Posts tagged with ‘Acupuncture Benefits’

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So You’re Still Rolling Your Iliotibial Band (ITB)…

by Jessica Zerr
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If you’re rolling your Iliotibial Band (ITB), it’s likely because you are feeling some sort of pain along the outside of your knee. Many runners, especially long distance runners experience this problem. The ITB can become irritated and inflamed due to friction when it’s overused. But just because you are feeling the pain near your knee doesn’t mean this is the cause of the pain. This is the first step to understanding why rolling your ITB is likely NOT the complete solution to your problem. So what else do we need to look for? 1) Tight Muscles When we think of a muscle being tight our first thought is to […]

Acupuncture vs. IMS – What’s the Difference?

by Jessica Zerr
Electro-Stim Acupuncture Treatment

So you’ve heard about Acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). Sometimes it’s referred to as Dry Needling. Perhaps you’ve experienced one or both, but you’re wondering, what’s the difference? Well it turns out they’re actually pretty similar. Here’s what you need to know: 1) Where did it Start? IMS is NOT a new treatment, it is simply eastern medicine disguised as western medicine. All the techniques used in IMS have been used in traditional Chinese acupuncture for over 3000 years and it is derived from a technique commonly called “Burning the Mountain” or “Cooling the Sky.”  There are several techniques in traditional Chinese acupuncture that involve inserting the needle to various […]

3 Injuries You Never Thought Acupuncture Could Treat

by Jessica Zerr
Shin Splints Common in Runners

You recently injured yourself and you’re wondering what the next step is in the treatment process. Acupuncture likely does not come to the top of your mind, but think again. It can help you on your road to recovery more than you may think. So what are some injuries you should treat with acupuncture?  1)    Shin Splints This comes up most often in long distance runners. The constant impact can cause pain either in front of the tibia (shin bone) or behind it. It can also occur in people who walk a lot on hard surfaces and perhaps don’t wear the right footwear resulting in excessive use of the foot […]

Extended Health Benefits – Know Your Options?

by Jessica Zerr
Acupuncture Treatment

Extended Health Benefits – Know Your Options? Every year extended health benefits go unused. According to the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey an estimated 67% of Canadians have an extended healthcare plan. So why are people not using benefits to their full potential? Common Reasons: 1) People don’t know or understand what’s included in their extended health benefits. 2) People are aware of what‘s included, but they don’t know why they would use the different types of healthcare offered. When we think of health benefits the basics come to mind like dentist or optometrist, perhaps massage therapy but many people don’t think to look beyond that until they have a health issue […]

How can Acupuncture Help Treat Tennis Elbow?

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Tennis elbow (or Lateral Epicondylitis) is a common injury caused by overuse of the muscles that allow us to extend or “bend back” our wrist. Any activity involving repetitive use of these muscles can be the culprit. Tennis elbow is often described as soreness or pain on the outer aspect of the elbow that usually occurs in the following situations: