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facet-joint384Facet joints allow your spine to twist, flex and extend without injury. They are like hinges protecting the spine from excessive movement and trauma. Unfortunately, like all joints in the human body they are vulnerable to injury and degeneration. Some of the symptoms associated with facet joint dysfunction are:

1) localized low back pain

2) low back pain that moves into your gluts

3) pain aggravated by extending your back.

Causes of this type of injury can range from sports injuries, such as running or soccer, all the way to prolonged sitting or repetitive movements.

In acupuncture, there are a series of points that run adjacent to the spine called Hua Tuo Jia Ji points. These points are used to treat the tissues and surrounding structures of the spine. These points can be used to address the signs and symptoms of facet joint pain. Acupuncture can help decrease the pain, inflammation and local swelling seen in this situation. Please contact Glow Natural health Center if you have any questions about acupuncture and how it can help in this situation.

Author:

Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.

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A type of bodywork originating in Asia, tui na is a therapeutic style of bodywork and is intended to facilitate pain reduction, improve range of motion and mobility. Tui na uses a variety of techniques and movements to correct structural and energetic imbalances. Some of the techniques utilized during a treatment might sound a little unusual like kneading, rolling or shaking, almost like someone is trying to make bread. On the other hand, other techniques are more familiar like stretching and pressing. The stretching in tui na aids the body in movement, focusing on opening the body’s energetic and structural pathways. In this way acupuncture and tui na are very similar in how they view body and how the body should be treated, that is why the combination of the two modalities is so powerful. In the end, the real benefit of tui na comes from the movement it creates. Tui na facilitates the healthy movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Its goal is to bring the body back into balance through physical movement. Bodywork is a great addition to an acupuncture treatment or can be the sole treatment modality.

Author:

Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.

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This type of anterior knee pain is very common in runners and can be experienced at any time in ones running career. Common symptoms include pain, instability and/or popping sounds. The primary cause of this problem is overuse but other factors might be to blame.

Other possible factors:

  1. Foot or ankle injuries
  2. Trauma or injury to surrounding muscles or bones
  3. Direct injury to the knee

The key to this condition like all others is to determine the primary cause of the injury and treat the source. From an Asian medical perspective, when overuse is the cause, rest with treatment is usually the best course of action. Treatment will generally consist of acupuncture and cold laser. The acupuncture and cold laser reduce pain, decrease inflammation and improve circulation. The combination of the two modalities produce a powerful synergy. In acute cases the recommended treatment plan is 1-2 times a week with reassessment after three weeks. Chronic conditions can usually be treated with once a week visits, but an initial assessment will be needed to decide the best action plan.

Acupuncture is a powerful tool in the treatment of pain and can be used in many different types of situations, please give the office a call if you have any questions.

Author:

Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.

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The major muscles of the neck are the upper trapezius, scalenes and levator scapula. As one of the major muscles, the levator scapula has a couple of important jobs; it elevates the scapula (shoulder blade) towards the ear as the name implies and flexes the neck to one side. When this muscle is injured there are a few key symptoms. These symptoms include; one-sided neck pain, pain that causes the head to feel rotated or bent to one side, or pinpoint pain around the shoulder blade. When these symptoms are present, treatment of the levator scapula should be incorporated into the overall treatment strategy. The important point in this condition is to directly treat the muscle with acupuncture to decrease the tension and contraction. Other modalities can be added, such as gua sha and cupping, these treatments are used to help release and lengthen the muscle. In this condition, the overall goal of acupuncture is to decrease the muscular contraction, eliminate pain and improve range of motion.

Author:

Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.

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Kale Salad Seattle WAI stole this from a recent party. It was such a fan favorite I had to pass it on. Great for Springtime or a cleanse but also good enough for a party.
Dressing
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 T. dijon
2 T. minced shallots
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 t. salt; pepper
 
Mix above and emulsify with 1 c. virgin olive oil.
 
 
Salad
3 1/2 cups shredded brussel sprouts (food processor or cut finely into shreds)
2 pounds fresh kale; remove core and chop well (green, red — any kind of kale)
 
Pour desired quantity of dressing over kale and let sit a couple of hours before serving.
 
 
 
Additions
Shredded carrot; chopped apple; pecans, walnuts, or almonds; chopped avodaco; craisins or tart cherries; chopped bacon; red, yellow or orange pepper; quinoa; shredded pecorino cheese.
 
You can add anything to the basic salad to enrich it.  I added carrot, avocado, pecorino, apple, walnuts.
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Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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Shonishin Seattle WAPediatric Acupuncture is not new. It has been used to treat children for thousands of years.  It can successfully treat a wide range of conditions in babies to adolescents.  Our acupuncture for kids is safe, nearly painless and has many needless options, including cold laser. We also use pediatric tui na (Chinese massage), diet changes and supplements.

For children, acupuncture focuses on relief of symptoms, treating the root cause and prevention of future illness. Parents have an opportunity to influence their children’s future health now.  You will be introduced to the Chinese Medical way of viewing health. Acupuncture supports each stage of a child’s development and addresses inherited imbalances. Treatments often involve a dietary assessment of the child (and the breast feeding mother if applicable). It’s not just what you eat but how fresh it is, the way the food interacts with the child’s constitution, and how and when you are eating.

Lifestyle factors are very important in acupuncture for children. Our modern busy lifestyle can have a profound impact on the health and development of a child. Chinese Medicine can offset these effects. Supporting the child through acupuncture is especially important if the parents have gone through ART or if the parents were older at the time of conception.

Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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Kapha Season in Seattle WALate winter and early spring are considered Kapha Season in Ayurveda. This means that we can adjust our daily lifestyle choices to find balance in body and mind. When one quality is present (for example, cold), we create balance by adding the opposite quality (hot).

Kapha dosha is dominated by the water and earth elements. If you mix water and earth, you create mud. It makes sense that kapha energy is heavy, sticky, lubricated, steady, cold and nurturing. Just like the fertile mud gives rise to beautiful plants and flowers, kapha energy stabilizes us for growth.

6 Tips for Kapha Season

1. Exercise every day! This is especially important for people with a Kapha-dominant constitution. Walking, swimming, biking, running and yoga are all good choices. Since we remove ama (toxins) through movement and sweat, this one tip will make a huge difference.

2. Add some spice to your life. Sprinkle cardamom, wasabi, cayenne, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and mustard seed on your food to add heat and spark agni, the all-important digestive fire. Foods that are dry, warm and spicy clear congestion and keep things moving.

3. Sip warm water. Warm foods and drinks are easier to digest and help keep us regular. Consider warm water with 1/4 tsp cayenne powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp raw honey for a detoxifying tea.

4. Breath freely by using a neti-pot. Since Kapha dominates the chest and upper stomach regions of the body, it’s wet and sticky nature causes mucus to get stuck. The neti-pot helps flush out mucus and seasonal allergens.

5. Favor light fruits like apples, pears, pomegranates and apricots. Avoid heavy fruits like bananas, avocado, pineapple, orange, dates and figs.

6. Declutter! Kapha-dominate people tend to collect things. This type of material “congestion” weighs us down. Instead, spend a few minutes each day recycling papers, donating clothes or cleaning things up. It will help you feel free and light in mind and body.

Incorporate these tips to breathe freely and enjoy balance during this beautiful season.

Nicole-200x300Nicole Perriella is an Ayurvedic Health Coach and Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Glow Natural Health Center in Seattle, WA.  Through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation and pranayama, Nicole guides clients to correct imbalances to look and feel their best. Her writing has been featured on Seattle Seedling, Ayurveda Apothecary and Everyday Ayurveda.  Learn more at www.nicoleperriella.com.

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