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    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!

    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!

     

    Chiropractic Care and Cupping

    Most people only think of adjustments when they think of chiropractic care; however, it may also include techniques such as acupuncture, ART, soft tissue manipulation and cupping!

    Remember the 2016 Summer Games, where Michael Phelps sported weird bruises on his body? That was due to cupping, which is a traditional therapy used to treat many health conditions, including pain. It works by pulling blood to the area affected, which stimulates healing. Cupping improves circulation and loosens up muscles and joints.  It usually isn’t painful, and sterile equipment is always used.

    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.