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Is it Chinese Medicine Cupping or an Octopus Attack?

Is it Chinese Medicine Cupping or an Octopus Attack? 
If you’ve ever seen the circular marks left from cupping you might have wondered if your friend or family member had suffered from an unfortunate encounter with an octopus. But do not blame the cephalopods this time…..your friend probably just went to the acupuncturist recently!

So what is cupping and why do we use it? Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, which involves applying glass or plastic cups using suction to the skin to encourage smooth energy flow; it stimulates your Qi as the cups are placed along the meridian lines of your body. This dissipates stagnation of blood and lymph fluid, promotes blood flow, eases stiffness, encourages better circulation to muscles and tissues, and feels great. It leaves a purple bruise and “cup” mark, only temporarily.

As a real life example-In 2012, during the London Olympics, acupuncture was widely acknowledged in the Olympic community as an extremely beneficial solution to guaranteeing a higher level of athletic performance. Since London, more and more Olympic athletes have been turning to the needle to and have been receiving excellent results.

Wang Qun, an Olympic swimmer for the Chinese team has been known to perform in events with cupping marks still present on her skin. In addition to Qun, other members of the Chinese Olympic Team use acupuncture, most notably being windsurfer Yin Jian, a gold medalist in the 2008 Olympics. Jian attributed nightly acupuncture with helping her achieve success and curing the muscle strains she experienced on a daily basis.

Carleton uses cupping when the condition is very difficult to treat and when acupuncture alone isn’t working as well as he would expect. He uses it primarily for musculoskeletal conditions where the muscles are tight and “adhered” or stuck together, to help loosen them and create flow throughout the body.  If you are curious about cupping, just ask Carleton and he can show you how it works!

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What a week and hours update!

First of all, we hope all of our patients are warm and safe and have had plenty of good food and good books over the past few weeks. This winter has been challenging and magical in equal measure! Wow!

For all of you who made it in for appointments- thank you! And a small request- once life returns to semi normal in the next few weeks, take a moment to think about your favorite small businesses in Issaquah and our surrounding areas and try to visit them if you can. All small businesses suffer during storms and large weather events and this one was particularly hard on them, because even if the business was able to open, patients and customers couldn’t necessarily get in.

So, when you can safely be out and about- buy a cup of coffee from a locally owned shop, stop in to a mom and pop owned restaurant, and/or book an appointment with your favorite chiropractor, massage therapist or acupuncturist 🙂 If you don’t need coffee or a treatment right now, we (and all the small businesses in our area) would love it if you could send a friend in, write a review or just talk to people you know about how much you love your favorite spots. Small favors like these can keep businesses thriving even when the unexpected strikes. Thank you!

HOURS: We are open next week February 20-22 (Wednesday thru Friday) 10-7, Carleton has already planned to take Monday and Tuesday for President’s day off to visit with out of town family 🙂 We would love to see you later that week to share stories of the winter wonderland!

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Making resolutions that work!

If you’ve been reading headlines like “New Year, New You!” then you need to read this! 
It is the time of year when we get inspired to make big changes, alter our habits, commit to a healthy routine and finally get a handle on everything we need to get a handle on! But why, oh why, after so many years on this planet have we not quite got it all figured out yet? Believe it or not, there is a right way to enact lasting change and it is SO easy!

Start with something small and actionable (this means that you can make it happen). At this point, baby steps are the right choice:  if you surpass your goal, you can make a new one in March or June. Here’s an example (see more with the photos below)- “I will move my body every day” is a great and easy to accomplish goal that is simple to build on throughout the year. For example, if your goal seems too easy a few weeks in, you can alter it to “I will move my body 20 minutes every day”. Every affirmation or resolution that you make should be posted physically in a location you see every day, like on your bathroom mirror (chalk markers or post it notes!) and you should say it out loud to increase its effectiveness.

If you feel like you need more help getting the year off to a great start, Dr. Katja Magus specializes in lifestyle transformation- helping you make the changes you need to feel healthy and happy in the New Year.

Check out our affirmation and resolution examples (with photos!) below 🙂

“I will eat more vegetables” is a much more effective affirmation or resolution than “I will give up sugar”- which conjures up all sorts of deprivation and sadness….who wants to “give up” stuff anyway?

” I will move my body every day” is a great resolution that is easy to accomplish…much more effective than saying “I will lose this flab”….body positive messages always WIN!

 

“I am going to start the year pain free” is an example of an awesome affirmation that we wholly approve of. See you soon!

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Holiday Wishes from Us!⛄❄

We are wishing you a warm and snuggly holiday season with your family and friends near and far! We will be thinking of you and how grateful we are to be able to help SO many wonderful patients at our clinic. The boys are looking forward to some extended board game sessions with Dad and if the weather cooperates, an epic start to the ski season. We’ve got plans to make a gingerbread house and haul out some favorite cookie recipes too. We’ll be watching Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve and probably continuing the age old debate about whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie or not (I think it is!). 🙂

After celebrating Christmas together we will be back in the office open on W, Th and F (December 26-28) with our normal hours and hope to see you then, we would love to hear about your holiday traditions and share stories.
Photo credit to Neyssa Lee
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Used your acupuncture insurance benefits this year?

It’s that time of year again!

Time to check on your insurance benefits!

Whew! We can’t believe it is October already, but it seems fall has truly arrived! This is a great time of year to look and see if you have used your insurance benefits for acupuncture, chiropractic and massage this year. You’ve paid for it, so it’s time to use it! Many of our patients have 12 or 30 visits for acupuncture in a year, so if you haven’t used any: Twelve visits equals one visit a week from now until December whereas thirty visits equals two to three visits a week (wow!).

Let’s make this an autumn for SELF CARE! Think of how amazing you would feel if you did something that made yourself feel great this fall. Maybe it’s time to take care of that pain in your neck, maybe those creaky joints need attention, how about those headaches that always come around at the worst time?

Who said resolutions are only for January? Let’s start today. Give us a call at 425-391-7777 (or schedule online using the big red button below) to get yourself on track for your health and happiness for this year! Please remind your friends and family to use their benefits too!

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