Thanks for the Life Changing Treatment

July 21, 2014

We regularly receive positive feedback from our clients. We offer a variety of services which include a range of advanced injection therapies. Here is a recent letter from a client.

“I am delighted with the life-changing treatment I recently received from  NeuroKinetics Clinic. Seven years after a total abdominal hysterectomy, I found myself still unable to stand fully erect and experiencing chronic tightness in my hips that leads to hip and back pain.

NeuroKinetics provided me with a scar de-activation treatment, an umbilical injection, plus a Frankenhauser procedure – all of which were surprisingly easy to tolerate. Immediately following the injections, the scar turned soft and I was able to stand erect. My gait has changed and I feel a freedom of movement which makes being on my feet all day a pleasure.

Seeing my tummy flatten out was an added surprise, as was discovering that I can urinate with ease now – something I hadn’t noticed was a consequence of the surgery.

NeuroKinetics’ technique is gentle, their bedside manner is calm and inspires confidence. Thank you SO much for the fabulous care!

Beverly O.”

Regenerative Injection Therapy With Growth Factors in Platelet Rich Plasma

April 10, 2014

An alternative approach to healing tendon and ligament injuries

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reserves of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.

How does PRP therapy work?

To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and automatically separates out the PRP using a specific protocol. The separation process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%.
When PRP is injected into a targeted treatment area, such as tissue with damage, it stimulates the tendon or ligament, causing a mild inflammation that triggers a cascade of healing processes. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area.

What are the potential benefits?

Patients can see a significant improvement from symptoms. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long tern medication or surgery as well as a remarkable return of function.

What can be treated?

PRP injections can be performed in tendons, ligaments and connective tissue all over the body, Sports injuries, arthritic joints, lower back, degenerative disc disease and more specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ACL tears, shin splints, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis and Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome can all be effectively treated with PRP.

Is PRP right for me?

If you have a tendon, ligament or connective tissue injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. There will be an initial evaluation with your doctor to see if PRP therapy is right for you.

Are there any special instructions?

You are restricted from the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) one week prior to the procedure and throughout the course of treatments.
Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Heat maybe applied to the area as needed.
The first week after the procedure, patients will typically start to rehabilitate the injured area with a program of physical therapy. However, aggressive physical therapy is discouraged for several weeks.

How soon can I go back to regular physical activities?

PRP therapy helps regenerate tendons and ligaments but it is not a quick fix. The therapy stimulates the growth and repair of tendons, ligaments and connective tissue, and requires several visits. Your doctor will determine when you are able and ready to resume regular physical activities.

What can I do to prepare for the treatment?

It is important to be properly hydrated before each treatment. Ensure that you drink at least 2 liters of water for several days prior to your appointment. It is also recommended that you discontinue anti-inflammatory medications (unless they are for conditions other than what is being treated) for 48 hours prior to your treatment. Finally, be sure to have a meal before the treatment.

Nutrient Inhalation Services

April 9, 2014

NeuroKinetics Clinic is proud to introduce inhalation services: another safe, easy and effective way of receiving amino acids and other vitamin therapies. A nebulizer is a device to administer a liquid in a safe, inhalable mist that you breathe in through a mask or mouthpiece. One session takes about 30 minutes.

Respiratory conditions – For patients with respiratory ailments, a nebulizer breathing treatment may be an effective way to ensure quick and thorough relief. Through the use of a clinically-supervised nebulizer treatment, patients can breathe vitamins directly to the lungs helping ease airway inflammation and allowing for easier breathing.

A nebulizer can also help with the following depending on the formula:
– Detoxification
– Energy and mental clarity
– Relaxation of body tension and muscle aches
– Boosting your immune system

Boost Your Immunity Using Acupressure

December 20, 2013

Feeling low this winter season? Boost your immunity in minutes!

Chinese Medicine supports the idea that the goal of a good doctor is to prevent illness before it occurs by supporting and strengthening the body and the immune system proactively. Acupressure strengthens our natural resistance to disease by making our bodies and minds stronger and more resilient.

This flu season acupressure protocol can be used daily like a natural immune booster. Why deal with an illness when you can simply avoid it or make it a minor issue? These acupressure points below are a great protocol to strengthen the whole body, not just your immune system.

If you are not able to get to your favorite acupuncturist on a regular basis, the following points will help you keep the flu or common colds at bay this year! And it’s so safe, effective and easy that you can help do this on your kids and elder family members.

Immune Boosting Points!

Kidney 27 – The Elegant Mansion
Kidney 27 is a superior immune-boosting point especially for the flu and influenza and for people that are extra prone to catch upper respiratory flu symptoms as it strengthens the immune system by enhancing the respiratory system.In Chinese Medicine the Kidneys sand Lungs have a close connection as the Kidneys grasp the Lung Qi as it is breathed in and moves the oxygen through the rest of the body. Kidney 27 is located roughly one inch from the midline on the lower border of the collar bone.

