An End and A New Beginning…

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One of the songs from my adolescence that has stood out for me through the years was by a band called Semisonic. The song is called Closing Time and one of the lyrics goes “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” This lyric truly resonates for me during this time. As of February 1st, I will take on my next challenge as a full-time assistant professor at Mount Royal University. This position involves counselling students as well as contributing to mental health on campus through programs and committee…

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6 Myths Debunked about Sciatica and Lower Back Pain

During the cold winter months, we often see more patients being affected by neuralgia (nerve pain) of the lower back, and legs, which might have to do with the cold contributing to more muscle tension and accidents both by car and on foot. Here are 6 common myths about sciatica and your lower back’s health: 1. The acute pain in my leg feels like a nerve, so it must be sciatica. The lower back has many nerves exiting the spinal cord and going towards the legs. They are each responsible…

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Improving Circulation with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help improve your blood circulation

Did you know that one of acupuncture’s strengths is to prevent blood stagnation? When there is not enough “qi” energy to move the blood around the body, poor blood circulation can be one of the causes of numbness/tingling in our extremities, cramps, loss of colour in the hands or feet, and poor skin healing. Acupuncture can improve circulation in the body: studies using ultrasound have shown that acupuncture points on the feet and legs can stimulate an increase in blood flow to the eyes, upper limbs, and abdominal organs. The…

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Feeling Cold? Understanding Iron Deficiency & Anemia

Crawling into bed with icicles for toes? Taking you forever to warm up? Having a hard time with our winter weather? Feeling cold is a classic sign of iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is different than iron deficiency anemia (you may recognize this term if you’ve been told you’re anemic). Anemia indicates that your stored iron (ferritin) levels are below a certain range and the deficiency is having an effect on your red blood cells. This is when the majority of health practitioners will inform you it’s time to start taking…

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