Acupuncture stress and anxiety Denver
Post Concussion Recovery Acupuncture

The benefits of acupuncture when dealing with stress, anxiety & Brain Health


Dealing with Stress & anxiety

Our current world is a constant bombardment. We are constantly being bombarded with input from screens, from work, phones, radio, and advertising. As a result our bodies, more specifically our nervous systems are on hyperdrive, our minds are racing and we can’t seem to settle down. If we stay in this state of over arousal for long enough then the body begins to struggle with regulating itself on its own. Each of us may experience our stresses and anxieties in different forms such as difficulty sleeping, heart palpitations, stomach upset or even just feeling on edge, but there are definite tools and ways that you can manage them.

Some of the tools that we like use are:

  • Acupuncture

  • Auricular Therapy (Ear acupuncture/pressure

  • Diet changes

  • Herbal Medicines

  • Breathing & Mindfulness Exercises

Post Head Concussion & Brain Injury

The period after a head injury or trauma can be a very scary, isolating, overwhelming & stressful time.

Dealing with symptoms following a head injury can be very frustrating. You my feel begin to Feel physically Normal but you still don’t feel like your normal self.

Are you seeking ways to heal and ease your Symptoms? Reay to get back more feelings of normalcy

There are definite ways that you can get relief from many symptoms like poor concentration, anxiety, irritability, headaches, vertigo, fatigue and insomnia. By using a combination of scalp acupuncture, traditional acupuncture, diet and herbal medicines you can improve circulation to the brain, stimulate the formation of neural connections, calm the nervous system and reduce inflammation.

Scalp Acupuncture 

Photo by Bob Wong

Photo by Bob Wong


How is scalp acupuncture different from the classical acupuncture points on the head and body?

Scalp acupuncture is an acupuncture method based on the modern knowledge of Western biomedical anatomy and physiology of the brain. Treatment zones have been mapped onto the scalp and are associated with body functions and broad body regions such as sensory, memory, and motor functions. During a scalp acupuncture session the needles are usually given far more stimulation than body points. The stimulation is performed either by hand or by electro-stimulation in order to activate those parts of the brain. Points on the body are used as supplemental points. 

How does scalp acupuncture work?

By inserting thin needles into the scalp we can regulate and harmonize the functional activities of the brain and body. By stimulating these reflex areas within the scalp the structural, metabolic, hormonal and energetic functions of the brain are accessible. And it's the scalp's connection to the central nervous and endocrine systems that gives us the ability to affect changes in the brain. 

What can I expect to experience during and after a scalp acupuncture treatment?

During or after scalp acupuncture, you may experience sensations in the affected part of the body.  You may also feel heaviness, electrical sensation,  or energy moving.  It is a good prognostic sign if you do feel something during stimulation; however, it is not necessary for recovery. Most patients do not experience abnormal feeling at the conclusion of their treatment.  However, it is recommended that you rest in the clinic for about 10-30 minutes if you feel at all lightheaded or disoriented.

How many treatments will be prescribed?

Because we are treating serious injury treatment frequency is important. A normal course of treatment is 3 times a week for 10 total treatments.  

Does scalp acupuncture hurt?

Our goal is to make the treatment as comfortable as possible but the needle sensations on the scalp can be strong at time. However a strong sensation is usually a good sign that the you will respond well to treatment but even without a strong sensation you can still have a good outcome. 

"I have had chronic daily migraines since a brain injury that occurred over two years ago. I've tried medications and various treatments and seen many specialists, and have attained very little relief. I was referred to Serena Shaw for acupuncture and after reviewing my symptoms, she suggested scalp acupuncture. Although I was nervous about the pain and the thought of needles in my head, I gave it a shot. After my first session of scalp acupuncture, I had a day free of headaches and eye pain! I hadn’t been pain-free in years! I was amazed at how effective the treatment was and how quickly I saw the results. Although there was pain during the treatment, it was tolerable and definitely worth it. If you’re on the fence about trying scalp acupuncture, give it a try. Serena is amazing at what she does. She will find a treatment that works for you. "-Cathy C. -Denver, CO

Body acupuncture

Photo by Bob Wong

Photo by Bob Wong

We all have our personal histories and the same goes for our heath. Taking this into account these imbalances can slow down our recovery after a serious injury.  As a result there will often be times where we will also use body acupuncture to address these underlying imbalances that can be slowing your progress. The selection of these points will  draw from Traditional Chinese medicine patterns and diagnoses and used to help speed up and aid in recovery.   

According to statements of fact in Chinese medicine, any tissue or system of the body requires the nourishment of blood to perform its normal function. If a traumatic injury causes blood stasis and stagnation of qi to an area of the brain, fresh blood cannot circulate to nourish that area. This situation will commnly be complicated by whatever other patterns patients have presented prior to thir trauma.
— Chinese Scalp Acupuncture Jason Jishun Hao &Linda Lingzhi Hao


Diet and Supplementation for recovery

Photo by Brooke Lark

Photo by Brooke Lark

As with any health condition looking at our diet and nutrition is important. It takes a lot of energy for our bodies to heal and the energy requirement for the brain is even higher! A healthy diet is important to provide the proper energy for recovery. So we will take a look at your diet to see what you are doing well and where there may be need for some improvement. We can also discuss the use of supplements or herbal medicines that may be appropriate in your specific case.  


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