Set Your Heart Free with Joy

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Emotions are produced by the brain but are felt throughout our entire bodies, and the heart is no exception to this. In Chinese Medicine, every organ is associated with a dominant emotion. In the case of the heart, that emotion is joy. Can joy cause harm? The pathological version of joy that Chinese Medicine is concerned with is over-excitement: the kind that puts your nervous and hormonal systems out of balance causing symptoms of: Jitters Nervousness / anxiety Palpitations Chest pain Insomnia Vivid dreaming Other behavioural actions that might be…

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Your Heart’s Health Requires the Freedom of its Strings

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One important Osteopathic principle is that the structure and function of the body are related. If we use a wheel as an example; its structure is the tire and the rim, whereas its function is to support the car, and allow it to move by rotating. Now, with a flat tire, the structure is damaged and the function becomes impaired: it is a pretty obvious diagnosis, no need to call the mechanics for this. Now let’s say the function of your tire is altered: your wheel doesn’t turn anymore because…

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A Happy Mind is a Healthy Body

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Why should a manual practitioner care about your happiness? Well, we care about it because your state of mind influences the state of your body more than you might think. Moreover, osteopathy is holistic, which means we consider you–the whole of you–to be a piece of the puzzle in getting you healthy again. What is Happiness? It can be hard to define, we usually know it feels good, and we want more of it! It’s a sense of deep satisfaction, well being, optimism, and meaningfulness in life. Through new research,…

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Supporting Women through Miscarriage with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Have a Baby… For some people the highs and lows of starting or growing a family can be challenging. If you are planning your family then it may start with the excitement of trying to get pregnant, followed by the uncertainty and sometimes disappointment of not succeeding the first, second, or maybe even tenth try. When you finally learn that you are expecting, you are so happy (and maybe a little scared), you can’t wait to tell all of your friends and family…

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The Habits of Happy People

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As a psychologist, I am excited for the opportunity to write about happiness. I mean, what better topic for a mental health professional to write about than being happy, right? It’s strange, though, because in writing about happiness, I have realized that this is probably one of the most difficult topics to succinctly discuss. Why? Well, simply put, happiness is complicated. And humans are not wired to be happy–we’re programmed to survive. This means our brains are programmed to look for problems so that they can be addressed. So what…

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Acupuncture for Pain and Injuries

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For many people, their introduction to acupuncture comes from their seeking relief from an injury or pain that just isn’t going away despite trying the conventional methods. As an Acupuncturist, I treat pain conditions almost daily, and from this experience, I have adopted a three part treatment to help effectively reduce or eliminate pain. Case History: Paul, 58 year old male Paul had been a fairly active guy his whole life. He wasn’t an athlete, but he really enjoyed the outdoors and had a physical job. One day, he was…

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Striving To Be The Next Gretzky? You Might Encounter Pubic Pain (“Pubalgy”)

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When asked to write an article about men’s health, we had to consider what the most common reason men seek Osteopathic Manual Therapy might be. Well, we agreed that pubic pain (except during/after pregnancy) is a common and predominantly masculine symptom that we could write about. What is Pubalgy? The name of this pain was not picked very wisely. This is because it refers to a pain in the pubic bone but also in the area around it. It can create pain in the perineum, toward the groin laterally, and…

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Men are Superheroes on our Screens, but Don’t Have to Be in Real Life

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First, a disclaimer: I want to state that I will be making several generalizations about men and women in this article. Not every man is defined by these generalizations and not every woman is exempt from them either. Everyone is different, and so each person should be treated as an individual and respected for what is true for them. Messages We Receive About Men and Emotions We live in a world where we receive messages about what is appropriate and acceptable for a man and what is appropriate and acceptable…

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