When patients are in pain from an injury, the first thing they want to know is: “how long will the pain last?” and “will it ever get better?” I always tell them that recovery time depends on how severe the injury is and how long they’ve had it for. As a general rule of thumb, injuries can take the same amount of time to heal (undevelop) as they did to develop. So if you succumbed to an injury 3-4 days ago, then it could take 3-4 days to fully recover if you get the right treatment. But if you’ve had an injury that has been lingering around for years, or even decades, then we have to shift gears to control and maintain the issue. In fact, those are our two goals: first, we need to control it, then, we need to maintain it. To achieve our first […]
Many of the new patients that walk through my doors are very curious about acupuncture and wonder if it will work for them. While some people see results faster than others, virtually everybody starts feeling improvements after their very first session. The big question is, “how does acupuncture work?” I’m going to do my best to explain it to you, while sparing you the gory details. Sound good? To start, let’s talk about nerves. Nerves are what allow you to feel, breathe, touch, and move. They are responsible for all your senses and affect every major part of your body like your organs, heart, digestive system, and more. It is also how you feel pain, heat, cold, soft, rough, etc. Acupuncture targets the nerves at your fingertips and toes because those fine, sensory points are what help you to restore balance. In […]
Qi and the breath of life (for a frog)! The cells act like a battery and accumulate a negative charge which lay the foundation for (stem) cell organization. These electrical signals (Qi) control the way genes are expressed forming the breath of life!
Picture this: one day you wake up to discover your home has been flooded. In a panic, you call your local plumber, Joe. By the time Joe strolls in, you throw your arms up in the air and barely take a breath as you rant about your damaged walls, your ruined carpet, the irreparable dresser, spoiled clothing, etc. So why am I asking you to imagine this nightmare? Well, a flooded home is the perfect example of how problems can spread from one system to another. So how do we fix it? In this situation, what’s important is that we find the drain to the basement. We must know why it is plugged, and what happened to it. Why is the drain important? If the plumber can fix the drain, then even if there is a flood tomorrow, the water will eventually […]
Have you ever heard of blood spinning? It’s a procedure that is now getting a lot of attention since famous professional athletes like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant are known to be using it. It is commonly used to treat disorders like arthritis, tendonopathy and muscle pain. So how exactly does the procedure work? First, the blood is removed from the arm and it is put in a machine called a centrifuge where the blood is spun. The spinning separates the blood into 3 parts: plasma, red blood cells and a middle portion (less than 1%) called the buffer. The buffer is made up of white blood cells, platelets and other growth hormones. This small white buffer plays a role in regeneration and repair. It is best known for its magical ability to stop blood clotting. The buffer is then re-injected into the slower-to-recover injuries. […]
This summer, I dissected a 77-year old man. I’m contributing to a neuro anatomical textbook by using real human specimens. It was in a summer course called the The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Human Dissection Experience (CAM – HD Experience). It’s at Queens University and it is run by Craig Harness MSc, DO(Q). This is an incredible self-guided program where you get 10 days of dissection! Dissection is an amazing experience for any health care practitioner because it allows you to see the body for what it’s really like – and not just what you see in textbooks. Textbooks show bodies as if we were “perfect” on the inside. Without actually seeing a body “in the flesh” you can never really grasp how complex the body truly is. Think about it… flying a plane is not like using a flight simulator, is it? So […]
Do Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Osteopathy seem like jagged puzzle pieces that don’t seem to fit together? If so, you’re certainly not alone. I used to practice purely Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and was frustrated to see that my patient’s problem just kept coming back. To bridge the gap in care, I enrolled in a Toronto Osteopathy college and started my journey to become an osteopath. Why osteopathy? Well, I always like to use the analogy of a fine-tuned sports car… …Imagine a beautiful 2005 Red Corvette that has endured wear and tear through its 10 years of use. First, to keep the car running smoothly and its doors and gas pedals working optimally, you need lubricants. Lubricants are the engine oil, grease in the axil, oil for door hinges, etc. I like to think of Acupuncture like the lubricants. Lubricants help […]
Nearly everyone who has entered into Toronto Acupuncture Clinic for their first acupuncture treatment wants to know: “Will Acupuncture Hurt?” As a Registered Acupuncturist in Toronto, my short answer is “yes and no.” Yes, because it does hurt – but not in the way they’re asking me about. See, when most people think about getting an acupuncture treatment, they imagine being poked and prodded with “scary” hypodermic needles. These are the needles that are normally used in syringes to either inject or extract fluids from the body. Hypodermic needles are “hollow” (with a hole on their tip). They have a sharp wedge or beveled edge used to “cut” into the tissue. Are you squirming in your seat? That’s how most people react when they imagine these hypodermic needles. And some people have a phobia to these needles that is called, aichmophobia (fear of pointed […]
I woke up this morning and thought that my thesis was due today! Oh wait my thesis is due today!
I’m having a conversation with this 14-year-old girl, and I ask her “do you have a little boyfriend?” She says to me “why do you have to say it like that?” And I said “say it like what?” She goes on to tell me “why do you have to use the word little? When I think of little think of small elves.” So I said to her “You are 14 years old, and therefore you are younger than me; also in terms of size you are smaller than me, therefore you are little in comparison to me. Ok, how should I ask?” She says “don’t specify a size.” So from now on I’ll do my best not to specify size. I learn something new everyday.