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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 […]

Top 6 Questions Asked During An Acupuncture Treatment

by Jessica Zerr
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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 […]