Ren 17 – Chest Center / Ren 6 – Sea of Qi
These two points can be pressed at the same time. Ren 17 and Ren 6 both fortify the immune system. Ren 17 regulates the thymus gland, which stimulates the immune system and decrease any anxiety or worry. It is located on the midline just slightly above the nipple level. Ren 6 tonifies and boosts the immune system and maintains overall good health and is located on the midline two finger breaths below the naval.

Large Intestine 11 – Brook at the Crook
Large Intestine 11, although better much more as a fever-reducing point, is also used to help prevent colds, flus and other immune-compromising conditions. With this point it’s best to palpate around the area to find the most-tender spot. The exact location is determined according to sensitivity in that area. You can find this point at the lateral edge of the elbow crease.

Lung 7 – Divide of the Cleft
Lung 7 is a very common point to use for systematic relief of cough, headache and/or stiff neck; though it can be used to increase the defensive qi and your immune system. To locate it simply make a thumbs-up sign. When you do that you’ll see a depression at the base of your thumb (referred to as the anatomical snuffbox). From that depression, Lung 7 is located approximately two finger widths up your arm.

SJ5 – Outer Gate
Another great point immune boosting point is SJ5, located on the back of the hand, 2 finger breaths from the crease of the wrist between the ulna and radius on the forearm. It helps balance the immune systems and strengthen the whole body, especially useful is you feel a fever coming on.

Li4 – Joining Valley
Li4, or Joining Valley is a famous decongestant and anti-inflammatory point; it is a powerful point for any head pain or tension issues and strengthens the immune system. Located between the thumb and first finger from the wrist crease to the fist knuckle.

Stomach 36 – 3 Leg Mile
Stomach 36 is one of the most effective acupuncture points for strengthening the immune system, recovering from fatigue and boosts endurance in general. It’s like a Vitamin C shot for your body. Acupuncturists often incorporate this point into treatments because it is such an energizing point. Stomach 36 is found about a hand length below the patella of the knee, just outside the prominent tibia bone. Sometimes pressing this point, if it’s done firmly enough, will produce a strong sensation that travels down the leg.

How to Do the Routine

Here are a few quick tips on performing acupressure on these points:

• Before performing acupressure on any of these points, get into a comfortable position from which you can easily access all points

• Start from the top down: Begin with Kidney 27 and work your way down the body. So, the order should be Kidney 27, Ren 17 & 6, Large Intestine 11, Lung 7, Stomach 36.

• For Kidney 27 and Stomach 36, since you have both hands free, press the point on both sides of the body at the same time.

• For Lung 7 and Large Intestine 11, try pressing the point on each side of the body to determine whether one side is more tender than the other. If so, focus your acupressure sessions on the tender side. If both are equally tender (or not at all), you can pick either, or take turns pressing the points on both sides.

• Spend one minute on each point. Apply firm pressure while breathing steadily into your abdomen. This routine is very relaxing, so you can also do this over the holidays when you feel overwhelmed by all the things that need to get done, so feel free to repeat it.

• As a maintenance routine, aim to complete this 10-minute routine once in the morning and once before bed. If you start feeling fatigued, weak or like you might be coming down with something, then repeat up to three times a day.

Wishing you a flu-free remainder of the winter!

A Natural Alternative to the Flu Shot Vaccination

November 21, 2013

By Poppi Sabhaney, R.Ac.

With cold and flu season fast approaching, it’s time to think about the flu shot. But this year, make it a safe, natural flu shot from NeuroKinetics Clinic. We are proud to use the homeopathic remedy IMMUNEXX from Viatrrexx, the newest, and premier leading homeopathic flu shot available. All shots are mixed with the highest quality and most bioavailable form of B12, which also boosts your energy and assists with absorption.

This natural injection is a safe and effective alternative or addition to the regular flu shot vaccination. The injection is a combination of homeopathic medicines that activate the immune system against cold and flu viruses without exposing the person to the virus. The medication does not contain deactivated viruses, stabilizers or additives, and is safe for people with sensitivities or egg allergies.

Homeopathic immunization is free of side-effects, it is gentle and highly effective. It can be used by everyone including children, pregnant women or the elderly.

We recommend the following schedule:
• Prevention for a healthy person – 1x per month (October to April) [Recommended]
• Build immunity – 2 to 4x in one month
• During cold and flu outbreaks – 1x per week
• During a cold or flu – 2 to 3x per week
• Once your cold symptoms subside – 1x per week for 3 weeks

We also offer immune-boosting acupuncture treatments too!

We run a flu clinic from October through April, with the first week of every month featuring specials or discounts for that week. For more information or to book an injection please call The NeuroKinetics Clinic at 604-736-3963.

