How to Prepare For Seasonal Affective Disorder

prepare for seasonal affective disorderSad isn’t just a feeling, it’s also an actual diagnosis called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

 

As we begin to lose the summer sun and transition into the darker months of the year, depression and fatigue seem to make that transition with us. But, there are ways to shake off the impending gloom and brighten your day, if you follow some of these steps you can prepare for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and find yourself being just as happy as you are in the warm summer months.

 

Try light therapy. Doctors have called this idea phase shifting. Because we lose sunlight so quickly as we head into the winter, you should start setting out bright lights when beginning your day. By eating breakfast and starting your daily routine under bright indoor lights, you get used to not having sunlight and can better acclimate to your new surroundings.

 

Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Regular exercise works wonder for depression in general, so why would it not work for SAD-induced depression? By maintaining regular exercise habits you can work to get rid of the fatigue, depression and tiredness by adding at least 60 minutes a day of activity into your life.

 

Healthy Eating and Sleeping Habits. These next two ideas go hand in hand, as both work together to not only combat SAD, but promote a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a heart-healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. No brainers? Maybe. But, you would be surprised at the amount of people who do not follow both or one of these guidelines, I’m sure you know someone who fits into those categories. Make sure to maintain a regular sleep schedule while keeping up with a heart-healthy diet in order to fight seasonal affective disorder.

 

prepare for seasonal affective disorderLast, but not least, try acupuncture! Acupuncture is a great solution to combating SAD. There are various points on the body that have been known to alleviate symptoms of SAD. A primary point that should be addressed when treating SAD is Yintang, and when being treated for SAD by an acupuncturist you should be seen between one to two times a week. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with the highest rated okc acupuncturist, Toni Twitty.

 

Try some of these techniques that will help you prepare for seasonal affective disorder that may bother you during the change of seasons.

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3 Alternative Treatments to Support Cancer Care

Acupuncture

alternative cancer treatmentsAccording to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture can be used as a complementary therapy in system management of cancer-related symptoms such as side effects to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, boosting blood cell count, and improve natural killer cell activity.

The National Institutes of Health have confirmed that there is evidence acupuncture is effective in postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.

In a study done by Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America, researchers found in a randomized placebo-controlled trial, acupuncture was proven effective for cancer patients with a variety of chronic pain and aiding in pain management. Acupuncture is found to have positive results as a complementary method to pain relief.

Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that works by addressing the body as a whole to release any blockages or stagnations in the body’s natural energy flow. Contact your OKC Acupuncturist, Toni Twitty, for more information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment.

Massage therapy

Researchers from the Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center found massage therapy to significantly reduce the pain of cancer and chemotherapy treatments, more so than conventional care.

Many cancer patients who receive chemotherapy report adverse side effects such as nausea, pain, muscle aches, weakness, and fatigue. When these patients are treated with massage therapy, however, both the frequency and severity of these symptoms begins to subside. It doesn’t take many sessions before patients experience a positive improvement in their symptoms. While the study mentioned above lasted for seven weeks, many patients report an improvement in their symptoms after just a single session of massage therapy.alternative cancer treatments

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphedema, a swelling in the arms or legs, is common among patients who have received treatment for breast cancer. Manual lymphatic therapy works by using a light touch to help move fluid out of the tissues. Although lymphedema is not curable, it can be manageable with lymphatic drainage treatment.

The lymphatic system is essential for overall health. This system absorbs fluid, toxins and waste from tissue where it can pass through lymph nodes to be filtered. Lymphedema happens when the lymphatic system is blocked. The drainage therapy can help release these blockages to let fluid flow as it should.

 

We hope these alternative treatments help you or a loved one win the fight against cancer! 

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Acupuncture Enhances Sports Performance & Recovery

acupunture and sportsAcupuncture and sports play very well together. Acupuncture has been used time and again to help athletes relieve pain, but the accessory modalities associated with it can do so much more. Using acupuncture treatments can actually enhance an athlete’s performance and recovery from any sports-related injury. Let’s take a look.

Athlete Stressors

When an athlete is in training, he or she is constantly pushing themselves to be better: a better time, a longer jump, a further distance, etc. An athlete’s body is put through constant stress. Muscles are pushed to their maximum and sometimes tiny microscopic tears form. If the athlete were able to rest properly, these micro-tears would heal. But, when an athlete is in training, the micro-tears don’t have time to heal properly. So the body becomes fatigued, sometimes painful and the probability of serious injury increases. Acupuncture helps the body to heal, restores healing levels of energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”) and strengthens the body inside and out, thus accelerating the athlete’s recovery time.

