is typically used to break up stagnated energy in the upper back and neck associated with the onset of the common cold.

Moxabustion Acupoints can be stimulated through the indirect application of combustible herbs, known as moxa. The most common herb used is Artemisia vulgaris, common mugwort. Mugwort in pole (cigar-shaped) or loose fluff form is burnt near an acupoint to generate heat and possibly smoke that has a therapeutic effect. Moxabustion is commonly used for conditions which are worsened by cold. Great care is taken to ensure the patient's safety during moxabustion. Be sure to tell us if you have diabetes or a compromised ability to sense heat.

Chinese Herbs Herbal formulas are put together as the herbalist forms an impression of the patient, a diagnosis, from which the prescription is created. The practitioner is able to translate the symptoms and signs into patterns of disharmony and they are matched with the healing properties of herbs. The herbal formula is a reflection of the condition and needs of each patient.

Links of Interest...

Larry W. Svihlik, DC, DACBSP
Board Certified Sports Chiropractor
3439 Grand Blvd
Brookfield, Illinois 60513
phone/fax 708-485-7112

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Eduardo Herrera MS, Dipl. L. Ac.
Brookfield Acupuncture Center
3504 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL. 60513
Phone: 708.387.2058
Fax: 708.387.2138
email: info@brookfieldacupuncture.com

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