Posts tagged with ‘acupuncture treatment’

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

by Jessica Zerr
Iliotibial Band Treatment Step  1

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

What Do You Know About Your Health Care Professional?

by Jessica Zerr
Vancouver Acupuncture Training

With the growing popularity of complementary medicine, it can be confusing and frustrating to know what to look for when considering alternative treatment options. Health care professionals must complete a lengthy education process to become certified in their area of expertise, but they also have the option of taking courses to complement their practice. For example a physiotherapist may take a course to become certified in acupuncture with 60 hours of clinical training. This may sound like a lot of time, but it’s relatively small in comparison to the average 448 – 1380+ clinical hours required by a registered acupuncturist.   Clinical Hours Classroom Learning Online Learning Registered Acupuncturist 448 – […]