Acupuncture: Your Alarm's Snooze Button

August 12th, 2014

The chirping of the alarm barely rouses you enough to pry one arm out from under the blanket. Your hand automatically navigates its way to the bedside nightstand and inches its way to the alarm clock, a move ingrained by years of repetition. Or for my husband, country music (which he despises) and an alarm placed across the room helps him out of bed at 4:30am.

Despite your best intentions of arising on time, you may find yourself hitting the snooze button twice more, rationalizing to yourself that you don’t need that much time to get ready for work anyway.

Finally, the Critical Alert goes off in your head. GET UP NOW OR GET IN TROUBLE!

You shower at hyper-speed, grab breakfast on the run, and you’re out the door.

Unfortunately, the same story is played out every day by those of us who ignore our own internal “alarms” or symptoms. Symptoms are your body’s warning system built in to alert you of a potential crisis.

What are your options when symptoms arise?

First, you could choose to do nothing, which is what most people do for a while. Many hope that by ignoring the problem, it will somehow go away. Even if the pain eventually subsides, the underlying cause rarely resolves on its own.

When ignoring the problem proves ineffective, your next course of action might be to find a medication to relieve you of the symptom. Medicating a symptom is like hitting the snooze on the alarm. It just delays the inevitable, that you eventually will need to wake up and address your problem in a sensible, effective manner.

That brings us to your third option: Acupuncture. The focus of acupuncture care is to remove meridian system blockages and imbalances within the body, allowing the free flow of the bodies energy and to express 100% life. Symptoms don’t exist in the absence of an underlying imbalance. Eliminate the cause and the symptom goes away once and for all.

So what alarm clock are you going to listen to today?

Acupuncture: Everyday Miracles

August 5th, 2014

It is not uncommon to hear patients talk to others about their “acupuncture miracles.”

To someone suffering with severe migraines for years on end and who has tried every drug and medical remedy under the sun, it might seem like a miracle to get relief after just a few simple acupuncture treatments.

To the woman pronounced infertile, it certainly seems miraculous when she is able to finally conceive.

To the man with chronic lower back pain and sciatica, the relief from pain is expected but the miracle comes in the form of better digestion and improved bowel and bladder function.

We tend to consider these events miracles because as a whole, we have grown so accustomed to living life with chronic, sometimes debilitating ailments. And after a while, they just become part of us and are accepted as normal. But as a Chiropractor friend of mine always said, “Your everyday pain is not normal!”

Even with the best of intentions, medicinal treatments may offer symptomatic relief but do nothing to correct the underlying problems and help bring the body back into its natural balance. So when our clients finally find acupuncture and discover what it means to be truly healthy and allow the body to fully express itself mentally, physically, and emotionally from the inside out, it is only natural to consider it miraculous.

But what does it say about our general state of health that when the body is functioning as it was designed to and simply expressing life as it was meant to be, we tag it a “miracle”? The acupuncturist works no miracles and heals nothing but rather removes blockages and restores balance in the body. This allows the body’s wisdom to go to work and express health and life the only way it knows how. You body wants to be in a homeostatic state but it is through our everyday lives and activities that we throw it off course. A balanced life that more and more people are discovering is easily within their grasp.

This is one of the many reasons the NCCAOM (National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) has begun a new theme: “Because It Works!” So reach out and make an appointment today with your local acupuncturist!

 

August Polarity Special

July 31st, 2014

All August long, our newest addition to the Marlborough Wellness Center, Monica Hamel, LMT, will be offering $10 off all sessions for new AND current clients! As the days become shorter and we begin to prepare for the season change, allow Monica to assist you in relieving stress and increasing your level of energy. Call 508-460-3399 to book your appointment today!

Acupuncture: Maintenance Protocols

July 23rd, 2014

Buying an automobile is probably one of the biggest financial investments you’ll make. You understand that even though your car runs great, performs magnificently, and looks wonderful on the outside, it is imperative that you keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance to keep it running smoothly.
Restoring your health through acupuncture requires an investment of both your time and money, and is truly one of the best investments you can make for yourself. If you have completed, or are in the process of following through with a schedule of comprehensive acupuncture treatments, then congratulations on your commitment to excellent health! However, to remain at the pinnacle you worked so hard to achieve it is essential to incorporate acupuncture wellness care into your lifestyle.
Once you have completed an initial or comprehensive care plan, it is important to follow up with routine visits to maintain your newfound level of health. After all, if it was worth the investment to regain your health, then you owe it to yourself to maintain it.
The key is to remain proactive and to stay one step ahead of potential problems before they have a chance to develop. It is far less costly to take your car to the mechanic for routine maintenance work than it is to wait for a breakdown.
Keep in mind, however, that even with routine automotive maintenance there is still the potential to develop trouble between service appointments. When the warning lights on your dash alert you to a problem, it is best to get it checked right away rather than wait until your next scheduled service.
The same goes for your body. When pain, injuries, or illness occur between wellness visits, resist the temptation to hold out until your next scheduled visit. If your body is talking to you, listen to it. The sooner a problem is addressed, the easier and more cost effective it is to get you over it.
Your body is meant to last you a lifetime. It is not leased and there is no trading it in. Isn’t it time you started caring for your body as well as you treat your car? At the Marlborough Wellness Center, we believe in creating functional and healthy maintenance programs for our clients so call and find out more!

