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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Decreasing your stress

What to do when you’re stressed to the max….? I’m glad you’ve found me today, I’ve got something I’d like to share with you. It’s Greg here to let you know that even though you might be stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy. But first, why am I talking about stress? Like it’s…

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Bird dog – another core engagement exercise you NEED to do!

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  Last newsletter, I provided a core exercise (stability ball deadbug) that I think ‘everyone should be doing.’ This time around, I am once again showcasing a core engagement exercise that is incorporate into all of my client’s programming: the bird dog.  Whether they are high-performance athletes, or someone who is sedentary and spends most of their day sitting at a desk, this exercise will help create core stability, which…

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Massaging the right places – not always where the pain is

Why is it that when you come in for a massage, your therapist will work on a different area first before attending to where you told her you are hurting or tight? Sometimes the therapist even starts working more on the wrong side of the body! Or when the therapist gets to where it is painful, she is not spending enough time there and go even deeper and harder. Does…

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Pinning Down your Lunch when Pregnant – Drugs or Acupuncture?

Acupuncture for pregnancy-associated nausea – by Melanie Morrill Holding on to your lunch while pregnant can be more challenging than one would expect. Indeed, 50-80% of women experience vomiting nausea or vomiting during early pregnancy according to Cochrane, a respected medical journal. Sometimes, it lasts into later pregnancy or becomes so severe it can become debilitating and even dangerous.  This situation has a special diagnosis — “hyperemesis gravidarum”, which is…

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Try Acupuncture Before IVF/IUI

Many couples who are trying to get pregnant have trouble doing so.  They may not be ready start expensive and invasive procedures like IVF, but there are other things that they can do to support their fertility. If you are trying IVF, acupuncture is very beneficial. I covered this in my last blog The Point of Acupuncture in Fertility. There are lifestyles changes that benefit fertility such as eating a healthy…

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What is your last straw illusion? Take the tracking challenge!

Normal life situations can sometimes be the proverbial last straw to break your camel’s back when it comes to your health.  Why is it that we have such a hard time seeing the problem coming? We hear people (or ourselves!) say, “It was a good day until I reached down to pick up my suitcase…”, or, “My headaches come randomly, and take away normal life so I can barely function…

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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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The point of acupuncture in fertility

One in six Canadian couples who are trying to get pregnant are having trouble conceiving, a problem that has doubled since the 1990s (Health Canada Statistics). The increase in infertility can be explained by age-related issues, smoking, alcohol,  being overweight, stressful lifestyle, but often as is the case, for no discernible reason. To become pregnant many couples are turning to in vitro fertilization – or IVF.  IVF is a highly…

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