Health Tip of The Week: Neck Pain- How to Sleep on Sides

When you sleep on back,use this way:
“Roll a towel up and place it under the back of your neck to support your neck when you sleep at night.
Adjust the height of the towel according to your cervical curvature and your comfort.”
But when you sleep on sides, you need a higher pillow.
Why?
Let me explain: Not enough support will cause your neck injury and(or) shoulder blade injury.
Measure the length from the edge of your head to the edge of your shoulder. It should be much longer than the support of your cervical curvature.
Preparing a small pillow beside your head, when you turn on sides add the small pillow on to your regular pillow.

 

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week: Different Responses to Each Acupuncture Treatment

Q: Why is my feeling after treatment different from appointment to appointment?

A: Our body is not like a computer where you can get the same output from the same input.  The response of each human body is different and varies from time to time. You cannot predict how your body responds to the treatment.  Sometimes we can not even describe clearly on our own feeling toward our body .  Thus it is quite normal that you will have different feelings after every treatment.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: The Difference Between Western and Chinese Medicine (1)

The important difference between Western and Chinese medicine is that the Chinese medicine uses different approach to treat the source of medical problem(s) by understand human body’s constitution and activates body’s self healing process whereas Western medicine only diagnose and treat the symptoms regardless the body constitution.  With conventional Western medicine, it focuses on removing the symptoms and patient may show or experience “instant” improvement after taking the medication in the beginning of treatment.  But the patient usually requires medication for certain period of time.   If the symptom(s) persist or longer treatment requires, more medications may be taken.   If the medication stops during the treatment, the symptom(s) may persist or worsen and some patient may develop side-effect or become addiction or dependence on medication.

……to be continued

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: Protect the Lower Back When Lifting

 

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Using appropriate lifting techniques will help prevent a lower back injury. Lift heavy items slowly, breaking the motion into smaller parts, whenever possible. For example, if you must lift a heavy box from the floor to a high shelf, find a support midway. Then rest the box there for a moment before hoisting it onto the shelf. When lifting, bend at the knees, not at the lower back. If you must turn while lifting, pivot with the feet, instead of twisting the lower back.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: Attention After Treatments Are Completed

After you are healed, please follow the doctor’s recommendations. Please take care of yourself and maintain positive posture to prevent reoccurrence of preexisting conditions. Even if the pain is gone it can still be a weak spot and needs care.

If the condition is to reoccur, please come back to us to get treatment as soon as possible.

In addition, you must understand that the responsibility of the doctor is to help you restore your body’s health condition. I am not a fitness trainer. Thus, you should not challenge your body or try any activity that may negatively affect your body during and after the treatments process.  Please take special care of your body so you can enjoy a healthy and happy life.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: Special Notes During The Treatment

1.  Treatment is based on your health condition:  The importance of describing your health condition during the appointment: As mentioned earlier, each person responds to acupuncture treatment differently, some are fast and some are slow and the treatment effect is also different.  The body’s respond to the treatment may be different due to other factors such as environment and lifestyle.  Thus it is necessary for doctor to ask about your health condition since the last treatment for each appointment so that I can evaluate and adjust your treatment based on your information.  That is how our treatments are personalized and tailored.  We require the patient or the person who takes care of the patient to describe in detail the health condition after the previous treatment for each appointment so we know your most recent health condition and the status of your recovery.  We will then provide you with the best treatment plan so you can get an optimal treatment effect. 

2. Follow the doctor’s instruction:  Things such as taking medication on time, pressing ear-seeds, getting acupuncture treatments as scheduled, and get plenty of rest for the injured area – do not carry heavy items, use braces to prevent injury again, apply cold pad or heat pad at appropriate times, adjust your diet: pay attention to what you should eat and should not eat.  Doing these will help you get the most out of your time, money, medical resource, and your and my effort.

3.  If you are planning for a vacation or will be out for work during your treatments, please notify me at your earliest convenience so I can adjust the treatment plan and time accordingly.

