Dry Needling

Dry Needling

When you hear the term “dry needling,” you may think it’s a kind of acupuncture. But the two therapies are, in fact, nothing alike, says Michael Coords, MD. They both use needles and can help reduce pain, but even the needles are entirely different from one another. Dry needling hasn’t been around as long as acupuncture, … Read more

Ginevra Liptan, MD, and her fibromyalgia book

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As a med school student with fibromyalgia, Ginevra Liptan discovered she was her own best advocate. Ginevra Liptan, MD, had never heard of fibromyalgia when she began feeling overwhelming fatigue. It was 1999, and she was a typical medical student, working insane hours and experiencing extreme stress. She chalked up her tiredness to the pressures … Read more

Can Coconut Oil Reduce Pain?

Coconuts – and coconut oil, specifically – are part of the most talked about food purported to have health benefits these days. So can coconut oil reduce pain? Coconut oil comes from pressing the dried “meat” of mature coconuts, harvested from coconut palm, to extract the oil. This oil has been shown to provide a … Read more

Figuring Out Fibromyalgia

Figuring Out Fibromyalgia

There is an old saying that “it takes one to know one,” and when it comes to fibromyalgia patients, no one understands them better than Dr. Ginevra Liptan. As medical director for The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon, Liptan is immersed in the fibro arena every day, but she also brings an unusual perspective to … Read more