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Community Acupuncture: Ideal for those who roll on two-wheels

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At Heart & Hands Health Collective, we are a Community Acupuncture clinic that loves our bikes! Community Acupuncture (CA) sessions are in a supportive group setting at sliding scale rates ($20-40). Cycling is integral to getting us practitioners and our gear around town, and because many of our clients walk or cycle to their appointments, we are no strangers to treating a variety of athletic injuries from our active client-base.

Acupuncture involves gentle insertion of hair-fine needles through the skin, encouraging circulation of Qi (energy) and blood through distinct channels throughout the body for therapeutic effect. At Heart & Hands, we practice a unique distal balancing system using points on the arms and legs. It is extremely safe, with mild side effects, and can be used frequently. It does not interfere with medications and is safely used on pregnant women, the elderly, and children.

Over-use injuries are extremely common in cycling. Parts of the body that are constantly in motion such as feet, knees and hips are particularly susceptible. Other injuries may also occur in your wrists, neck and back, as they are held rigid to stabilize you while you ride. With acupuncture being safe, effective and affordable, it is an ideal treatment for cycling injuries.

Knee injuries are prevalent among cyclists. Whether you have patellofemoral syndrome, tendinitis, or iliotibial (IT) band syndrome; acupuncture can disperse swelling and inflammation, and ease pain. Cycling-induced neck and back pain, forearm and wrist ache, and numbness and tingling of the feet and legs, can also be relieved with acupuncture. For injuries of a chronic or ongoing nature, we may recommend seeing us for regular maintenance, or a longer series of treatments.

Unfortunately, cyclists are also at risk of head injuries (wear your helmets kids!!). Alongside medical intervention, acupuncture can reduce recovery time and alleviate complications such as headaches, fogginess and memory loss. Getting treatment as soon as possible after a crash can make a huge difference in recovery.

With the impending drop in temperatures, acupuncture can also help boost your immunity to the cold and flu viruses that seem to be native to Victoria winters. Cold, damp and windy conditions may make us more susceptible to aches and pains, and with the gradual decrease in daylight, some of us experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. Acupuncture is a fantastic way to smooth out the wear and tear of a busy schedule and daily cycling.

Aside from cycling-specific issues, acupuncture treats an impressive gamut of issues including musculo-skeletal and nerve pain, digestive issues, respiratory conditions and immunity, hormonal imbalance, stress management, pre/post-natal and obstetrics…you name it, we’ll treat it. Don’t hesitate to ask!

Part-time cyclist or all-season bike commuter, Community Acupuncture is an inclusive and affordable way to improve your cycling experience all year round! Your community acupunk is excited to work with all aspects of your health to keep you a well-oiled machine and happy on two wheels.

Roll on by and come for a visit, www.heartandhandscommunity.ca

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