• 23-01-2017

    What is Distal Acupuncture and What Are the Benefits?

    Distal Acupuncture

    By Aleksandra Wroblewska

    Occasionally when I treat patients, confusion arises over why I am not placing needles in an area of pain.  For example headaches and other head pain are often treated by needling the hands and feet. 

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has different systems of treating patients' concerns. Local acupuncture points can be chosen, other times your acupuncturist will use a logic behind the meridian pathways in how to treat you.  Using points that are at the periphery of our limbs to treat areas closer into the body is referred to as distal acupuncture.

    Placing needles in your body communicates to your body tissues and encourages the body to function in a healthy way.  Think of how many structures are at work inside of you: skin, fascia, the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the electrical system, the endocrine system, muscles, connective tissue, blood vessels, bones and so on.  This network of tissues is why we can have influence on one part of the body by working on another.  Acupuncture needles direct Qi and blood to areas where it is needed.  Qi is often translated as energy or life force.  Consider how we need food and oxygen to stay healthy.  Healthy blood and energy is necessary to move the nourishment to all of the tissues in our body.  Our cells also conduct electricity.  These are all the different ways in which Qi plays out inside of us.

    Benefits

    Practitioners may favor using a distal needling style for a few reasons.  Primarily treating from the elbows and knees towards the digits gives ease of access to the working areas of a patient's body.  For newly aggravated injuries such as a sprained ankle, needling away from the inflammation is best to avoid re-injuring the area.  Distal needling is very effective at relieving pain quickly as well as treating chronic and internal conditions.

    Above are uses for commonly used acupuncture points.

    Learn more about acupuncture at Polo Health here.

     

    • 13-12-2016

    Use Them Before You Lose Them! Are Your Benefits Expiring?

    It is hard to believe that the end of 2016 is almost here. With the close of another year, this is an excellent time to remind you to use your benefits ... before you lose them! This is also a great time to remind you about all of the services Polo Health has to offer, and how we can make you feel good throughout the holiday season and into 2017.

    - Avoid the New Year rush and jump start your weight loss today. We offer Naturaopath supervised weight loss programs and hormone balancing;

    - Get rid of built up waste with a colonic: now just $85. 

    - Get your skin holiday ready with our Medical Aesthetics services - Botox, Fillers, Microneedling, Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Latisse, Clarisonic, IPL Laster and PRP (not currently covered by your benefits).  

    - Get an energy and immune boost with our IV Therapy. You need it this time of year!

    - Address the underlying emotional causes for your mood, disordered eating or illness. Make an appointment with our Clinical Counsellors.

    - Try Accupuncture and cupping for a variety of conditions. It will make you feel great, and improve your health.

    - And more including pain management, childhood disorders, women's health and skin conditions.

    There are so many great reasons to come in and see us! Book your appointment now to avoid disappointment. We book up fast at the end of the year, as so many people know just as you do now that benefits are running out! Call our office. 604-544-7656. 

    Here's to your health, always!

    Dr. Allana Polo & The Polo Health Team

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