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Confession of a Myofasciaist

I confess. I am a myofasciaist. I am dedicated to evaluating my patient’s myofascia in order to relieve their pain, or if they are an athlete, enhance their performance. Before you judge me, read this week’s blog to learn about fascia and how it may be the answer to one or more of your health problems. If you are an …

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Got Pain?

  According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine: Over one million doctor visits per year are reported for plantar fasciitis. Ankle sprain is the most common sports-related injury, with lateral sprains increasing the risk for developing chronic ankle instability. Shoulder injuries affect 21% of the general population, with a report of 40% lasting at least one year. Low back …

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Take Two Needles and Call Me in the Morning

  This week’s blog, in case you haven’t guessed, is about acupuncture. More specifically, a specialized form of acupuncture called “dry needling”.   Dry needling is the use of solid filiform needles for myofascial and other types of pain as well as for sports injuries and sports performance enhancement. It is called dry needling, because unlike hypodermic needles used to inject …

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Dear Dr. Geoff- My low back is “killing me”!

    Dear Dr. Geoff, I have suffered from chronic, recurrent lower back pain for over 10 years. I have seen physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists. I receive short term relief, but my pain always returns. I have read your articles on the kinetic chain and am wondering if this approach would provide a lasting solution to my …

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Do You Have a Chronic Injury That Isn’t Healing?

      In my last post I mentioned the concept of Neuromuscular efficiency. Neuromuscular efficiency is the ability of the neuromuscular system to allow agonists (the primary muscles involved in a movement), antagonists (the muscles opposing the agonists), synergist (muscles that assist movements) and stabilizers (muscles stabilizing the core), to work together to produce, reduce and dynamically stabilize the …

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Integrative Approaches to Chronic Pain

Introduction Pain is among the top reasons that patients visit their physician. Acute pain is less than six months duration and is biologically useful. It signifies that an area is injured and that the body is attempting to clean up tissue damage and begin the repair process. Chronic pain is generally greater than six months in duration and is biologically …

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FAKTR

What is FAKTR? FAKTR stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. It is a concept that includes treating an area of dysfunction within the musculoskeletal system, while in a position of provocation (e.g. pain, restricted motion, and tension) or with movement. FAKTR is an effective way to quickly evaluate, identify and treat soft tissue and joint conditions. A practitioner …

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The Acupuncture Mechanic

Traditional acupuncture is based upon theories that reflect the understanding of anatomy and physiology at the time of its inception. These theories can be confusing and difficult understand and are part of the obstacle that acupuncture has had in being accepted by the medical community. In addition, the effects of this style of acupuncture are generally slower and can be …

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Effects of acupuncture therapy on abdominal fat

Effects of acupuncture therapy on abdominal fat and hepatic fat content in obese children: a magnetic resonance imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 May;17(5):413-20 Authors: Zhang H, Peng Y, Liu Z, Li S, Lv Z, Tian L, Zhu J, Zhao X, Chen M Subjects were 10 healthy, obese children 11-13 years old, with a …

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Take Two Needles and Call Me in the Morning

Headaches are a problem faced by a large cross-section of the population.  Studies have shown that roughly 45 million Americans suffer from them per year. There is an average of 20 million females in America that experience chronic headaches and an average of 25 million males. This represents a prevalence of chronic headaches that is roughly 1 out of every …

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