5 Reasons forAcupuncture

1.) Heal Injuries Quickly
Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal quickly and to speed up recovery. People who receive acupuncture during injury recovery tend to heal faster, more optimally, and without longstanding issues.
Acupuncture addresses injuries by reducing swelling and inflammation, by promotingoptimal blood-flow to the injured tissue so it can repair, and by lessening pain.
Read more about how acupuncture can help sports injuries!
2.) Health Maintenance
Much like an oil change for your car, you need to routinely take care of your body above and beyond eating well, exercising, mindfulness and good sleep habits.
Your body will appreciate having maintenance acupuncture treatments. You may want to think about having an acupuncture treatment every 4-8 weeks for balance and energy.
Here is a great research article on the patient-provider relationship and how important this is for health promotion!
3.) Pain Relief
The pain medication epidemic is all over the news lately. New research is showingacupuncture to be better at relieving pain than opiods. The American Medical Association is also recommending acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic pain.
Pain doesn’t always go away on its own. Acupunctureis a great therapy to help you with alleviating pain for good.
This article shows that acupuncture is now one of your best options for pain relief!
4.) Defense Against Colds & Flu Bugs
We all live in a sea of viruses, bacteria, molds, and other nasty things. Our immune system is always working and always fighting.
We don’t have to be afraid. We just need to have a healthy immune system. And when we do fall ill, we just need to get healthy again.
Acupuncture stimulates our immune system to protect us and to defeat colds & flu bugs. People who receive […]

New Shiatsu Therapist at Sun Acupuncture

We are very excited to welcome Sarah Kaplan into our clinic!
Sarah is a certified Shiatsu therapist. She is a graduate of Centerpoint School of Massage and Shiatsu. Sarah has a strong passion and commitment for health and wellness. Mindfully sharing her knowledge and experience with clients.
Through this mindfulness each client receives specific and focused treatments designed toward their health goals. With background and experience in both Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapies, along with her knowledge of aromatherapy, cupping, guasha, reflexology and traditional Swedish massage, Sarah can help clients choose and benefit from a variety of therapies.

“I am very excited to be part of Sun Acupuncture, and look forward to working with clients to achieve balance and wellbeing in their lives.”

Sarah is available for Shiatsu appointments on Thursdays and every other Tuesday!
Book an appointment with Sarah

The 5 Pillars To Building a Strong, Healthy, and Functional Immune System

 
Cold and flu season is around the corner, or is it already here? Kids are now back in school and the weather is getting cooler outside. Germs are getting ready to pounce! Now is the perfect time to prepare and strengthen your body so it can fend off those nasty viruses!
How can we build a healthy and strong immune system?
Many believe the flu shot will protect them and rely on over-the-counter drugs and supplements to get them through the cold and flu season, but in reality, maintaining a healthy immune system is quite easy and more beneficial for your overall health in the long run.
To build a healthy immune system and a body strong enough to fend off those nasty cold and flu viruses, start with looking to balance the five pillars of Chinese medicine.
1. Maintain a healthy diet and functional digestion.
Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals and staying hydrated. A strong immune system needs this as its foundation. When our digestion works efficiently, it reaps the beneficial nutrients from the food, and transforms it into healthy qi to protect the body. Remember, quality vitamins and supplements are beneficial to help fill in the nutritional gaps. Acupuncture helps stimulate a weakened digestion to perform and work at its optimal state.
2. Keep Active. Move and exercise.
Keeping active means walking, enjoying outdoor hobbies (such as biking, skiing, tennis), and doing fun things that make you happy! Keeping active promotes continuous blood circulation and that keeps the immune system on high alert. Fatigue is a symptom of qi deficiency and acupuncture, herbs, qi gong exercise, etc. can change sluggishness into energy!
3. Balance your amount of work and leisure.
Work, success, achievement, and doing a good job are commendable, but we […]

The 5 Useful Tips in Managing Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

1.) Walk More
You’re not running a marathon or joining a bootcamp. Spend 20-30 minutes twice per day walking and enjoying the fresh air and mindful freedom. You can start slow too! Work up to it. Before long, you will be craving that walk.
2.) Enjoy An Activity
Find something you truly enjoy doing. Having a hobby turns from a distraction into a passion and passion is hope.
3.) Try A New Food
We’re never in short supply of good food these days. Whether it’s a new restaurant, cooking magazine or blog, treat yourself to a new flavor, a new recipe, or new atmosphere, your mind and body will appreciate it.
4.) Take A Break
In our busy society, it is far too easy to be overly busy with daily work and activities. Sometimes it can be too much. Don’t be shy or scared to take a short vacation from certain activities. Also, say no to giving extra help when you are overtired and stretched too thin. Allow your body to distress from the overstimulation.  
5.) Go On An Adventure
We’ve all heard this, but life is temporary and short! You owe it to yourself to experience as much of this world has to offer as you can. Check out a new park, a new store, or even a new part of the world.

How Well Do You Sleep?

The key to better night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed and full of energy is easily remedied!!!
A conservative average of 15-20% of the population suffers from problematic sleeping. It is commonly recommended for adults to get 7-8 hours of sleep to maintain health, live happier, perform well, and feel great. Less sleep gives rise to a weakened immune system, fatigue, and a less fulfilling life. Sleep problems and irregularities over time can lead to more problematic and possible severe concerns such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer, and a reduced quality of life and productivity.
At this event you will learn more about your sleep routine, the make up of good sleep habits, and simple ways to improve your sleep. Whether you have challenges falling asleep, staying asleep, chronic waking during the night, or early waking – you will get tips to help you immediately!
Some of what you’ll learn:

How stress from both your professional and personal life can affect your sleep.

