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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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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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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist, Clinic Director

An estimated 3 million American adults receive acupuncture treatment each year, 1 and chronic pain is the most common presentation.2 I’m an acupuncturist and clinic director at Glow Natural Health Center and I treat pain every day. So it was no surprise to me when research revealed acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating pain in 2012. The great thing about this study is that it looks at 29 randomized, controlled trial studies and analyzed the outcomes. In all, there were nearly 18,000 people who participated, suffering with chronic pain from headaches, osteoarthritis, back and shoulder pain.

There are lots of ways that research can be done to test acupuncture’s effectiveness. These studies looked at “true” acupuncture vs. either “sham” acupuncture or “treatment as usual.” The conclusion was that true acupuncture was statistically better than sham needling and usual care. The authors concluded that acupuncture was an effective and reasonable treatment for the conditions studied. The large sample size and the rigorous nature of the studies make this the best evidence to date of acupuncture’s effectiveness for pain.

1 Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin RL. Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults and children: United States, 2007.  Natl Health Stat Report. 2008;(12):1-23
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2 Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Eisenberg DM, Erro J, Hrbek A, Deyo RA. The practice of acupuncture: who are the providers and what do they do?  Ann Fam Med. 2005;3(2):151-158
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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist

Auto accidents can be painful both physically and emotionally. Having been in several myself, I know! It can be overwhelming. At Glow, we have years of expertise treating car accident cases. Through a custom blend of Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic, we can ease the effects of stress and trauma on your nervous system, as well as treat your whiplash, headaches, neck or back pain or other physical symptoms. We guide you through the process from the first exam and referral to the last assessment.

Common injuries –Car accidents frequently result in the following conditions:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain (cervical sprain strain)
  • Low back pain ( lumbar sprain strain)
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist or ankle pain
  • Other complaints include anxiety, sleeplessness, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Phases of Recovery

Our treatments are always tailored for you and may vary at different phases of your recovery. Initially, you will be dealing with much of the shock and trauma of the motor vehicle accident (MVA). With 10 years of experience doing acupuncture, I’ve seen it a thousand times.You may not even feel any pain. I find acupuncture to work wonderfully RIGHT away after your accident. While other treatments might cause a flare up at this stage, acupuncture will stop pain and begin the healing process immediately.

At Glow we can ease the tension and get your body out of the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system. During this first stage you may also experience swelling, headaches or sleeplessness. The treatments will begin to ease the inflammation causing these problems and prevent the formation of scar tissue which can be difficult to address later. We will also assess and take steps to improve your range of motion and alignment. As your treatment progresses we will work to further address your specific musculoskeletal injuries and adhesions like whiplash, neck or back pain.

We’ve found that the combination of services we offer provides immediate relief and longstanding results.  Every case is different and every treatment protocol is individualized. Through acupuncture, massage and chiropractic, your body will be realigned, scar tissue formation will be less and inflammation reduced.

Goals of treatment

  • Assess the nature and extent of the injuries
  • Reduce the effects of trauma on the nervous system
  • Reduce swelling and pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease scar tissue formation and resolve adhesions

Navigating the system

Besides the physical and emotional stress post auto accident, there’s the stress of dealing with the insurance companies, car repairs, etc. We take care of the medical side of things and have extensive experience with insurance and billing.  To book an appointment, please call our office at 206 568 7545. We offer treatments 7 days a week as well as mornings and evenings. Not sure what you need? We can help get the right treatment for you. Ask to speak with Lindsey for a free phone consult.

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