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Effective Back Pain Relief Using Cupping Massage

I was introduced to cupping four years ago while being treated for an auto collision injury. It is a traditional treatment, which uses the application of suction cups to the body. My chiropractor had just hired a massage therapist who was very interested in naturopathic medicine and holistic healing. With three children under the age of five, and having sustained other injuries as well, I was suffering from excruciating back pain and was eager to find something that provided immediate relief. It only took one treatment to get me hooked. I was on the prowl to find my own cup set, so my partner could help treat me at home.

Cupping is considered to be part of the study of acupuncture, but it can be used alone (no needles involved), or in conjunction to acupuncture treatments. The cups can be left in one spot, or you can have someone slide the cup(s) along your back. I use a combination of the two methods for optimum pain management.

There are many cultures that use some form of cupping in their folk medicine, and as a little girl I saw family members using cupping therapy for a variety of ailments such as pain or injury, respiratory issues, digestive problems, even skin care such as treating eczema and cellulite reduction. I use it to loosen the muscle knots in my back. The cupping therapy works by enabling circulation to injured sites. This speeds up healing by reducing swelling, and allowing toxins to be expelled.

Modern cup sets come with a simple pump. If you choose to leave the cups in place, the pump is removed and the cup sits on the surface of your skin for about five to twenty minutes. If you opt for the “sliding” method, lotion or massage oil can be applied prior to applying a light suction, and the cup(s) can be moved in any direction. Circular motions directly on problem areas work wonders for me.

A more traditional method uses Fire-Cupping. A vacuum is created by soaking a cotton ball in alcohol, lighting it, and placing it inside the cup for a few seconds. The fire sucks out all the oxygen in the cup, producing the suction. The cup is then placed on your skin, and treatment is the same as with using the modern cups. Fire-Cupping does not burn or feel hot on your body.

Cupping should not hurt, although it may leave a mark which should go away within a few hours to a week. Cupping can be extremely relaxing, and children do very well with it. My five-year old daughter absolutely loves being cupped before bedtime.

If you suffer from back pain or any of the other ailments listed, I highly encourage you to seek a professional acupuncturist, or massage technician who specializes in cupping therapy. For maximum results, I also recommend using white flower oil during the massage, or applying an analgesic patch (such as Salonpas) after the treatment.



Source by Kaira Nguyen

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com

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Why To Be Careful With Whiplash Injuries

As a practicing chiropractor of 35 years I have seen a great number of patients who have suffered needlessly from neck or back pain that originally occurred from a trauma like an auto accident. Once we help them to get rid of their pain with chiropractic care, their frequent comment has been: “I wish I had come here years ago.” This article will discuss the effects of trauma to the body, consequences and what can be done to mitigate the effects.

It is very common to have an auto accident, fall or be struck by something and not feel any immediate pain. This does not mean that our spine did not suffer an injury. It may not start becoming painful until days, weeks or months after the trauma. In fact, research studies show that from 50% to 88% of the people having whiplash from an auto accident continue to suffer years after.

When there is an unexpected sudden trauma from an accident, like whiplash, there can be injury to the soft tissues–muscles, ligaments, tendons and other tissues. If there is a significant accident, I recommend that you first go to an emergency medicine center to make sure there are no life-threatening conditions. However, I’ve seen many times where patients were sent home after x-rays, MRIs or CAT scans found nothing broken or dislocated yet the spine had suffered soft tissue injuries that were not detected by these tests.

Whiplash is a term describing an injury that occurs to a person’s spine, typically their neck. Suddenly and unexpectedly the neck and head are very quickly thrown in one direction and then in the opposite direction. We could say the head is “whipped around” on the neck. This itself be deleterious to the structures of the neck. However additionally, if the head is turned to the right or left a little when the impact occurs this can complicate the effects of the injury. If soft-tissue injuries are not treated the neck and back will not heal properly and may develop problems years later.

To avoid this, I strongly recommend that person be checked to see if there is damage to the spine. If there is not, one can be free from worry. If there is injury, it can be addressed with treatment, quickly, so it doesn’t worsen. Chiropractic care is the most effective form of helping the spine to repair and become healthy. If chiropractic treatment is neglected it could make the difference between health or disability and comfort or pain.



Source by James Schofield

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com

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Foot, Orthotic Insoles To Lead Your Healthy Life

The Ultimate Guide To Orthotic Insoles

Orthotic insoles, Arch supports, heel pads and other shoe inserts provide first-line therapy for arch and heel pain, and other foot problems that stem from not having proper and enough orthopedic support when you stand and walk.

