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    Acupuncture and the NFL

    National Geographic ran a series on the health care New England Patriots defensive player James Harrison receives, including our previous post on cupping.

    The most recent post is his acupuncture routine.  James reports that it has helped him with recovery after workouts and playing on the field. In this picture, more than 400 needles are being used as part of his treatment! He used to hate needles and was hesitant to try, but after his first treatment worked he was converted. So much so, that he pays for his acupuncturist to fly weekly to wherever he is from New York.

     

    We also offer acupuncture both either our traditional TCM treatments with Annette Lambert or an RMT treatment with Kristin Hodgen. The treatment will be custom to your body’s needs, and may involve a wide range of other modalities as well. Book online or by calling us at 416-890-1505 to learn more!

    NFL Players Love Cupping (via National Geographic)

    National Geographic’s instagram featured a picture of New England Patriots linebacker James Harrison  yesterday with his shoulders and back covered in cups. He is the oldest defensive player in the NFL. The caption under the picture relates how some people are skeptical of the effectiveness of cupping. James’ reponse? “All I know is before I get treated, I HURT, and after, I feel better.”

    If it’s good enough for a professional football player who has been on the field for nearly two decades, it could do wonders for you too! Both Annette Lambert (Acupuncturist) and Kristin Hodgen (Athletic Therapist and RMT) offer cupping as part of your treatment – if you’re interested in learning more about what cupping can do for you, book an appointment today!

    What is Gua Sha?

    Gua sha is a therapy which involves scraping your skin with a tool to improve your circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique is great for addressing issues like chronic pain.

    The goal is to break the adhesions formed in and around the muscles to bring inflammation to the area. The inflammation brought to the area will create a healing process that will not only heal the new micro-traumas caused by this technique; but will heal the original damaged tissue that caused the adhesions to form initially. The technique focuses on mobility and function of the body and removing the restrictions preventing the body from working optimally. It’s often used to treat ailments that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as those that trigger muscle and joint pain (including repetitive strain issues like wrist pain).  Lotion is applied to your skin, and then your skin is scraped with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. A smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool is used for the treatment.

    Gua Sha is offered by our Acupuncturist, Annette Lambert and will be offered later in the month by our Athletic Therapist, Kristin Hodgen. You may book online with any of them here: https://anatomica.janeapp.com/

    Acupuncture FAQ, Part One

    We sat down with our Acupuncturist, Annette Lambert, R.Ac, to ask her a couple questions about what people can expect from an acupuncture treatment. This is the part of a series which answers questions we have been asked regarding acupuncture treatment.

    If I don’t want to have any needles, can I still get a treatment?

    Absolutely!  With your consent, your acupuncturist can choose to do acupressure using her fingers and thumbs or can apply magnetic pellets (“seeds”) to stimulate acupuncture points.  In fact, you can also ask your acupuncturist to perform TuiNa, an ancient form of Traditional Chinese massage, Cupping, or Gua Sha.

    What are Cupping and Gua Sha and what do they do?

    Cupping utilizes suction to break up connective tissue adhesions and scar tissue, it promotes  tissue perfusion, reduces inflammation, decreases tension and stiffness, and thus helps promote local circulation, relieve  sore, muscles and spasms, and facilitates the healing process.  From both a Western Medical and a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, cupping promotes circulation and breaks up stagnation (of Qi and Blood) and promotes relaxation.  The Flash Cupping method is also useful in the loosening of chest congestion and phlegm for removal from the body.  This loosening of chest congestion is thus immensely helpful for treating asthma, bronchitis, chest colds and flus and for bringing some relief for emphysema.  Cupping can also be applied to the abdomen to promote bowel movements and assist with digestion.

