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How Does Acupuncture Counteract Winter Pain?

When temperatures outside plummet, does your pain level intensify with achy joints?

Pain tends to worsen on cold days due to various factors:

  1. Blood Flow: Cold temperatures can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow to joints. This can lead to increased stiffness and discomfort for individuals with arthritis.
  2. Synovial Fluid Changes: Joints are surrounded by synovial fluid that helps lubricate and reduce friction. Cold weather may cause this fluid to thicken, making joint movement more challenging and painful.
  3. Muscle Contraction: Cold weather can cause muscles to contract, putting additional stress on joints. This increased tension can exacerbate arthritis symptoms.
  4. Barometric Pressure: Some people with arthritis are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, which often occur with weather changes. Cold days, often associated with high pressure, might contribute to increased joint pain.
  5. Inactivity: Cold weather can prevent regular physical activity, leading to increased stiffness and discomfort.

The good news is acupuncture can help alleviate pain aggravated by cold weather by regulating blood circulation to promote joint warmth and reduced stiffness. Additionally, acupuncture is clinically proven to influence the body’s release of anti-inflammatory substances, offering relief to those grappling with the intensified pain that chilly temperatures can bring. Many of our patients have achieved improvement in joint mobility and a reduction in pain levels after undergoing acupuncture treatments, making it a holistic and non-invasive approach to managing winter-related joint issues. Treatments at Indigo Healing Acupuncture also include infrared heat and moxibustion to warm up the body quickly!

Give us a call to thaw out and return to the winter activities you love without stiffness and pain!

 

How Does Acupuncture Enhance Brain Activity?

How does acupuncture affect and enhance brain activity? Acupuncture has been shown to produce changes in brain wave activity, although the specific brain waves involved can vary depending on the type of acupuncture stimulation and the individual’s response to it.

During acupuncture, it is common to observe an increase in theta and alpha brain wave activity, which are associated with relaxation and a decrease in stress and anxiety.

Beta brain waves, which are associated with a state of alertness and cognitive processing, may also decrease during acupuncture.

In addition, studies have found that acupuncture can increase the production of neurotransmitters (such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine) that are involved in regulating pain and mood.

Reach out to us at 512-686-0777 to learn how acupuncture can enhance your brain.

Why Try Acupuncture?

There are many reasons why someone might want to try acupuncture. Some people use acupuncture as a way to manage pain, such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, or headaches. Others use it to address a specific health condition, such as asthma, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, infertility, or addiction. Still, others use acupuncture as a way to improve overall health and well-being or to reduce the stress of life.

Acupuncture is generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment option, with a low risk of side effects. It is often used in conjunction with other treatments, such as therapeutic massage or physical therapy, to help enhance the overall effectiveness of treatment. Medical doctors frequently refer patients to acupuncture as an alternative to medications, surgery, or injections.

There are thousands of clinical studies measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of disease and pain. Setting up a one-on-one consultation with the team at Indigo Healing Acupuncture is a great way to learn how acupuncture could specifically help you feel your best!

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Thanks to y’all, we’ve been nominated for six Best of Dripping Springs Awards this year!

Please vote for us in these categories:

  • Best Acupuncturist
  • Best Pain Management
  • Best Alternative Medicine
  • Best Place to Work
  • Best Boss
  • Best Overall Company

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These awards help get the word out that natural pain relief is possible and doesn’t require a long car ride to downtown Austin. Our mission is to help 100,000 people like you feel better without the side effects of painkillers, pharmaceuticals or ineffective surgery. Please vote for us so we can continue helping people!

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We Won 3 Awards for The Best of Dripping Springs 2021

Thank you for choosing us as the Best of Dripping Springs 2021!

  • Best Acupuncturist (Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac, DACM)
  • Best Alternative Medicine
  • Best Pain Management

At Indigo Healing Acupuncture, we help people find long-term relief from chronic pain/illness, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and infertility with treatment strategies that are clinically-proven and backed by over 2,000 years of knowledge. We provide an effective alternative to physical therapy, chiropractic care, pharmaceuticals, injections, and surgery.

Chronic migraine headaches called Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM into holistic medicine and she deeply emphasizes with anyone who is struggling with a condition that is missing an effective solution in modern medicine. With this first-hand knowledge, she meets one-on-one with prospective patients to listen to their story and understand them as a whole person, not just a constellation of symptoms. Customized treatment strategies naturally encourage homeostasis in the endocrine system and nervous system to promote healing from the inside out. With convenient appointment times available in the morning, afternoon, and evening, patients benefit from a comprehensive care strategy that focuses on the healing synergy of treating the body, mind, and spirit.

The Indigo Healing Acupuncture Team wakes up every day feeling excited about the opportunity to help people feel better. We love seeing how feeling better manifests in the daily lives of each of our patients. For some, it’s being able to get down on hands and knees to play with a grandchild. It can be a musician playing a two-hour concert without pain or fatigue. It can be a mom who has enough energy to train for a marathon. It can be an orthopedic surgeon who needs a full night of sleep to prepare for a life-changing surgery. We’re driven with a passion to have a positive impact on individuals, which ultimately contributes to the well-being of their family, friends, and community.

Indigo Healing Acupuncture is continually evolving with a blend of traditional medicine, science, and personal connection designed to nurture and guide our patients through their most difficult health challenges. We eagerly await improving the life of every human who walks through our door, right here in our hometown of Dripping Springs!