Acupuncture for Depression, Sleep Disorders, and More

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acupuncture for depression sunshineAcupuncture as well as massage can aid in maintaining and optimizing health, whether you are seeking care for an acute or chronic condition or looking for ways to reach health goals. Acupuncture for depression has also been shown to be effective because it promotes relaxation and stress reduction.

In addition, acupuncture can treat:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • Addiction
  • Weight gain
  • Circulatory problems

Acupuncture can be used as a primary or complementary therapy in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease. It can also be used preventatively to maintain health and wellness.

Also effective, massage can treat stress, inflammation, swelling, poor circulation, neck and back pain, muscular strains, fatigue, sprains, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraine, and arthritis. Therapeutic massage can be incorporated into specialized treatment for chiropractic care, sports medicine, physical therapy, and orthopedics.

Benefits of acupuncture and massage include:

  • Acupuncture strengthens constitution and the immune system.
  • Acupuncture can enhance health for those who have a general sense of malaise without experiencing an adverse health condition.
  • Massage can increase flexibility, energy, and range of motion.
  • Generalized pain syndromes can be alleviated with massage.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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3 Essential Next Steps after Graduating from Acupuncture School

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AMC acupuncture school graduation next stepsGraduating from acupuncture school is an exciting time. It means you will soon be on your way to pursuing a rewarding career and helping others in an effective and cutting-edge healthcare field. If you’re an acupuncture school student about to graduate, the following are three steps to take to make sure you’re ready to embrace your future.

  1. Decide what practice you want to work in after you get your license. For acupuncturists, there are many career options. You can work at an acupuncturist office, or with physical therapists, massage therapists, or chiropractors. Working at or in partnership these wellness professionals is often part of the groundwork to ultimately opening your own practice. Talk with your guidance counselor about career services or job placement opportunities, and start creating a path to your first job as an acupuncturist.
  1. Apply for internships. If you haven’t already lined up an internship, make an appointment with your guidance counselor to explore the possibilities. Being an intern is a great way to learn the day-to-day practice of acupuncture through a hands-on approach. In addition, an internship can help you market yourself in the field and make a connection in the community. Look for internships at acupuncturist clinics, physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and they may or may not offer school credit. The important thing is that they provide experience and exposure to the practice that will enhance your education. A quality acupuncturist school will help identify opportunities and help you get your foot in the door.
  1. Get your resume ready. Before graduation is not too early to write and start dispersing your resume. List relevant experience, internships, and skills, along with your anticipated graduation date. Take the time to perfect your resume, knowing that you may have several versions of it depending on which acupuncture practice you’re applying to (e.g., massage therapy office, chiropractor). Also, seek the input of others, such as guidance counselors, practicing acupuncturists, and other professionals. They can spot opportunities for improvement and catch any typos or errors. Remember, you are applying to be a professional health care provider, so proper grammar and attention to detail count.

If you’re about to graduate with a degree in acupuncture, you will soon be applying your love of natural healing in a career that it is incredibly rewarding. Learn more about a career in acupuncture in AMC’s free ebook, Everything You Need to Know about a Career in Acupuncture.

 

Exploring New Uses: Acupuncture for Depression, Sleep Apnea

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AMC Acupuncture for depressionFor individuals experiencing depression, acupuncture can stabilize moods and combat stress-induced fatigue. Acupuncture also can be utilized as a primary or complementary therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and many other sleep disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its symptoms are associated with depression, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Snorting, gasping or stopping breathing while asleep was associated with nearly all depression symptoms, including feeling hopeless and feeling like a failure,” says lead author Anne Wheaton, Ph.D. “We expected persons with sleep-disordered breathing to report trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, or feeling tired and having little energy, but not the other symptoms.”

The study, appearing in the journal SLEEP, is the first nationally representative sampling to examine this relationship, surveying 9,714 adults. Wheaton, an epidemiologist with the CDC, said the likelihood of depression increased with the reported frequency of snoring and/or instances when breathing stopped in the study.

Acupuncture treats sleep apnea and other sleep disorders by re-harmonizing the sleep-wake cycle, and it has a calming effect on the nervous system. Acupuncture also increases production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that aids sleep. Acupuncture for the treatment of sleep disorders, and thus acupuncture for depression, results in:

  • Better sleeping patterns
  • Improved digestion
  • Deeper breathing
  • Reduced stress

Acupuncture goes beyond sleep medications to address related disorders that may interfere with the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Stress, sciatica, digestive disorders, depression, and acute and chronic pain disorders are some of the ailments and conditions that acupuncture can treat.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.





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Improving Mainstream Care With Acupuncture

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acupuncture_miamiAccording to the JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine, there are many ways to make mainstream health care more efficient: Limiting the prescribing of antibiotics for certain respiratory infections, avoiding imaging for low-back pain and osteoporosis screening, and not ordering cardiac screening tests in low-risk patients.

To implement many of these suggestions and improve mainstream medicine, acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapies can be incorporated into conventional care treatment for a wide range of conditions within family medicine, internal medicine, and women’s health care.

Acupuncture can effectively treat:

• Low back pain
• Colds and flu
• Sciatica
• Headaches and migraines

This type of integrative medicine is proving to be the medicine of the future as holistic therapies become more comprehensively understood. Nearly 50% of health care consumers seek out complementary and alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Oriental bodywork.

The blending of traditional Chinese medicine, technology, and mainstream health care continues to develop. As one of the oldest Oriental medicine colleges in Florida, Acupuncture & Massage College emphasizes the integration of acupuncture, herbology, and other Oriental medicine modalities with conventional care therapies.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment, call (305) 595-9500. If you’d like more information about the courses and programs offered at AMC, just request a catalog here.

 



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How Effective is Acupuncture For Back Pain?

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Acupuncture for back pain is effectiveAcupuncture is effective in treating a variety of conditions, from circulatory disorders to respiratory problems. It’s also been proven to decrease back pain. People who choose acupuncture for back pain often report reduced pain and improvements in functional ability.

For people receiving health care for low back pain, symptoms are found to improve significantly in the first six weeks, but pain may linger even after one year, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Researchers from Australia and Brazil examined data from 33 studies (11,166 participants) to understand the clinical course of pain and disability in people receiving care for low back pain. “The typical course of low back pain is initially favorable; there is a marked reduction in pain and disability in the first six weeks,” says Christopher Maher, M.D., of the University of Sydney, Australia. “Beyond six weeks, improvement slows and thereafter only small reductions in pain and disability are apparent up to one year.”

At one year, patients who initially presented with acute low back pain still experienced minimal pain and disability. The typical improvement in pain intensity was about 90 percent. Those who initially presented with chronic low back pain experienced moderate levels of pain and disability at one year. The typical improvement in their pain was only about 50 percent.

In contrast, as a holistic therapy, acupuncture for back pain offers short-term decrease in pain; however, benefits increase in the long-term over a period of consecutive treatments.

Acupuncture can be integrated into health care management of acute and chronic low back pain as either a primary or complementary therapy. It is a medication-free therapy for the treatment of back pain caused by:

  • Spinal osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Strains and sprains

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs, you can request a course catalog here, or learn about acupuncture careers below.

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