Self-care tips for mask wearing…

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Self-care tips for mask wearing…

 

Please note: I wear my mask to protect others, to hopefully reduce the likelihood of being an asymptomatic spreader of the COVID-19 pathogen. My friends, colleagues, and patients also wear masks to protect each other. My observations and comments in this writing are intended as supportive measures as we safely continue to do our protective part in the current healthcare scenario – and in no way are intended as reasons for not wearing your mask, and may not be used by others to support not wearing masks

 

I’ve asked a few friends, colleagues, and patients if they feel less well hydrated on the days when they wear their masks for longer periods of time. The general consensus is Yes!

Consider this your gentle reminder to revisit your hydration plan and adjust to accommodate any dehydration that’s creeping in. The change could be due to differences in breathing through the mask material, change in your habit of drinking as we’re more aware of keeping our masks covering us appropriately,  or perhaps even the difference in how we talk to be clearly understood through the material. Any of these or others not mentioned could be causing some dehydration. 

 

Please check-in with how much you’re drinking to ensure it’s adequate for your health & hydration. 

 

My next thought goes with the ear loops that many masks use to be held in place – and wondering if that gentle (hopefully gentle!) constant pulling is affecting the fascia and musculature around our ears. I treat many patients for headaches, jaw tightness and pain, and TMJ syndrome. Addressing the fascia & muscles connecting to the area at the base of the ears is always part of those treatments as it’s directly associated with those problems. I’ve started having conversations with my patients about also using non-earloop style of face coverings some of the time. Masks that use straps/ties may offer an option that doesn’t pull  – for those who already experience facial or jaw muscular tension. I’ve also started showing patients how to perform self-massage around their ears, jaw, and along the sides of their scalps above their ears (temporalis muscle) to prevent tightness and muscle tension from developing. 

 

I’ll post a clip of the self-massage in another segment.

 

Be well.

 

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July Update

The Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida was opened in 1927.

Hello & thanks for stopping by today! We are full on into summer out there. I hope you’re well & enjoying the season.

 

Obviously things are as different as can be right now. We are in unfamiliar territory, with things changing constantly. Like many of my patients, colleagues, and friends there is a deep fatigue right now with all of the COVID-19 situation. Out of that fatigue there is much confusion & disagreement and many emotions across the whole spectrum related to what is perceived, what is real, what is made-up, and what is the right thing to do. 

I believe that we each do the best we can do. Yes, even when what that looks like is in stark opposition. We are each taking in and processing any available information in our own ways, which become the context from which we make decisions and take action. 

I hope that we each continue to do what is best. I hope that we each practice keeping an open mind and have space to take in new information – as this virus is still a very new thing for our world, we are still in the phase of learning what is is, how it behaves, how it attacks or is fought off, and what we can do to leverage our chances to keep from spreading more rampantly than necessary. 

I hope that as you do what is best for you and your loved ones you allow others to do what is best for them and their loved ones. We can all be the bigger person in this and extend compassion for those on the other side of whatever that specific belief is. 

 

Both clinic locations are open. I’m seeing patients Sundays and 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month in Yellow Springs, and Thursday through Saturdays in Columbus. Hours and patient numbers are reduced to maintain safe physical distance and enhanced cleaning procedures between patients within each facility. 

I am not currently seeing new patients at either office until mid to late August. 

Be well.

 

 

 

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Coronavirus and TCM: Staying Healthy at Home

 

Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home, re-opening phases, and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the uncertainty that surround our lives because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Traditional Chinese medicine offers something old and grounding to turn back to during this time.

The idea that supporting mental health is a significant factor in supporting physical health is a central tenet of traditional Chinese medicine. Beyond acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM takes a holistic approach to health that includes simple things you can do each day to foster physical health through supporting that mind body connection. Here are six things you can incorporate into your daily routine to mitigate stress and stay healthy right now.

 

Mental and physical health have a direct correlation on our immune system  – reminding us that we can take positive actions to to bolster our immune response with these simple steps.

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Moving forward, Spring 2020

May 5, 2020

It’s time….

 

Hello lovely human –

I’m grateful we are at the point where we can consider how to safely and carefully resume our appointments together.

What a strange period of time it has been for all of us…

I look forward to moving into the newness together, with changes appropriate for the time we are now in. As the spring and summer progress, I will amend my practice as needed or required by recommendations of my professional organizations, the state, and other relevant health agencies.

While practicing good hygiene is always a priority at Center Point Acupuncture Medicine, I acknowledge these are extraordinary times requiring I go above and beyond customary actions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is some information about the ongoing actions I’m taking to help protect your health and the health of myself and our community.

  • I’ll be wearing a face covering when not able to be safe distanced.
  • We are practicing and encourage safe distancing (e.g., maintaining at least six feet of separation between people in common areas).
  • I take my temperature and O2 saturation readings twice daily.
  • Signs containing helpful information about hand washing best practices and other prevention measures are posted.
  •  I’m keeping my hands washed, work areas wiped down, and am frequently disinfecting clinical and common areas using a multi-step process. Everything from ipads and pens to counters, treatment tables, linens and the medical supplies I rely on to provide care for you, are receiving extra attention.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please wear a face covering or mask & wash your hands prior to the start of your session.
  •  I ask that you check your temperature prior to coming for your treatment.

  You must cancel your appointment if you are experiencing or have been in recent contact with anyone exhibiting any of the common COVID-19 symptoms:

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, dry cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, loss of sense of taste or smell, unexplained fatigue, headache, diarrhea, or severe vomiting), or have  recently traveled to an area with high infections/transmission rates

  Thank you in advance for your understanding. These guidelines will help me ensure that I remain available to provide care and service to you and my other patients without disruption.

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What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain
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