And remember, follow these simple guidelines and you will minimize the risk of catching the cold or flu this winter season:
1. Wash your hands often
2. Stay hydrated
3. Avoid excess sugar
4. Take an immune boosting supplement such as vitamin C, Echinacea, or goldenseal root
5. Get enough Sleep

Stay healthy this winter!

Why you might want to explore options to the standard flu shot

Always a subject of critical debate, there are many reminders, and opinions, about the flu shot. It’s up to you to gather yourself about the alternatives to the standard flu shot vaccination so you can make an informed decision for what is best for you.
The flu vaccine is used by the public each year, but of course some people may have sensitivities and sometimes side-effects to it.

The main issue is usually the issue of the vaccine stabilizing agents, which allow for a long shelf life and durability during shipment around the world. Most vaccines contain formaldehyde, a known cancer causing agent.

And it can also contain a preservative, Thimerosal, a derivative of mercury, which is also known to have serious adverse health effects; one of them being a known neurotoxin linked to brain damage and autoimmune diseases. To see the interaction of mercury and brain neurons check out this video on YouTube.

You might also find aluminum as a common ingredient in the flu shot and this can be concerning as both mercury and aluminum are two toxic heavy metals that have been associated with an increase rates of Alzheimer’s disease.

Other side effects can range from local injection irritation and redness to minor flu-like symptoms including: fever, general malaise, muscle pain, hives, allergic asthma, respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal problems, eye problems, abnormal blood pressure and other circulatory abnormalities.

And vaccines are cultivated on chicken embryo eggs, so if you are sensitive or allergic to chicken or chicken by-products (ie. eggs), you will have to find an alternative for the flu shot.

An uncommon, but alarming reaction that has been associated with the flu vaccine is Guillain-Bare Syndrome (GBS). It affects about every 2-3 people per 100,000 and can occur, most often about 2-4 weeks after the injection. GBS is an immune-mediated nerve disorder characterized by muscle weakness, unsteady gait, numbness, tingling, pain and sometimes paralysis of one or more limbs or the face. It is usually self-limiting, but recovery can take several months and can include residual nerve damage and/or disability.
And if you are already immune compromised or deficient, there is always the chance that because you are injecting a material substance into the body and by-passing all the of the body’s natural defense mechanisms that the dosage might actually be too strong for some individuals resulting in a systemic shock which might later arise into an auto-immune disorder response.

Homeopathic immunization is free of side-effects, it is gentle and highly effective. It can be used by everyone including children, pregnant women or the elderly.

Concussion Acupressure Self-Care

October 28, 2013

The usual advice for concussions (and mild traumatic brain injury) is: anti-Inflammatory medication, rest and minimal mental and physical stimulation for a couple of weeks. And for most people with minor concussions this is usually enough, but with the trending nature of multiple concussions being reported and new evidence showing that because the frontal cortex is still developing in children and adolescents, it can have more detrimental and longer lasting effects. It is vital to begin reducing the symptoms of concussion as soon as possible in a safe, gentle and effective way.

Concussion victims can have personality changes and symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration, insomnia, body pain and headaches that drag on for weeks, month and even years in some cases. Luckily, acupressure can help with reducing inflammation, swelling and other symptoms.

At a time that a person feels the most vulnerable, acupressure can help empower and help speed up concussion recovery in the comfort in your own home or any comfortable space. Whether you have a simple (10-14 day expected recovery) or complex concussion (multiple concussions in a short time or with complications), this acupressure routine can help alleviate some of your symptoms. But remember, it’s not to replace an actual acupuncture session with a qualified medical practitioner or registered acupuncturist.

Treating concussions effectively requires a holistic approach. This is where acupressure shines bright as one of the few manual stimulation therapies that is often overlooked. It’s also great because it allows a concussion sufferer to reduce some or all of the symptoms by themselves when they need to, not when they are able to schedule an appointment.

How to Do the Routine:

Here are a few quick tips on performing acupressure on yourself:

–          Before performing acupressure on any of these points, get into a comfortable position where you can easily access all points without effort.

–          Begin with the top points and work your way down the body and follow the order of points. You may find a particular point that is extremely effective for one or more of your symptoms, make a note of it for later reference.

–          If a point is bilateral (both sides of the body), use both hands if possible to press both points at the same time, but feel if one side is more tender than the other, stimulate just the more tender side for that session.

–          Activate points for 30 seconds to 1 minute by pressing gently yet firmly, and remember to breathe normally focusing your breathe towards your abdomen while you press on the point.

–          This routine should be done twice a day, once in the morning to prepare and ready yourself for your day, and another perform another round an hour before bedtime. If you feel some of your symptoms come on during the day, you can also do this as you need throughout the day.

