Friday, January 8, 2010


Migraine attacks are severe headaches that last from 4 to 72 hours. The pain is often on one side of your head, throbbing and gets worse when you move. You may also have other symptoms, such as feeling and being sick or being extra-sensitive to sound or light. About 1 in 6 people who have migraines get what's called an aura. This can cause symptoms like temporary problems with your vision, or pins and needles or numbness in parts of your body. You may be more likely to get a migraine attack if you are tired, hungry or stressed, or eat or drink certain foods. Migraines are common. About 1 in 10 people will have a migraine attack in any one year and nearly 1 in 5 people will have an attack at some point in their life. Women are more likely to have migraine attacks than men.

How acupuncture can help?

Traditional acupuncture theory sees pain as being largely due to obstruction of the body’s vital energy or qi. Acupuncture needles are thought to act like switches in the body’s energy circuits, freeing up stagnant energy and getting it flowing.

Research has shown that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and also at least as good, if not better than, standard medical care for migraine. From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture can help in the treatment of migraine by:

• providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of pain killing endorphins and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.

• reducing inflammation – by promoting release of various biochemical substances.

• increasing blood flow in and around the brain.

• affecting the brain levels of a chemical called serotonin, which has various functions, including control of appetite and mood.

Traditional acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. The traditional acupuncturist’s skill lies in identifying the precise nature of the underlying disharmony and selecting the most effective treatment. The choice of acupuncture points will be specific to each patient’s needs. Traditional acupuncture can also be used as a preventive measure to strengthen the constitution and promote general well-being.

An increasing weight of evidence from Western scientific research is demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating a wide variety of conditions. From a biomedical viewpoint, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the production of the body’s communication substances - hormones and neurotransmitters. The resulting biochemical changes activate the body's self-regulating homeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

by Dr. Maria Phillips, DAOM, L.Ac.

Research Proves Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture for Treatment of Infertility, Endometriosis, and Menstrual Cycle Disorders.
European Research Study proves that acupuncture increases pregnancy rates for women undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization. The study concludes that acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART. This study has been reported on the national news and in US medical journals, prompting an increase in referrals from medical doctors for the use of acupuncture in IVF procedures.
Two groups totalling 160 subjects, each received a standard in-vitro procedure (IVF). One group, however, also received acupuncture therapy before and after implantation. The non acupuncture in-vitro group had a 26.3% pregnancy rate, while the group of women who received acupuncture showed a 42.5% success rate.
Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat infertility and menstural cycle disorders for literally thousands of years. While most modern research is set up to try to determine why Acupuncture works,
this German study demonstrates scientificically that acupuncture can improve pregnancy rates. This scientific proof is what American doctors have been waiting for to be able to confidently recommend acupuncture to their patients. Doctors in the Cleveland Clinic are already using these techniques with an 83% success rate.

Acupuncture Physician, Beth Hopkins-Acampora, at the Center For Natural Health here in Jacksonville, Florida has been using this procedure successfully improve pregnancy rates for client undergoing IVF treatments.

According to the American Society for Reproductive Science, over 6.1 million or 10 percent of women in the United States are diagnosed as being infertile, which is defined as one year of unsuccessful conception. Women who choose to conceive after the age of 35 have a greater chance of having medical difficulties that may result in infertility issues. Due to career choices, as well as other extraneous factors, which include dietary and exercise habits, years of birth control pill use and an increasingly stressful modern life, these numbers will likely increase and a greater portion of the population will be affected by infertility in the future.

The causes of infertility are vast and varied. Some of the main factors that may prevent successful conception include: lack of ovulation, poor quality of eggs, thin endometrial lining, poor quality and number of follicles, low progesterone, high follicle stimulating hormone, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, adhesions, infections and stress.