Orthotic insoles and arc supports are more affordable than custom orthotics and very popular among patients with mild to moderate foot pain. Podiatrist a person who could advice you whether a custom orthotic or arch support would be more appropriate for your foot condition. And also these people are always aware of people who are simply trying to prevent developing foot problems. These foot problems always can be prevented by wearing shoes with quality orthotic insoles which offers support and stability through the arch. Yet you could get the kids’ ach support insoles in order to promote healthy and growing feet.

Shoe And Foot Insoles

Foot insoles, shoe insoles all are same and used inside shoes as a support to your foot. These are available at any grocery store and malls. Unless the device has been prescribed by a doctor and crafted for your specific foot, it’s always a shoe insert, not a custom orthotic device.

Shoe inserts are really useful when you suffocate from variety of foot ailments including flat arches and foot and leg pain. Benefits of wearing these foot insoles are, they could cushion your feet, provide comfort and supporting your aches. But they are not that helpful in correcting biomechanical foot problems or curing long-standing foot issues. There are few types of popular foot insoles such as arch supports, insoles, heel liners and foot cushions.

Custom orthotics are specially-custom-made devices used to support and comfort your feet in a shoe. These orthotics are made according to your feet contours and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics can only get designed by a podiatrist after his or her complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs. Therefore orthotic is always about accommodating your unique foot structure and pathology.

According to podiatrists prescription orthotics are in two categories, as in functional orthotics and accommodative orthotics. Functional orthotics is to control abnormal motion and to treat foot pain caused by it. They could also be used to treat injuries such as shin splints or tendinitis. Accommodative orthotics are to treat injuries by cushioning and support, these are also be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot and other uncomfortable foot conditions.



Source by Mitchel Culpepper

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com

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Tips on Non-Surgical Treatment For Varicose Veins

Varicose veins in simple terms are enlargement of veins. Varicose veins are also known as spider veins. These varicose veins derive their name from a Latin origin of the word called varix which means twisted. Yes twisted they are as they have more blood in them than needed.

The varicose veins generally occur because of some hereditary conditions or because of the weak veins. There are a variety of surgical and non surgical treatments available for the varicose veins. These varicose veins can be treated surgically causing them to not store more blood than needed and pump that into the heart.

 

People who have varicose veins should be particularly cautious if they are taking long flights. The reason for this is not very hard to fathom as the long flights mean sitting in a cramped space for long time and that means due to gravity the blood will start to accumulate in the lower part of the leg and the foot.

 

Generally the non surgical treatments are the compression socks which apply graduated pressure to your leg. The way they work is that you can buy the socks based on the amount of pressure you want to apply on the legs. That said you can buy these from specialized manufacturers as opposed to regular manufactures but yes you will get these from many online retailers.

 

These non surgical treatments costs may be covered by the insurance companies. You may need to check with your insurance companies if they will cover the costs of even such things as the compression stockings. In some cases varicose veins can cause swelling and bleeding as they become more blood thick. Insurance companies can generally cover the cost of treatment of these bleeding veins.

 

The other non surgical treatment for the varicose veins is shutting off the blood supply to the vein itself. That can be done by a procedure called Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy means that you inject a chemical called the sclerosing agent into the vein which will cause the blood to be stopped form coming into the vein. It is a simple treatment which can be done in the doctor’s office itself and there is no need for a surgery for this.

 

There are other treatments which are only of the surgical variety and these generally may not be covered by the insurance companies. You definitely need to check with your insurance carrier in case you need to get yourself surgically treated for varicose veins.



Source by Alka Kheterpal

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com

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Plantar Fasciitis Doesn’t Exist

The pain in the heel is all in your mind.

Try telling that to someone suffering from the sharp pain of Plantar Fasciitis. Hopefully you’ll have time to say “just kidding” without that sufferer coming after you with his or her tennis shoe!

Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis is no joke. It’s painful. It’s immobilizing. It’s often left untreated.

For up to six weeks.

Imagine walking around for six weeks with a pebble in your shoe, pressing into the fleshy part of your heel. And yet you walk. And eventually you stop placing your heel down fully and instead you shift your weight forward on the ball of your foot.

Ouch.

Pressure on the knee joint, slowly moves into the hip and before you know it your lower back is screaming at you.

Plantar Fasciitis is no laughing matter and the key to healing is taking a few steps immediately at the first sign of heel pain or even simple discomfort.

