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7 Ways To Stay Healthy This Fall

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Here are 7 ideas to naturally reduce your risk of infection from colds and flus.

  • Receive Acupuncture Treatments:

    Acupuncture is both calming to the nervous system and stimulating to the immune system. This allows the body to deeply rest and relax. Combining acupuncture points for relaxation with points known to improve immune function and promote white blood cells counts is a great way to stay healthy this fall and winter. Come visit us at Inner Gate Acupuncture here in lovely Portland.

  • Avoid Touching your Face: 

    Although this may sound easy, generally people touch their faces 2-4 times a minute. That's almost 2000 times per day!

  • Keep your Love Life Healthy:

    Research done at Wilkes University found that having sex once or twice a week is linked to higher levels of immunoglobulin A.  An important antibody, which protects us from bacteria.

  • Get Lots of Sleep:

    Making sure that you get enough rest helps your recovery time and can also prevent illness. During sleep your immune system releases important chemicals that help prevent infection.

  • Keep your mind calm:

    Stress and anxiety can greatly diminish your immune system’s ability to protect your body.  Meditation is a great way to boost the immune system.

  • Wash your Hands Regularly: 

    You don’t need special anti-bacterial soap but you do have to take the time to wash your hands after touching lots of surfaces, before eating, and after being exposed to sick people.

  • Exercise:

    Sweating and the build up heat in your body associated with exercise have been shown to improve your immune system’s responsiveness.

Sports Injuries

After an injury is sustained a number of physiological changes occur. There is localized swelling and tissue damage. The body begins the healing process by infiltrating the injured tissue with cells that specialize in preventing infections and clearing away the damaged tissue. Then the body begins to bring in cells, which rebuild the damaged tissues.

Five things Inner Gate Acupuncture can do for you:

     • Accurately diagnose
     • Use manual muscle testing
     • Use muscle balancing techniques
     • Teach you proper stretching and strengthening techniques
     • Get you back in your game

During the initial phase of injury acupuncture treatments can help manage the inflammation, reduce the local pain and promote circulation. This type of early treatment reduces the time required for full recovery. It also helps control the pain. When athletes are required to perform soon after an injury, although we don't generally encourage this, there are several techniques we use to quickly reduce swelling and return athletes to their sports. 

Re-injury is a major complication of sports injuries. Acupuncture directly addresses all of the involved muscle groups and also the antagonist muscle groups to aid in complete recovery. Acupuncture is also used to address the dorsal nerve roots, which innervate the affected tissue. These techniques when used correctly restore normal proprioception and muscle spindle fiber function.