Month: June 2019

Acupressure is a great and natural way to relieve pain and tension in the body. If you’re in need of a quick fix for certain kinds of pains but are reluctant to take painkillers, you can use acupressure to relieve your pain instead. To target headaches, lower back pain, and knee pain from the comfort of your own home, try preforming the following acupressure tips:

For Headaches. Press the middle, fleshly part of your hand between your thumb and index finger. Hold this position for one minute then repeat on the other hand.

For Lower Back Pain. Lie on your back with your feet elevated on a sofa or chair. Place two tennis balls under your lower back on either side of your spine. You can use cheap tennis balls to do this. Stay in this position for one minute. If it becomes unbearably uncomfortable, stop the position.

For Knee Pain. Put a tennis ball on a pillow then, while lying on your back, place your leg over the tennis ball. Push the ball into the crease behind your knee. Using your hands, find the sensitive spot just below your kneecap and slightly outside of your shinbone. Press into it gently with your fingertips for about one minute.

At home treatment will never completely supplement professional treatment however, learning at-home acupressure treatments can be useful to manage pain. Releasing tension in the body doesn’t have to be done through Western medicines. Treat your body’s ailments and pain through naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine treatments.

The AIM clinic can help you in your journey to wellness through naturopathic medicine. Consult us today to see if naturopathic medicine is right for you. Call now at 905.492.8688 for more information and to book your appointment.

Tennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is an injury caused by overuse of muscle and repetitive activity. It is common injury in racquet sports but can also be obtained in workplaces that require repetitive actions such as painters, plumbers, or retail workers.

The typical signs and symptoms of tennis elbow include pain/ burning sensation and weak grip. The symptoms may develop overtime and gradually worsen over weeks or months.

At home remedies or treatment are simple. They include:

• Resting the affected arm and not working it

• Ice the affected areas to reduce/ prevent swelling and ease burning sensation

• Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs to ease pain

• Bracing/ compression

All of the above remedies should be done in conjunction with light exercises that can help strengthen the elbow area. Be sure to consult your chiropractor to determine if you are in well enough condition to preform the following exercises.

Fist Clench. Work out your long flexor tendon by stretching out your arm, palm facing up, and squeezing a towel gently in your hand. Be sure that your arm is resting on a flat surface while doing this.

Supination With a Dumbbell. Work out your supinator muscle by gripping the end of a 2-pound dumbbell in your hand and rotating it 180 degrees so that your palm faces down and up again. Isolate movement to your lower arm by ensuring that your elbow is still and rested on a flat surface.

Wrist Extension. Work out your wrist extensors by gripping a 2-pound dumbbell normally and, with your palm initially facing down and your elbow on your knee, curling your wrist up towards your body. If this is too challenging or causes pain, do the movement without the dumbbell. Again, isolate motion to the wrist.

Wrist Flexion. You can work out your wrist flexors by preforming the same motions as above but starting your palm facing down instead.

These treatments and exercises that can be easily preformed at home can help treat tennis elbow.If you begin to feel discomfort due to tennis elbow, try out these treatments to help you feel better and get along with your day. Visiting a chiropractor is the best way to relieve you of tennis elbow discomfort. If you would like expert guidance from a chiropractor, call us today at
905.492.8688 or visit our website for more information and to book an appointment.