Finding the forest through the trees – connective tissue rediscovered

Hidden from view until now – fluid filled spaces everywhere!   By Gord Grant PhD, RAc and Alina Tousseeva, RAc A medical group from New York City recently discovered something very new and interesting about connective tissue. Connective tissue (or fascia as it is also known) is the tough, gooey, elastic filler stuff between cells in and around tissues, sinews, organs and muscles of the body.  It is simply everywhere!  On…

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The Headache of Understanding and Treating Migraines!

Part 1: Insights from case studies The late Oliver Sacks, a medical doctor, naturalist, and science historian, authored many best-selling books regarding the brain’s strangest behaviours.  He investigated unusual neurological disorders and communicated them as case studies and personal reflections, offering insights and a deep appreciation for the complexity of mind and perception; what most take for granted until something goes wrong.  His first book, Migraine, was inspired by his time…

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Insights from autopsy: how to optimize your acupuncture treatments

Last month I went  to Tempe, Arizona, where specialists using acupuncture to treat injuries and pathologies of the musculo-skeletal system came together for a dissection program initiated and led by Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco of the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program. All of us, medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists alike, had similar interests and similar goals. First of all, we were all very experienced practitioners with extensive medical training…

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Pinning Down your Lunch when Pregnant – Drugs or Acupuncture?

Acupuncture for pregnancy-associated nausea  In a 2015 Cochrane review, a respected medical journal that summarizes research over time and evaluates its quality, put together two “meta analysis” of research on acupuncture and nausea. One was on morning sickness and the other was on nausea after surgery. Both studies found that needling PC6 was indeed effective in reducing nausea. This is very impressive because most research on modalities considered “alternative” to…

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Insights into neuroplasticity & carpel tunnel syndrome – implications for chronic pain

This blog is an update on the topic “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” (CTS) a few years ago. Earlier I was writing about the inherent complexity of this condition.  Here I discussed that despite CTS being well defined problem with very distinctive symptoms, a significant number of the patients who experience those primary CTS symptoms may also have multiple impingements of the median nerve at other locations along the way.  The other…

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Acupuncture, Depression, and the Amygdala connection

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Recently studies have linked psychological depression with activation of the amygdalae, an important little pair of “almond” shaped structures located behind your eyes and about as far back as your ears.  At the University of Alberta, Nikolai Malykhin and his team are documenting increases in both the size and “activation” of the amygdala in depressed people (see his website). Acupuncture has traditionally been used to…

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Congratulations Alina! our neurofunctional acupuncturist

Alina Tousseva, Acupuncturist

We are proud to announce that acupuncturist Alina Tousseeva has achieved one of the highest levels of training in science-based medical acupuncture! She is now certified as a Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner.  She achieved this designation by completing a series of advanced courses offered by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco of the MacMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program in Hamilton, Ontario.   Dr. Elorriaga Claraco works with Olympic-level athletes and has a…

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Back Mechanic: yoga and stretching can make back pain worse some times

As you would expect, we serve many people at our clinic with lower back pain.  Many come with a history of sitting too much and not getting enough exercise.   But ironically, just as many, maybe even more, despite or because of extensive and consistent strength training and/or stretching, complain of low back pain and intolerance to sitting. Why is this? There can be many reasons. Here is one typical problem…

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Acupuncture at the end of the rope

Acupuncture is not main-stream, and indeed, is very different – different enough for you NOT to try it until you are at the end of your rope! So this means people often come to see us when everything else has failed.  Unfortunate but true.  But it is often just the nature of change; a necessary and unavoidable stage before, when facing a difficult issue, we will try new things.  Here…

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Focused on function not pain

Medical labels are often misleading.  Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), carpel tunnel syndrome, patella-tracking syndrome, sacral iliac dysfunction – these specific conditions focus on the painful joint or muscle, and can miss the big picture…. and the solution!       We often meet people with chronic injuries who come to our clinic and who have not been fully improving with exercises. They are frustrated, and are ready to give up….

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