Low back pain? – sit it away (with a wedge)!

by Carl Parnham RMT How many of you out there are stuck at a computer desk all day? I bet you have back problems right? Do you feel like sitting too long is hindering your every day life? Now you hurt so much that, even if you wanted to exercise more, it hurts too much to try? I know, I know…I shouldn’t be using a laptop like this; but no…

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“Cost: A big limitation of private acupuncture treatments… the ATP story part 3”

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the next article in a series about ATP’s “turning points”.  I have described the beginning of our story – go here to read the series.  Our original dilemma was presented in the choice between offering clients a dedicated one-on-one service or a more cost-efficient multiple client model, in which  people are treated simultaneously in separate rooms in quick succession.  In these dedicated private…

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A healthcare dilemma: process efficiency or client’s needs first? The ATP story-part 2

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc This is the second part of a series that describes ATP’s “turning points”  — it’s about my insights along the way as we have engaged and participated with our clients in caring for their health.  Last time I introduced the idea of community acupuncture and how it is now integrated into the culture at ATP.  I see it not only as an alternative, but also…

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IMS or Acupuncture – what’s the difference?

    IMS, or “intramuscular stimulation”,  is a relatively new and promising technique which was introduced by Dr.  Gunn about 30 years ago. Originally it was called “dry needling of motor points” , which refers to using a non-hypodermic needle without the injection of a liquid, but rather a dry filamentous needle (indeed, an acupuncture needle).  Dr. Gunn demonstrated this technique could  significantly reduce chronic muscular pain associated with neuropathies…

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The transformation of healthcare – The ATP story part 1

Turning Points: The introduction of community acupuncture clinics to The Acupuncture Turning Point reflects not only a change for us, but also a significant transformation in this era of technological and material wealth, and personal choices.   Last year (2012) was a “turning point”; not only for us in how we practice, but also in how we have come to better understand the relevance in the shift occurring in knowledge, power…

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How Deep is Too Deep?

  As a massage therapist, many people come to me and ask, “Do you do deep tissue massage?”.  I say “yes”, but I explain what I mean to them further, since we usually have a different idea of what a deep tissue massage is.  From experience, people wanting a deep tissue massage are usually meaning this: “I have a high pain tolerance and want a really good massage. Can you…

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The Connective Tissue Connection

“It’s all in the fascia”.  How many times have I heard this from healthcare workers who have spent a lifetime working with injuries or researching mechanisms of health and healing? Loosely speaking, fascia is connective tissue.  It surrounds all our body parts, from big to small.  Fascia can be the ligaments that support and hold a joint together, or it can be the intricate wrappings around muscles at every level,…

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Are we what we whEAT?

Article by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Some people who are losing weight, healing from a sickness, or just trying to be healthier swear their success is due to restricting or even eliminating wheat from their diet.  This is not to be confused with people who have celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder in which eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, triggers an inflammatory immune response that damages…

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Could the Sun be Good for your Heart? (no, this is not about Vitamin D!)

A recent and fascinating Ted Talk featured dermatologist Richard Weller who talks about the science of UV light and how it affects our health.  With humour and eloquence and simplicity, his talk demonstrates why people do not trust the media’s representation of medical discoveries sometimes. Although our skin creates Vitamin D from cholesterol when exposed to UV light from the sun, sunlight may give us another unexpected benefit too. New…

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When there was only “organic” and “local”…

Not long ago, there was the age of being close to our food. We were farmers. We grew, prepared, and ate our traditional foods. The food we ate looked like food. It was “organic”, “local” and “healthful”; and it would have been absurd and irrelevant to describe food these ways then! Then there came the age of convenience and science and security for many, which created canned food and processed…

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