Hand drawing scale with Western versus alternative medicine.

How To Treat Migraines Or Back Pain

Do you like your eggs over easy or scrambled? Country music or jazz? A trip to the Bahamas or skiing in the Colorado mountains? Each example falls into the same category within its genre and are choices depending on a person’s taste or preference.  Eastern and Western medicine treat the same ailments but with a different philosophy. Eastern medicine including acupuncture seeks to help a patient heal. Western medicine provides relief from symptoms like pain through drugs or surgery. A patient with back pain using western medicine may be prescribed drugs or surgery.

These are excellent methods for short-term relief. Surgery is ideal when there are no other options; first try all your options as surgical procedures are permanent and can’t be reversed if you don’t like the results.


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This same patient if they decide to try eastern medicine would experience acupuncture to reduce pain and inflammation. Acupuncture would improve circulation of blood so the tissues can heal and it relaxes muscles so they stop hurting.

Eastern medicine and acupuncture focus on whole food formulas enhancing natural healing.  Western medicine uses forced actions with laboratory medications.

Shorten Your Healing With Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture focuses on the Yin and Yang of Eastern Medicine with an emphasis on the flow of Qi.  Qi is the flow of energy that sustains living beings.  Acupuncture dramatically reduces the amount of time for injury and illness healing than traditional Western medicine treatment of the same injury or disease.  For instance, a repetitive migraine problem can be resolved within twelve to fifteen acupuncture treatments and western medicine will treat the same ailment with medications ongoing forever.back pain

While we can compare east vs. west medicine, the truth is most conditions respond well when you combine the best of both for yourself. See your Western physician and let them know you want to use natural medicine. Only use western drugs for a short time o when you have no other option.

Natural Medicine A Great Bridge Between East and West

Denver Acupuncture Health owner Debra Novotny is also a certified health coach specializing in nutrition and fitness. These are natural medicines and bridge east vs. west medicine. Many people with pain especially migraine or back pain simply give up without looking for options in natural medicine or eastern medicine to have long-term health without pain.acupuncture

Let me also make a case for fertility, women’s health and men’s health too. I see many people with arthritis or other autoimmune diseases who successfully use natural medicine to build a bridge between Eastern and Western medicine improving their success for a happy, healthy life!

Your health care should really be just about you not where or what you use. Whether you work with Debra or someone else, make sure the treatment is centered on you.




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I believe healers remember their first patient. “Michelle” had migraines and I had migraines. After many medical doctors and drugs, she wanted to try something new. I was new and different because I do acupuncture and at that time, few people had heard of it. Acupuncture for migraines is an ancient remedy in Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture for migraines

Acupuncture For Migraines A Positive Move

Michelle came in excited at the idea she might be able to stop using prescription drugs. I, on the other hand, was nervous! After all, she was my first patient outside of my internship. She didn’t mind coming to my home it felt cozy she said.

It’s hard to believe that was over 20 years ago and today still, my favorite thing to help people with is migraines. Michelle’s migraine success still makes me smile. She didn’t do anything hard. She just used homeopathy, with acupuncture for migraines.

The first thing I notice was the heavy perfume. Michelle didn’t smell it as it wafted around her. On inquiry I discover she had migraines almost daily she told me as I gagged on the heavy scent of vanilla.

As we continued to talk, I found out she loved Victoria Secret and the Bath and Beauty stores at the mall. She had matching garments and matching body lotions for each set of clothing. Interestingly she loved the yellow color pairing it with Vanilla body lotion.

How Migraines and Chinese Medicine Work Together

acupuncture for migrainesYellow is a color we associate with nourishment, support, and digestion in homeopathy. It also is the color in Chinese medicine for the Spleen and Stomach organs that also mean these things. Michelle had matching sets of yellow paired with Vanilla for 4 to 5 days a week.

As we dug deeper, Michelle was overwhelmed too. She was taking care of everyone else. She was the nourisher of her family a typical Spleen personality. Her husband worked long hours, she had to deal with four small kids alone and didn’t feel she had much support. She wanted to make his life as comfortable as possible and wanted to be attractive to her husband. These special gifts made her feel good – plain and simple.

Then the big question, “Have you noticed that your migraines happen on a particular color day?” “Often we know the answer. We sense it, feel it in our gut.

There was an enormous silence. She looked at her hands, then fidgeted her feet a bit. “Ah, maybe on the days I wear yellow?” she said.