Easy exercises to calm your mind by regulating brain chemistry and the nervous system.

The home environment: How it can affect your rest.

Hormones balance & sleep – OH BOY!

How digestion and eating habits are linked to your sleep.

Simple tips for winding down at night.

And what therapies can and will bring your sleep back on track!

Only 10 SEATS Available!!!
Reserve your spot now and take action to feel your VERY BEST.  Register Here! Or call Sun Acupuncture at: 952.935.0600!

Your Speakers:
 

 
Dr. Brian Grosam has his PhD in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is a professor at the American Academy of Oriental Medicine and serves on the Minnesota Board of Acupuncture. He is an expert in treating menopause and lectures around the world on his research. Dr. Brian Grosam is a member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive […]

Better Sleep!

Let’s face it, sleep is what most of us enjoy and look forward to after a day of hard work. Curling up in a comfortable bed and sleeping is a daily ritual. Everyone needs quality sleep too, not only because it is amazing, but also it is beneficial for our overall physical and emotional health. So when we cannot fall asleep easily, or we are waking at night, or simply waking early without getting enough sleep, these patterns over time will influence our wellbeing.
Many of you who’ve been in to our clinic know I will always ask you about your sleep, whether you are having trouble in any of the abovementioned categories. In Chinese medicine, we look for the root cause of our health issues and often times there is a simple solution. Our example here is sleep: Why are you not sleeping well? Stress, overthinking, working long hours, digestion, exercise routine or lack thereof, diet, and so on, are the first places to look for the disharmony and can often be remedied in a short period of time.
You may be wondering, “but what about more complex issues, such as hormone imbalances, women’s issues, disease, pharmaceuticals, acute or chronic pain, or other long standing problems?” Insomnia and trouble sleeping caused by these issues, although seemingly more complex, are still treatable.
The treatment of sleep issues is not difficult, but does take some time for some people. Trust me though we can help you. The use of acupuncture can help on many levels. It will retrain your brain and regulate neurochemicals, relax the body and muscles, and overall balance all of the body systems. Separate or in conjunction with acupuncture, herbal formulas too, help support the […]

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Treatment Plans

Here is our brochure explaining the typical acupuncture treatment plans.

Effective Treatment Protocols

• Understand your patient!
• Understand the symptoms!
• Understand the severity!
• Understand the effectiveness of your treatments!
“50% – 20% – 20% – 10%” Rule
• 50%: Patients will naturally respond to acupuncture treatments with full efficacy results.
• 20%: Patients will respond slower and more gradual and will need acupuncture prescription modifications.
• 20%: Patients will need long treatment courses, herbs, and lifestyle changes.
• 10%: Patients will not respond to Chinese medicine.

“Mild – Moderate – Severe” Rule
1.) Quantity: based on severity and duration of symptoms:
• Mild Conditions: (3-6 Tx).
• Moderate Conditions: (6-12 Tx).
• Severe Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
• Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (3-12 Tx).
• Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
2.) Frequency: based on severity and duration of symptoms:
• Mild Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
• Moderate Conditions: (1-2 Tx/wk).
• Severe Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
• Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
• Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
3.) Every individual person is different.
• Every individual will respond uniquely to acupuncture based on your particular lifestyle, diet, exercise, work, and sleep habits.
• Emotional, environmental and genetic factors will also play a role and are a necessary consideration.

Treatment Schedule
1.) Set up acupuncture protocol based on diagnosis.
2.) Give the patient a predetermined set amount of treatments based on severity.
3.) Continue treatments if there are changes in: Severity, Duration, or Frequency of symptoms.
4.) If there are no changes, modify acupuncture prescription and repeat.
5.) Once the patient’s symptoms are manageable and controlled (within quality of life parameters), start spacing out the treatments or start maintenance treatments.
6.) If there are no changes after set amount of treatments, add herbal prescriptions and suggest lifestyle modifications.

“Constant changing of […]

2016 New Therapies, Classes, and Prices

Hello Sun Acupuncture Patients!

As you know, at Sun Acupuncture we have always gone above and beyond to provide outstanding acupuncture and shiatsu massage services for you and your loved ones. We enjoy sharing our expertise with you and nothing makes us happier than seeing a satisfied smile on your face when you’re done receiving a treatment. This is why we continue to work so diligently to be the best in our field and why we entered the healing arts to begin with.

New Therapies

We are very excited to offer you some new services in 2016!  Pam will be adding Raindrop Therapy and a Healthy Ear Therapy to her already list of fabulous treatments! Look for details to be released very soon!

Classes

We will continue offering Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga classes in 2016 and will be expanding our classes as well. Watch for all the exciting opportunities we have coming in the New Year!

As of January 1st, 2016 we are raising the rates for some of our clinical services.

The 2016 changes will affect the following prices:

•  Initial acupuncture consultations:  $105.00

•  Returning follow-up acupuncture visits: $85.00

•  Combination treatment initial visit: $130.00

•  Combination treatment returning visit: $110.00

•  Cupping therapy: $45.00.

 

Thank you so much!

Brian and Pam Grosam

Sun Acupuncture

10912 Greenbrier Road

Minnetonka, MN 55305

952-935-0600

www.sunacupuncturemn.com