Key Steps to Plantar Fasciitis Support

  1. Catch the pain early — before it becomes a chronic condition, and you’ll be bowing down to your feet daily.
  2. Rest your feet! Seriously, let your feet rest until the pain goes away. This is not the time to run with the motto “No Pain No Gain.”
  3. Define your gait. Are you overpronate or oversupinate? If you go into a shoe store that specializes in running shoes, they will be able to perform a standing or walking test to see if you step in a way that puts additional stress on the plantar fascia.
  4. Stretching. Stretching. Stretching. Yes, stretching. That delicate tissue known as the plantar fascia is strong and flexible yet can become overused, over stressed. When you have pain, the start of overcoming the discomfort is to rest the foot. And then discover the right stretches to strengthen the muscles and tissue connecting toes to heel.
  5. Cold therapy, such as ice, helps reduce swelling and pain. This is important to do whenever you have discomfort and after stretching or exercising.
  6. Stretch and massage those calf muscles, baby! Tight calf muscles are a sure path to Plantar Fasciitis. Stretching the calf allows the tissue of your feet to be supported properly, so take care of those calf muscles always.
  7. Orthotics or support inserts may be a great way to provide additional treatment options but first get the best one for you. This will mean a bit of research.
  8. Be healthy. This means dropping those extra pounds so that your feet are able to support exactly what they are meant to support based on your height and bone structure.
  9. Plantar Fasciitis night splints. A way to tie yourself up and stretch your calf muscles and Plantar Fasciitis overnight which prevents tightening.
  10. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or ESWT. Crazy sounding, but true, and helpful for those in major pain. Sound waves are directed at the heel pain to promote and stimulate healing.

Now there’s also surgery and corticosteroid injections but those should be considered as last options and discussed with a doctor. Surgery is rare and the injections are simply an immediate, but temporary, relief from the pain.

Always check in with your doctor to get the best Plantar Fasciitis support for your current needs.

If you have more questions or need more support for your current condition or are interested in preventing Plantar Fasciitis, then we’ve got the scoop on healthy heels.

We know that Plantar Fasciitis does unfortunately exist, however it doesn’t have to be a painful, chronic life-long sentence. Heal your heel today and enjoy your feet — and your life — right away!



Source by Sharon ODay

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com

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The Cellulite Cupping Therapy

The cellulite cups are usually used for therapy referred to as the glide cupping. In such a case, the cups will be moved on the skin. The motion is done across instead of remaining in only one area. So as to make sure that the gliding action is done well and without much effort, oil or cream should be used. Coconut oil may be used, but there are other oils and creams that can aid in the whole cupping therapy.

What are some of the essential oils that can be used during cupping?

There are all kinds of essential oils that you may choose to use for therapy when you are dealing with cellulite. It helps to know the benefits of every so as to make sure that you do settle for the one that is most appropriate for you. Cupping therapy is evolving and anyone who seeks to change the fate of their body by getting rid of cellulite may think about giving it a try. The essential oils for cellulite are:

Grapefruit oil

Grapes have for a long time been closely associated with good diet and this is for very good reasons. The grapes are able to take away all sorts of toxins from the human body and this includes all those synthetic drugs that you may have taken. For people on a prescription, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor before you choose to use the fruit as part of a regimen. Grapefruit oil offers an amazing method of fighting cellulite. You can choose some specific areas and they make sure you massage the location after you dilute with some vegetable oil.

Tangerine oil

Another great oil to use with the cellulite suction cup is tangerine oil. This oil aids in digestion and it greatly improves the circulation of blood which actually helps toxin removal. The aroma also boosts one’s spirits and you find that you can relax better. This makes a great choice when you want to do the cupping therapy.

Cypress oil

When a topical application is done, the circulation is increased. This really helps to make the cellulite work even better since its main aim is to improve circulation in the affected areas. Fluid retention is highly discouraged when this oil is used. This in turn aids in the removal of toxins from the body. Blue cypress is actually anti-inflammatory and it aids the ion flow of blood. Use some vegetable oil to dilute the cypress oil before application. Cypress also helps when you are dealing with varicose veins.

Juniper oil

In history, juniper oil was used as a diuretic and it still is. This is the oil that greatly supports the function of the kidneys. It is able to purify and then assist the natural methods of the detoxification of the body. It also stimulates the digestive system and it is an antiseptic.

Spearmint oil

It is also an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. It is very effective when it is used together with grapefruit especially in areas that have cellulite.



Source by Heather Jameson

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com