Remember I was the nervous one now Michelle seemed uneasy but continued. “I worry a lot. My mom got fat after having kids so I don’t eat a lot. My husband didn’t seem to notice me even though I haven’t put on the weight until I started wearing these attractive undergarments. Now, well I feel appreciated sometimes.”

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Worry and fear are emotions homeopathy and acupuncturists see with migraines due to Spleen and Stomach energy imbalances. Vanilla, a typical base scent in many perfumes and body lotions, triggers migraines for many users or family.

Michelle wasn’t eating enough, she also likely had an allergy to perfumes very common in migraine patients. These are not good things when we think acupuncture and migraines.

It took a few weeks but she stopped using vanilla scented products and we began moving healthy foods into her diet. Her headaches nearly stopped. We did acupuncture twice monthly once we were able to uncover a hormonal imbalance beneath the other problems.

My Inner Health Coach Enters The Picture

Now came the hard part. Talking about her mindset or what I like to call your personal spiritual journey. She worried a lot. Michelle had a story around her childhood and now she was repeating it as an adult.

We dug deep into some beliefs around her role as a mother, wife, and woman. Doing the style of treatment, I practice there is an element of looking at how our attitudes and beliefs interfere with our healing or aid our health.

It turned out Michelle obsessed over how to please others. The stress of trying to be perfect was adding to her migraines. She spent more time focusing on others over what made her happy. A cycle learned as many women from other women in our lives. She set up some special events, weekly personal times and other ideas Michelle came up with to nourish herself.

Within a year, Michelle was headache free. She was happier than she’d been in over a decade. She enjoyed more time with her husband and felt like a better mother. Was it acupuncture, was it the homeopathy or Chinese Medicine? Maybe it was the health coaching It was all of these and her desire to grow.

Health coaches spend a majority of their time working with people in this area as do acupuncturists. This is why some people who are terribly sick get well while those who should heal quickly linger. Belief systems play a significant role in health and wellness. It’s why cancer patients with a healthy outlook on life usually overcome their disease against odds, not in their favor.

Acupuncture isn’t a placebo, though. Our minds are powerful and can override the effects of illness and opposition in our reality. Examples of mental strength abound in stories of people living through battles or coaching and Chinese Medicine

3 Quick Questions To Ask Yourself

  1. Do I take time for myself and my health?
  2. Do I focus more on pleasing or helping others forgetting that I have to first care for me to be there for them?
  3. Am I happy most the day living in the moment or do I dwell on yesterday or worry?

Acupuncture, homeopathy, and health coaching are a smart way to balance your life and health. They can help you have more health and happiness. It can help you show up in life for the ones you love in a better way too that set an example of confidence and joy.





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Names of our patients are changed to protect them and their families.

Have you come to a crossroads in your diet or exercise routine? Possibly the weight just isn’t coming off as you want it to? The 5 biggest mistakes people make with food and exercise are common ones that we see daily in our acupuncture office here in Denver.weight loss

There is a lot of information online about what works when it comes to food and exercise. Each person’s body is different. There are no set rules for your body type though these mistakes affect all equally.

They stop you from reaching the goals that you’ve set for yourself. Energy drinks recently have been found not to be as helpful as once thought for losing weight. If you’re using them, it might be time to stop.

Weight Loss Eating Too Little Fat

When it comes to eating fat, I recommend to my acupuncture patients enjoy healthy fats. These come from foods like avocado, nuts, seeds and coconut oil. For decades we’re told that fat was bad creating a lot of fear and opening a market for packaged foods over fresh food.

If you add in just a little of the healthier fat foods to each meal, you actually turn on your metabolism because the brain needs it to thrive. It helps your athletic performance too because fat slows stomach emptying, so you feel fuller longer. This increases satiety, to shut off hunger hormones. Fat boosts antioxidant absorption. Promising research suggests antioxidants help you with leanness and ups metabolic rate to help you burn more calories. 5 biggest mistakes people make with food and exercise

Did you know that fat is one of the most vital nutrients in a healthy diet? It is a structural part of your cells. When you have damage to your skin, for instance, those cells heal quicker if you eat enough of the right types of fats.

Many patients share they cut back on fat to lose weight. This can lead to fatigue, chronic hunger, or a feeling of being hungry, irritable or depressed. It weakens the immune system and increases injury risk.

I recommend that you try to eat more of these healthy options. It’s okay to add almond butter to a protein drink, top your salad or morning eggs with avocado Sauté your veggies in extra virgin olive or coconut oil.

