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Acupuncture Haemothorax

  Another article documenting an adverse effect of acupuncture has come out. This article describes a haemothorax that occured from acupuncture. So what’s the difference between a haemothorax and a pneumothorax? A haemothorax is a collection of blood in the plueral space vs a collection of air in the pleural space. The article mentions electro-acupuncture being used and also “intense ...

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Acupuncture for Satellite Trigger Points

Recently a colleague and I were discussing a problem that happens sometimes when doing trigger point work. You treat an area that is tight and tender, but the patient doesn’t improve. Or they will improve only temporarily. This is a broad topic but I want to address one aspect of this problem and try to address other aspects of it ...

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A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

A Step By Step Guide to Relieving Neck Pain About a month ago I wrenched my neck! I was laying on my back and had just woken up. I put my hand behind my head to prop it up a bit, planing on lingering in bed for a minute before I got up. With my fist behind my head I just turned ...

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Acupuncture Insertion Training Tool!

This video will guide you step by step to make a handy dandy spring loaded acupuncture needle insertion training tool! If you watch the video on the Ashi Acupuncture Youtube channel, you’ll be able to navigate the video using the time annotations in the description.

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Interview With Acupuncturist Jason Tutt

So glad I could get Jason Tutt of needlechat.com for this interview. In this video, we talk about the concept of Qi, apprenticing with a mentor, ashi acupuncture, trigger points, prolotherapy, scope of practice issues in Canada, and Jason’s website needlechat.com. If you watch the video on the Ashi Acupuncture Youtube channel, you can click on the time links in ...

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Pneumothorax Prevention

A recent video has emerged of a pneumothorax that occurred during a demonstration at a workshop. I wanted to add my thoughts about this unfortunate incidence. Hopefully by analyzing this incident we can take steps to minimize its recurrence. It is also important to be reminded of the potential danger we face every time we needle over the thoracic cavity. ...

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Dry Needling vs Ashi Acupuncture

Dry Needling History Dry needling is a term coined by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1980’s. This term distinguishes between trigger point injection, where an anesthetic or other substance is injected into a trigger point (a tender focal area of tension within a muscle or other soft tissue), and simply piercing the trigger point with a needle (hypodermic or filiform). ...

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