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Wondering: Is Acupuncture for you?

I talk a lot about acupuncture on this blog…mainly because I am a fan! It has worked numerous times throughout my running career – when I thought all bets were off on an injury.

It has come to the point, as of late, that I get acupuncture treatments on the regular to keep all aches and pains at bay. If you are wondering if acupuncture is for you, here is more information on the treatment (courtesy of my acupuncturist Carlos Restrepo):

“Acupuncture improves balance and removes energy (Qi) blockages. When applied to an specific area increases the blood flow in the tissues promoting the body’s self healing process.”

Carlos (and Acupuncture) in the news:

Sun-Sentinel: Cupping draw attention after Olympics

The Palm Beach Post: Should you pin your pain relief on acupuncture?

The Palm Beach Post: Holistic Healing

I’m Going to Stick a Needle In Your Leg & Set it On Fire!

Yep…You heard me right! And your reaction was probably similar to mine…but the needle was actually going in my leg, as was the fireball! Let me explain…

Acupuncturist Carlos Restrepo has been treating me since 2012 when he hired my PR agency (BlueIvy Communications) to market and bring media attention to his new acupuncture practice in Boca Raton. As a good professional, I tried out his services – acupuncture for stress, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and much more!

The results were immediate. Lingering injuries that I thought would never go away as well as new aches that were effecting my training  were finally fixed. Now I’m definitely not a “magic” believer…but these needles seemed to be working! Was it the increased blood flow, the movement of the Qi, or something else?

Fast forward five years to this summer. I’ve been dealing with a sore and downright painful left achilles tendon since July of last year. It started hurting while training in Colorado and hasn’t let up since. Carlos started working on my achilles with acupuncture needles in May and the pain eased up. While I could feel the tenderness in my foot…I was able to train and complete runs. That was a win for me in itself.

Carlos, however, wanted more improvement. That was when he broke out the “fire balls” or Moxibustion as the professionals call it.

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.

And it worked…after one treatment, my achilles was 50% better and after two treatments, the pain GONE. Now to be fair, every once in a while I feel the tightness in my calf and ankle area (usually after a deep stretch or hard workout) but all-in-all I run pain free. This magical Moxibustion sure did move my Qi!

Palm Beach Post, Steve Dorfman Column: “Pinning Pain Relief on Acupuncture”

Integrated Holistic Medicine (Boca Raton) Co-Owners and Acupuncturists Su Sandy Aung and Carlos Restrepo

Great column from The Palm Beach Post by my friend and fantastic health reporter/editor Steve Dorfman. Enjoy!

 

Should you pin your pain relief on acupuncture?

By Steve Dorfman

Way back in the day, circa early 1970s, my mom was one of South Florida’s earliest acupuncture patients. She regularly underwent the then-exotic treatments in order to relieve searing pain in her surgically-repaired spine.

Hence, I’ve always been intrigued by alternative, and holistic, forms of Eastern medicine.

Non-invasive and chemical/drug-free, they tend to rely partly on science — and greatly on the intuition of the practitioner.

Do they require leaps of faith?

Absolutely.

But then again, so does undergoing anesthesia, surgery and a host of other invasive, commonly-accepted Western practices to which we give little critical thought.

Actually, the practice of all medicine really is part-art, part-science — and a whole lot of faith.

So, when Carlos Restrepo, one of the co-owners of Integrated Holistic Medicine in Boca Raton (ihmhealing.com) offered me a complimentary acupuncture session, I gladly accepted.

Read what happened…here.

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Jobs with Benefits

Examiner – WPB

 

 

Jobs with benefits

I have to say, I am one lucky girl.

As many of you know, I fell to a foot injury nearly two months ago and have spent the summer dealing with the pain of this issue. I had to take off nearly two months of running…killing my summer training before the high school cross country season. At first I thought it was plantar fasciitis…but soon realized it was more of a mechanical and muscle injury, which was causing the bones in the top of my foot to bump into one another. Realizing that the injury was not getting better – I went into full rehab mode, cutting off all running, replacing with cross training, icing and heating over and over again, and taking my foot to the best in the business.

This is where my jobs with benefits come into play.

1. Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation Institute in Boynton Beach. Dr. David Rudnick and team have spent that past month working on my foot with a combination of K-Laser Therapy, Massage Therapy, Ultra-Sound, Rehab and more. Each treatment definitely made the foot feel better – however, the most drastic improvements happened immediately after my Ortho-Bionomy massages. Yes, ortho-bionomy. Let’s be clear – these aren’t regular, feel-good massages…these really work the muscles – and bones. It truly felt like magic how massage therapist Jeannie was able to move the bones around and re-align them where they were supposed to be. This is one therapy I am one hundred percent adding to my training package monthly.

More on this method in a future post. Interested in learning more and having your own treatment, visit www.DrDavidRudnick.com.

2. Integrated Holistic Medicine. I had been getting facial acupuncture treatments for a few weeks at the Integrated Holistic Medicine clinic in Boca Raton…when someone gave me the recommendation and push to try acupuncture on my foot. I figured why not – honestly not even thinking about the option before. I forgot how acupuncture truly treats nearly everything…stress, sweating, aches, tightness, skin issues, stomach and more. Acupuncturist Carlos Restrepo worked on my arch and surrounding muscles where he could feel the tightness. I was in for a total of three sessions. After two, I felt the difference. After three – I was on my way to running twice that weekend – with no issues. We forget how acupuncture can work on sore muscles and tightness…but obviously it works and it’s a great option. Interested? Visit www.ihmhealing.com. I obviously will be recommending this to any runner I run into having an issue – big or small.

Anyway – I lucked out having two amazing clients that were able to work together and solve my issues and get me back to running! Both acknowledge the combination of both probably had the greatest effect possible.

But as I often do (and will continue), I am now sharing their information with you – so you too can benefit! Good luck and let me know how they help you!!! Results are pretty much guaranteed! 🙂