Using A Sports Drinks For Weight Loss

A newer patient mentioned she is using a sports drink in the morning to skip a meal. Her trainer recommended it. The problem is unless you’re working out for more that 90 minutes in a hot, humid gym you may be taking in calories you don’t need. Eat breakfast and skip the sports shake.

Water is the best hydration. Most people don’t spend enough time working out to need a smoothie or sports drink. They just add calories. If you spend 30 minutes of your 90-minute workout waiting for a machine or talking this means you have a 60 minutes workout. Be honest with yourself about how much time you spend exercising. I know a man at my gym who is there for about 4 hours daily.weight loss

He stands around a lot, talks to everyone and only spends about 60 minutes doing any fitness for his body. He carries around a sports drink telling everyone they should try his product. They just need water.

Leave the protein shakes to body builders and heavy lifters who are there for longer times working hard. Eat a light, healthy snack if you haven’t eaten in the last 1.5 hours; an apple or banana can work.

Then make an excellent salad and protein after for a meal.

Eat After You Exercise And Do Acupuncture!

Eating after you run, or go to the gym is great! If you’ve heard that you’ll add back on what you just burned this is not true. Right now is the best time to eat right. Your metabolism is high and if you eat a vegetable, not starches, you’ll feel full quickly. These foods along with some good sources of protein and fat will help you build muscle and repair tissues including ligaments.

Don’t overeat, though. You’ll feel hungry so drink an extra glass of water before you begin eating to help you eat only the amount you actually need to re-energize yourself. By the way, use acupuncture to boost your fat burning.acupuncture

Only Eating Protein Post Workout

After you workout, your body goes into recovery mode. The essential nutrient is a protein that your body needs if you want to lose weight. The right size is about that of your palm. My favorite is chicken salad. I don’t use much mayo just protein, celery, onions, spices, and some lemon juice over lettuce. Fish or lentils supply other forms of protein. Protein replenishes nutrients and supply antioxidants. A healthy fat source which helps muscles heal and optimizes circulation is whole grains like wild rice or quinoa. It is also full of glycogen the type of carbohydrate that our muscles use during exercise for fuel during a workout.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated with plenty of water. One of the main things I see in my acupuncture practice are people who need to drink more water. Denver is a dry climate and if you live here, you need more than places close to large bodies’ of water like an ocean.

Many patients workout in the evening and eat dinner after. Try stir-fry made with chicken, shrimp, or organic tofu. Toss in your favorite vegetables. If you desire, more add a tiny amount of rice, and nuts or seeds.

Squeeze fresh citrus juice on the stir-fry and season with grated ginger, minced garlic, and other spices you enjoy.

Doubling Up On Recovery Meals

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Some acupuncture and health coaching clients are professional athletes running marathons, entering 100-mile cycling competitions, and doing ultra races.

Sound like you then try adding a quick snack within 30 minutes of exercising. My choice is fresh fruit and vegetables blended into a shake. Most protein powders contain a lot of things you don’t need like sugar, and supplements that are commonly made from GMO toxic foods. This is after your workout. It’s overkill to eat a protein bar or shake before exercising.

Most people aren’t pro athletes. Eating “snacks” just an hour  before dinner, can mean giving your body far more than it needs for recovery. This results in feeding your fat cells, rather than shrinking them. If you’re going to be eating a meal within an hour of leaving the gym, skip the bar and shake. And if it’s going to be a little longer, munch on something like almonds, which supply some protein, healthy fat, and nutrients, to tie you over.

I am not a fan of protein shakes or powders, if you want to use them talk with us about safe non-GMO professional quality options. The 5 biggest mistakes people make with food and exercise are commonly taught by trainers or found in articles. Don’t let these things stop you from your weight loss goal.

Wondering how acupuncture can help you lose your weight contact our office. It boosts your metabolism, improves your immune system, and gives you more energy for starters!

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There’s always a lot of talk about painful joints and the best way to relieve joint pain. Acupuncture treatment can definitely help you however what can you do at home. Is there a safe formula and which one? As a baby boomer, myself I’m super lucky not to have joint pain often though many friends complain about knee joint pain especially after running.joint pain

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The hype around pain management makes it a billion dollar industry. Please don’t jump into surgery too fast. I’ve seen people do that and regret it.

