Health Tip of the Week: Rest or Exercise

Q: Some people hear from their friends or some medical staff that it is necessary to work through the pain of an injury by continuation physical activities and doing therapy.  The saying goes that without physical activity/ therapy muscle will atrophy and pain will persist.  There is also another saying that using supportive braces like a back brace will cause an overreliance on the braces.
A: In general, for conditions such as acute tendonitis, it is better to rest during the preliminary stages of acupuncture treatment.  If physical activity and therapy is continued during the early stages of recovery, it will not get the necessary rest, which may turn it from an acute to a chronic condition.  This makes it harder to treat.   Irritating a cut will only delay its healing and the same principal applies to the healing of muscle and tendons.  Wearing braces is also important during the preliminary stages of an injury because it helps lower the chances of a reinjury.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week: Does Acupuncture Hurt?

 Acupuncture needles are completely different from injection needles used by Western Medicine.  The injection needles used by Western Medicine are generally bigger and the injections are targeted on area such as big blood vessels so they are painful.  Modern acupuncture needles are ultra-fine and quite flexible like hairs.  They are inserted on acupoints where they are at specific locations that are between muscles not big blood vessels, so they are not painful.  When inserted, patient has just a little sensation of soreness, numbness, distension, and or tingling.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week: Lower Back Pain

If your lower back feels worse after a night’s sleep, you should check your mattress first.

Maybe the mattress is too soft for you. You need to change to a firm one.

You can try to sleep on the floor with a sleeping bag or thick carpet for a couple of nights to make sure that it is the

problem.

Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week:Relieve an Irritated Throat

You can treat an irritated throat by gargling with salt water at the very beginning of a cold to help reduce swelling and
relive discomfort.
To make salt water, fill a half glass of water and mix in 1 teaspoon of salt.
Gargle with salt water and spit it out.  Wait for 5 minutes, and then gargle with normal water and spit it out.
This is a good way to soothe an irritated throat and prevent the cold from getting worse.
-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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Health Tip of the Week: R.I.C.E. and Acupuncture

What should you do when you sprain your ankle during exercise?

Keep it in your mind: R.I.C.E.

When you get acute injury, don’t forget using R.I.C.E. – “Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.”   That is immediately rest the area, apply ice, compression and elevation.

Don’t underestimate the power of R.I.C.E. because acute injury comes with inflammation – redness, swelling, heat and pain.

R.I.C.E. is a good way of anti-inflammation at the beginning of acute injury.   Any stretch, therapeutic exercise or applying heat will let your condition get worse.  

Receiving good acupuncture treatments as soon as possible, you will find the amazing effect of it.

 

New Testimonial: Tendonitis

Dear Dr. Fu,

I was so scared in the beginning and didn’t have faith in acupuncture which could possibly cure my foot pain diagnosed as Tendonitis. At the first time, you had been so nice and patient to explain what will happen and how should I feel when niddles went in. As a result, I feel much relaxed and truly not as bad as I thought. He also helped me with a letter of diagnosis so that I could have rest of my foot for 2 weeks of PE in the school. So, my foot healed completely within 3 weeks after 9 treatments. I would like thank you for taking good care of my foot in writing. I believe you will help more people with your needles. lol  🙂

Oxxxx Kxx,

Nov. 11th, 2011

(7th Grade in the middle school)

Health Tip of the Week: Soothing Pain – Apply Ice or Heat

My patient asked me “I sprained my ankle yesterday, so I applied a heat pack to my ankle. After a moment, I felt my condition getting worse, more painful, more swollen and more red. But I remembered last year I had lower back pain and I used a heat pack and it helped!”

To use ice or heat?

It depends on your pain. Generally, if it is acute pain, use ice in the first two days and then use heat.

If it is chronic pain, use heat. But after 2 days, if it is still inflamed, you still need to use ice.

Whenever you apply heat and feel uncomfortable, stop it and change to ice. This is a more accurate way to determine wheter or not you should apply ice or heat.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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New Testomonial: Skin Problem

I found Dr. Fu’s practice by a stroke of luck when I saw it listed close to my work office in the Anthem Blue Cross insurance directory.  I decided to try acupuncture to help clear my complexion and balance hormones as my dermatologist and physician weren’t achieving much results from conventional western methods.  Scheduling an appointment was easy and accommodated my schedule well.  I was happy to hear that I would meet with Dr. Fu for a no cost in-depth consultation first and receive a treatment plan before having to commit to any treatment–and it made all the difference.  Never before has a physician sat down with me for almost an hour, going over every pertinent detail of my health, habits, sleep, diet, stress, work and family history to gain a comprehensive view of my complete health.  Never before have I ever felt a physician was truly listening to me and truly wanted to help.  After my consultation, he presented two options for treatment and together we found a course that worked for me, my budget, and health outlook.  I was happy to receive acupuncture treatment the same day.  I have had acupuncture before during college but Dr. Fu has a technique to make most needle insertion not even noticeable!  In fact, some points even feel good and relaxing to receive! The treatment rooms are spotless, tastefully decorated, and have soft lighting and relaxing music.  At each appointment, I felt welcome, warm, and a part of the practice family.  Dr. Fu did an in-depth analysis of my pulse and health indicators prior to each treatment and checked in with me regarding my progress with diet, rest, and herbal Rx. After two months of regular treatment, my complexion had improved as well as a drastic improvement in my sleep, stress relief, and overall health.  I looked forward to each treatment as I felt like a different person when I walked out of the office.  I swear each treatment felt like a relaxing spa treatment–much like receiving a massage or going to a yoga class.  When I decided to relocate back to the Pacific NW, I immediately thought of how much I would miss Dr. Fu, Jean, and his team.  It is not everyday you find a Doctor who sincere in his genuine desire to help improve your health.  He is an exceptional, caring doctor and acupuncture practitioner.

Health Tip of The Week: Neck Pain – Position Monitor at Eye Level

If you need to use computer all day, it is important to position computer monitor at eye level.

If you force yourself to look up or down for a long time, you may cause your neck spasm.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu

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