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Acupuncture and scar tissue:

 

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.The Office site!

Acupuncture and scar tissue:

Moved to blogger thenatrualbodyworks.blogspot.com on February 18, 2019

What is scar tissue?

Generally, scar tissue is an unorganized replacement filler tissue that holds together a region of damage or injury.  It is a fibrous cellular form of connective tissue that, if on the surface, usually has no hair, sweat glands and occasionally no nerves.  Sometimes the nerve endings are left open and can cause chronic pain, including Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Different types of scarring, depending on the type of tissue and injury have different needs and act differently, in fact it is not very functional at all.

Usually, scar tissue has very poor blood circulation compared to the healthy tissue around it and that makes it more susceptible to other ‘trophic’ issues later on.  Scar tissue is generally stiffer, and of different color and texture than the surrounding normal tissue.

The reason I speak of scar tissue and not skin itself is because scar can happen inside too.  Around your intestines, in the lung, inside nerves, joints, muscles, or anywhere else.

Scar tissue will never be the same as the healthy ‘original’ tissue.

 

How do you get scar tissue?

Sometimes this is obvious; a surgery, break, tear, cut, puncture, burn, scrape… all of those.  However, not commonly known is the buildup of adhesions from chronic misalignment, misuse, inflammation.  This can be from stress of chronic misuse or poor circulation and movement.

 

What does scar tissue do?

Scar tissue is nonfunctional fibrous connective tissue, think of Duct Tape that you would use to patch a hole in a coat.  It hampers the function is decreased and it is a non-permanent repair that can become permanent if we do not completely heal.  Much scar tissue can never become normal tissue.  The damage has been done.

Scar tissue reduces function of the normal tissue

Scar tissue reduces the blood flow which brings oxygen and nutrients as well as brings away waste.

Scar tissue reduces lymph flow which helps with clean-up and repair.

Scar tissue reduces all fluid flow and energy flow.

Scars that cross meridians or are along meridians tend to have more pain.

Scar tissue slows or disrupts the natural flow of your vital energy (Chi) that nourishes the tissues and keeps them ‘vital’

Scars are more sensitive to barometric changes like when the weather turns bad and the area will ache.

 

How acupuncture can help;

Acupuncture or dry needling can increase the blood flow, Chi flow, lymph flow and improve the range of motion as well as the normal function.

How?  As the needles are placed then removed they start a new injury that attracts all the factors of healing.  Histamines to promote attraction of white blood cells, Heparin to increase and change the fluid flow and therefore the pH (acidity and alkalinity) of the area.

We promote more consciousness in that area of scar tissue which can enhance the healing and adaptation process.   It is important to have our minds work with the natural healing so that we become more in-tune and ‘whole’.  Medications and immobility stop that process and the brain gradually just accepts the pain and dysfunction as the normal.  Probably the worst part is the acupuncture result of later ache from those areas that were ‘asleep’ and not working slowly coming back.

We should not lose sight of the goal and continue with the treatment as best we can.  Movement and motion is the life to these areas including the emotional movement.

Acupuncture can also assist in getting the mind clear of the baggage around the injury, the anger and frustration can develop in to hope, wholeness, acceptance, adaptability, and success.

 

But wait, emotion?  How can scars make a difference with emotions?

There are a few ways, first, the scar may be on a meridian, and all meridians have an emotional component that should be contemplated in the healing process to work toward wholeness.

Occasionally, some people feel these emotions rise up during a treatment.  This is not only a normal thing, but a great thing to help you ‘get through’.

 

What about ‘emotional scars’?

That is a different type of scar, yet no less problematic.  In fact, most times worse because they cannot be seen nor felt by any other hand.  They are secret scars.  Those can be helped with the right type of acupuncture, but that is only one step in a long journey.  But that is for another time.

 

So, for a scar.  Get some acupuncture.  Ask about ‘surrounding the dragon’ a technique to get the Chi energy though that tissue.   It reduces stagnation, heat and energy build up etc.  Acupuncture can help you find relief as a part of a plan to get that scar to work with you instead of against you.

(This was moved to my blogger…https://thenaturalbodyworks.blogspot.com/

 

 

Dry needling is a technique in acupuncture that goes after muscle spasms.  Muscle spasms that are chronic can become the ‘new normal’ when it comes to the nervous system.

Dry Needling is a great way to loosen the muscles because of chronic tension.  

Step 1:  Find the muscle spasms, directly with palpation (through touch).

Step 2: Clean the area…

Step 3: insert needle and find the twitch…

We use a little thicker needle than the normal acupuncture needle.  Usually needles for acupuncture are about .22 mm diameter.  That is really small.  Dry Needling needles can be around .30 mm diameter.  Although it does not seem like much it can really make a huge difference.

The needle is placed in the core of the muscle spasm.  Muscles have very specific patterns that are pretty consistent for the average person.  Some people can have very unusual presentations of spasms and trigger points because of multiple injuries, old over lapping injuries, and scar tissue.

In the lower back, for example, the psoas is a common muscle that can recruit the piriformis and the quadratus lumborum.  Getting the MAIN muscle is more important.  Once you get the muscle ‘pinned’ you will see or feel a little twitch.  We have to really watch now because other muscles around that have been helpers will twitch.  Those are important to go after in later visits.

How long does it take?  Depends on a few factors; first, the age or chronicity of the spasm, the associated points involved, the other muscles that help it and the general health of the patient.  Some patients will need more just because their constitution is poor for some other reason (chronic disease, old injuries, scar tissue, or surgeries).

