Direct Billing

For your convenience we can do direct billing to Great West Life, Sunlife, Greenshield,  Blue Cross and ASEBP (Alberta Teachers), SSQ Financial Group, Chambers of Commerce, Desjardins, Cowan, First Canadian, Industrial Alliance, Johnson Inc, Johnson Group Inc,  Maximum Benefit and CINUP. Currently Blue Cross and ASEBP (Alberta Teachers) allow direct billing only for massage but not acupuncture, however, clients who are covered can submit for reimbursement on their own.  Blue Cross…

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Massage: 3 common misconceptions

by Carl Parnham RMT Misconception 1: Massage has been mainly portrayed as a technique to create relaxation. Therapeutically, massage is so much more than this! Two growing areas for therapeutic massage now are pain/injury management and sports massage. Imagine you ache all the time — ankle, knee, back, neck. You have come to use pain medications as short term solutions at best, and causing more problems than they help, at…

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Injury rehabilitative, sports, relaxation and deep tissue massage -what’s the difference?.

by Carl Parnham RMT First of all, regardless of the objective of a treatment, a massage therapist is trained in using basic techniques such as “effleurage” (long gliding strokes) and “petrassage” –(kneading, circular motions, bending and picking up of the tissues).Basically, the goal of the treatment drives the way effleurage and petrassage are used (speed, force, angle, timing), where they are applied and the amount of time needed for assessment…

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Postural Assessment: the mysterious case of Jimmy

by Carl Parnham RMT The “big picture” in my work all starts with postural assessment. The power of properly integrating a thorough postural assessment into a treatment can be astonishing!  It goes far beyond the normal focus of symptoms of muscle tightness and pain. Posture has been defined as a “synthesis of the positions of all the body’s joints at any given time.” Indeed, posture may be focused on positions…

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Aromatherapy – the theory and the practice

by Jennifer Kotowicz HHP, RAc – Facial acupuncture, rejuvenation and weight loss. We all know that the sense of smell evokes strong memories and emotions.  Sometimes this can be an overpowering experience. Olfaction is a complex experience.  My husband as a chef is particularly aware of this, and he really relies upon his sense of smell.  He smells and tastes the ingredients of his creations, from start to finish, as…

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Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil describe benefits of facial acupuncture – but is it a facelift?

by Jennifer Kotowicz HHP, RAc – Facial acupuncture, rejuvenation and weight loss. My specialty is facial rejuvenation at The Acupuncture Turning Point health clinic. I have always been reticent to do the stereotypical “before and after” pictures for many reasons  – but I am reconsidering it. I ask myself, is my reluctance because my treatments do not produce dramatic enough results!? I calm first impulse knowing that the huge marketing…

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Can’t give up that pillow? – think again!

by Carl Parnham RMT I am not a pillow expert, but I deal with people’s proverbial “pain-the-neck” every day.  So, I did some research into pillows and here is what I found.  I came across this scientific study published in a physiotherapy journal (Physiotherapy Canada, Volume 63, Number 2, Pages 183-190).  Here they let people use their own pillow as well as other types.  The participants (106 of them!) were…

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9th and 10th habits for healthy skin and healthy you!

  These are the last two habits in the series of 10 holistic tips on creating a healthier skin by Jennifer Kotowick. Habit 9: Balanced sun exposure and sunscreen. You want to get some but not too much not only for the creation of natural vitamin D, but because sun affects our mood and our hormones. UV light therapy is sometimes prescribed for certain skin problems(psoriasis, acne), in moderation, and…

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Drink enough water, limit alcohol, and exfoliate gently! 6th, 7th, and 8th habits for healthy skin and healthy YOU!

This is the next in the series of 10 holistic tips on creating a healthier skin by Jennifer Kotowick. Drink enough water.  Ensure you are adequately hydrated. Do you know if you are thirsty or not, or are you just drinking water because your are supposed to sometimes? Can you drink too much water? Limit alcohol intake. Everything in moderation right? Alcohol is not only dehydrating but can hinder you…

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Exercise and Reduce Stress: 4th & 5th habits of 10 for Healthy skin and a healthy YOU.

“Exercise and Move” is the fourth blog of a series of 10 on holistic tips on creating a healthier skin by Jennifer Kotowicz. We give people diet/lifestyles/symptom observation tracking sheets at our clinic (come and get one – no charge), alternatively, you can contact us at www.acupunctureturningpoint.ca/contact.html and we’ll email you one so you can print it and put it up on your fridge to fill in once per day…

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