Posts tagged with ‘pain’

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What Are Those Strange Looking Cups?

by Jessica Zerr
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“You want to put what on my back?” asks one of my patients interested, but confused. “A cup, I’m going to suction a glass cup to your skin.” Cupping is not a new concept. Yet again it’s something the Chinese developed thousands of years ago, but the western world is just starting to become acquainted with it. We’ve seen it on celebrities and athletes. They show up at events with round purple marks on their back as if an octopus has attacked them, but really it’s from cupping. What Is Cupping? Traditional cupping involves taking a glass cup (made specifically for this type of treatment), placing a flaming cotton ball in […]

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
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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 […]

Extended Health Benefits – Know Your Options?

by Jessica Zerr
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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 […]

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?)

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: