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Treating the mysterious little aches and pains that make life uncomfortable and the sports mishaps that keep athletes from the pastimes they love is Carol McGlauchlin’s special niche.

McGlauchlin took over the Positive Health alternative medicine practice three years ago, offering her own range of acupuncture and myofascial trigger point therapy treatments for musculoskeletal pain relief and sports injuries.

She also works with clients who have developed pain or muscle weakness from long-term habits such as poor posture while sitting at a desk.

Positive Health LLC
What: Acupuncture, Chinese medicine and myofascial trigger point therapy to treat pain and sports injuries
Where: 5300 Sequoia NW, Suite 206, Albuquerque
Phone: 550-8148,
Appointment hours: Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m.
Insurance accepted: Presbyterian Health Care, Cigna, United Health Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Lovelace

McGlauchlin recently moved from a location at Paseo del Norte and Golf Course to 5300 Sequoia NW, in the Ladera area. She has two treatment rooms and a reception area in the new location.

Acupuncture is a medical therapy developed in Asia which uses thin needles to stimulate specific points beneath the skin to restore the body’s energy balance.


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Trigger point therapy works on points in the body’s connective and muscle tissue which are associated with pain, often stemming from injuries or repetitive strain, according to the National Association of Myofascial Therapists website

McGlauchlin had been an accountant for 30 years when she decided to follow her interest in alternative medicine and love of sports into a new life. She attended Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque and later apprenticed with Whitfield Reeves in Boulder, Colo., who specializes in acupuncture sports medicine.

The training in Boulder focused on the musculoskeletal system, anatomy and physiology, she said.

Her goal was always to have a practice of her own. She chose to locate on the West Side because there are fewer acupuncturists than in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.
— This article appeared on page 31 of the Albuquerque Journal