The Season of Summer

July 18th, 2014

Summer is hot and everything is prospering! The skin and muscles are relaxed and the body is characterized by the Heart’s craving for coolness. Heat can also arise from prolonged overconsumption of heating foods or substances, over-activity or prolonged strain on all/part of our systems, prolonged exposure to hot environments, and from feelings that may have not have been resolved or expressed. In some areas of the country, humidity starts to wreck havoc on our bodies which reminds us that we are connected to our outside environment.

The diet should therefore be concentrated on releasing the heat and generating the body fluids. Recommended foods include (but are not limited to):

Mung beans and sprouts
Millet
Asparagus
Peppermint
Banana
Tofu
Elderflower
Bamboo Shoots
Lettuce
Clams (but watch the fried)
Salt
Lemon
Wheat
Potato
Egg whites
Watermelon
Grapefruit

Acupuncture: Aahh, she has her's mother's….

July 2nd, 2014

It’s almost a newborn’s rite of passage. A baby can’t escape having its looks scrutinized to determine what he/she got from whom: Grandma’s nose, Dad’s eyes, Mom’s mouth, Grandpa’s ears, and on and on.
What we rarely consider is that according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the baby also inherits their constitution from it’s parents: strengths and imbalance as well. When I have consulted with patients, it is not uncommon to hear things like, “I get migraine headaches just like my mom used to.” Or, “I remember my dad having the same exact lower back pain I’ve been dealing with.” Or, “My kids have horrible allergy problems just like I do.”
How is it possible that conditions like those mentioned above are passed on from generation to generation? After all, we’re talking about symptoms here, not looks and physical traits.
When you begin to understand where symptoms come from, one explanation becomes abundantly clear.
Let’s take a moment to remember that symptoms themselves are not a problem. They are a product of the underlying cause and they also serve as your body’s warning system. So for a certain symptom pattern to be passed on generationally, there must be a common underlying cause that triggers the outward symptom, and most often that cause is rooted in the meridian system.
When we look at the distribution of the meridian system, it becomes apparent that each of the meridians supply energy to specific organs and parts of the body.
By tracing the symptom back to its origin in the meridian system, examination often reveals that the parent and child may have the same pattern(s) of imbalance and will tend to develop a similar pattern of signs and issues.
Therefore, TCM believes that symptoms aren’t inherited, but rather the pattern that produces those symptoms. To continually treat the symptom is counterproductive in the long run. The most effective strategy is to correct the underlying cause (the meridian imbalance) and let the symptoms take care of themselves.
Receiving acupuncture at the Marlborough Wellness Center from the experienced practitioners there can help you and your family members find the way out of the inherited health issues!

Acupuncture: Off-Road or Off The Mark?

June 25th, 2014

We know you’ve seen them braving the pitted surface of the highway, or perhaps traversing a busy grocery store or home improvement parking lot. Luckily for the driver, there’s just enough power and ground clearance to navigate a speed bump before wedging himself into a miniscule parking space. We’re referring to The Hummer: real-life Tonka toy, the bastion of raw power and manliness…relegated to a life on the pavement. It’s a travesty being played out all over America.
The question is are you treating acupuncture like a well-dressed Hummer? Are you using it for total body health and well-being as it was meant to be or simply to reduce your back pain? Are you using it to unleash the awesome power of the meridian system, to support and rebuild your health or just to get rid of that headache? Using it to enhance your athletic performance, boost your immunity, and increase your energy, calm your mind, reduce your stress or to merely get over a stiff neck? It’s time to get off the pavement and into the tough stuff!
Many people are still under the impression that acupuncture is all about fixing up aches and pains. Are you one of them?
The very first acupuncture treatment was delivered over 2,500 years ago! Acupuncture is a time-tested, proven method to help regain health in ways that go beyond just treating pains and aches.
Obviously, if you come to us in pain we will do everything we can to get your body back into balance as quickly as possible in order to alleviate your symptoms. But the true overriding purpose of acupuncture is to restore the normal and balanced flow of energies within the meridian system so that the body is free to express its maximum potential of health at all times. Using acupuncture for anything less is like never taking your Hummer off-road.
If you are seeing us on an occasional basis or only when you hurt yourself, you are missing out on the true essence of acupuncture. If this sounds like you, call the Marlborough Wellness Center to get on a schedule of preventative, proactive acupuncture care and let us help you live life to the fullest.
But you rationalize that you bought your Hummer because it has plenty of headroom and ample cargo space to transport your groceries and lumber. Nice try. So does the neighbor lady’s minivan.
Now about that treatment…

