CTV comes to ATP clinic to see “what’s up with cupping?”

cupping

Since Michael Phelps was seen with prominent cupping marks on his shoulders during the Olympics, cupping has been more recognized and accepted in the west as therapy for athletes.  But at the Acupuncture Turning Point we have long time integrated cupping into most treatments that involve chronic musculoskeletal pain, whether you are an athlete or not! Cupping can gently break the adhesions and bring new vigor to tissues associated the inflammation…

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Back pain …. one pain, but many causes!

Doctor Viewing Scans With Patient

You can hardly find a person 40 years of age in our new society who has never had back pain!  We have come to accept it as part of growing older and sitting most of the day (and then injuring ourselves at some point when we over exert our weakened state).  However, back pain is usually preventable, and if you are afflicted by it, it is treatable.  In fact, back…

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NeuroKinetic Therapy: MY Missing Link

The monthly Global TV interview on complementary healthcare for October was with Kendra Tootill.  Gord investigated NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) with Kendra Toothill.  This modality helps her find and retrain muscles that are not firing properly due to old injuries.  Read Kendra’s blog about here story of NKT. Enjoying a St. Paddy’s day celebratory beer with a friend was a pivotal moment that catapulted my career into the diversely complex world…

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Short, frequent massage lowers pre-hypertension

      A recent study shows that massage three times a week can actually lower elevated blood pressure in woman (men were not studied, but I am sure it would work for them too!). They studied woman with “pre-hypertension” (BP is lower than 140/90 and higher than 120/80. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733180/.   This group referred to another study, (Vasan et al. 2001) with a 10-year follow-up of pre-hypertensive people and compared them…

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Gord investigates Osteopathy

This month I investigate osteopathy, a diverse discipline that has many facets.  Like chiropractic, this discipline evolved over 100 years ago and has persisted as a complementary therapy to mainstream medicine.  However, unlike chiropractic, its focus is on the body as a whole system, and not on the spine per se.  The traditional practice of osteopathy seeks literal fulcrums, or balance points, when addressing a physical imbalance, and then restores…

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Rolfing is not massage

This month we introduce the little known but highly effective soft tissue manipulation practice of Rolfing. Gian Gibson is a Certified Advanced Rolfer who has been in practice since 2006. He obtained his massage therapy diploma in 2006 from a 2500 hour program. He became a Certified Rolfer in 2008 after attending the Rolf Institute School of Structural Integration in Boulder, CO, USA and Barra Do Sahy, Brazil, completing his…

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Scoliosis – more common than you think

Scoliosis is an unnatural lateral or sideways bending of the spine, where it looks like an “S” Curve or a “C” curve. That’s not good — the spine is best when it is straight when looking at it directly from behind.   Structural scoliosis can be a very serious condition, and is to a large part genetically determined. It is most commonly found in young females and can persist their entire…

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The way to a deeper massage

by Carl Parnham RMT What a lot of people don’t understand about massage, including some RMTs, is that going deep is usually not indicated on the first treatment. I’m not just talking about avoiding an acute injury showing up with inflammation or bruising. I’m talking “normal” states and the human body’s greatest ability – its ability to adapt to change. It takes time and repetition, like the stages of building up capacity in an exercise.  Athletes in martial arts know this…

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The Trick to Massaging your Baby

Baby Massage

by Carl Parnham RMT Infant massage is a simple, healthy and therapeutic way of bonding. After engaging baby all day, feeding, changing diapers, just holding, and getting things done, you’d think that mom (or dad if you are the primary caregiver) would not need to be doing infant massage to bond!  But this is often an oversight, and a missed opportunity to intentionally create some very high quality time together. …

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Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

by Carl Parnham RMT First off what is your IT Band? Well, it’s a reinforced band of fascia that is connected from the Tensor Facia Lata and Gluteus Maximus muscles down to your Tibia (shin bone). Stop right there! What is Fascia anyhow? Fascia is connective tissue. Which does just that – it connects and envelopes all muscle, organs and bones; holds them in place and supports them and allows…

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