In summary, acupuncture offers a cost-effective, safe, and comprehensive intervention for women who want to become pregnant. Acupuncture is proven effective for men and women who wish to prepare their bodies for conception, pregnancy, and delivery, even those who have not experienced difficulties with infertility. Similarly, women who do not wish to undergo IVF for a variety of reasons, also choose acupuncture as an effective mode of treatment. Finally, acupuncture can be integrated with ART to enhance effectiveness.
Acupuncture has been clinically proven to:
Enhance Egg Quality: Test results of clients who have undergone acupuncture have shown that the egg quality significantly improves.
Enhance the Quality of the Uterine Lining: A healthy uterine lining is necessary to help with embryo implantation and to grow a healthy baby. Acupuncture improves the flow of healthy blood into the uterus.
Reduce the Chances of Uterine Contraction After IVF procedures: Acupuncture relaxes the patient and the uterus so it won't contract and expel the fertilized egg.

by Dr. Maria Phillips, L.AC.
New Headache Study Shows the Benefits of Chiropractic Care by Dr. Joseph Cilea

Headaches are a common complaint in patients presenting for professional care, including chiropractic management. Patients with headaches seek chiropractic care because they find manipulation or adjustments applied to the cervical spine and upper back region are highly effective in reducing the intensity, frequency and duration of the headache pain. This is because the cervical spine / neck, is often the origin of the headache as the three nerves in the upper neck (C1, 2 and 3) pass through the thick, overly taught neck muscles in route to the scalp / head. When the muscles of the neck are in spasm, the nerves get “pinched” or squeezed by the overly tight muscles resulting in headache pain. Each nerve runs to a different part of the head and therefore, pain may be described as “…radiating over the top of head (sometimes into the forehead and eyes),” or, into the head and over the ear, sometimes reaching the temple. Also, an area located in the back and side of the head is the area where the C1 nerve innervates, so pain may also be reported in that location. When more than one of the C1-3 nerves is pinched, the whole side to the top of the head may be involved.

In the October 2009 issue of The Spine Journal, Western States Chiropractic College, Center for Outcomes Studies, reported benefits are obtained with the utilization of spinal manipulation in the treatment of chronic cervicogenic headaches. The word “chronic” means at least 3 months of headache pain has been present. This new study compared 2 different doses of therapy using several outcome measures including the pain grade, the number of headaches in the last 4 weeks and the amount of medication utilized. Data was collected every 4 weeks for a 24 week period and patients were treated 1-2 times/week and separated into either an 8 or a 16 treatment session with half the group receiving either spinal manipulative therapy or a minimal light massage (LM) control group.

The results of the study revealed the spinal manipulation group obtained better results than the control group at all time intervals. There was a small benefit in the group that received the greater number of treatments with the mean number of cervicogenic headaches reduced by 50% in both pain intensity and headache frequency.

The importance of this study is significant as there are many side effects to medications frequently utilized in the treatment of headaches. Many patients prefer not taking medications for this reason and spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) offers a perfect remedy for these patients. Couple SMT with dietary management, lifestyle modifications, stress management, and a natural, vitamin/herbal anti-inflammatory (such as ginger, turmeric, boswellia) when needed, a natural, holistic approach to the management of chronic headaches is accomplished.

We are proud that chiropractic care has consistently scored the highest level of satisfaction when compared to other forms of health care provision and look forward in serving you and your family presently and in the future.

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What is Kinesio Tape?

By Dr. Jeff Gontarski
“Few who watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forget the Gold Medal beach volleyball performance of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. The black Kinesio tape atop Walsh’s 6-foot, 3-inch frame, in stark contrast to her white bathing suit, also sparked a good deal of speculation.”
“Internet message boards made wild guesses. Was it a political statement or a sponsor’s logo? Perhaps a memorial to a deceased relative? Countless therapists knew the answer, but viewers were mystified. According to several reports, Walsh’s therapists used the tape to stabilize the superstar’s surgically repaired shoulder and boost blood circulation.” A quote from the article, “Kinesio Tape Comes of Age.” by Greg Thompson.
At Advanced Wellness of Marlboro, Kinesiotaping techniques are used for multiple ailments such as low back pain, plantar fascitis, knee alignment, pain issues and numerous others. “ Taping techniques are quick, easy, comfortable and allow the patient to get back to there activities of daily living faster” say Dr. Jeff Gontarski PT, CEAS, physical therapist at Advanced Wellness. “Our taping methods also help patients with posture and everyone is amazed with the results.”
The specialized tape works in different ways depending on its’ intended use. For patients with pain and inflammation, tape is applied to relax the skin and underlying tissues to allow for increased blood flow. Patients with instability problems can easily have their problems corrected by aligning the joint properly and securing with kinesiotape. “ The tape is a specialized tool and should be applied by a trained professional according to your problem” says Dr. Jeff.
If you have any questions about Kinesiotape and are wondering if it could help your problem, please contact one of our clinicians at Advanced Wellness.