pain relief

Tibetan Medicinal Foot Soaks Relieve Neuropathy and Other Pain!

I am so thrilled to be one of a select group of acupuncture clinics from around the world to offer Tibetan Medicinal Foot Soak Therapy to people in Decatur and surrounding Atlanta communities. This herbal therapy is fantastic for issues like nerve pain, arthritis related pain, pain and inflammation caused by gut dysbiosis, plantar fasciitis, gout, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, some gynecological issues and endocrine disorders. They are also be great for endurance athletes recovering from big races or intense training. The herbs work by increasing microcirculation and reducing inflammation.

My personal experience with these herbs has been life changing. I was a runner. I loved to run in the woods. It was my “me time;” my time to reflect, to relax, to breathe. After an injury I developed this chronic hip pain that no modality, including years of physical therapy and a lot of acupuncture, could fully relieve. I finally gave up running as it was just too painful. Along came the Tibetan Medicinal Foot Soaks. I originally became interested in them because I treat a lot of neuropathy but decided I would do a few soaks myself so I could better guide patients in how to do them at home. A few soaks in I noticed I did not have any hip pain when walking. Interesting and novel. I am now slowly building up my running. No pain. I feel like a giddy kid in a candy store and I want to share that with any of you who have chronic pain.

The herbs are in a little bag that looks like a teabag. You put them in hot water above your ankles and soak for 30-45 minutes, keeping the water nice and hot. Easy peasy. The herbs are absorbed transdermally so they don’t interfere with any Western pharmaceuticals you might be taking. The herbs in this special formula are of the highest quality; they are typically reserved for the elite ruling class in China. You can get more information about the therapeutic properties of the herbs and their sourcing in this short podcast

When are the medicinal foot soaks contraindicated? With anything that is made worse by increasing blood circulation such as metastatic cancer or acute infections.

This therapy is an easy, convenient and cost effective way for patients to take charge of their own health and healing. I know that herbs are powerful but I am really blown away at the effects these have had with my patients who have chronic pain or diabetic and other neuropathies. Interested? Patients must come in for a consult prior to purchasing the foot soaks so I can ensure safety and that the foot soaks would be effective for your condition. Schedule a consult today by calling 404-695-0905.

Know anyone that has neuropathy or other chronic pain? Please share this information with them!

Heal Injuries and Improve Sports Performance with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture has been practiced for centuries.  Some of the earliest uses of acupuncture were to heal injuries and increase stamina of Chinese warriors and soldiers.  It has survived for 2000 years because it works! 

Today many professional sports and Olympic teams have acupuncturists on staff.  From 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali of Team Asana to Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rogers athletes are looking for ways to shorten recovery time and boost performance.

Acupuncture is highly effective for both acute and chronic injuries.  In fact, the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for injuries, orthopedic conditions, and acute and chronic pain. 

Acupuncture can accelerate the healing time of acute injuries such as strains, sprains and even broken bone by increasing blood flow to the area and decreasing swelling and bruising.  Increased blood flow allows cells responsible for tissue repair and remodeling to get to the area of injury and start working.  Acupuncture is especially useful when tendons and ligaments are involved as they have less blood flow by nature; acupuncture creates microcirculation thus increasing blood flow. 

Acupuncture is also very effective for chronic pain related to common sports injuries such as IT Band Syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis and golfers elbow and shoulder pain.  These common injuries can cause athletes to reduce training or stop altogether.  Left untreated they can snowball into a variety of compensation injuries as athletes try to continue training and unintentionally change their movement patterns to protect the injured area.  Similarly to acute injuries, acupuncture increases blood flow allowing for tissue repair and remodeling.  Additionally, acupuncture points are frequently located at trigger points in muscles and get great relief when needled.  Other acupuncture points are located at muscle motor points or at nerve rich tendons thus having both a nervous system and muscular system effect. 

Another common area of concern for athletes is overtraining.  Having multiple workouts in a row with fatigue and tired and/or heavy legs can be a sign of overtraining.  Rest, good nutrition and acupuncture can help you climb out of that hole before it gets too deep! 

While it is great for athletes that acupuncture relieves pain and resolves injuries but it is even more beneficial before those things surface.  Acupuncture naturally boosts energy levels, aids recovery from hard training and races and improves overall performance.  Studies have shown that athletes who received acupuncture for muscle soreness 24 to 48 hour exercising to exhaustion reported significantly less pain then those who did not receive acupuncture.  Several athletes that I treat for issues unrelated to performance have posted PRs with less effort and quicker recovery. 

Looking to heal and injury or improve performance?  Call Karen at 404.695.0905 today to schedule and appointment!