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Change is in the air!

Hi, and wow, can you believe it’s November? [if you missed it – check out our tips for a healthy autumn here]

Here at Anatomy Acupuncture we’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months.  We just returned from another trip to Boston for the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program and it, as usual, was exciting, inspiring and exhausting all at once (while we love the learning, we’re excited to have the month of December off from East Coast travel!).   This most recent trip was focused on the anatomy of the neck and upper extremity – we also spent two days going over bodywork protocols for upper extremity injuries like frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and more!  We got to see the intricacies of the brachial plexus, the inner workings of the shoulder joint and we got to re-examine how interdependent and amazing the body is.  

Upper extremity: Henry Gray (1821–1865). Anatomy of the Human Body. 1918.

Upper extremity: Henry Gray (1821–1865). Anatomy of the Human Body. 1918.

That brings me to some more exciting news – soon you will notice some changes around the Anatomy Acupuncture clinic.  We’re getting ready to reorganize and create a new space to do posture analysis and show stretches and therapeutic exercises.  This is another part of the advanced training I’ve been doing in Boston and I can’t wait to bring to you and help you get even better results from your treatments! 

As we finish up this year and start the next there will be a few more exciting changes here, so check in often and stay in the loop via facebook and twitter – you won’t want to miss it!

Head, Shoulders, Elbows and Wrists

Whew. It’s good to be back.

While my trip to San Diego may have sounded like a sweet long weekend get-away, I assure you I was hard at work. I was away taking another course as part of my ongoing participation in the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program. This session focused on assessment and treatment of common neck and upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist) injuries and conditions. In addition to talking about acute trauma and over-use injuries we also looked at the role of posture in perpetuating chronic upper extremity conditions, and some ways to correct these long-standing imbalances with acupuncture, soft-tissue work and corrective exercise.

Left shoulder joint

Left shoulder joint: we worked on techniques for a lot
injuries that affect the structures visible here: 
SLAP tears, bicipital tendinitis, supraspinatus impingement, etc. 
(image courtesy of: http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/S/shoulder.html)

While there was quite a bit of lecture and a lot of information – there was also a huge practical component to this course (palpating, needling, manual muscle testing, soft tissue release, taping and therapeutic excercising). Not only have I refined some skills, learned some cool new techniques (all of you with SLAP tears in your glenoid labrum, I’m looking at you), but I have also experienced every single one of them (more than once). So, when I perform a not-so-fun soft-tissue release on your pec minor, believe me, I know exactly how it feels (I even have some fabulous bruising to show for it).

As a result of this course I will be integrating more postural assessment into my practice, so I can help you correct any imbalances and give you longer lasting results. Be on the lookout for a postural grid going up in the clinic in the near future!