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 Mountain Views News Saturday, December 26, 2015 



What is knee pain?

The knee is the largest joint in the body. It is made up 
of the lower end of the thighbone (or femur), which 
rotates on the upper end of the shinbone (tibia), and the 
kneecap, which slides in a grove on the end of the femur. 
Because of its size, and because it is such a complex 
structure, it is also one of the most frequently injured 
joints. Knee injuries can be caused by several factors. 
Most complaints of knee pain result from some form of 
trauma, such as a torn or ruptured ligament; a broken 
or fractured kneecap; torn cartilage; or an accident that 
causes damage to the area or strains the knee beyond 
its normal range of motion. Other conditions that can 
lead to knee pain are infections; arthritis; cysts; and 
bone tumors. Being overweight can also contribute to 
knee problems by causing excess strain on ligaments 
and cartilage.

Who suffers from knee pain?

Many athletes experience knee injuries, particularly 
to the knee ligaments. Nearly everyone has become 
familiar with the acronym ACL, which stands for 
anterior cruciate ligament. ACL tears can be caused by 
rapidly twisting or changing directions; slowing down 
when running; or landing from a jump. Also as people 
get older, the amount of cartilage in the knee decreases, 
and many ligaments begin to lose some of their elasticity, 
making them more susceptible to pain and/or injury.

What can acupuncture do?

 Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective 
in relieving certain types of knee pain, especially 
arthritic conditions of the knee and knee joint. A 
1999 study comparing electroacupuncture to ice 
massage and transcutaneous nerve stimulation 
(TENS) for subjects with osteoarthritis found that 
acupuncture decreased pain and stiffness levels and 
increased muscle strength and flexion in the knee. 
Another study published that same year suggested 
that patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome 
might benefit from weekly acupuncture treatments. 
Smaller studies have confirmed that acupuncture 
is beneficial in reducing knee pain, stiffness and 
physical disability in patients with knee and knee-
related problems. It can ease the discomfort some 
subjects feel while waiting for knee surgery, and in 
some cases, it may even be considered an alternative 
to surgery.

 As with any other form of care, however, remember 
that not all patients will respond to acupuncture. 
Make sure to discuss the situation thoroughly with 
your acupuncturist before undergoing treatment for 
knee/leg pain (or any other condition).



Remember, the body is a temple. 

I guess I’ve been 
talking to Fitness 
fanatics lately. I’ve 
heard a common thread. The chase for the newer, 
better, results-driven technique. In this quest, their 
bodies are being exercised, yes, but treated with 
care? I’m not so sure. I’ve heard of people being 
scared to meet with their trainer or go to their gym 
in anticipation of a grueling workout. No pain, no 
gain fitness. 

 There is a place for hard work and complete 
exertion, but in yoga, we also listen to our bodies. 
This includes taking into account our physical 
strength or weakness, past injuries, and age. Most of 
us want to lead an active life and remain pain-free. 
Our yoga practice can help support us in this effort. 
In yoga, we treat the body with love and care, also 
practicing the principle of non violence, Ahimsa. 
In our asana practice, we start where we are at any 
given time. Without over-kill or complacency. 

 Sometimes people do not believe me when I say 
I’ve become fit, even buff from doing yoga. And as 
someone who has multiple injuries outside of yoga, 
I can say that I’m 99% pain free. It is so good for 
my body, a truly healthy compliment for an active 
lifestyle at any stage of life. 

Here’s to good health! See you in class.

Keely Totten





I really want to delve down deeper into how we, 
as parents, can use our relationship with our kids’ 
other parent as the model to show our children 
how to be responsible in relationships. If your 
kids’ other parent is not in the picture, consider 
this applicable to anyone close to you whom your 
child sees you interacting with, including your own 

 How we behave in relationships with our kids’ 
other parent may be the single biggest influencer 
we have on our children’s’ overall well-being and 
emotional/mental health.

 Remember, our children are the reflection of 
both of their parents. If we speak poorly about that 
other parent, it has two significant negative impacts 
on our children:

 They can internalize the negative comments 
and begin to feel self loathing and may even stop 
trusting us; and

 They may begin to believe it’s okay to talk 
negatively about other people and possibly even feel 
such behavior is normal within close relationships.

 Then, later in life, we’ll be left to wonder why our 
child makes poor relationship choices and does not 
often do the right thing. Of course we would only 
have ourselves to blame because we modeled that 
behavior by how we interacted with his or her other 
parent (or someone else close to us).

 But it doesn’t have to come to that. It’s never too 
late to repair our own poor choices in relationships. 
It starts with taking full responsibility for our 
behavior and modeling healthy relationships for 
our children.

 In fact, I can’t think of a healthier model than 
to show our children that we make mistakes, take 
responsibility for them, and then put things right 
with our significant other. 

 As a parent, it’s often scary thinking of the 
influence we, as imperfect people, have over our 
children. But it’s also empowering to know that as 
we grow as human beings, we carry our children 
right along with us. There’s no better win-win than 
that; no better gift we can give our kids.

 Dedicated to your family’s wealth, health, and 


A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a 
mission to help parents protect what they love most. 
His office is located at 49 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. G, 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Schedule an appointment 
to sit down and talk about ensuring a legacy of love 
and financial security for your family by calling 
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Running a good digital marketing campaign that gets 
results requires the right tools. Here are the tools I 
have found to be effective, helpful and easy to use:

 Constant Contact Mobile Apps: You can review 
campaign results, open rates, click-through rates, add 
people to the list, create simple email campaigns and 
check event registrations all on your smart phone. Canva is a free, on-line design tool 
that creates engaging and cool looking images.

 WORDSWAG: This mobile app helps you add cool 
text to your images. It’s great for quotes and attention 
getting graphics. 

 iMovie on the iPhone: I like to make video slide 
shows for Facebook with iMovie because they 
create engaging, attention-grabbing content with 

 Facebook Apps: I have 5 Facebook apps on my 
iphone. The regular Facebook app is great for sharing 
and listening to my friends. The Pages app allows me 
manage around 40 business pages, schedule posts 
and view insights. Messenger is used to send private 
or group messages. Facebook Groups app keeps my 
groups organized and makes it’s easy to collaborate 
and share with them on my iphone. Facebook Ads 
App allows me to monitor and manage ad campaigns 
on the go as well as set up new ones while away 
from my desk top. You can even manage and create 
Instagram ads with this app. 

 Hootsuite: When it comes to monitoring, managing 
and scheduling content for Twitter, Hootsuite is our 
tool. We use it the most when we are monitoring 
hashtags and scheduling content surrounding a live 

 Peachjar: If you want to land in the inbox of every 
parent in your school district, Peachjar is the tool to 
use. It sends school-approved digital flyers directly 
to parents email. It’s great for community events and 
enrichment programs for kids. You can save, shorten and share links you 
find on the internet with this handy little tool. It has 
tracking that shows you the number of times your 
link was clicked, who else is sharing a bitly to the 
same content and see what social sites and regions are 
providing the most traffic.

About MJ: MJ and her brother David own HUTdogs, 
a creative services and digital marketing business. 
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