Back To School – 5 Ideas for a Happy Spine

Fall is in the air, and school is already back in full swing. At any age, wearing heavy backpacks or sitting for extended periods of time can affect spinal health.  Here are 5 simple ideas for the classroom or office, which will improve posture and reduce tension and pain throughout the spine: Carry heavy backpacks Read More…

Late Summer – How Our Bodies Respond To New Seasons

Late summer, a time when the breeze changes, yellow and brown begins to appear in the foliage, and we anticipate the fall to come.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this time of year pertains to the element of earth, a time of transition and bounty.  Along with late summer, the earth element is also associated Read More…

Study: Is Barefoot-Style Running Best?

Barefoot-running enthusiasts long have believed that running without shoes or in minimalist footwear makes running easier, speedier and less injurious. But a surprisingly large number of new studies examining just how the body actually responds when we run in our birthday shoes or skimpy footwear suggest that for many people, those expectations are not being Read More…

Quick tips pre lower extremity joint replacement:

It has been some time since my last entry. After being exposed to many post operative joint replacements, there are a few tips that have become quite evident. If you are awaiting a lower extremity joint replacement there are many things you can do to facilitate your recovery. It is often overlooked that arm strength Read More…

Transitioning from prevention to acute care:

Understanding what my role is as an Acupuncturist, within an acute medicine context has been a difficult endeavor. I am currently on my second placement this time on the acute internal medicine ward. It has only been a week but it has felt like several months of learning. When we work from a preventative standpoint Read More…

Utilization Of Cupping In The Treatment of Pain

Vancouver Cupping Treatments: It’s so Simple, Why is it so Effective at Relieving Pain? In my practice at Qi Integrated Health, I use cupping primarily in the treatment of pain and muscle tightness. This modality of treatment has many other uses, including clearing phlegm from the lungs and scar reduction. Today, we will look at Read More…

An Introduction to Visceral Manipulation – Massage Therapy

Visceral manipulation has been around since prerecorded times and refers to the manipulation of the organs (viscera) of the body. While gentle and intuitive, this type of treatment is very effective in releasing chronic restrictions.  A modern form of visceral work was developed by a French Osteopath / Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral, who became interested Read More…

Low Back Pain and Your Breath: There is a connection

People who suffer from low back pain are familiar with the effects – stiffness, shooting pain, weak core, difficulty sitting or standing for long periods, figuring out how to tie your own shoes etc. Recently another side effect has come to light – the inability to take a full and healthy breath. I was inspired Read More…

Dodging Grass Pollen Allergies

Vancouver Acupuncture Treatment For Allergies The arrival of July brings with it a host of new summer allergens, the most common of which are grass pollens.  The smell of freshly cut grass has me chomping at the bit to get outside and exercise.  For some, this same fresh smell heralds the beginning of yet another Read More…