Ask Your Acupuncturist, Summer 2014

Q. I like to run. What kind of exercise is good while I’m healing from plantar fasciitis?
A. While you’re healing, running isn’t your best option because with each step you’re placing a big impact on your heel and foot.  For the first few weeks at least, it’s a good idea to do low impact exercises like cycling, swimming or yoga, which will help to stretch your muscles and realign your posture.

Q. What’s the difference between drinking homemade bone broth and store bought bone broth? Is homemade broth really that much better for my digestive health?
A. Homemade bone broth is an especially good aid in digestion. When you buy it at the store, you’re usually buying a broth that was made with a high-temperature, quick-cooking technique which causes it to lose much of the nutrients from the gelatin. Plus, there are often unwanted additives like coloring or MSG in the store bought broth.  Homemade broth has an abundance of minerals, collagen, gelatin and amino acids that offer strong healing properties in the gut and soothe the stomach and intestines.  Learn more about how to make your own broth at

Q. What other options do I have for treating Bell’s Palsy?
A. Many people who suffer from Bell’s Palsy are treated with steroids, which are known to reduce swelling. But steroids have dangerous and inconvenient side effects (e.g., inability to sleep, headaches, mood swings). Sometimes the condition goes away on its own without any treatment at all.

Q. Crohn’s Disease sounds a lot like Ulcerative Colitis. Are they the same thing?
A. Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are both Inflammatory Bowel Diseases that cause ulcerations in the digestive tract. But Ulcerative Colitis occurs only in the large intestine, whereas Crohn’s can occur anywhere in the tract from the mouth to the anal area. Even though the diagnoses are different, the recommendations made for Crohn’s disease are also appropriate for those suffering from Ulcerative Colitis. 

Q. “How can I prevent myself from getting frozen shoulder again?”
A. Even though the cause of frozen shoulder is little understood, preventing the condition is relatively simple. Under everyday circumstances where you aren’t recovering from surgery, the best prevention is regular stretching and exercise. By keeping your shoulder joint moving and limber, you’ll be lubricating the joint, improving circulation and keeping up the strength and flexibility of ligaments and surrounding muscles.  After shoulder surgery, it’s important to take your rehabilitation exercises seriously. By performing them exactly as prescribed by your physical therapist and doctor, you’ll have the best chances of avoiding the pain and inconvenience of Frozen Shoulder.

Q. How do I know if my lower back pain is being caused by sciatic nerve inflammation?
A. With orthopedic testing performed by a medical professional, it’s fairly easy to determine whether back and leg pain is being caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve.  A classic symptom indicating the involvement of the sciatic nerve is pain and/or tingling that shoots from the hip down the back or side of the thigh and leg.  


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