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the helper and the hindrance.
I have a Blackberry, am a self-professed email junkie, and am now a proud owner of an eReader
(electronic book reader--less paper for me!). So, I understand the
benefits of electronics. One of the problems with many electronics,
however, is repetitive strain injuries (RSI). You've likely heard of
carpal tunnel syndrome. This RSI became a well-known health issue when
computer keyboards became regularly used by almost everyone.
Another RSI that is coming up more and more frequently has been termed
by some as "cellphone
you know someone who has pain, numbness, or tingling in the 4th and 5th
fingers and/or pain in the elbow? Do you talk on the phone a lot? Read
the article below titled "Is
your Cell Phone Hurting You?"
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Is Your Cellphone Hurting
you suffer from what is now being called “cellphone
I remember when I thought “Why would I ever need a phone to
around with me?” Now, like many others, I feel I cannot leave
home without it. Cellular phone usage has increased exponentially over
the last decade. Unfortunately, so too has cubital tunnel syndrome (AKA
Like its well-known cousin, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel
syndrome is a repetitive strain injury—i.e. injury caused by
overuse due to prolonged or recurring movements. Instead of an injury
to the wrist area, however, cubital tunnel syndrome causes pain in the
elbow when the ulnar nerve is pinched. That’s the same nerve
rings loudly in pain when you hit your “funny
Cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms can vary, but common early indications
or tingling in the ring and little fingers and/or elbow pain in the
location of the “funny bone”.
injury can be caused by anything that hits or compresses the ulnar
nerve or from having the elbow bent for long periods of time causing
the nerve to press against bone. Some common examples of actions that
can lead to cubital tunnel syndrome include:
- keeping the elbow bent at night when
- typing for hours with the arms bent at
- resting an elbow for long hours on a
window frame when driving
- leaning on the elbow for extended periods
ever seen a person fall asleep in a lecture with their head propped up
on their hand?)
- …from keeping the elbow bent
for long stretches of time when talking on the phone.
If not treated, symptoms can worsen to
cause pain, swelling, weakness
or clumsiness of the hand. This can make it even harder to open up a
pickle jar or twist off a bottle cap. In severe cases the ring and
pinkie fingers can curl up.
there any solutions? Of course there are!
First of all, stop irritating the nerve. If
your pain is caused by
prolonged bending of your elbow, such as from talking on the phone too
often and too long, then straighten out your elbow. Swap hands that you
use to talk on the phone or use a hands-free headset or Bluetooth ear
piece. Maybe you can even go visit the person that you are spending so
much time talking to by phone.
can treat the pain as well as relieve the cause of the
With the use of very thin sterile needles,
choose points at your elbow and/or points elsewhere on your
body to cause your body to release endorphins
(feel good hormones) and morphines (your body’s own natural
painkillers), stimulate nerves that counter the sensation of pain, and
alter your brain’s signals for pain. It can also relieve
inflammation, increase local circulation to speed recovery, and help
you to relax so that your body is in an optimal state for healing. Incidentally, it also helps to treat "Blackberry thumb" and "Wii shoulder". To
find out more, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 604-783-2846 to book an appointment.
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Tomatoes with Apple Stuffing
"Relaxes the liver when stressed"
- 4 tomatoes
- 1/2 apple (Cox's or similar)
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 4 tsp olive paste
- pinch of ground paprika
- 4 tsp breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp butter
- sea or Himalayan salt
- lemon juice
From "Feng Shui Cooking" by Ilse Fahrnow, Jurgen Heinrich Fahrnow, Gunther Sator.
- Wash the tomatoes and cut off the tops. Scoop out the seeds, reserving the juice. Chop the flesh and spoon into the tomatoes.
- Peel the apples, chop, and add to the chopped tomatoes with the vinegar.
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C (300 F).
- Place 1 tsp olive paste, paprika, and 1 tsp breadcrumbs into each tomato.
- Place the tomatoes in a dish with a little butter, sprinkle with some pepper and salt.
- Drizzle the tomato juice and lemon juice over the tomatoes.
- Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes.
Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Regent Medical Building
#410-2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V6K 2E1
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