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Rapid Injury Healing

Whether you’re an athlete, stay at home mom, or work at a job that can lead to overuse injuries, rapid healing is desirable as it minimizes pain and quickly restores function. Rapid injury healing is an integrative approach that involves: Anti-inflammatory dietary and supplement interventions to minimize the negative effects of inflammation, while at the same time stimulating healing Targeted …

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Do Your Trigger Points Keep Coming Back?

Trigger points are taut palpable bands in or around muscles that can result in either local or referred pain. Latent (“silent”) trigger points tend to accumulate over a lifetime and appear to be the main cause of stiff joints and restricted range of motion. Active trigger points can cause: headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, symptoms of carpal …

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Got Shoulder Pain?

If you have shoulder pain, you are not alone: Shoulder pain is reported to occur in up to 20% of the general population, with 40% persisting for at least 1 year (Annual cost is about $39 billion) Shoulder impingement is the most prevalent diagnosis, followed by traumatic injuries Altered mechanics at the shoulder joint make it susceptible to degenerative changes …

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Got Knee Pain?

The knee is one of the most commonly injured regions in the body: An estimated 80, 000 to 100, 000 anterior cruciate injuries (ACL) occur annually in the US Approximately 70% of these are non-contact (i.e. related to poor biomechanics) There is a strong correlation with ACL injuries and future arthritis in that knee Functional Anatomy The anatomical location of …

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What makes you hurt________? (Fill In The Blank)

Pain is often a confusing and frustrating phenomenon. More often than not, the area that feels painful  is not the cause or source of the problem. In fact, the painful site could be a compensation for a problem that lies somewhere else in a neighboring or distal anatomical area. Alleviating a painful point may relieve the symptoms temporarily, but not …

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Can I Pressure You Into Some Pain Relief?

Ischemic Compression (IC) is a form or acupressure that causes local circulatory, central nervous system and lymphatic effects. In addition, IC affects fascial structures that encapsulate muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs and can enhance their physiological function. IC is done by applying steady pressure  over a trigger point until it softens/releases. This can be done statically, dynamically (with motion), or …

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Acupuncture For Performance Enhancement- An Evidence-Based Summary

  Many athletes search for additional ways to get that competitive edge through ergogenic aids such as performance enhancing drugs or supplements. The foundations of Performance Enhancement include: Sound training Balanced nutrition Adequate rest and recovery   Acupuncture is another Performance Enhancing Tool that can have dramatic effects on some of the key parameters needed for optimal performance: Flexibility Balance …

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20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness Tips You Can Use

This week’s blog includes 20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness tips you can use as we enter into 2016. 1. Lift weights 3-4x/week   Weight lifting  builds muscle strength and muscle mass and preserves bone density. It enables  independence, and vitality with age. In addition, strength training also has the ability to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the signs …

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Understanding Your Movement Could Be The Key to Understanding and Eliminating Your Pain

When you have an injury, your nervous system redistributes activity within and between muscles and and modifies  bio-mechanical behavior in order to “protect” the tissues from additional or threatened pain/injury. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21306915 An acute injury that initiates the inflammatory/healing  process is generally self-limiting, provided one doesn’t block the process with self-care measures such as the overuse of ice, NSAIDs or through …

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What is Gua Sha

Gua sha is a Traditional Asian Medicine healing technique that involves instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking (i.e. Scraping) of a lubricated area of skin to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’. Sha represents  extravasation, i.e. the movement of white blood cells from the capillaries to the tissues surrounding them. Producing sha removes blood stagnation (poor circulation), which is considered pathogenic in …

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