    Cupping has become more popular in the West and its popularity has risen with its distinct circular marks.  These distinct marks have been seen on the likes of Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, Rio Olympic gymnast Alex Naddour to help them with their sore challenged muscles allowing them to recover faster and be at the ready to compete.  The marks have also graced the backs and torsos of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Justin Beiber, as well as on the arms of our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

    Cupping has been utilized for thousands of years in the Middle East, East Asia, and Ancient Egypt.  Traditionally, cupping involved the use of a flame inserted quickly into a glass, bamboo, ceramic, or animal horn cup to remove the oxygen and create a vacuum.  Modern cupping can also be achieved with plastic cups and a hand pump or with flexible silicone cups. When applied speedily to the skin, the underlying tissue layers are drawn up into the cup which results in enlargement of the tiny blood vessels; this enlargement promotes the flow of fresh blood  and lymph into the area.  However, this enlargement of the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) can also lead to some extraversion (leakage) which is visible as redness and bruising.  Depending on your body, the quickness with which it heals, and how deeply seated the stagnation is, the redness, bruising and/or suction marks (that look like you have been hugged by an octopus) can disappear by the end of the treatment or last up to ten days.  On average, most cupping marks and bruising will disappear in 3-4 days.  The only other side effect is mild to moderate temporary temporary discomfort as stagnation is dissipated and the underlying tissues opened up.

     

     

    Meet Your Acupuncturist – Annette Lambert

    Annette grounds her practice in the principle that diagnosis and treatment are inseparable. For her, the keystones of treatment are to gently establish a connection with the patient, to be fully present throughout each treatment, and to maintain communication. Annette incorporates acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, TCM nutritional advice and lifestyle awareness, Tui Na, Reiki,and Zen Shiatsu into treatments tailored to the individual.

    Annette has taken these cool courses:

    • Zen shiatsu
    • Reiki 1 and 2
    • Wilderness Advanced First Aid

    Annette is interested in learning more about:

    • Medical Qi Gong
    • Qi Gong Instruction
    • Stroke Rehabilitation
    • Shaolin Kung Fu
    • Prenatal Acupuncture

    Types of Treatment which Annette is really good at are treating people with anxiety, Gua Sha, Zen-Shiatsu and Cupping.

    On a more fun note, Annete enjoys ATVing and loves helicopters! She has also had a black bear enter her tent while sleeping – ask her about it the next time you come to visit!

     

    Acupuncture

    Have you followed us on Facebook? We posted last week about how acupuncture isn’t just about needles, as covered by the Huffington Post  R.Ac. Annette Lambert offers no-needle treatments at Anatomica!

    Acupuncturists are trained in several healing techniques, and only one of them uses needles. There’s acupressure, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, ear seeds, qigong, herbs, among others.

    Annette is in the clinic Monday from 2:45 – 8:30pm, Thursday 8:30am – 2:15pm and alternate Saturdays.

    Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel occurs due to pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has many causes, from typing at a non-ergonomic angle to pregnancy. The symptoms of Carpal Tunnel include numbness, tingling, weakness, in the hand, and can progress to a point where your grip weakens, and performing tasks such as typing and using a stapler becomes very painful.

    Time magazine recently ran an article detailing the study done by  Massachusetts General Hospital on the effects of acupuncture on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In the study, one group was given real acupuncture and another group received “sham” electro-acupuncture, which used needles that didn’t penetrate the skin on fake acupuncture points. The group which received the real acupuncture showed measurable improvement in nerve conduction, significant brain remapping, and actual repair. They also have longer term benefits as well, and were more likely to report sustained or continued improvement in functionality—and in symptoms like pain, numbness, and tingling—than those who didn’t.

     

    Just another reason to see what acupuncture can do for you!

    Alycia Duff-Bergeron, Founder and Clinic Director

    When I opened Anatomica in 2013 as my private practice, I was committed to offering an unsurpassed level of service and care to every client.  Today I have the pleasure of working with a skillful team of therapists and administrative staff that are equally committed to raising the bar in their fields and providing exceptional treatment. Our therapists are dedicated, professional, and focused on your health. Anatomica proudly offers some of the most effective manual therapy and functional assessment techniques, performed by therapists with several years of practical experience, all of whom demonstrate a considerable effort to further their educations and understanding of current treatment protocols. We invite you to visit Anatomica to experience effective, personalized healthcare in an inclusive space, staffed by practitioners that are setting a new standard of professionalism. We are Anatomica. Welcome.