WHAT IS ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS? Your rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles that act to stabilize the shoulder joint. The 4 rotator cuff muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis With rotator cuff tendinitis, one (or multiple) of the rotator cuff tendons gets inflamed. Repetitive strain, overhead movements, and increased stress on the…

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WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY? Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body? With Achilles Tendinitis, the Achilles tendon, also known as the common plantar flexor tendon, gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. You might hear…

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WHAT IS JUMPER’S KNEE? With jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis), the quadriceps tendon/ligament structure gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. It is more common in younger, athletic populations, especially in sports that involve a lot of jumping and explosive movements. HOW DO I KNOW…

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WHAT IS GOLFER’S ELBOW? Golfer’s elbow is the common term for medial epicondylitis. It is not as common as lateral epicondylitis. With medial epicondylitis, the common flexor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW? Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylitis. It is the most common elbow injury. With lateral epicondylitis, the common extensor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENDINOPATHY (OR TENDINITIS)? Tendons are structures that attach muscle to bone. They act as springs (mainly for recoil) and shock-absorbers. Tendinopathy (also sometimes referred to as tendinitis) is a failed healing response of the tendon leading to disrepair and weakening of the tendon. Too much stress or overuse of the tendons can result…

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Organic Acids Test logo with text bubble saying Great Plains Laboratory: Organic Acids Test which naturopaths will use to test chronic fatigue

Organic Acids Test (OAT) by Great Plains Laboratory This Test is useful for: Chronic Gastrointestinal DisordersChronic Inflammatory DisordersMitochondrial DisordersGenetic DisordersNeuropsychiatric ConditionsNeurological ConditionsAutismPDD Lab offered by: Specimen Type: Urine Results Returned in: 10 Days Sample Report The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot with over 70 markers. It provides an evaluation of intestinal…

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Person with back to you highlighting area of chronic neck pain that can be helped with acupuncture or dry needling

At Absolute Health and Wellness, we strive to help all patients, including those experiencing chronic pain. Chronic pain is considered any pain endured for more than 3 months. Evidenced Based Recommendations for Chronic Pain There are many aspects of to managing chronic pain, our team at Absolute Health & Wellness emphasizes the following  [1]: Neuroscience…

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Person grabbing painful area of shoulder that can be helped with acupuncture and dry needling

Acupuncture has been used for treating trigger points for a long time. Dry needling is a common practice now, and we’re happy to provide dry needling at Absolute Health and Wellness. You may also know of dry needling as trigger-point acupuncture. A Review of Trigger Points For a more in-depth look at trigger points, please…

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Picture of a trigger point in the muscle as well as trigger point acupuncture with text bubble saying how dry needling works for pain

Dry needling is a method to help alleviate trigger points. Dry needling is often referred to as trigger point acupuncture. Trigger points are hypersensitive points within a muscle which create pain, limit range of motion, cause weakness and other symptoms. To learn more about trigger points, click here. Dry needling is a technique used to…

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