Dr. Laura: Acupuncture- More than pain relief

Acupuncture releases natural painkillers, promotes blood flow, stimulates hormonal balance, relaxes tight muscles, calms anxiety, lifts depression, and promotes digestion.

This ancient Chinese therapy effects every major system of the body, including the cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, endocrine and immune systems.

Traditional Chinese medicine

Get to the point…

Some people explain acupuncture in terms of energy and meridians. While this is not wrong, it would be equally right to explain that the energy is based on nerve conduction and proper firing of the nervous system.

Each acupuncture point is a small area about 1cm in diameter. They are where groups of nerves meet below a small opening in the fascia. Needling these points, electronically stimulating or even applying vibrational therapy or direct pressure activates the points. This will help dissipate energy that has built up or, alternatively, stimulate the flow of energy to the area.

Did you catch that? Needles are only one way to stimulate the point. If you don’t like needles and wish to try a needle free way of stimulating the points, there are alternatives.

Acupuncture:

1. Relieves pain.

2. Reduces inflammation.

3. Brings balance in the body.

 

What’s in it for me?

Acupuncture is a drug free way to address:

  • TMJ/ jaw clenching
  • sciatica
  • blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • inflammation
  • joint pain
  • acute injuries
  • frozen shoulder
  • PMS
  • bursitis
  • arthritis
  • fatigue
  • common cold
  • headache
  • sinusitis
  • insomnia
  • muscle tension
  • PCOS
  • tinnitus
  • ulcerative colitis
  • vertigo
  • weak immune system
  • fertility

Usually relief is found after the first 30 minute treatment. It typically takes 4-8 treatments to restore balance and heal the body. Sessions can be daily, biweekly, weekly. For maintenance, once a month.

Under Ontario regulation, Naturopathic Doctors are able to perform acupuncture. If claiming under your benefit plan, it will be considered as “naturopathic services”.

From the heart and desk of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND

Can Thermography Help You?

Suspect inflammation? Infra-red thermography catches inflammation and infection early, which means people  have a better chance of being treated naturally and problems can be effectively managed and addressed.

Thermography Catches Inflammation Early

Cindy Simmons, a Certified Thermographic Technician, Breast Health Educator and author wonders if our patients at Forward Health are interested in having her come to us once or twice a year. Read on! Thermography is helpful for more than just breasts.

If there is enough interest from our clientele, we will invite Cindy to come in and run a thermography clinic on site at Forward Health -likely one in May and one in October. 

Please email drlaura@forwardhealth.ca if you are interested in thermography.

Where thermography is used.

Thermography is helpful to detect early signs for breast cancer, thyroid dysfunction, dental inflammation and other areas of body wide inflammatory conditions:

  • Breast – for baseline and to determine risks for breast cancer.
  • Thyroid (hyper, hypo and nodules)

  • Dental  (hidden infection, TMJ)

  • Cranial

  • Upper Body ( pain evaluation, Carotid Occlusal Dx, Myofascial, arthritis)

  • Lower Body ( pain evaluation, arthritis, lower back, spinal, Plantar Fasciatis)

  • Full Body ( pain evaluation, CRPS, blood clotting, fibromyalgia, spinal/thoracic)

 

How accurate is thermography?

Mammography and thermography were compared in the same individuals in a study at the University Hospital for Tumors in Europe.

  • Mammography detected 31 changes in 26 patients,
  • Thermography was more sensitive and detected 6 more changes in the same patients.
  • Upon biopsy of all 37 changes, 16 of samples were found malignant, 8 were suspected malignant and 11 were benign with atypia or proliferation. Only 2 samples had benign findings.
  • The pathohistological method (PHD) recorded 75.75% malignant changes within the total number of samples.
  • Probability of a correct mammographic finding in 85% of the cases (sensitivity of 85%, specificity of 84%)
  • Probability of a correct thermographic finding in 92% of the cases (sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 79%).

References:

Kolarić D1, Herceg Z, Nola IA, Ramljak V, Kulis T, Holjevac JK, Deutsch JA, Antonini S.Thermography–a feasible method for screening breast cancer? Coll Antropol. 2013 Jun;37(2):583-8.

Nicandro C-R, Efrén M-M, María Yaneli A-A, et al. Evaluation of the Diagnostic Power of Thermography in Breast Cancer Using Bayesian Network Classifiers. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine. 2013;2013:264246. doi:10.1155/2013/264246.