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Managing Jaw Pain

Managing Jaw Pain

One of the most over used joints in our body is the temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ joint for short. The TMJ joint and the ligaments/muscles that surround it connect the lower jaw bone to the skull. These muscles and ligaments stretch and strain as they provide us movement to talk, chew and clench. For this reason, it’s is no wonder why so many people experience jaw pain at one point or another. When the TMJ joint becomes overworked and tight it can lead to what’s called a TMJ dysfunction. What Causes a TMJ Dysfunction? Emotional and physical stress may lead to jaw

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Managing Poor Blood Circulation

Managing Poor Blood Circulation

A 35year old woman came to my office having difficulty falling pregnant. She received test results from her doctor, however no abnormalities were found. Her partner was also tested and got the all clear. During our appointment she asked “If the tests showed everything was perfect, then why wasn’t I getting pregnant?” Great question. My Findings During her exam, her nails, veins on her wrists, ear and tongue were all dark purple. After palpating her pulse, it was deep, sluggish and difficult to palpate. Her period gradually became more delayed over the past three months with large blood clots and there

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Managing “Blood” Deficiency

Managing "Blood" Deficiency

A 45year old woman came to my office suffering severe vertigo and anxiety since giving birth to her first child. She was taking western medication to help manage her symptoms, however her episodes continued. My Findings During her physical exam, her face, wrists and hands were pale. Her pulse was deep, had little strength and her blood pressure was 95/65mm Hg (low). After more tests, I concluded her primary problem was “Blood Deficiency”. Blood tests pick up information that indicate anaemia, red and white blood cell counts and more. However, they often miss signs of an overall Blood deficiency that

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Managing High Blood Pressure

Managing High Blood Pressure

A recent study by the National Heart Foundation found 1 in 12 Australians under 30 have high blood pressure. The most surprising part was up to 90 percent of people aren’t doing anything about it. What is high blood pressure (Hypertension)? There are two types: Primary hypertension is the most common, this has no known cause. Secondary hypertension is less common but it has a known cause, often related to Kidney function. High blood pressure is defined as having a resting systolic pressure (top number) above 140mm Hg. This number represents the highest pressure reached when the heart contracts. A high diastolic

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Dementia Is The Leading Cause of Death In Women

Dementia Is The Leading Cause of Death In Women

New data reveals dementia is now the leading cause of death in Australian women. “In 2016, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) became the leading cause of death among Australian women,” said ABS health statistics director James Eynstone-Hinkins. Heart disease was the highest on the list among all Australians but better treatment means people are living longer with the disease and fewer are dying from it. On the flip side, “death rates for diseases, like dementia were increasing” said the Australian Bureau of Statistics. There’s currently no known treatment for dementia, however there are a number of preventative measures that might be

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The Link Between Medication & Weight Gain

The Link Between Medication & Weight Gain

When most people talk about weight gain the conversation usually revolve around lifestyle factors. Eating too many calories, drinking alcohol, not exercising enough and the list goes on… However, one common reason making people fat is the use of common drugs. Fat Gain & Medication The current statistics show up to 15% of weight issues are caused by medication. This is three times more than genetic factors. Some drugs increase appetite and others impair the bodies ability to burn calories. Some drugs make us store excess fluid and make us look puffy. A Reference Guide Over the counter drugs such as

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Acupuncture

Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Acupuncture

There are many reasons why people experience pain, however one common complaint people have is carpal tunnel syndrome. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? When there is compression of the median nerve on the palm side of the wrist between tendons that flex the hand. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome. How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop?  There are a number of reasons why carpal tunnel syndrome can develop. Firstly trauma of the wrist may lead to thickness of the flexor retinaculum, creating compression of the median nerve. Secondly oedema or thickness of the soft tissue, lipoma or ganglion in the

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Managing Golfer’s Elbow With Acupuncture

Managing Golfer's Elbow With Acupuncture

Most people describe pain on the inner side of the elbow as “golfers elbow” while doctors use the term medial epicondylitis. On a wider scale, a small percentage of people diagnosed with golfers elbow actually play golf! What is Golfer’s Elbow?  When there is strain of the inner part of the elbow (medical epicondyle), it causes inflammation and acute or chronic pain. How Does it Develop? Overusing the forearm can create fatigue in the muscles and tendons. This fatigue increases the chance of muscle and tendon strain and tears, leading to inflammation. In Chinese medicine, there’s an additional reason why

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Managing Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Managing Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Most people describe pain on the outside of the elbow as “tennis elbow”, while doctors call it lateral epicondylitis. On a wider scale less than 5% of people diagnosed with tennis elbow actually play tennis. How Does it Develop?  Tennis elbow manifests when there’s strain of the forearm (extensor muscles) and their attachments near the outside of the elbow. Overusing and repetitive moving forearm muscles can create strain and tears in the muscle and tendons, leading to inflammation. In Chinese medicine, there is an additional reason why some people are prone to these types of inflammatory conditions. Once reason is

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Doctors Confirm New Hay Fever Treatment

Doctors Confirm New Hay Fever Treatment

New research shows hay fever sufferers can find relief with acupuncture. In a study of four hundred and twenty two people with grass and pollen allergies. Those assigned to twelve acupuncture sessions found more relief than patients who didn’t receive acupuncture. The Evidence On average each participant in the acupuncture group had greater improvement. Those in the acupuncture group were able to use less antihistamine medication over an eight week period. “The study was well done and ‘positive” said Dr. Harold Nelson, an allergist from a Denver hospital specialising in respiratory diseases. Lastly, “There are more people who want to

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