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Acupuncture for Back Pain – Part III – Thoraco Lumbar Fascia (TLF)

    Acupuncture provides relief from back pain In the first and second article on back pain, bad posture was discussed.   Now we will be examining the Thoraco Lumbar Fascia (TLF). What is TLF? TLF is a dense diamond shaped fibrous sheet which provides connection for the following muscles: Upper portion of TLF - Latissimus dorsi, Trapezius, Rhomboid major Middle portion of TLF - Diaphragm and internal obliques Lower portion of TLF - Quadratus lumborum, Gluteus maximus, Longissium, Iliocastalis, Spinal erectors, Mutifidi Fibers from these muscles merge together to form the TLF, a fibrous tissue which links and [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|Acupuncture, Pain Relief|0 Comments

Acupuncture for Back Pain: Part Two – Are you compensating for bad posture?

Acupuncture is an effective pain relief for back pain. In the first article, we discussed bad posture and where it comes from. Different issues can result in poor posture: Chronic overuse               Exercising such as running, lifting weights, playing tennis, sitting at computer, using a mouse An injury                            Such as a fall, broken bone, car accident Genetic issues                   Curvature of spine, shortened leg bone. Bad posture will force the body to compensate for twisted, hunched and titled joints and muscles. Faulty posture leads to adaptations by muscles and the nervous system. When a joint or muscle have a change in [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Pain Relief|0 Comments

Acupuncture for Back Pain – Part One

Acupuncture for relief of back pain. Let’s talk about back pain. From achy stiff back in the morning to severe debilitating throbbing, back pain is the most common ailment for people. Chronic back pain accounts for 50 to 80 billion dollars spent every year on health treatments. This series of articles will discuss some of the common reasons for back pain. To provide successful pain relief with acupuncture, there are many facets of your life and postural mechanisms to be reviewed. How many times have you heard the stories of people experiencing sudden back pain? Maybe your back [...]

By | October 14th, 2014|Pain Relief|0 Comments

Infertility and Acupuncture: Caffeine and it’s affects on fertility.

Last year I wrote a blog post about caffeine and the negative impact on fertility. Many of my clients inquiry how does caffeine affects fertility, which is a tough question to answer from a Western medicine perspective. Last year two studies were published on caffeine and how it influences cells and hormone levels. Let’s take a step back – several years ago a large research study followed nurses focusing on their consumption of caffeine and if they had problems conceiving. There appeared a link between increased caffeine consumption and longer time periods until conception. Nurses who consumed 2 caffeinated [...]

By | March 4th, 2012|Infertility Treatment|0 Comments

High FSH is not a predictor of Fertility: Research proves Chinese Medicine Theory

For years I have been educating women about FSH. My belief has been that high FSH does not indicate an inability to conceive. I have seen numerous women conceive with FSH even when it’s high as 40. When a client comes for the initial consult, the high FSH conversation comes up. From a Chinese medicine view, high FSH indicates an imbalance of hormones, but not the “end of your fertility days”. I have always wonder how many women conceive naturally with high FSH, but are unaware of the FSH issue as they conceive within a non concerning period of [...]

By | April 20th, 2011|Infertility Treatment|0 Comments

Fertility and Milk: Is there another possibility? Part II

If you read my first article about avoiding milk while trying to conceive, you might be asking “but there’s a big study showing milk improves fertility”. Yes, a couple of years ago milk was boasted as the fertility cure by promoting ovulation. Newsweek discussed the use of whole milk and ice cream to improve ovulation by providing “good fat”. Truthfully I believe good fats can be found in fish and certain veggies (i.e.: avocado) without consuming whole fat dairy products. A major concern with milk is the hormones contained in it which can impact the reproductive system – either [...]

By | August 3rd, 2010|Diet|0 Comments

Avoiding Anti Depressants with Fertility or Conception Issues

The following article appeared in Time magazine. If you are on anti depressants please discuss this article with your doctor, as there is a correlation between miscarriage and anti depressant intake. There are other modalities, such as acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help with depression and anxiety around infertility. Pregnancy is often fraught with complications, not least for women suffering from depression while carrying a child: new research suggests that women who take antidepressant medications during pregnancy may have an increased risk of miscarriage. Scientists at the University of Montreal reported Monday, May 31, in the Canadian Medical Association [...]

By | June 28th, 2010|Infertility Treatment|0 Comments

Fertility without Milk: Part one – A Phlegmy Problem

milkmilkVisited an acupuncturist to improve your fertility? In the treatment process I bet you have been told by your practitioner to remove dairy products from your diet. From a Chinese medicine view, the majority of fertility clients present with damp/phlegm and dairy enhances the buildup of this energetic issue. Yes, dairy includes yogurt, milk, butter and cheese. What is phlegm/damp? Chinese medicine observes how energy flows and issues that block it. One of the major energy blockers is damp/phlegm which hinders moving/circulating energy in the body. A visual description of phlegm/damp: the gooey greasy blockage in the drain for [...]

By | June 16th, 2010|Infertility Treatment|0 Comments

Women and Infertility: POF is not falling off a cliff.

For years I have been encouraging women to look beyond their diagnosis of Premature Ovarian Failure. High FSH and the poor response to follicular stimulating drugs are the most common symptoms of POF. Often women get this life altering diagnosis after visiting their reproductive doctor or completing a cycle of IVF. This diagnosis is nothing more than a diagnosis. It does not indicate if you can or cannot get pregnant - though many doctors would disagree with this statement. From a Chinese medicine view point it simple indicates the women’s body is out of balance. Recently a research article came [...]

By | May 25th, 2010|Infertility Treatment|1 Comment

What if…we changed our world?

One of my clients sent me a link to a wonderful short video about fertility and the “what if’s” of the journey. This video is fabulous. It asks all the right questions and opens a new avenue of thought. Through all of the pain and grief comes power to view life out of the box. The video asks...

By | April 29th, 2010|Infertility Treatment|0 Comments