Acupuncture: Fit-vs-Healthy

June 19th, 2014

We have all read the unfortunate headlines:

* 37 Year Old MLB Baseball Pitcher Dies of Heart Attack
* NHL Hockey Player Found Dead in Condo at Age 35, No Foul Play Suspected
* Olympic Skater’s Life Cut Short at 28, Dies of Natural Causes

These were elite athletes at the top of their sport. Were they fit? There’s no question about it.
Were they healthy? Not so much.

Let’s be clear. These athletes were certainly healthier than the majority of us. The very fact that they were competitive athletes at the top of their game required the physical work and commitment to get them there. The nature of their body composition, physical conditioning, and cardiovascular endurance left them less predisposed to many of the chronic ailments that tend to plague those of us with a more sedentary lifestyle. When I tell people I do triathlons, I get responses like, “I couldn’t do that!” or “You must be really fit!”
On the other hand, a truly healthy body just doesn’t suddenly quit working. So clearly there is a big distinction between being physically fit and toned on the surface, and possessing genuine health and wellness underneath.
A physically fit body is typically a body that feels good and exudes health and vibrancy. But this often belies the fact that sickness and disease, such as cancer and cardiovascular disorders, can be festering undetected under the surface. This can be explained in Traditional Chinese medicine as meridian imbalances, which most of the time develop and progress painlessly while robbing the body of its vital energy.
So clearly, gauging your level of health and wellness based simply on the way that you look or feel on the outside can be a very dangerous practice.
In addition, a common misconception is that you can somehow exercise away an imbalance. This simply is not the case and even Western medicine will say the same. While exercise is essential, and certainly encouraged for its plentitude of benefits, the only correction for an imbalance is an acupuncture treatment. Once the change is made, exercises, especially those specific to your condition, will serve to complement it.
So while health and fitness is certainly encouraged, exercise alone will not carry you to the pinnacle of health. The foundation of healthy living is a powerful free-flowing meridian system free to help the body without interference. That foundation is built by acupuncture and be found with the qualified and experienced practitioners at the Marlborough Wellness Center.

FREE 20 minute Reflexology treatment to all new clients!

June 18th, 2014

Our reflexologist, Lourdes, is offering a special to all new acupuncture clients! She will provide a FREE 20 minute-session for any new client for the month of July & August!! So call now and get a bonus treatment for good health!

Acupuncture: It's Essential!

June 13th, 2014

To live a healthy life at the most basic level, we all know that there are certain habits that must be maintained on a consistent basis.
Want healthy teeth? Brush a few times daily, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
Healthy bodily hygiene requires that you shower or bathe daily.
Living at a healthy bodyweight results from consistently eating the right types of foods, and regularly engaging in some form of exercise.
Most importantly, living your life at your absolute healthiest, with 100% energy flow and maximum expression of life requires clearing the body of meridian imbalances and then maintaining those changes through consistent wellness treatments.
These are truths that cannot be denied. When you quit performing any of these proactive habits, its corresponding aspect of health begins to decline.
So let’s say you did give up these habits. What would happen to your state of health as it relates to that activity?
Quit brushing and flossing and you risk losing your teeth. As undesirable as this would be, you can still live without a mouthful of teeth. Sure it’s more difficult, but you would survive.
Give up bathing and, while your circle of friends would quickly diminish, you would be in no imminent threat of losing your life.
Stop exercising or eating well and soon your neglect will be written all over your expanding body.
Start powering down or inhibiting the meridian system, however, and your quality of life plummets right along with it. Shut the meridian system down completely, and you will be very unhealthy.
This is not to imply that if you give up your acupuncture treatments that disease is imminent, but it does speak volumes toward the importance of keeping the power of the meridian system flowing freely at all times.
Life revolves around the meridian system and when there become imbalances, or blockages, the energy that runs the body is diminished.
As important as it is to correct meridian imbalances and restore normal function to the meridian system, it is just as critical to maintain those changes. A lifetime of preventative, wellness acupuncture care is one of the healthiest habits that you can engage in.