Know Why Your Joints Hurt

Do your joints hurt because you’re doing the activity in the wrong shoes? I know I’m supposed to convince you that you need acupuncture, but many people need better or different shoes. This is why it’s important to know why your joints hurt.

My husband experienced some knee joint pain and opted to invest in a running shoe like the ones I use. Call the office for the brand; I feel they’ve made a big difference for both of us.

What if you can’t run, bicycle or walk because of joint pain. First check your shoes even if it’s back pain or neck pain. Our feet affect our entire body.

Food to Avoid if You Have Joint Pain

joint painAfter this, my first suggestion is always food first then supplement.

I’ll share how acupuncture therapy works on joint pain and explore which foods to avoid or might aid you in your battle against the grind of joint pain.

Many people buy into the age thing – stop it! I know you’re as young as you feel you are.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers explored the idea of disease prevention through diet. Their findings showed “cutting back on fried and processed foods not only reduced inflammation it helped weakened immune systems, Try baking or slow cooking meats instead of frying. Eat many fresh vegetables instead of frozen meals.

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You might have noticed I left out grilling meat or foods. That is because it creates a toxin called advanced glycation end product, (AGE).

This toxin appears when you heat, grill, fry, or pasteurize foods. AGEs are hard to digest. They damage individual proteins and our system sends in cytokines, which are inflammatory messengers to handle the problem. It’s a double-edge sword; toxic food and inflammation.

We like to grill too so use lower heat, cook on the top rack, and eat less meat protein.

While some vegetables like tomatoes and other nightshades or potatoes, for instance, can cause inflammation, this is a person-by-person situation. Take them out of your diet for 7-14 days and add one at a time back in for 7 days. If you notice inflammation or pain in your joints, they’re not for you.

With tomatoes try them both raw and cooked as this alters their acidity and that may help you.

 My Favorite Supplement For Joint Pain Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

You may know how luscious your skin feels when we get a massage. What if there is something that can do that to your joints? Hyaluronic Acid is nature’s moisturizer for the joints because HA is the most hydrophilic [water-loving] molecule in nature.

When HA mixes with water in our body, it acts like ‘Jello’. There are thousands of trials mostly in the fields of orthopedics and eye surgery on Hyaluronic Acid. When it binds to water, it lubricates movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Many of our Tao Skincare products have it in them.

Acupuncture And Joint Pain

Because joint pain can be caused by many things and aging is not one of them in my book I say know why your joints hurt. It might be your shoes, your diet, a lack of lubrication which can mean arthritic pain, but it doesn’t mean surgery. Working with acupuncture alongside these home health tips can keep you active and healthy. Try these things first. Want to know if acupuncture might help your joint pain give our office a call.

 How needles and magnets helped one new mom get her body back

Gaining weight when you’re pregnant isn’t unusual. New mom, Caitlin wanted to try something different after spending months in the gym without the weight budging she turned to acupuncture in Denver with us.

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“At first I thought it might not work. Then I read an article about another new mom with the same problem, baby weight. Like me she’d changed her diet especially with nursing and was regular at the local gym; still she had belly fat.”

Caitlin’s first question was where would the acupuncture needles go? Dr. Debra explained that she would use tiny ear pins called auricular therapy because she places these on the outer ear to stimulate weight loss and curb cravings.

Acupuncture Can Help Weight Loss

She would also put acupuncture needles in her stomach area to help increase metabolism and reduce belly fat. One of Caitlin’s first remarks after treatment, “I didn’t realize how relaxing and comfortable acupuncture was. I don’t like needles and I didn’t feel these. Dr. Deb placed a small box beside me that connected to the needles in my tummy and I felt a gentle sensation.”

Debra explained to Caitlin, she would also place small ear magnets on the acupuncture points in her ear and she could push on these for the next couple of days if she felt hungry or wanted to enhance her visit.Integrative Health coaching

Integrative Health Coaching Adds Success For New Mothers’

She also recommended doing an integrative health history to find out if the gym program was the right one for Caitlin, to improve the best food options, and bring in more energy building foods specific to Caitlin into her diet.

After six weeks, Caitlin had marked weight loss and more energy. She didn’t diet rather they used foods that Caitlin liked to increase her metabolism.

She continued acupuncture weekly for two months along with changing some of her exercise routines her weight dropped to her pre-baby goal. Caitlin’s body also sculpted to a healthier more attractive shape than before.