You should see a difference almost immediately, but there will be soreness the next couple days and you may have some bruising.  You may also have a small bump where the needle went in, this is called a hematoma, and is harmless.

Associate points:  These are points along the traditional meridian that will help the muscle relax over the longer term and help be a little more holistic in the treatment regime.

Call or text me for an appointment;  720 325- 98 86

Cupping for detoxification and healing.

Cupping is an amazing and very old technique to help the body detoxify and heal.  It has its origins in Asia as long as a thousand years ago and is still used today because it is so safe and effective.   You can also find this and similar techniques being used in Poland, Russia and Finland.

 

When toxins and cell waste cannot be removed through the natural processes of lymph drainage and blood flow the body becomes fatigued and can become ill.  Some people will only feel tired or sluggish when they have an overabundance of waste fluid stuck in the skin and underlying muscles and tissues.

 

We call this stagnation; the holding of those fluids that must be removed and cleared out for the cells to work correctly.  This can happen because of an old injury, an old muscle tear, car accident, fall, or any form of chronic disease. IMG_20150819_172836IMG_20150819_174440

 

With the cupping we lift the skin and force the fluids into different areas, this does two things.  First,  it sets into motion a cascade of healing that jumpstarts the body to clean the area, and two, it helps release those toxins to get back into the correct circulation where they can be cleared and clean.

What Cupping is good for…

-Chronic issues of pain, fatigue, or disability

– History of prescription or recreational drug use

-Too much protein in the diet

-Parasite or candida infection

-Exposure to environmental toxins, mold, pollen, chemicals etc.

-Past traumatic events that tend to rear up now and again.

-That feeling of being stagnant or ‘stuck’ in life, relationships, career etc…

 

When the kidneys, liver and lungs cannot process these issues and become over worked, the body will naturally put the toxins ‘in storage’ so they can get to them later.  This usually will be in the underlying fat of the skin, or in muscles.   The cupping action is that of a vacuum.  It pulls the tissue and therefore the fluids through the different compartments and, over time will stimulate the body to clear it out.

Cupping is quicker than acupuncture, massage or even chiropractic at getting toxins to release and be processed.

Cupping can also help you determine the extent of an issue…

-Demonstrates the severity of the congestion (see below)

-Demonstrates the location of the most congestion and stagnation.

– Can stimulate the liver, kidney, lungs and skin to work more efficiently.

Cupping details.

Does it hurt?  It can feel uncomfortable, especially if the tissue is over congested and tight or you are dehydrated.  So drinkplenty of good water before and after a session.

Skin-reaction-e1439944357306 How long will those marks last?  That depends on how deep the stagnation and how ‘healthy’ your system really is.  Usually the marks last a couple days.  Sometimes, with deep set stagnation that is chronic, a yellowish mark may remain for a couple weeks.  This is an indication that much more work needs to be done.

What should I do about the marks?  Nothing, they are a natural and very expected result of good cupping.  Keep them covered and warm, as the ‘opening’ of that area will release a lot of energy and heat.  You can be more susceptible to chills and further trouble if they are left uncovered, especially for the first day or so.  Also, the marks are more ‘open’ than the rest of the skin, be mindful of what you put on your skin.  Natural and medicated oils will be more potent.

When you make an appointment simply plan to be in the office about 40 minutes.  This gives us time to evaluate, do the treatment, re-evaluate and suggest home/self-care.   Drink water or eat before coming for the treatment, you will relax even more and avoid uncomfortable nausea and dizziness which occasionally occur.

Who should NOT have cupping?

-Open skin, lesions, rashes, inflamed skin

-Sun burned skin… that just hurts…

– Dehydration

-Bleeding disorders, hemophilia, thrombocytopenia (platelet issues)

-Certain medications:  Coumadin, Warfarin, blood thinners etc..

After cupping it is common to feel coolness or a light feeling.  Your energy will go up or down depending on how your body reacts to the cupping treatment.  Best plan is to schedule 4 or 5 treatments over a month period to cleanse the entire area and facilitate healing in the most efficient way for you.

See you soon!!

 

 

 

 

What we are looking at here… General Anxiety Disorder or also Social Affect Disorder, and other names for stress that has over flowed its brim.

I have now combined guided meditation and acupuncture to help people with anxiety, worry, stress, angst. confusion, panic attacks, freak outs, mental disturbances, and others.  How?  with age old techniques.  This treatment in no way will hamper other therapies, in fact it will make them more efficient.  This treatment will not get you off your medication directly, but it will help your medicines work better and eventually your dosages will have to be changed.  You WILL get benefit with practice.  You have been practicing stress long enough, isn’t it time to practice healing and wholeness??

Contact us.  720-325-9886

Natural BodyWorks

Rocky Mountain Meditation

 

Natural BodyWorks LLC, Parker Colorado

Meditation training and acupuncture for anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and worry…

Acupuncture treatments are well known to facilitate relaxation and whole body harmony.  Meditation can enhance the effectiveness of that effect as well as train you to see anxiety rising in your body and give you effective and realistic tools to stop it in its tracks.  We find that worry, stress, and anxiety are common in today’s world.  We also have discovered that if you practice being upset, worried, or stressed you will automatically ‘go there’ when something occurs that is either out of your control or not what you wanted at the time.  Meditation PRACTICE allows us and trains us to see and be in the world in this present moment and to become aware of the changes in our minds and bodies.  With this powerful practice we can better control and guide our minds to live the life…

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