Acupuncture for Teachers

chalk boardTeachers. They are who I have to thank for being able to write this article and likely who you can thank for being able to read it. They work hard to educate our society, stand on their feet all day, and somehow manage to deal with a range of personalities in the classroom. Not to mention they have to work with pressure from parents, quirky colleagues, administrators, changing curriculums and increasing healthcare insurance costs.
We treat a lot of teachers here at Advanced PMR. Common ailments among teachers here are Plantar Fasciitis (Foot pain), low back & hip pain, headaches, sinus inflammation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Weight loss/gain & stress. Often, these educators in our community come in for help with bodily pain and quickly find that the Acupuncture also provides a spa-like environment for relaxation and rejuvenation.
The treatment room is a place to heal physical pain and let go of stressors. Teachers and really everyone who gives so much do very well to take time out from their busy worlds. When we take time in a private treatment room, relax, unwind, and learn to breathe deeply again, we create a space for healing (physical and mental).
Insights are another benefit of getting acupuncture. Often, people gain insights as to what they can do a little differently to feel a lot better. It’s too easy to get caught in the momentum of being busy. Taking pause, even when it seems there is no space, can be very, very rewarding.
The treatment time itself is a good occasion to truly let it all go. If you believe you’re not good at letting go, or you simply don’t know how, Acupuncture is a great way to do it because the points used calm the nervous system. Acupuncture also has, what I refer to as, “positive side effects”. People come for, say, back pain, and as they get help with back pain, they often find they are sleeping better, and their moods and digestion are improving.
So, if you are a teacher, a care taker, or know someone who is, I urge you to give Acupuncture a try. Don’t let the idea of needles stop you. I’ve had many patients come in apprehensive because of some past needle trauma (think getting a shot), and either say, “that’s it!?” once they experience the session, or in the very least, find that any discomfort is momentary and greatly worth the healing benefits. So take a break from grading quizzes and make an appointment to get some Acupuncture!

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