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“I always felt my body didn’t fit my frame, but I didn’t understand why until after the baby and trying acupuncture. Many of the foods and even my typical way of exercising were not right for my body structure and metabolism. Integrative health coaching and acupuncture, both with Dr. Debra changed all that. The weight loss was the first step.

“With coaching though you learn so much more and we worked on my career goals along with stronger relationships. This is something I had always worried about because I was adopted and wanted to meet my own birth mom. I think acupuncture for weight loss is the best thing any mom can do for their health and body.” Caitlin adds.

Helping new and experienced moms’ look and feel their best is one of our goals at Denver Acupuncture Health at Accent On Health. Mothers set the standard for their families usually and helping them is creating a healthy future for the next generation.

Denver AcupunctureIs there a man in your life that should try acupuncture? Many men aren’t sure it actually works until they try it. At my Denver Acupuncture Center, I see many men who recommend acupuncture to their friends because they discover it does work for all kind of things. We have a video testimonial to share below.

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It works for pain, it even helps you stay healthy. In this video testimonial, a young man shares why he does acupuncture monthly to maintain health.

Living healthy isn’t just something women talk about, men are looking for ways to live longer and stop pain without drugs too. Enjoy this video testimonial. Afterward read the many things that people particularly men use acupuncture to treat.

If there is a man in your life, who should use acupuncture for a health problem this may be a great review for him to watch. Perhaps you’re a man reading this wondering if investing in your health to stay active is important to you; you’ll be excited by this patient testimonial.

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Denver Acupuncture And Baby Boomer Men

There are 76.4 million baby boomers[1] in the US and many are men. Statistic says that male boomers who at 65 years old can expect to live about 20 more years. If you’re in your middle 50’s it’s likely to be closer to 23 more years. What if you’re even younger?

video testimonialYou have a choice to take care of your health now by investing in staying healthy or waiting to see what happens. Living a long health life should be everyone’s top priority but is not. We love feeling great and until we feel ill we don’t usually worry about it especially if you’re a man.

Common Reasons Men Seek Acupuncture

The biggest reason anyone tries acupuncture is for pain. Any pain including back pain, wrist pain, ankle pain, knee pain – you get the idea. If it hurts, it can stop you from running, cycling, even playing golf. Discomfort can keep you awake at night, make it hard to work, or interfere with intimacy.

Another problem is allergies. Acupuncture is a popular treatment for food and environmental allergies. This goes along with sinus problems, acid reflux, and other digestion issues.

Essentially Denver Acupuncture works with men and women for many health problems and like our testimonial video says we help men stay healthy so they can fish, hunt, and do other things.



Do you feel depressed, you’re not alone. Did you know about 6.7% of adults in the US suffer from depression according to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)[1]. In this article, you see one of our patients talk about using Five Element Acupuncture to treat depression and back pain in a video testimonial.Depression

Women complain 70% more about sadness and anxiety than men who are less likely to admit to feeling down or unhappy. Five Element Acupuncture focuses emotions, especially feeling of sadness or other signs of depression.

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

The first thing most people tell me is, “it’s really hard to get out of bed in the morning. In fact, I want to crawl back under the covers and avoid everyone.”

Other problems often mentioned are changes in appetite and weight loss. It’s more though for many people. It’s a persistent feeling of sadness, anxious, or “empty” feelings. You have feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, or feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.

You may be irritable, restless and have lost interest in activities or hobbies you once found pleasurable, this includes sex.

Mainstream medicine often approaches the fatigue and decreased energy many depression suffers experience with drugs while five-element acupuncture is more effective in helping you recover from your problem instead of medicating you.

There’re other symptoms too. What brings on depression?

five-element acpunctureWhat Brings On Depression?

The patient who gave Dr. Debra this video testimonial became depressed after her spouse became ill and she was the sole caregiver. With so many aging baby-boomers, this is becoming common. Caring for a loved one can be difficult. If you must lift them or move them, physical pain like back pain can occur. In this patient’s case, her back pain got her to try acupuncture in the first place.

Once in the office she shared how difficult her situation was and the hopelessness she felt. To relieve back pain we needed to also treat her with five element acupuncture for the emotions around losing her husband after a long illness.

Here is a video testimonial – I hope we can help you too.

Five Element Acupuncture

Five Element acupuncture helps emotions by working to bring you back to center.

Five Element Acupuncture for depression is a specialized form of treatment that is pleasant and not available everywhere. I had the wonderful opportunity to study with a great teacher in this method of treatment for mental and emotional issues. If you have tried other methods or you want to move beyond the upheaval and find center again, Five Element acupuncture may be right for you.

