Best Cities to Practice Acupuncture

The best cities to practice acupuncture in the United States are those cities where there are more jobs than others in this field, and where the general attitude towards the healing arts is more positive. These cities also tend to have better employment rates in general and more amenities that make them great places to live. If you don’t live in one of the best cities to practice acupuncture you don’t necessarily need to move; there are opportunities to advance in this career all over the country and around the world, so you can make a niche for yourself anywhere. But if you’re already thinking about moving to start your career, any of these U.S. cities would probably be your best bet:

Los Angeles: The healing arts and oriental medicine are very popular in LA, so it’s a great place to start your career. There are also many schools here where you can train to become an acupuncturist.

Miami: With a large population of seniors, many of whom are newly retired baby boomers who may look at oriental medicine in a much more positive light than previous generations, you have a large base of potential clientele in this sunny Southern city.

New York: This is a center for all types of medicine and industry, so even though the population is massive and competition is high, this is an excellent place to be for a career in acupuncture.

Portland: You will have no problems finding clients in this environmentally friendly and forward thinking city.

San Diego: This is another hub for healing arts in Southern California, where therapeutic arts and healing medicine have a place to stay.

San Francisco: The City by the Bay is very hospitable to practitioners of acupuncture and the healing arts. There are a number of schools here, and it’s a great place to start your career if you can find a base of clientele.

Santa Fe: New Mexico attracts many people who are interested in alternative medicine, and the cost of living is still fairly low in cities like Santa Fe compared to other locations listed here.

Seattle: This is another hub for healing arts on the West Coast.

Postnatal Tendonitis (AKA New Baby Painful Hand and Wrist Syndrome)

I admit, while not a medical term, new baby painful wrist and hand syndrome accurately describes what so many new mums, including me, have all experienced. Medically, it’s referred to as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome and is common among new mums. Carpal tunnel or wrist tendonitis is irritation and inflammation of the tendons of the wrist. Pain is the main symptom and there can also be swelling of the local area. The tendons get inflamed through repetitive motion such as picking up the baby and holding the baby in position while breastfeeding.

In my case, for example, sharp pain would shoot from my right thumb up my arm whenever I picked up my daughter. The pain was so intense it would make me cry out loud. In the same way you pull your hand away when you burn yourself, I began to fear dropping my baby as a reflex reaction to the pain. I purchased a wrist brace but found it way too uncomfortable so I developed a particularly ungraceful way of picking up my daughter by leaning in really close to her and scooping her up with my forearms. Using this technique I could avoid opening my hands to pick her up in the usual way under her arms. It looked really strange but it worked until I found time between feedings, exhaustion and new mum anxiety to schedule an acupuncture treatment.

In my own business as an acupuncturist, I had treated many cases of tendonitis and carpal syndrome. Some were new mums, some were athletes, one was a drummer, and most were office workers spending hours on the computer. Whatever the cause of the pain, acupuncture helped all of them, quickly and effectively. So naturally I turned to acupuncture when I needed it. Since it’s really difficult to do acupuncture on yourself, I turned to a colleague for help. After the first treatment, the pain was much better and by the third treatment, the pain was significantly reduced and much less frequent. A couple more treatments were all that was needed to get rid of the pain.

What are the usual options for these painful wrists? A doctor will most likely prescribe steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as prednisolone or a cortisone injection directly into the wrist. While these can help, many prescription medications are not advisable for the mum who is breastfeeding as they can seep into the breast milk.

This makes acupuncture a great alternative as it has no side effects. And a 2009 clinical trial published in the Clinical Journal of Pain concluded that short-term acupuncture treatment is as effective as short-term low-dose prednisolone for mild-to-moderate carpal tunnel syndrome 1.

References:

1. Yang CP, Hsieh CL, et al., Clinical Journal of Pain, 2009 May; 25(4): 327-33 Acupuncture in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial

Can Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture Reduce Wrinkles?

‘Facial’ or ‘Cosmetic’ Acupuncture is a modern way of using an ancient healing therapy. It can be used to reduce wrinkles, and considerably reduce the signs of ageing.

Facial acupuncture reduces wrinkles by increasing collagen production and aiding in its dispersal, which helps to firm the skin and fill out wrinkles. This effect is reinforced by improved muscle tone and dermal contraction. These effects normally become apparent within a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles will be significantly diminished.

The facial acupuncture treatment consists of hair-thin needles inserted into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs. The size of the needles and the technique used ensures that it not an unpleasant procedure, and in fact is normally deeply relaxing and energising.

Working from the inside, facial acupuncture can improve the metabolism, reducing puffiness. By regulating hormones, conditions like acne and dry skin can be considerably improved. By regulating blood circulation the complexion improves, healthy facial colouring can be restored and there can be a tightening of the pores. Habitual expressions are transformed resulting in a remarkably younger, calmer, and less worn looking face.

Because the acupuncture treatment helps to balance the internal environment and regulate the hormonal system, it also reduces stress and anxiety and improves circulation, helping you to look and feel more relaxed, calmer, and more confident.

Using acupuncture in this way is not a new idea – at least as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD) Acupuncture rejuvenation practices were being used for the Empress and the Emperor’s concubines. Much more recently, the effects of Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture have been studied in detail, with positive results. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment.

Facial acupuncture procedures are quite specialist, and require specialist training. If you are considering facial acupuncture, be sure that you find a practitioner who has had the advanced training required.