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Diagnosing pain.

Did you know that there is a diagnosis code for virtually every part of your body plus the word “pain.” Low back pain M54.5 Pain in the Thoracic Spine M54.6 Pain in the left foot M76.672 Chronic Bladder Pain R39.82 There are also diagnosis codes for significantly more detailed problems. This is often the reason for the “pain” diagnosis. I can diagnose right facet joint arthritis, or cervical degeneration that causes radiculopathy. There is value in both forms of...

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It is not what you do, it is WHY you do it.

This weekend I filled in another page on my websites. I got right to the point and stated what I did, and how it could help. This morning I got to the office and had a short break between patients. I was feeling more energetic than the spa music that is usually playing in my office so I decided to turn on a Ted Talk while I did my weekly organization. I started (and ended) today with Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action. At the end of the talk I thought back to how pathetic my writing...

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Mercier Therapy

A few months ago I took a training for something called “Mercier Therapy.” I could spend all day explaining in long dramatic prose about what it is and who would benefit. It turns out that sitting down to write and explain myself is not really my forte. So I’m going to give a very brief overview and then borrow some links from other websites to help describe it in more detail until I write a longer discussion. Mercier Therapy is helpful for Pelvic Pain, Infertility, Painful...

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Breathe.

Quickly becoming one of my favorite topics, I have been talking to more and more patients about belly breathing and filling their abdomen and pelvis with pressure. I’ve spent an amazing amount of time looking up the best videos and nothing has satisfied me. (I’ve even debated making my own videos… I’ll keep you posted on this idea!) Every single person is unique and while we are built similar, we all have a different concept of breathing. Some people are aware of their...

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My feeling on New Years Resolutions

Friends, not a lot has changed in a year. I have to tell you that last years “Fulfilling your  healthy resolutions” completely failed me. (Or perhaps I failed it?) Regardless, I’ve come to know myself and my body a little better and it turns out that winter is a horrible time for me make changes! Colleen, (my ‘usually right, how did she know that about me?’ acupuncturist) will probably say something along the lines of “Duh!” once she reads this. But...

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Everything Is Connected

I’ve been studying (again) and most recently I’ve decided its time to read the Anatomy Trains book by Thomas Myers. (Hopefully cover to cover.) I’ve long been using the principles of Anatomy Trains and the premise that everything is connected through many pathways. I’m in the first chapter where they discuss some brilliant philosophers and researchers and this sentence really hit home; “Much of the manipulative work of the last 100 years, like most of our thinking...

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Volunteering at a Chapel Hill 5k

What do you do to for the purpose simply of doing? When I turned 13 I started “VolunteeNing” with the Buffalo General Hospital. I primarily chose this location because I knew I wanted to do something in the medical profession. (I also chose it because it was where my Mom worked and I could get a ride easily!) Regardless, the act of donating my time became a part of my life. Since then, I’ve tried to do something that has given me the opportunity to be of service to those who...

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“We do that on everyone” – The Insurance Debate

The great insurance debate. So I had a small medical concern that I wanted to get checked out. I went to see my favorite Nurse Practitioner (Rachel VanBree at The Women’s Birth and Wellness Center) and we had a chat. We started with the usual discussion of my symptoms and she didn’t rush me. I went in knowing what I wanted to bring up, the timeline of things, the things I had ruled out and the things I knew I wanted to rule out. We set up a plan. She wanted me to get a test done,...

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Your Treatment Goals

I get excited when new patients are coming into my office. I mean – legitimately excited. So excited that I often text my next door neighbor,Colleen at The Balance Point Acupuncture when I see a new patient on my schedule! Why do I get so excited? Because I have the chance to meet someone new and I have a new puzzle!! But lets be honest, odds are, you aren’t as excited to be in my office as I am to have you. Why not? Because you’re in pain. Maybe you’re scared. Maybe...

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Posture Stretch

Doing something for the first time is often difficult… my first youtube video was very difficult (See below… I’m certainly not the next big star!)! Adding this posture stretch into your daily routine will start out as difficult as well. Regardless – the information is sound and the stretch is so very important!!! Begin doing this posture stretch every 30 minutes and you’ll begin to feel and see changes in your posture in no time.   As Always, Keep Moving! Dr...

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