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What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling (IMS)?

    About 20 years ago I read an article about a medical doctor in Vancouver BC who was performing a technique he developed called Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). I was so intrigued by this form of therapy, that I took him out for lunch to learn more. The results of our meeting lead me to pursue additional education and training, …

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Epigenetics- You are what you eat, feel, sleep and exercise

    Epigenetics is the study of heritable (inherited from our parents, grandparents etc) changes in genes or cells caused by mechanisms other than changes to your DNA. Examples of such changes are DNA methylation and histone modification, which are processes that regulate gene expression without altering the underlying DNA sequence. DNA is the basic units of genetic information that …

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Do you Lift Weights?

  Most people think of weight lifting as a way to build muscle, but the benefits go beyond increasing lean body mass. An ever-growing body of evidence has shown weight lifting to be helpful for a number of health conditions, both as treatment and for prevention. For the sake of simplicity, the benefits of weight training can be categorized as: …

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Have you Been Screened for Regular Movements?

    Many of us go for a physical each year, where a screening exam is performed on the various systems in our body. The purpose of a screen is generally three-fold: Identify risk factors; Identify dysfunction or pathology; and Monitor the course of disease. Screens serve to give healthcare providers information upon which to act. An action may be …

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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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Turning Down the Heat: Using Food to Reduce Pain and Inflammation

    Inflammation is the body’s response to injury. It is a necessary part of the healing process. If you have an injury causing inflammation, there are a few things you should and probably shouldn’t do. Inflammation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The good: inflammation initiates the healing process and is usually self-limiting The bad: the primary negative …

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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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Is Your Diet Making You Dumb?

  Research published in the Journal of Physiology( suggests that a diet consistently high in fructose slows the brain and hinders memory and learning. Sugar Intake Two primary sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweeter added to processed foods, soft drinks and condiments as a sweetener and preservative. According to …

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Wheat or Heroin- What’s your poison?

        There are several substances in wheat that can potentially adversely affect your health 1.  Amylopectin A– a readily-digested starch which is highly disruptive to blood sugar 2. Lectin– a toxin known as wheat germ agglutinin, which can cause inflammation 3. Gliadin- a component of gluten in wheat which has drug-like effects. Because gliadin may not be …

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COURSE OFFERED: Self Myofascial Release by Dr. Lecovin

Do you experience chronic muscle and joint pain? Do you have tight knots and sore spots throughout your body? You are not alone. These knots are known as Myofascial trigger points. Trigger points can result in either local or referred pain. Studies show that trigger points can be a primary cause of pain in up to 90 percent of musculoskeletal …

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