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Massage for Summer Allergies

More than 2/3 of people suffer from year-round allergies.  Summer is here and we’re picnicking in the grass, the beautiful flowers are blooming around us, and we’re spending more time outdoors—it’s all part of fabulous summer!  For those who have allergies, though, it can become a challenge.   

As the summer months progress, ragweed or hay fever allergies tend to rise.  The body’s natural defense is to produce excess mucous which often creates nasal congestion and red, itchy eyes which can all lead to fatigue (and frustration)!  Working outdoors with plants and in gardens can expose people to mold spores that are contained on the plants themselves and in the soil.  Mold spores can also increase indoors during the hot, humid months of summer in basements, and on floors and walls in bathroom and kitchen areas.  Even cats and dogs, our ‘fur friends’, are shedding their coats this time of year which can aggravate those with pet dander allergies as well. 

Stress and allergies sometimes go hand in hand.  When the body is under stress, it reacts in an exaggerated response to allergens.  The body fights the allergens with coughing, sneezing, wheezing which can put greater stress on the body creating a vicious cycle!  This is because stress increases the adrenal gland’s production of cortisol triggers the sympathetic nervous system to create extra epinephrine and norepinephrine, decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system. 

Massage for allergies is a great way to get soothing relief.  Massage can help the body’s reaction to the allergens.  Many of the trigger points for the sinuses are located in the upper back and shoulder which are massaged for relief.  Headaches and congestion can also be relived through this procedure. 

CNY Healing Arts Centers provide relaxing massages that can help alleviate your allergy symptoms, as well as to reduce stress and increase your body’s immune system.  For more information, please contact one of our centers nearest you: 

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755 

Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2 

 

 

May is National Allergy Month: Try Acupuncture or Massage for Relief!

Allergy Relief with Acupuncture and Massage - CNY Healing ArtsSpring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means, grass, tree and other pollen are already in the air. As beautiful as this time of year is, for many with allergies it can be a real challenge. The body’s natural defense is to produce excess mucous, which often creates nasal congestion, and red, itchy eyes; these can all lead to fatigue (and frustration).

According to a February 2013 report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, about 20 percent of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis (stuffy or runny nose caused by allergies) and patients that receive acupuncture treatments reported significant improvements in symptoms as well as a decreased need for any allergy medication.

Massage for allergies is also a great way to get soothing relief.  Massage can help the body’s reaction to the allergens by reducing stress and boosting your immune system, among other things.  Facial massage is great for inducing sinus drainage and relieving pressure. Headaches and congestion can also disappear, or lessen in severity, after a massage session.

If you’re looking for some relief this allergy season and would like to try acupuncture or massage (or both), give our CNY Healing Arts practitioners the opportunity to help you. Below is a list or practitioners at each of our locations that would be happy to assist you with relief from your allergy symptoms.

SYRACUSE – Call 315.671.5755 to book a session.

ALBANY – Call 518.724.5750 to book a session. 

ROCHESTER – Call 585.244.1280 to book a session. 

Treating Allergies with Acupuncture

The soft, white puffs of cottonwood blowing through the air this time of year resembles a snow storm!  If you live near these trees, you might find yourself having to close car windows because of the possible build-up on the seats inside.  When you’re outdoors wearing black pants, they’re covered with dots of white fluff!  It’s beautiful and peaceful to look blowing in the air; however, not only is it a nuisance for decks, cars, (and pants!); it also can be an annoying and serious problem for allergy sufferers.  On top of that, the rains of spring not only help our flowers and gardens to grow, but it forces mold and mildew to grow which can further aggravate problems.

Some of the medications that are used to help alleviate symptoms for those dealing with allergies can create side effects such as drowsiness or insomnia, irregular heartbeat, decreased alertness, and dry mouth.  Sinus infections and upper-respiratory infections often result from chronic problems with allergens.  It also tends to be a very costly problem due to days of missed work, physician appointments, and the cost of medications.

Acupuncture is a great way to get relief from seasonal allergies.  Acupuncture strengthens the immune system, detoxifies, and relaxes the body.  Unlike most medication, acupuncture can provide a break in the cycle of imbalances from environmental factors.  This in turn can create a lasting change by strengthening the body’s resistance and natural healing, and regulating the antigen-antibody reactions.

Treating allergies with acupuncture allows for a customized treatment for your needs.  Acupuncture treats the symptoms locally, but allows the energy to flow throughout the body.  Depleted energy due to the body’s constant reaction to allergens such as sneezing and congestion can be restored through acupuncture as it helps increase blood flow and therefore, increases energy levels leaving you feel revitalized and relieved!

