Posts tagged with ‘acupuncture kitsilano’

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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 […]

Top 6 Questions Asked During An Acupuncture Treatment

by Jessica Zerr
Vancouver Acupuncture

Patients are always asking questions during an acupuncture treatment and I continually encourage them to ask more. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. 1) What Am I Supposed To Feel? As the patient you will likely feel some pressure in the local area where the needle is being inserted. You may also feel a warm sensation or muscle fasciculation (twitch), which may radiate to another part of the body. All of these sensations usually dissipate quickly, however it’s ok if you still feel some slight pressure in the local area. Most patients usually say, “That’s it. Really? That’s what it feels like? Well that didn’t hurt at […]

Knee Injuries – Can Acupuncture Help?

by Jessica Zerr
Knee Injury Soccer MCL

Knee injuries are becoming increasingly common in our society today and people have this expectation that whatever injury they incur they will be able to recover quickly and get back to their favourite activity. Nobody wants to be in pain, but not everyone is taking the necessary actions to treat the injury that’s causing the pain. Treating an injury requires commitment but in the end it’s worth the effort for both short and long term results. Here is a list of the Top 10 Knee Pain Treatments. There are several different injuries associated with the knee and while not all can be treated with acupuncture, there are several that acupuncture […]

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 […]

Lower Back Pain – Maybe It’s Your Sacroiliac Joint?

by Jessica Zerr
SI Joint Sacroiliac Joint

Low Back Pain is such a common complaint, but it is also a really broad term because there are so many different causes. So how do we determine the exact cause?  People may experience back pain for several different reasons such as tight muscles, decreased joint mobility, a herniated disc, an old injury and the list goes on. With the complexity of the lower back, let’s focus our attention on the sacroiliac (SI) joint. What is the Sacroiliac Joint? Those two dimples on your lower back, that’s your SI joint. It’s mostly responsible for providing us with stability, but the joint does have some mobility, which at times can be compromised. […]

Using Acupuncture To Treat Residual Pain After An Injury

by Jessica Zerr
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I get this question time and time again – How does an acupuncture needle help get rid of my pain from an old injury? When patients ask this question they are not looking for the Traditional Chinese Medicine explanation, they are looking for some scientific proof.  A recent article written by Helene M. Langevin provides research-based evidence on how connective tissue is related to post-injury pain and how acupuncture can be used to treat the pain. Acupuncture can help relax the tension in the connective tissue. How does it do this? Read more: Using Acupuncture To Treat Residual Pain After An Injury Jessica Zerr is a Registered Acupuncturist at Qi Integrated Health  

I Have Pain In My Shoulder – What’s Wrong?

by Jessica Zerr
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Stop guessing what’s causing your shoulder pain, and hoping it will disappear. Speak to an acupuncturist trained in musculoskeletal health and see what acupuncture can do for you. This post about Rotator Cuff injuries may help answer some of the questions you have regarding your shoulder pain. (Read More: I Have Pain In My Shoulder -What’s Wrong?)