Author: Lisa Baird

Beyond niceness: on pillows, blankets & nervous system overrides

Beyond niceness: on pillows, blankets & nervous system overrides

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.

Talking about the weather

Talking about the weather

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.

Anniversary Grief

Anniversary Grief

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. 

Jobs at GCA

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

Sciatica

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.

Community Health Fair, November 17th!

Community Health Fair, November 17th!

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. 

When you’re coming off hormonal birth control

When you’re coming off hormonal birth control

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.