The Points In order:

  DU20 – This point is called the meeting of 100 points – place your index fingers at the top of your ears and follow the line going upward until your fingers meet at the top of your head. This point helps with focus and concentration while strengthening your posture.
  GB20 – Great for headaches and tension in the neck – Two thumb widths on either side of the spine, where the base of the skull meets the neck (roughly halfway point between midline and back of the ear).
  GB8 – This point releases tension from the head, especially the parietal and frontal areas – Located two fingers width above the top of the ear in the indent in your scalp.
  LU7 – This point is also very powerful in reducing head related symptoms, but also for breathing issues or tension in the ribcage. Keep your hand with the nail of the thumb up. Move your thumb up and back (away from the palm of your hand), this reveals a depression and move your finger from wrist along the side of your lower arm, until you feel a bone sticking out (about a thumb’s width from it). LU-7 is located on that bone, in between the two tendons you feel there.
  Li4 – On the back of the hand, on the web between thumb and index finger. To locate, squeeze the thumb against the base of the index finger. The point is located on the highest point of the bulge of the muscle, level with the end of the crease. This is a very important and effective point for headaches, eye strain or mental concentration.
  Pc6 – This point helps clear the head and calm nausea – Two finger widths from the wrist crease along the arm in the center of the two tendons.
  St 36 – This is like a vitamin shot for the body for general tonification. Located on the front of the leg, one hand width (four fingers) below the kneecap, on the outside, in the depression between the shinbone and the leg muscle.
  Liv3 – If you feel upset, irritable or frustrated, this point is excellent for dispersing these emotions. On the foot, on the line between the big toe and the second toe. The point is located about 3 finger widths from the edge of the toes towards the ankle in the depression the size of a fingertip you can feel there.
  Sp6 – A very good point for Insomnia, headache, and dizziness.  On the inside of the lower leg, one hand width (four fingers) above the tip of the ankle bone, on the back of the shin bone.
  Kd1 – A great point for bringing down excess energy that might be rising to the top of the body, excellent for grounding – Located on the sole of the foot, in the middle depression just past the ball of the foot where it begins the arch.

Generally this is a very safe procedure, but if you are pregnant, please consult your local Registered Acupuncturist or Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner as some points maybe contraindicated during pregnancy.

We hope that these acupressure self-care tips help you in your recovery.  If you have further questions or would like to work with qualified practitioners, please contact us at

The NeuroKinetics Clinic offers Registered Acupuncturists specializing in concussion recovery.  The clinic blends both Eastern and Western medicine – acupuncture and neuroscience – to assist you to achieve results in your recovery from a concussion or other head injury.

Shawn Poppi Sabhaney is a Registered Acupuncturist and NADA Specialist located in Vancouver, BC. He is the past president of the TCMABC and a current board member of the ATCMA. When not seeing patients he enjoys running obstacle courses and teaches meditation.

Youth Concussion Clinics Opening in USA

May 9, 2013

It is good to see that there has been an increasing awareness of the dangers of concussions, but, for the most part, there is not currently much which can be provided by the standard medical approaches either for assessments or treatment. An excellent article about concussions by the New York Times reviews the current needs and challenges, and the many new youth concussion clinics which have been opening up in the USA due to the increased demand. However they don’t yet have much to offer. The mainline advice of seeking rest until the symptoms go away, and then slowly get active again is still what they still recommend.

The NeuroKinetics Clinic provides a medical treatment for concussion which addresses the underlying issues, and the athlete does not have to wait for months for symptoms to, maybe, go away by themselves. The treatment also reduces the risk of repeat concussions due to reduced spatial perception which can be a symptom from the earlier concussions.

Mike Farnworth, MLA, Visits NeuroKinetics Clinic

March 28, 2013

By Jane Courtney

The NeuroKinetics Clinic was pleased to meet with the Honorable Mike Farnworth, MLA, on March 21, 2013 who came to get information and discuss options to assist in developing a strategy for bringing this treatment methodology to all Canadians.

Two former patients spoke to Mr. Farnworth on the behalf of the methodology and their success with the treatment they experienced through their treatment. A demonstration of the Assessment procedure was also provided for Mr. Farnworth which showed how dramatic a change in symptoms and function can occur with the NeuroKinetics approach.

Concussions and auto accidents can have disastrous effects for people, with symptoms of often lasting for decades. Proper assessment is key to creating effective and lasting treatment for these individuals to assist them in their return to wellness. Many traumatic and chronic conditions can be successfully treated in as little as 12 weeks.

NeuroKinetics’ treatments are not covered by MSP and therefore out of reach financial for many people. There are a large number of people experiencing post-traumatic disabilities who could be helped by the NKC treatment protocol and methods.

We appreciated Mr. Farnworth’s time and interest in being open to seeing what therapies are already effective and available.