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My New Celebrity Patient! July 13, 2013

My New Celebrity Patient!

I am proud and honored to announce that I have recently become a member of the Harold Hamilton UFE Pro team! I will be helping Harold in his journey to peak performance and keeping him injury free!

Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter for all of his upcoming competitions and future endeavors!


The Importance of Healthy Fascia June 26, 2013

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a web of connective tissue found around your muscle fibres, muscle groups, organs, blood vessels and nerves.  It is what keeps everything in a tightly compact position within the body and allows for smooth movement within these structures.  It is extremely flexible and is able to withstand great force and multidirectional pull.  Its composition is mainly that of collagen, similar to tendons and ligaments.

Unhealthy Fascia

There is a multitude of reasons why your fascia can become “unhealthy”.  Here are the main ones:

1.  Dehydration:  When the body is dehydrated the fascia becomes less flexible and pliable, therefore restricting movement between structures.  Think of a thirsty plant – when the soil is dried out, the leaves become brittle and lose their vibrancy.  Same concept applies to your fascia!

2.  Neglected Injury:  Whether your injury has been severe, a case of overuse, whether the injury is new or old, your body reacts to try to heal that area the same way.  The brain triggers a response to send collagen to the area of injury.  Fascia is made up of collagen, so when there is an overabundance of it in a certain area, this can also contribute to a limited range of motion.  Remember!  Even an injury from your childhood that you would otherwise consider unimportant can attribute to your fascia becoming constricted over time.

3.  Emotional Trauma:  We have all read about it – “stress causes disease!”.  Whether you believe it or not, it has been scientifically proven that our bodies can suffer from emotional trauma – that means STRESS.  One of the structures that suffers first is your fascia.  This is where it all begins.  Restriction within the fascia inhibits mobility within the structures of the body – muscles, organs (including your liver!), nerves (including your brain!) the circulatory system (including your heart!) and everything in between, become severely compromised in their function.

What to do?

1.  Manual Therapy:  Everything from massage, acupuncture and myofascial release can help release any restrictions in the fascia.  The key is to catch the problems early.  If however, you’ve waited a little too long, it’s not too late!  Your therapist can still work his/her magic; the process may take a little longer.  Working with fascia usually requires a more aggressive approach.  Be patient and keep moving!

2. Do Yoga:  Your first thought is, “I’m not flexible, I can’t do yoga!”.  I give all of my student of yoga and my massage and acupuncture patients the same response, “Flexibility is NOT a prerequisite for doing yoga.”.  We all have to start somewhere!  Yoga increases blood and lymphatic flow which speeds up the healing process.  With gentle fluid movements along with controlled breathing, your fascia will be able to lengthen more efficiently.  When you feel tight it’s not your muscles that are tight; it’s your FASCIA!

3.  Drink plenty of water:  Just remember the thirsty plant, and just like that thirsty plant:  when you begin to take in more water, it will go right through you at the beginning.  Until your fascia becomes well saturated with water your body will quickly extract it.  Once all of the structures are well hydrated you won’t have to take as many visits to the bathroom!

4.  Keep moving:  Wonder why you feel tight first thing in the morning?  You haven’t been moving all night!  Your fascia has become restricted in your sleep!  As soon as you plant those feet on the floor, get moving – stretch and soften the body with gentle movements.  Your fascia will thank you for it!


Acupuncture FAQs June 8, 2009

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When to consider electro-acupuncture  (EA)?

Generally the application of EA stimulation greatly enhances the effect of needling therapy and can increase level of analgesia and significantly extends the period of treatment effectiveness. Many practitioners apply EA as a primary modality for acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal problems because of its ability to produce a strong analgesic effect. The application of EA is a primary consideration for pain, muscle spasms, numbness, treating nerve dysfunction, paralysis, and atrophy.

Why electro-acupuncture?

Acupuncture and electroacupuncture therapy have been utilized to treat a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, and have proven particularly effective at treating anatomically localized neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) injuries caused by repetitive stress or trauma. The anatomical NMS injuries that are most typically treated by acupuncture and electroacupuncture are due to trauma, sports injuries, auto accidents, and work-related repetitive stress injuries of the tendon, ligament, and bursa, and injuries in and around joint areas and the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, etc) surrounding the spine. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture are also commonly used to treat chronic or post-operative pain, headaches, nausea, menstrual-related pain, and other conditions that may be anatomically, neurologically, or physiologically based.

Severity and Duration of Conditions

Conditions of illness and injury are generally classified into three or more categories, depending upon severity and duration. The commonly used descriptions of the stages of illness and injuries are acute, sub-acute, chronic, and recurrent.

How often should I get treated?

This is strictly a guideline base for treatment.  Individuals will vary.

Does it hurt?

Needle insertion is painless.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) declares otherwise – that it should be painful, otherwise it is not effective, but in the case of EA, the entire process is painless.  In saying that, sensations such as a deep ache within the muscle may occur, which is expected and means that the treatment is working.  Other feelings some patients have reported are sweaty palms (an involuntary reaction from your sympathetic nervous system), mild nausea, and fatigue.

When the electricity is attached to the needles, a sensation of light tapping within the muscle is the best way to describe it.  Again, it is not painful.

Basically, EA used in conjunction with other modalities such as massage therapy, chiro and physiotherapy as an effective way of treating various types of injuries.  It is important when looking for a therapist that he/she is  open to working with other healthcare professionals.  I have always found it crucial in building a team of professionals to get you back to your peak performance and functionality.  Acupuncture is a great addition to various therapies; keep in mind that it is not the ONLY therapy to get you functioning to your full capacity again.

The great thing about ELECTRO-acupuncture is that it speeds up the entire process of healing.  I could go on and on about the chemical chain of events that take place in your body from this type of treatment, but the bottom line is – it works.

If you have a provider of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture near you, you should try it!


Acupuncture as a Complement to Massage March 26, 2009

Contemporary Acupuncture is a great complement to Massage Therapy as the acupuncture needles act as an extension of my fingers.  With the needles, I can go deep into the tissue where superficially it is impossible.  For those of you who are not familiar with Contemporary Acupuncture, let me explain.

Contemporary Acupuncture is the painless insertion of needles to establish peripheral nerve stimulation with solid needles along with electric stimulation that is used to induce physiological changes on the activity of the nervous system and its effectors, deemed to be clinically useful.  Basically, what that means is:  it stimulates your nervous system to promote healing by immediately bringing blood to the area along with the body releasing endorphins to accelerate the healing process.  Many more things happen in the body chemically, but I won’t bore you with the scientific details!

I can personally vouch for this modality after suffering from many sports injuries.  Any time that I have suffered from a strain, sprain, or trigger point, acupuncture has always brought me back to full functionality.  This is key:  FUNCTIONALITY.  It’s not about eliminating pain, it’s about getting back to being able to FUNCTION.  This is what Contemporary Acupuncture does.

If you’re nervous or scared of needles, do not fret!  You won’t even know that the needles are going in!  It’s PAINLESS!  If you haven’t tried it before, now is the time!  And if you’ve received this treatment in your lifetime, you know how effective it is.

Come see me and we’ll work together to find a whole new you!

Keep well and enjoy life!