Research: Acupuncture & Headaches

October 7, 2009

Here is a selection of research on the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating headaches. In a 2005 randomized trial, Linde et al studied the effects of acupuncture, sham acupuncture and a control on 302 patients with migraine headaches. The study found the acupuncture and sham acupuncture produced a greater reduction in moderate to severe headaches. […]

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Research: Acupuncture & Tennis Elbow

September 16, 2009

A 2004 systematic review conducted by Dr. Trinh of McMaster University showed strong evidence to support the treatment of lateral epicondyle pain with acupuncture.  The systematic review included 6 high quality studies.  All studies showed that acupuncture provided relief for lateral epicondyle pain.  Five of the six studies showed that acupuncture was more effective than […]

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Tennis Elbow

September 15, 2009

These days the average person that has tennis elbow doesn’t even play tennis.  What used to be a term reserved for athletes can now be achieved by painting too many coats of paint on your wall, typing on your computer, and other non grand slam activities.  If you are feeling pain in your outer elbow […]

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Research: Acupuncture & Diabetes

September 8, 2009

A 1997 study conducted by the University of Manchester appeared in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Volume 39, Issue 2, February 1998, Pages 115-121. The study followed 46 diabetic patients with chronic painful peripheral neuropathy and studied the long term effects of acupuncture.  63% of the patients were already following the standard medical treatment for […]

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The Beauty of Combining Massage & Acupuncture

August 23, 2009

My favourite method of treating is becoming the combination massage & acupuncture session.  From what I have seen, it gives a better chance of success for relieving chronic or acute pain and also gives a more pain free, comfortable release compared to massage therapy alone. In a typical combination Acupuncture & Massage session, I do […]

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Yoga for Pain Reduction

August 19, 2009

Since becoming a massage therapist, I have quickly found the limits my body can go before it needs help. The work is tiring and physically demanding and burns out many RMT’s by the 5 year mark. This is why I religiously follow a program of postural awareness, stretching exercises, epsom salt baths, weight training and […]

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