25 October

Acupuncture for neck pain

Neck pain is one of the most common issues I see in our acupuncture clinic. Even people who come in for acupuncture for other reasons often mention neck pain or tightness. Neck pain is prevalent because there are many activities and factors that affect the muscles, joints, and skeletal structure of the neck. Work habits, […]

12 December

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Low back pain is an extremely common concern, affecting anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of people at some point in their lives. Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work and is one of the most common reasons to seek medical care, including acupuncture. […]

9 April

Video: Gentle Stretches for Neck and Shoulder Pain

  Neck pain and tension headaches are ubiquitous in our high-stress, computer-oriented culture. One of the main culprits causing these symptoms is an overly tense trapezius muscle. Trapezius originates in the base of the neck an spreads out across the top of the shoulders and down the middle of the back. When it is overly […]

2 June

Combining Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care to Manage Pain

Pain is the alarm the body rings to tell you something is wrong. The dilemma most people are faced with is how to address it. Our culture has been subject to the message ‘take a pill’. My message is not to discredit the use of pharmaceuticals, because in certain circumstances they serve a purpose. The […]

4 March

Walking for mental clarity

One of the many ways that walking promotes health is that every time you take a step, you are activating the acupuncture point just below the ball of the foot called Yongquan (Bubbling Spring). Yongquan is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. This point calms the mind, stabilizes emotions, and improves memory. It also […]

25 May

Acupuncture for Back Pain, Reconsidering Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are commonly used to treat back pain. But this study published April 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that steroid injections were no more effective than a placebo in the treatment of low back lumbosacral sciatica pain. At one month after treatment, the patients who received a placebo healed as well […]

2 March

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

A study in the Journal of Chinese Medicine found that acupuncture reduces the total cost of treatment for back pain. Patients who sought acupuncture for low back pain were much less likely to see their doctor for further treatments, resulting in lower healthcare spending. Yes, it’s another good reason to get acupuncture for back pain! […]

10 March

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

There are several factors that can lead to low back pain. Overuse and over-strain are the most common causes of back pain. But a sedentary lifestyle and excess weight, especially around the abdominal region, often leads to low back pain. Oftentimes I’ll see patients who lifted a heavy object in a way that resulted in […]