Kelly Scott, L.OM.
With our Poke Your Pain Away workshop coming up on April 15th, Kelly wanted to give you a head start with a few of her favorite tips on how you can manage recurring pain. Whether you threw your back out over the weekend or have been nursing a chronic injury for decades, these simple sugesstions can help you get out of pain and back into your life.
Pain is often exacerbated by cellular dehydration, so as cliche as it sounds, one of the best ways to prevent or manage pain is by drinking enough water. In Chinese medicine, we advise avoiding cold and icy drinks. Here’s why: if I were to dump a bucket of cold water on you, what would you do? Tense and contract, which is exactly what your muscles and vascular systems are doing when you drink cold water. This is why, in Chinese Medicine, there’s a premium placed on drinking room temperature water and warm fluids.Cold drinks compromises your circulation, so oxygen, nutrients and important cells that clean up inflammation aren’t arriving to your tissues as efficiently as they should. Water is the element of the Kidneys, which are like the batteries of the body, so by hydrating adequately you are ensuring your system is fully charged.
Try this: A good place to start is by making sure you’re getting eight 8-ounce glasses (room temperature or warm) of water per day. Toss a lemon in your water for extra benefits! Lemons are sour, and sour is the flavor of the Liver in Chinese Medicine, which plays a key role in nourishing the tendons, promoting circulation, detoxing pathways and regulating the nervous system.
Acupressure is the non-needling sister to acupuncture and a great way to take your health into your own hands. Our bodies are insanely intelligent, and applying manual pressure to specific points allows the body to initiate the basic physiologic processes needed to thrive on its own. Some of the perks of acupressure are decreased inflammation, improved mobility and reduced pain.
Try this: In the space on your hand between your thumb and pointer finger is an often tender point us acupuncturists use to relieve pain anywhere on the body. It’s one of the most important acupuncture points for pain. In fact, because it’s so powerful, it has been used as an analgesic during surgery in Western medical hospitals. Apply pressure to this point for thirty seconds to a minute continually throughout your day. Not only is this point wonderful for pain but it’s also a great point for stress, digestion, immunity and irregular periods.
3. Move! (correctly.)
How you move through the world is one of the most important ways to stay pain-free. A common trend for patients with back pain patients is abnormal gait patterns (how you walk). The feet inform the hips and back. Neck pain patients typically have exaggerated forward head posture and rounded shoulders from sitting at a computer all day, or raised shoulders from wearing a backpack on long walks. When your muscles engage to compensate, pain is sure to follow. Interestingly, your emotions also encourage certain pain patterns in your muscles, or can even make you more prone to them. Try to pay attention to how your thoughts are moving with or against your daily experiences.
Try this: Develop a daily conscious movement or stretching practice. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are great ways to give your muscles and joints extra mileage by reinforcing structural correction and fluidity. Inviting movement or posture with proper form into your life will support the natural internal environment of your body, while at the same time giving it the permission and space to balance itself for optimal health.
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About Kelly Scott, L.OM.
An avid runner, Kelly was introduced to Chinese Medicine while training for the Philadelphia Marathon after finding herself benched by chronic knee problems. So impressed with how effective acupuncture was, she was inspired to enroll in acupuncture school.
Kelly integrates Eastern and Western medicine to achieve the best results. Utilizing acupuncture, herbal medicine, medical massage, and exercise, she treats a wide range of conditions including acute and chronic pain, woman’s health issues, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and immune conditions.
Kelly is living her passion everyday with Chinese Medicine. She is committed to helping her patients connect with their body’s innate wisdom and internal resources to heal themselves.
She looks forward to helping you achieve vibrant health along with the Six Fishes team. Schedule your appointment with Kelly