Our acupuncturists at CNY Healing Arts Centers would love to assist you in getting the relief you need!  Please call us or just stop in and give us the opportunity to help you.  It would be our pleasure!

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

 

Help for Fall Allergy Season Sufferers

Fall means apple cider, pumpkins, the fresh smell of fallen leaves—and the return of allergy season for some people. Whether it’s ragweed, mold—or both that affect you, we at CNY Healing Arts Center wanted to share a few things below that can help prevent and alleviate some of your symptoms.

Clean up your leaves
Wet piles of fallen leaves are prime breeding grounds for leaf mold, and while leaf mold is valuable to your soil, it can send you into a frenzy of sneezing fits if you’re allergic. Clean up fallen leaves promptly, before they get wet and moldy and if at all possible have someone who is not allergic do it.

Clean your filters
Staying indoors when pollen counts are high is the most effective way to cut down on both mold and ragweed reactions—but not if you’re pumping in pollen from outside. Take the time now to clean or change your furnace filters, since ragweed pollen persists long after the temps turn cold.

Take vitamin C
Vitamin C has antihistamine activity. Taking supplements has been reported to help people with hay fever in preliminary research. Consider 3,000 – 6,000 mg of Vitamin C in divided doses, per day. Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin, might act synergistically with Vitamin C as both have antihistaminic activity. Some doctors of natural medicine advise people with hay fever to take 400 mg of Quercetin two to three times per day.

Your diet
Be sure to include these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as avacodos, extra virgin olive oil, ginger, omega fatty acis and tumeric. Diet can greatly influence allergic responsiveness or lack of it.

Get a massage
Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.
Massage for allergies can help clear mucus from the nose and throat.

Please feel free to contact us at the CNY Healing Arts Center nearest you if you would like more information or relief from your seasonal allergies. Click here for Contact Info.

Acupuncture for Allergies

 

Each year, almost $6 billion are spent on medications for the treatment of allergies, with another $300 million spent on office visits. In America, an estimated 50 million people suffer from a variety of allergies. In each case, a person’s allergies are specific to certain allergens. An allergen is a substance that can cause an allergic reaction, where the body may identify it as foreign or dangerous.

So, what is an allergy you ask? An allergy is defined as your immune system’s exaggerated reaction to substances that are generally not harmful. Your immune system is usually pretty good at distinguishing between the good stuff and bad stuff in your body, but in a person with allergies, the immune response is oversensitive. When it recognizes an allergen, it releases chemicals to fight it off. This is what causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction: itching, swelling, hives, rashes, mucus production, muscles spasms, and more.

Acupuncture is an incredibly helpful treatment for allergies, sometimes curing it altogether. In Chinese medicine, allergies are said to be caused by an “invasion of wind cold.” Treatment is aimed at dispersing “wind” and nourishing the immune system. In western medicine, acupuncture is known to balance the unconscious responses of the nervous system, thereby decreasing the body’s reactivity to allergens. In effect, acupuncture improves the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

After treatment, patients often feel calmer, can sleep better, and withstand illness more easily. This is probably due to the fact that acupuncture significantly decreases stress levels. Furthermore, the ancient Chinese thought that acupuncture could improve life span. Since we know that stress increases cell deterioration, it is possible that acupuncture does fight aging and help us live longer.

If you’re interested in acupuncture to treat your allergies, please call the location nearest you.

Syracuse – 315.671.6755
Rochester – 585.244.1280 ext.2
Latham – 518.724.5750

Lymphatic Drainage Massage – What’s it good for?

The Licensed Massage Therapists, at the CNY Healing Arts Center offer many different modalities of Massage Therapy. One of the most important of these modalities is Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a very gentle and rhythmic massage technique used to increase lymph flow through the body. Lymph is the fluid that passes through our lymphatic system. The lymphatic system consists of lymph vessels, nodes, ducts, our spleen, thymus and our tonsils. This system filters harmful substances from the fluids in our tissues.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage stimulates our immune system by moving stagnant fluids more quickly through our lymphatic system. This massage technique is also very relaxing. The slow rhythmic and gentle movements stimulate the body’s parasympathetic system, reducing the “fight or flight” response.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is useful for improving a variety of physiological conditions including:

  • Edema (Swelling)
  • Scarring
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Enhances skin appearance and health
  • Reduces and prevents cellulite
  • Detoxifies our bodies

**People who suffer from allergies benefit from this type of massage by clearing the sinus passages and boosting their immune systems. Swelling in and around joints can be lessened in just one session of LDM. Patients have reported “..feeling lighter and more mobile than [they] have in years..” The movement of lymph through the body detoxifies our tissues and increases our overall health.

In Happiness and Health,
Samantha E. Mullen, LMT
(518) 724-5750