4.  Medical problem(s) is like a hole on your cloth, you need to treat it as soon as possible. If you delay treatment and the symptom gets worse, then more effort will be required to treat just like you need to repair a hole when it is small; once the hole enlarges, it gets more difficult to repair.  Thus, it is recommended that patients have the determination to receive treatments and complete the treatment process.  It is important that you avoid skipping, discontinuing, or delaying treatment during the process of treatment when your health condition just started to show improvement. By discontinuing your treatments half way you would be wasting your previous treatments and causing this source of medical problem(s) to remain in your body.  If you become injured or weak, the pains will show up again in your body.  If you wait till then you will have to spend more time and effort to fight it.  There is a Chinese saying: To kill a wildflower, you must extract the roots.

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Health Tip of the Week: Why do you need to get treated as soon as possible?

A: If you have sprained, pulled your muscle, felt any pain or have an acute condition, you would need to get treated as soon as possible when symptoms just developed. It will only take about three to five treatments to get fully recovered.  But when you delay or receive inappropriate treatment, the problem may become chronic.  In this case, the number of treatment required increases and treatment time may be extended.

Treating your sickness is just like repairing a hole on your cloth, you need to get treated while your problem is small just like to repair the hole while it is small. If you ignore your condition, the problem, just like the hole on your cloth, becomes bigger and more difficult to treat or repair.  As described in handbook About Acupuncture How does Acupuncture work?, any pain or ill-health results when the flow of Qi through body is disrupted or blocked.  When the blockage remains in your body for a long time, it is more difficult and takes a longer to treat.

Acupuncture treatment is to help the flow of Qi through a network of channels just like removing the clog in the water pipes.  Stimulation of the appropriate acupoints through acupuncture treatments helps to restore sufficient, continuous and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, thereby restoring health and balance to the body, while relieving pain and other symptoms.  When you have blockage in your body, you feel the pain.  The sooner you get treated, the easier it is to remove the blockage from your body.  Thus it is strongly recommended that you get an intensive treatment when symptoms just develop to obtain an optimal treatment effect. After fully recovered, the best way to maintain your health is to take care of any health problem as early as possible.  Make sure to take care of your body’s health just like maintaining your car and follow the doctor’s advice for any follow-up visit.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: What You Need To Do Prior To Your Acupuncture Appointment?

The main difference between acupuncture treatment and western medicine is that acupuncture treatment uses a natural approach to treat the source of medical problem(s) or pain. It does so by understanding each person’s body constitution and treating each person by stimulating the acupoints of the body to activate the body’s self-healing process and increase Qi and blood circulation.  Please keep in mind that everyone’s body condition is different and only you know how your body feels, the location of your pain, and medical condition(s).  Thus, it is recommended that you make note of any pain or information related to your medical condition(s) prior to your appointment. Help yourself by helping your doctor know you better.

For patients with pain:  Make note of the location of your pain prior to each appointment and inform doctor during your appointment, use one finger to locate your pain point as precise as possible to help you get better sooner.

For patients with chronic condition: the cause or the source of medical problem(s) can be traced.  Please provide any related information to your symptoms in as much detail as possible so that doctor can better understand and evaluate your lifestyle or any of your habits that may be related to your medical problem(s). Doctor will then provide you with suggestions and recommendations for changes to any habit that may be contributing to your medical problems(s) based on the information you provided to help you live healthier and with a better quality of life for the future.

For other medical problem(s):  Do your best to prepare a detailed summary of your health condition from the time of your last treatment to your current appointment.  This will help doctor understand you better and provide an appropriate treatment or medication.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week: Acupuncture for Headache

More than 45 million Americans get headaches time and time again. About 18 million of them suffer migraines.

If you have been suffering from severe headache for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years or 30 years, feel your condition worsen, and increasing your dosage of painkillers one after another. Try acupuncture treatment for your headache! Acupuncture is able to solve your problem completely, using the natural way to release your headache with no side effect at all.

Acupuncture works by stimulating acu-points to normalize the circulation of Qi and blood. I use different acu-points of meridian for different types of headache. For example, I use Shao-Yang meridian for temple headache. This way I can heal the headache most effectively.

Duke University researchers found out acupuncture treatment is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of choronic headaches.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of The Week: Neck Pain – Roll A Towel Up

Roll a towel up and place it under the back of your neck to support your neck when you sleep at night.

Adjust the height of the towel according to your cervical curvature and your comfort.

– Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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