Feelings of sadness and anxiety aren’t just something that happens to women or people over a certain age. I’ve helped young professional who have heavy demands on their lives. Having a baby can unbalance your hormones leading to depression and with five-element acupuncture and natural medicine we can have you back to your old self quickly. Don’t struggle, you have so much to live for and enjoy in life, let us help you.


[1] The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.




Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that. What the world needs is more people that have come alive. ~Howard Thurman

what makes you come aliveDo you ever have those moments when everything is going right? I know I do when I’m writing from my heart, everything is right. It’s a feeling of joy and it’s almost as if something else is doing the work. I can’t even call it work it’s so rewarding. We all have something that makes us come alive.

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As health coaching goes, we often focus on this because our careers aren’t always the same thing. It’s not always a relationship. It’s usually very personal something that you do. One health coaching client found it to be volunteering at an animal shelter. Another found that setting up bicycle rides with other men after work changed his personal relationship with his wife because he loves riding and she didn’t. He didn’t have to not ride, he had to find riding partners.

What Makes You Come Alive?

The world seems to be at a standstill on new ideas. I believe every idea is fresh and unique because it has you in it. Yet many people don’t use their life to live it. They move through relationships, careers, their entire lives forgetting to be passionate about the one thing that sings to their heart. What I mean by this is we simply exist in the world waiting for whatever it is we’re to do.

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Instead, what if everyone you knew spent 15 minutes a day doing what makes him or her smile? What if you did the thing that brings you joy? That one thing that feels so perfect for 15 minutes each day. What would it be?

I am not talking about a bubble bath with candles and rose petals, it’s something that makes you come alive in an ah-ha state of awareness. It brings you that feeling everything is right. Often it has some level of service to others involved. For me, I get calls and comments from people telling me how my writing helps them. For the guy setting up the bike rides, he’s created a group of about 30 men who love to cycle and they appreciate that he makes it possible weekly.

 Everything Is Right

Howard Thurman rather challenges us to bring it on; to come alive and do what sings to our internal sphere of self. As a health coach, my job is to listen and let you stretch yourself. I don’t tell you what will challenge you, you find what makes you come alive and then you do that – like Howard Thurman suggests.

When were happy if feels like everything is going right and we sit on top of the world. If we know what this emotion feels like then why do we let negative stressors take us out of this state of mind?

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Some authors and researchers believe being in a happy mood all the time isn’t possible or healthy.

They reckon that it slows creativity. I beg to differ as I mentioned I feel everything is right when I am writing. My creative juices come alive and what I want to stay seems to flow easier for me than many others. It’s this way too when a client really wants my mentoring. I can feel it. I know by their questions and laugh or smile that we’ve touched that place in health coaching that resonates with them.

My Challenge To You

Do you want to make a simple change in your life? Something that makes you feel like the world belongs to you.

My challenge to you is simple; what makes you happy find that and do it for 15 minutes each day. I’m not talking careers as much as I’m speaking about life in general. For one client taking a walk with her dog, every day made everything right. Do this one thing for 21 days enjoy the sense of happiness? As Howard Thurman would say, That’s you coming alive.

Thoracic outlet syndromeIt started without injury. Tingling in your fingers wakes you. There’s a kind of numbing pain moving down your arm. What is going you ask yourself. You’ve experienced aching pain in your back. More specifically the area between the shoulder blades that’s when it dawns on you; your back pain is thoracic outlet syndrome. The pain and numbness are symptoms of TOS.

The Facts About Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Or TOS

Maybe you’ve not heard about thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS for short. Yet it affects approximately 8% of the population, with a female to male ratio of up to 4:1[1]. Most people experience TOS in their 40’s. It doesn’t affect both sides of the body though it’s more common on the dominate side.

How can you deal with this? It’s not just the back pain. You can’t sleep without neck pain. There’s discoloration in your hand and you feel weak in your arm. The big deal is it’s affecting your life.

The computer, the piano, even driving are bothersome. Any time you have your arm up this nagging pain happens in your back with all these arm problems. It’s all thoracic outlet syndrome.Neck Pain

Using Acupuncture For TOS

Acupuncture is essential in your recovery. I know because it’s something I see weekly. Many times new patients come in saying they have carpel tunnel; it turns out they have TOS. Even doctors are confused when rendering a diagnosis. My discovery is your carpel tunnel improves when we do acupuncture on your mid to high back there’s some component of Thoracic outlet syndrome. One essential ingredient is having an accountability partner in your acupuncturist around thoracic outlet syndrome exercises. It is part of how I personally work with my patients.

