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Acupuncture: A Natural Approach to Eye Care

  For individuals experiencing eye problems, can acupuncture treatment help and benefit overall eye health? Acupuncture For Eye Health Acupuncture is an alternative medical practice that involves inserting thin needles at specific points on the body. The objective is to restore balance and health by restoring and balancing energy circulation through pathways throughout the body. These pathways, known as meridians, are separate from nerve and blood pathways. Studies have shown that the insertion of needles manipulates local accumulations of certain neurotransmitters by nearby nerves, which causes beneficial health effects of acupuncture. ( Heming Zhu 2014 ) Scientists are not sure exactly how acupuncture works, but it has been shown to provide pain relief and alleviation of cancer treatment nausea. ( Weidong Lu, David S. Rosenthal 2013 ) Studies have shown that acupuncture can help treat eye conditions like dry eye syndrome. ( Tae-Hun Kim et al., 2012 ) Eye Problems For some individuals

Understanding and Treating Deep Buttock Pain: Piriformis Syndrome

  Can physical therapy treatment protocols aimed at improving range of motion and flexibility around the hip and relieving inflammation around the sciatic nerve help individuals experiencing deep buttock pain or piriformis syndrome? Deep Buttock Pain Piriformis syndrome, a.k .a. deep buttock pain, is described as sciatic nerve irritation from the piriformis muscle. The piriformis is a small muscle behind the hip joint in the buttocks. It is about one centimeter in diameter and functions in the hip joint's external rotation or turning outward. The piriformis muscle and tendon are close to the sciatic nerve, which supplies the lower extremities with motor and sensory functions. Depending on an individual's anatomic variation of the muscle and tendon: The two cross over, under, or through each other behind the hip joint in the deep buttock. This relationship is thought to irritate the nerve, leading to sciatica symptoms. Piriformis Syndrome When diagnosed with piriformis syndrome,

The Healing Power of Acupuncture for Insomnia

  Can acupuncture treatment help individuals dealing with or experiencing insomnia and sleep issues and/or disorders? Acupuncture For Insomnia Acupuncture is a type of holistic medicine that involves inserting sterile, disposable, thin needles at specific points known as acupoints on the body. Each needle is inserted into a different area to stimulate symptom relief of various conditions, like chronic pain and nausea. ( Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2024 ) Recent research has looked into acupuncture for insomnia and found that it may be an effective alternative. ( Mingming Zhang et al., 2019 ) Insomnia Insomnia causes individuals to have trouble falling or staying asleep. Individuals who have insomnia tend to wake up earlier than they intend to and find it difficult to impossible to get back to sleep once they are awake. The sleep disorder is quite common, with around 10% of individuals experiencing it at some point. ( Andrew D. Krystal et al., 2019 ) There are three categories, all characte

The Power of Green Powder Supplements: Enhancing Overall Health

  For individuals that have a difficult time getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, can incorporating green powder supplements increase nutritional levels for a balanced diet? Green Powder Supplements Meeting daily nutrient needs through whole, unprocessed foods can't always be met when access is limited or for other reasons. A green powder supplement is a great way to fill in the gaps. Green powder supplements are a daily supplement that helps increase vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake and enhances overall health. Green powders are easy to mix in water with a favorite beverage or smoothie or bake into a recipe. They can help: Increase energy Nourish the immune system Improve digestion Promote mental clarity Contribute to healthy blood sugar levels Reduce the risk of chronic disease Promote optimal liver and kidney function What Are They? Green powder supplements are forms of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other bioactive compounds. They are derived

The Importance of Methodical Training for Long Distance Walking

  For individuals training for long distance walking marathons and/or events, can focusing on building a walking foundation, then increasing mileage progressively help condition the body for overall readiness? Long Distance Walking Training Training helps individuals be comfortable and safe for long-distance walking and events. Training should focus on building a walking pace and increasing mileage gradually. Individuals need endurance, not speed, and want to build mental stamina for walking for hours at a steady pace. To reduce the risk of training injuries, increasing the total mileage per week/the distance of the longest walk per week to no more than 10% is recommended. Individuals should also train to wear the gear worn during long-distance walks. Training could last a few months. Being methodical allows the body time to repair and build new muscle, blood supplies, and endurance. Example Training Plans Following a marathon training plan for mileage building and determining the prop

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