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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Try cupping with your next massage

cupping

Cupping marks can look alarming when you see the circular marks on the skin!  It is important to understand thought that these are not real bruises as you would get from an impact. These are from micro-bleeding from capillaries, caused by a temporary suction from the cups (like a hicky!). The marks on the skin can vary in a pattern and colour (from light red to dark purple). They can…

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The Stability Ball Deadbug- One core exercise everyone should be doing!

Stability Ball Deadbug Everyone, from the sedentary desk worker to the competitive athlete need core stability, whether for correct posture and general back health or to optimize athletic performance.  This exercise requires you to target the deep core musculature to maintain a neutral spine throughout the movement and builds core endurance – both integral to good posture throughout the day and generating power from the legs and arms in sport….

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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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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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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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