Effective for More Than Just Pain: Manhattan's Urban Wellness Finds Acupuncture Useful for Creativity and Writer's Block

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We've heard of acupuncture for back pain, but help with Writer's block? Practitioners at Urban Wellness Acupuncture in Manhattan show it may help.

While Acupuncture has proven effective on areas of the brain used to manage pain and stress, more recent studies have shown it to increase activity in the frontal lobe of the brain – the same part of the brain responsible for abstract thinking: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20735279).

This information is finding an unique audience at Urban Wellness Acupuncture in Manhattan (http://www.urbanwellnessnyc.com): namely creative clients using acupuncture for writer's block or to boost creativity in general.

"Acupuncture allows the nervous system to calm down so that creative or more abstract thinking can kick in," states licensed acupuncturist Rae Ritke, LAc., "Besides for being deeply relaxing it can help boost cognitive function as well."

"We help calm and focus energy so it doesn’t get scattered, which helps with writing. Plus, people end up feeling less stressed, having improved digestion and sleeping better, so overall quality of life is enhanced too."

"One client thinks of sessions as his time to ‘catalogue’ all the ideas and information in his head. Another keeps a weekly appointment just to keep the energy flowing and not get ‘blocked’.

"A recent article in Scientific American describes increasing creative impulse through psychological distancing. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=an-easy-way-to-increase-c) By stimulating parasympathetic nerve activity though specific needling techniques, a patient is induced into 'letting go' of daily chatter, much like meditation or deep prayer."

"It seems to help, although I have yet to find the acupuncture points to get someone published," says Ms. Ritke.

Acupuncture's use has grown in the last few years, partially due to increased positive research as to its benefits. According to the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int), acupuncture has shown to aid a variety of conditions including muscular pain, stress responses, gastrointestinal disorders, addiction recovery, and reduction of side effects of chemotherapy in cancer treatment. From a cost advantage alone acupuncture may have a positive future role in health care in the United States.

Urban Wellness Acupuncture is a holistic family practice in Manhattan specializing in wellness for all ages in both mind and body using “Ancient Healing with Modern Science”. Urban Wellness has treatments for many ages and ailments- including writer’s block.

More information is available at http://www.urbanwellnessnyc.com or at 212-804-8121.

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