Beyond alternatives – a sustainable, adaptable vision of healthcare

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc The time has come.  A turning point is happening in healthcare; although maybe not the one you think!  The future is not about life extension through technology and micromanaging diseases — at least not for the majority.  Emerging from a former focus on disease detection and symptom mitigation is a network of progressive health professionals who will help reframe the very idea of healthcare itself. They…

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Defining healthcare – our evolving vision

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Our move to the new clinic space has been an opportunity to re-examine our vision of what our work is aiming to be .   I think anyone – individuals or groups, a single person or a community organization, a family business, or a corporation – can benefit from re-examining and stating their vision and reason to be from time to time.  For us at The…

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Numbness in your fingers? Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can be confused with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (and more)

by Carl Parnham RMT As explained in another blog written this week by Dr. Alina Tousseeva of our ATP team, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is located primarily in your wrist at the carpel tunnel.  This restricted bony/fibrous tunnel wraps around and contains the many tendons that control movement in the wrist and fingers.  It also protects the nerves and blood vessels that supply your hand with blood, sensation and use…

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Acupuncture generates energy – the science story

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc For thousands of years, acupuncture has been claimed to unblock Qi (“chi”). Qi is described as a universal energy flowing through meridian pathways up and down the limbs and interconnecting the internal organs. The original concepts of Qi or Yin and Yang powerfully and poetically describe the nature and ecology of the body and mind. In modern times, even though science can quantify energy in…

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Are you well on your way to Frozen Shoulder?

by Carl Parnham RMT Frozen Shoulder is a condition where you lose range of motion (ROM) in the shoulder due to pain and tightening of the joint capsule. ROM is most commonly lost in abduction (raising your arm out to the side) and external rotation (arm at your side, elbow bent to 90 degrees and rotating out ward). Dr. E. Codman used the term “Frozen Shoulder” in 1934 calling it…

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Acupuncture helps for depression

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Acupuncture or counselling, provided alongside usual care, can benefit patients  with depression, according to a large, well-designed study. Unfortunately, antidepressants alone don’t work for more than half of patients. There is a demand and a need for non-drug solutions for mental health issues like depression. “Until recently”, says Dr. Hugh MacPherson and his research team, “systematic reviews of acupuncture and counselling for depression in primary care have…

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Acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Drs. Terry Selfe and Anne Taylor of the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies (U of Virginia) reviewed the scientific research published in English journals. They included randomized, controlled experiments studying the effects of acupuncture on knee osteoarthritis. Ten trials representing 1456 participants met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed. They concluded that these studies provide evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for…

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The infrared laser therapy – moxibustion connection

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Infrared laser technology is used by dentists, physiotherapists, and now acupuncturists to decrease pain and inflammation. Although it is used by physiotherapists and dentists to treat a local and acute inflammation, acupuncturists also can use it in lieu of acupuncture needles to activate acupoints. Moxibustion involves the local heating of skin and superficial tissues at acupoints and/or at tender and painful areas.  To do this,…

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The ATP Story

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the story of how we got started. It is about what we stand for, and how we discovered what we needed to do to best serve those who walk through our doors.  It is about realizing we needed to slow things down and pay better attention, being present with each client, to do our best job.  But it was also about making acupuncture…

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How did community acupuncture come to Edmonton? The ATP Story part 4

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Community acupuncture has been practiced intermittently in Edmonton over the last 10 or so years.  As a free inner city clinic at Boyle McCauley Health Centre, the Grant MacEwan Acupuncture Program was involved here to administer the “NADA” ear acupuncture protocol to people addicted to drugs as they try to come off their addiction.  Five years ago, I offered several community clinics at a church…

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