vertebrae showing normal versus central spinal stenosis with a text bubble saying spinal stenosis and leg cramps

Nighttime leg cramps are very common in patients with spinal stenosis.  Research has investigated why the connection between cramps and stenosis exists. We also see that managing the spinal stenosis can be helpful for the leg cramps, and furthermore help with long term nerve and muscle health. More information on nighttime leg cramps is found…

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a skeletal model with a highlighted area over the shoulder, indicating a painful trigger point

Shoulder pain is very common and tends to recur despite medical treatment [5]. When assessing the shoulder, we consider all sources of shoulder pain, from joint dysfunction, endocrine disorders (including diabetic shoulder pain) and muscule/tissue origins of pain, such as frozen shoulder and myofascial pain syndrome, which is associated with trigger points. Trigger points are…

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anatomical musclular model with a red portion indicating low back pain, from trigger points

Low back pain is a very common, with the majority experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. When assessing the low back, we consider mechanical causes of back pain (such as joint dysfunction), disc issues, age related changes and muscular origins of pain. Trigger points are hypersensitive painful points in muscle, which…

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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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Musculoskeletal diagram illustrating various areas for trigger points or pain on the body with a text bubble saying what are trigger points?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a pain condition characterized by trigger points. Trigger points and Myofascial pain syndrome is recognized by the International Association for the Study of Pain. Emerging research has shown this diagnosis is oftentimes involved in complicated, chronic pain syndromes of all sorts. What is a Trigger Point? A trigger point is a…

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Man grimacing in pain with shoulder highlighted with text bubble saying pain series - frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a common condition, with several contributing factors. Treatment can vary from person to person, but this article will outline the basics of what you need to know. Shoulder Anatomy The shoulder involves four joints and many muscles. The shoulder is capable of various movements including flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, rotation and a…

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