Barrington Acupuncture

Dr. Mark Gibson, M.D. Offering treatment using Eastern & Western medicine

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How To Choose An Acupuncturist

How to choose an Acupuncturist.  This is a big question. I have made prior note of the evidence based findings demonstrating physiological improvement in pain and inflammatory conditions/diseases/injuries with acupuncture.  If you have such a condition, acupuncture would be a good choice of care if your symptoms are of moderate intensity or prolonged or freq. recurrent. That  said, how do…

Tennis elbow isn’t just for tennis players anymore!

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) This entity is frequently from tennis but any strain to the outer elbow from wrist extension and forearm supination will produce micro-tears . The extensor and supinator muscles of the forearm insert/originate over a body point called the lateral epicondyle. The tissue there is very fibrous with very little blood supply. Tears to that tissue are…

lower back pain is rough

Who has not suffered lower back pain if even for just a day? The perilumbar muscles, in particular, support our posture and reaching and lifting activities and are anti-gravity muscles. Micro-tears occur with poor posture, prolonged sitting and heavy or awkward lifting.  80% of low back pains resolve over 2-4 weeks regardless of treatment. Use ice the first 36 hours…

What are migraines?

What are migraines? Migraines are a complex entity meaning multifactorial starting with genetics. Being female and/or having a family history of migraines place one at a higher risk. That said, triggers are usually needed to set the process into motion. What occurs was once thought to be largely vasoconstriction (narrowing) of the external cranial arteries leading to a prodrome- warning…

Sinusitis and inflammation

Western Medicine is quick to attribute an infectious cause when diagnosing sinusitis. This focus continues in spite of multiple recent studies that demonstrate this to be rarely true during the first 10 days of symptoms. The underlying  pathology is multi-factorial including virus and allergenic inflammatory reactions. Acupuncture has good evidence based outcomes that reveal better vascular nourishment of tissues and…