Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Is Dry Needling for Me?

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If you’re going through physical therapy, at some point you may be asked if you want to try “dry needling.” You may be wondering what this is, if it will hurt, and whether it will do any good. Today, we’ll explain the in’s and out’s of this practice so you can decide if it is right for your treatment plan.

 

  • Needles, Really? Dry needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation, and is related to acupuncture only in that it uses a small needle. Dry needling is based in western medical theory and practice. The needles used are filament needles, which are very small. Some patients do not feel the needles being applied at all, and it is rare to have significant discomfort.35059030_l
  • What Conditions can Dry Needling Help? Dry needling is not an independent treatment and, therefore, should always be used in conjunction with other modalities. Many patients with the following issues have found significant relief from dry needling: neck, back, or shoulder pain, joint conditions such as golfer’s elbow, headaches, hip and gluteal pain, knee pain, sciatica, muscular strains, ligament sprains, and other types of chronic pain. It is also helpful in relieving the discomfort associated with physical therapy treatments.
  • Is it Dangerous? No, provided a trained professional administers the dry needling it is not dangerous and has very few side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is some soreness, which lasts for a few hours up to two days.
  • How Will it Help Me? When you are injured, your body produces inflammation, and the area goes into a tension state to protect itself from further damage. This contracture inhibits circulation that is necessary for healing to occur. When the needle is applied to the damaged area, it begins to break the contracture and pain cycle. The body also sees the needle as a foreign invader and will activate the immune system, aiding healing.

 

Ultimately, the decision of whether to try dry needling is completely up to you. Some patients simply cannot abide the idea of needles. However, many patients, dubious at first, find that dry needling was extremely helpful in their healing and rehabilitation process. To find out if dry needling might be a good option for you, request an appointment with us today.


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Four Ways To Treat Your Body With Love This Valentine’s Day

It’s a common myth that in order to treat yourself, it has to be with something that isn’t healthy.  By reversing this old wives’ tale, you can take control of your own physical and emotional health this Valentine’s Day. Here are our favorite ways to show yourself some love without compromising your health.

 

  • Don’t Skip The Candy Aisle Entirely. By 18207180_lmaking a few small changes in the sweet indulgences you long for, you can not only reduce the negative health consequences, but also actually give your immune system and metabolism a boost! Trade the milk chocolate in for dark chocolate or drop the candy hearts and replace them with chocolate covered strawberries. Check out this list of other quick and easy, sweet yet safe choices from Health.com.
  • Look Your Best In New Workout Gear. We all know the benefits of regular physical activity to our bodies, but there can also be a mental aspect. When you have great looking workout clothes that you love to put on, not only will you enjoy the workout more, you’ll feel better about yourself, even before you start to sweat. Maybe this is the right time to sign up for a subscription box like Fabletics, for fashionable activewear?
  • Start From The Bottom Up. Look down. All the way down. How long have you had those sneakers? Most of us hang on to our active footwear way too long. Check out these tips to see if it’s time to upgrade your kicks!
  • Take It Outside. It’s easy to get into a rut in the winter when you’re stuck indoors for weeks on end and the sun seems to be a myth. But getting outdoors, yes, especially in the winter, can have some surprising health benefits. From getting that crucial Vitamin D to building tolerance for colder temperatures, working out in the cold can be a terrific gift to give yourself!

 

It’s not hard to see that you can treat yourself with a little more love this Valentine’s Day, without feeling guilty afterward! Ready to make some other healthy changes in 2016? Request an appointment now.


Good health requires balance. Physical fitness, nutrition, sleep, pain management, and stress relief all contribute to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. At the Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey, we help patients struggling with weight loss, fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other conditions using holistic techniques. Request an appointment and get started on a path towards comprehensive wellness.