Acupuncture works because it supports the body to do what it already wants to do: rest and heal. Regular visits to a familiar, predictable place where your body gets to feel good (or, maybe just less bad) teaches your nervous system another way of being. Addressing basic needs for comfort (like pillows and blankets, as needed) are a part of the treatment.
While it’s true that most teens take a minute to warm up to the idea of acupuncture, those who do try it tend to get…
I think we underestimate weather’s impact on our physiology. City dwellers in this part of the world tend to spend a lot of time indoors, especially in a pandemic, so it’s understandable, but weather changes are no joke. At the beginning of spring we tend to see increased headaches, irritability and insomnia in the clinic — this year we’re also seeing an unusual uptick in tinnitus complaints. So take this as a seasonal reminder that if you’re feeling off, it might just be the weather, and acupuncture can help.
The one-year anniversary of the first Ontario shutdown is almost upon us. Everyone’s had a different pandemic experience, but I’m willing to bet that most of us have borne huge losses in the last year. If your body wants you to slow down and notice that over the next week, I hope your circumstances allow that to happen in gentle ways.
Lately, when someone asks what they should do during acupuncture treatment, I’ve been suggesting Daydream! which is to say, allow yourself to drift into wordless states. If you can. There are other options.
About once a month someone comes in with an autoimmune diagnosis we’ve never heard of before. The most common symptoms seem to be inflammation, fatigue,…
Interested in being a practitioner at GCA? We are not currently hiring, but here’s a description of the skills, capacities and attitudes we look for…
Sciatica can cause a frightening amount of pain and/or numbness and lower leg weakness, but most people recover from sciatica within a few days or weeks without lasting damage. We have seen community acupuncture offer considerable pain relief for people suffering from acute and chronic cases of sciatica.
Save the date for the 5th annual Community Health Fair on November 17th from 1-4pm! The fair is a free, drop-in event aiming to increase access to resources and services related to health and wellbeing for immigrants, refugees, migrant workers and international students and visitors, but it’s open to everyone. There will be interactive displays and information related to education, housing, employment, settlement, language services, food security, physical, emotional and mental health and more. There will be also food, childcare, and language support.
Given how hard people have had to fight for the right to control their own fertility, it feels complicated for us to raise concerns about any kind of hormonal birth control. We’re addressing this topic anyway, because we see so many patients whose health is impacted by hormonal birth control—often, in ways they didn’t expect and aren’t prepared for. We have seen community acupuncture help people dealing with unwanted side effects of various different kinds of hormonal contraceptives, including the Pill (during and after taking the Pill) Depo-Provera, Nuvaring, and hormonal IUDs.