ATP is temporarily closed except for telehealth consults

As of Friday, March 27, the Alberta government has temporarily closed all non-essential services due to COVID-19 outbreak. We can still serve clients if they want through telehealth consultation using video or phone.  

Telehealth to keep in touch: video or phone assessment/consultation

Unfortunately, we are not able to see many of our clients during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Some are increasing social distance, and others need to respect the imperatives of self-isolation or quarantine orders. To help those who could benefit from a consultation but cannot get in, we are now offering “telehealth” assessment-consultation  services. What has made ATP distinctive is that we don’t just “DO” acupuncture to our clients.  Our success has…

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‘Social’ Distance Training with Breathe Fitness

Exercise online together [on your own at home] Guest Blog from Breathe Fitness – our team network partner https://breathe-fitness.ca/ We are currently experiencing history in the making.  As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a hold on a global scale, here in Canada, we’re experiencing unprecedented measures taken by the federal, provincial and municipal governments to help mitigate (or, at least, slow down) the spread of this novel virus. Over the past…

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Science confirms acupuncture prevents migraines

A highly respected and official review of scientific literature to prevent migraines showed acupuncture works slightly better than drugs and is not just a placebo. The Cochrane review process is the most rigorous scientific examination of clinical research.  In a 2016 Cochrane Review the authors summarized twenty-two clinical acupuncture trials regarding the treatment of migraines, including 4985 participants in total. Some trials tested acupuncture alone compared to routine care, others tested…

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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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Dos and Don’ts of Stretching

    As a former university team athlete, current martial artist and yoga teacher trainer (with a masters degree in exercise physiology) I am NOT surprised to hear from so many people how many misinterpretations they hold about stretching. From my personal experience teaching Yoga teachers I have come to know that yoga/stretching done well is great and done incorrectly can be injurious. More recently, from my clinical experience working…

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The benefits and risks of intermittent fasting

It has been shown again and again that diets don’t work.  Mostly because after losing weight people go back to their old eating patterns. Fasting is all the craze now a days, not only for losing weight, but also research shows it is great for regulating type II diabetes, and now new evidence with mouse studies shows it prolongs actual lifespan! What is more important though, is that it looks…

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The right time for massage

Choosing the right amount of time to book for a massage is important so your therapist can properly do his or her job.  If the main goal is a particular physical therapeutic outcome – like achieving greater mobility in just the neck area – it may not be intuitively obvious how much time you need. Of course, cost and the time you have available for a treatment are key factors;…

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