Lyme

Oct 15 2019
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

We know it can be risky for someone to identify themselves as having chronic or late-stage Lyme disease. We believe our Lyme patients.

How often should I get acupuncture?

A women sets needles into a patient's leg while patient reclines with closed eyes in a recliner. Another patient sleeps in another in the background.
Aug 26 2019
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Sometimes people try acupuncture and are disappointed because it didn’t work for them. In many of these cases, they were only able to come in […]

Foot pain

Four acupuncture patients sleeping under red blankets in four recliners lined up against a wall lined with plants.
Jun 03 2019
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

Foot pain is a common complaint in our clinic. We see a lot of people get significant relief from foot pain with acupuncture treatment.

Jobs at GCA

May 23 2019
by Lisa Baird

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 […]

How to Tell That Acupuncture Is Working Even Though You’re Still in Pain

May 13 2019
by Stef Cordes & Lisa Baird

We see many people in intense, long-term chronic pain. Some of these people get immediate and dramatic relief, but it’s much more common for regular treatment to slowly chip away at an issues that are chronic. And sometimes progress is less straightforward. How do you tell if acupuncture is working even though you’re still in pain? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Sciatica

A black and white line drawing of the back of the legs, showing the nerves that travel along the back of the legs, with the sciatic nerve shown in red.
Nov 20 2018
by Lisa Baird

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!

Nov 09 2018
by Lisa Baird

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

Treatment room full of patients seated or reclined under red blankets in lazyboys. Standing practitioner covering patient with red blanket.
Oct 05 2018
by Lisa Baird

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.

Help with UTIs

A practioner needling a patient's ankles; two patients visible in the background in recliners covered in yellow sheets.
Aug 28 2018
by Lisa Baird

There are many reasons why folks get UTIs; hormonal changes, new sexual partners, antibiotic treatment, diabetes, BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), etc. We also see some people who get UTIs whenever they get stressed-out and run-down. But whatever the reason, we have seen community acupuncture reduce the pain, urinary frequency, and general discomfort associated with UTIs.

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