Gua Sha

One of the accessory modalities in the toolbox of most acupuncturists is something called gua sha. Gua sha involves gently scraping the skin with a smooth instrument like a ceramic spoon. The areas scraped are directly over the muscles. Gua sha stimulates blood flow to the muscles allowing them to relax. Gua sha is a great recovery tool for athletes and it was even recently featured in the 2016 NBA Finals. Gua sha is best performed by a trained professional who knows the body well and can determine the best pressure level for your condition.

“Athletes who receive acupuncture treatments while in training generally recover quicker. They also tend to have more energy and stamina. Acupuncture can be used as a training tool for athletes with great success.” Says our okc acupuncturist, Toni Twitty.

Pre-workout & Tai Chi

As any athlete knows, stretching prior to a game, match or run is imperative. One of the best ways to stretch is tai chi. Tai chi is an ancient martial art that focuses more on being defensive instead of aggressive. It also utilizes almost every muscle in the body through slow, fluid, animal-like movements. The other nice thing about tai chi is that it helps you focus on your breathing, which helps greatly when training. By practicing tai chi prior to a workout or event, the athlete is getting the best of both worlds, a full body stretch session as well as breathing techniques. Overall, this makes for a more balanced and relaxed athlete. There are many forms of tai chi and tons of videos available, so try and find one that works best for you and your particular sport.

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As you can see, traditional Chinese medicine has much to offer for athletes both from the training standpoint as well as helping with recovery from an injury. Always seek out a properly trained, fully licensed acupuncturist so you can get the maximum benefits. When you add acupuncture to your training regimen, you should notice quite a difference in your performance.

Contact our okc acupuncturist, Toni Twitty, for any questions you may have or to schedule your first acupuncture appointment. Now go get em!

 

Adapted From Article Written By: Kim M. Filkins, L.Ac.

 

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New Referral Program

be well acupuncture new referral programRefer a new client to our clinic and you will receive $25 OFF your next acupuncture treatment!

We are excited to launch a NEW referral program at Be Well Acupuncture! If you are a current patient of ours and believe in the benefits of acupuncture, we would like to reward your recommendation. Just tell your family and friends to mention your name when scheduling their first acupuncture treatment appointment and Toni will apply a $25 credit to your account. Help us spread the word and we will help you!

Another way to help us spread the word to others is with an online review:

“Toni, the head Acupuncture Physician & owner, is fantastic. She is extremely knowledgeable & friendly. She takes the time to really get to know you as a patient but also as a person. Each time I’ve seen her she has used slightly different approaches to help alleviate the pain in upper back. It is always very relaxing & does not hurt at all!” – Jake J.

Thank you Jake and our other patients for your reviews! We are honored that you think highly enough of Be Well Acupuncture to keep us rated on Google as THE premier acupuncture center in the metro area! To read more reviews like Jake’s, or to submit one of your own, please visit the Testimonials page of our website:

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How Acupuncture Helps Treat Addiction

acupuncture helps treat addictionFrom smoking to alcohol or narcotics, a form of acupuncture treatment called NADA has shown to help addicts through the recovery process.

 

NADA, which stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, was established in 1985 to promote the NADA protocol acupuncture treatment for addiction. The non-profit organization promotes advocacy and the use of a non-verbal, pharmaceutical free approach to behavioral health. The protocol uses five specific acupuncture points on the ear to treat addiction and to be an alternative to methadone.

The NADA protocol differs slightly from other acupuncture treatment. The treatment usually involves needling in both of the patient’s ears for about 30 minutes. The treatment is done in a group setting for support for those being treated as they recover from addiction.

The NADA protocol is about more than just acupuncture, but really about being a step in a sometimes long road to recovery. Patients are treated in a quiet, peaceful room. Each patient gets the exact same treatment. Group treatment is emphasized to address feelings of denial and create an open, safe environment.

Those in recovery from addiction commonly report feelings of an improved sense of purpose and well-being after treatment. Acupuncture is known for its relaxing benefits, which is especially helpful for those in recovery. Patients are able to destress in their treatment process to help them continue to make progress.

Most common effects of the NADA protocol include:

  • Improved retention of rehabilitation programs
  • Improved mood and outlook
  • Lowered anxiety
  • Lowered cravings
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced need for prescription medication

acupuncture-helps treat addictionThere are a lot of factors that come to play in addiction treatment. Along with counseling, support groups and/or 12-step programs, the NADA protocol can help make recovery easier and more successful.

 

For more information about NADA visit the following sites or Contact Us:

http://www.acudetox.com/

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/nadaprotocol.php

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