Symptoms include neck, shoulder, and arm pain, numbness in the fingers, or impaired circulation and flushed sensations to the extremities (causing discoloration). The involved upper extremity can feel weak. Often symptoms worsen when you raise your arm above the shoulder or extended. You can have symptoms from mild and intermittent to severe and constant.

Now What Are You Going To Do To Stop The Pain?

Creating a plan of action can help you end or manage your TOS. Of course I would suggest acupuncture. Because I see patients recover from thoracic outlet syndrome at a rate of 96% it’s essential you try it and Wintergreen Essential oil at home nightly. I would also suggest you meet with a medical massage therapist. Acupuncture for pain relief is one of the best things you can do today for yourself.  Most health insurance benefits will cover acupuncture as therapy please don’t live with pain and numbness due to thoracic outlet syndrome.




Some articles of interest for you.

[1] 1. Watson LA, Pizzari T, Balster S. Thoracic outlet syndrome part 1: Clinical manifestations, differentiation and treatment pathways. Man Ther. 2009;14:586–95. [PubMed]

integrative health coach.There’re a million reasons’ to have someone help you with health and lifestyle but figuring out what type of mentor can be rough. Last fall, a new client asked me why she should invest money and time in coaching at all! It’s a great question. Knowing the key ingredients of a good health coach can help you decide if you want a life coach, business coach, or a health coach.

First, these are not the same thing and often a health coach does lifestyle coaching while a life coach is not qualified to mentor on health and wellness. Having three coaches can be expensive, though trying to find one person who ‘does it all’ can be disastrous to your business, life, and health. Below is a list of traits and guidelines you want in an integrative health coach.

The Integrative Health Coach

An integrative health coach is someone who works with your health issues and has expertise in relationships, fitness, careers, and the big one – Spirituality often referred to as mindfulness or mindset. Food, home cooking, recipes, different dietary theories all play a part. Top on the list of key ingredients of a good integrative health coach is they understand what is happening in your life is just as important what you put inside your body.

Next – The Key Ingredients Of A Good Health Coach

Key Ingredients Of A Good Health CoachWhat your integrative health coach is like:

  • Is Happy to see you! They create a strong first impression. They’re friendly, create safety, and make you feel okay to be yourself.
  • They’re okay with you being a little nervous. They help you build confidence and self-esteem.
  • They want to hear what you have to say and actually encourage you to speak while they listen.
  • They understand your primary health concerns and that life can be a factor. They help you invest in wellness approaches that you choose, not the other way around.
  • An integrative health coach can empathize and support your journey and progress.
  • They understand that YOU understand what’s going on with yourself and you just need a little help, accountability, or support.
  • They care about your family, friends, children, and pets. They really do and know the names and events happening in your life.
  • As great listeners, they use mirroring by repeating things you share creating clarity around your future.
  • They catch subtle things that are important. The way you turn a nasty shade of green when asked if you like tomatoes or that you ball your hand into a fist when talking about your ex-mother-in-law.
  • A great integrative coach introduces humor into conversations knowing that smiles are healing medicine for the mind and the body,
  • They love you up. Simply they are non-judgmental and accept you just as you are. Guiding and helping you where you feel comfortable not forcing you or judging you.
  • Finally, they help you breathe because they know life can make you feel overwhelmed and that we often forget to just slow down and breathe.

Integrative Health Coaches Mesh With Business Coaches

Business CoachesA good integrative health coach will hold you accountable for your commitments and they will offer ideas or suggestions that fit you; they don’t spend time ‘telling’ you what you should do better or differently.

In turn, they aren’t a business coach. I remember one of my business coaches a few years back. He wanted me to write a book every 3 months starting with taking my bestselling book, Unleashing Your Hidden Potential and ‘rewriting’ it into a book for women and then another ‘copy’ for men. His thinking was it gave me three books to market and grow my business. It didn’t matter to him that they would be technically the same book. It did matter to me. I found another business coach.

Health coaches aren’t business coaches nevertheless they mesh helping you have true success. A good business coach will have the same key ingredients of a good health coach. Both understand that the important component is you. Your happiness is essential to success in health, life, and business. Business coaches come and go a fully integrative health coach works with life and health.