Focused on function not pain

By Gordon Grant and Alina Tousseeva, Medical labels are often misleading.  Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), carpel tunnel syndrome, patella-tracking syndrome, sacral iliac dysfunction – these specific conditions focus on the painful joint or muscle, and can miss the big picture…. and the solution! We often meet people with chronic injuries who come to our clinic and who have not been fully improving with exercises. They are frustrated, and are ready…

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Health counselling is more than patient-centred care

From the thousands of people who have walked through our doors at The Acupuncture Turning Point, we have rediscovered again and again the best way to serve each one.  We promote the unfolding discovery that happens when a person pays better attention to his or her own body rather in contrast to taking a prescriptive approach. We strive not to take on the role of a white coat professional who…

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Back pain …. one pain, but many causes!

Doctor Viewing Scans With Patient

You can hardly find a person 40 years of age in our new society who has never had back pain!  We have come to accept it as part of growing older and sitting most of the day (and then injuring ourselves at some point when we over exert our weakened state).  However, back pain is usually preventable, and if you are afflicted by it, it is treatable.  In fact, back…

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Stewardship – a deeper meaning of health

It is true that the simple act of a vote we cast (or not) is quite insignificant when considered in its singularity. Ironically though, from a matter of democratic principle, nothing could be more important and ultimately potent, to both the citizen and society alike. It is a human thing, a principle to live by, that each of us can make a profound difference through seemingly trivial and singular acts…

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Shockwave Therapy – presented with Dr. Taha on Global TV Monday

Gord Grant brings a complementary therapy or practice on to Global TV at 7:40AM the last Monday of every month.  This month Gord introduces his followers to shockwave therapy, and Dr. Hassen Taha, a chiropractor who uses this technique. I had heard of shockwave therapy some years ago — a technique which uses externally applied, focused, high-intensity acoustic pulses — being used for breaking up kidney stones into small pieces. …

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Injury free – the secret of a Hiro

Both athletes and inactive people alike, come to me with similar accumulated injuries of life: it is as if we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t! But for me, meeting Hiroshige Watanabe has changed the game. He really has influenced my perspective on pain, injury and rehabilitation, both as a therapist and a runner dealing with injuries myself. Before Hiro, as he is known by his…

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NeuroKinetic Therapy: MY Missing Link

The monthly Global TV interview on complementary healthcare for October was with Kendra Tootill.  Gord investigated NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) with Kendra Toothill.  This modality helps her find and retrain muscles that are not firing properly due to old injuries.  Read Kendra’s blog about here story of NKT. Enjoying a St. Paddy’s day celebratory beer with a friend was a pivotal moment that catapulted my career into the diversely complex world…

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Short, frequent massage lowers pre-hypertension

      A recent study shows that massage three times a week can actually lower elevated blood pressure in woman (men were not studied, but I am sure it would work for them too!). They studied woman with “pre-hypertension” (BP is lower than 140/90 and higher than 120/80. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733180/.   This group referred to another study, (Vasan et al. 2001) with a 10-year follow-up of pre-hypertensive people and compared them…

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Heart Disease: what we eat impacts our risk

      Revive Wellness is located at 3728 91 St. Edmonton, AB, T6E 5M3 and you can contact them by phoning 780-450-2027 or go to their website at http://www.revivewellness.ca/ By Loreen Wales, nutritionist There is a common misconception that consuming too much fat increases our risk for cardiovascular events. However, when we look at the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to be the most successful diet for lowering…

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Gord investigates Osteopathy

This month I investigate osteopathy, a diverse discipline that has many facets.  Like chiropractic, this discipline evolved over 100 years ago and has persisted as a complementary therapy to mainstream medicine.  However, unlike chiropractic, its focus is on the body as a whole system, and not on the spine per se.  The traditional practice of osteopathy seeks literal fulcrums, or balance points, when addressing a physical imbalance, and then restores…

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