Wednesday
Jan162019

Pregnancy and Massage Therapy

The effects of massage therapy on women during pregnancy has been shown to have many positive effects. In general, massage therapy has the benefit of improving and reducing stress, anxiety, depression and potentially the ability to increase quality of sleep and psychosocial health across a wide variety of populations. Specific populations such as women during the different stages of pregnancy can greatly benefit from manual therapy pre and post-partum. Pre-natal massage has a host of positive effects including decreases in premature delivery, rates of infants being born at low birth rates, and symptoms of post-partum depression. Specific symptoms that can arise during pregnancy include increased anxiety, variation in moods, aches and pains (low back and sciatic very commonly), and reduction in regular sleep patterns. Massage therapy has been shown to improve all of these symptoms by decreasing the stress hormone cortisol, and increasing hormones such as dopamine and serotonin which are both responsible for increasing negative mood levels and reducing levels of depression and stress. Given the long term effects of massage therapy it proves to be a valuable intervention tool for maintaining somatic and psychosocial health from pregnancy to the post-partum period.

Article cited: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6087659/

Monday
Jan142019

What is your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner doing – Part 1: Assessment

In its most simplest form Osteopathy is a manual hands-on therapy that seeks to restore the body’s natural inherent ability to heal. By identifying structures or tissues that are in dysfunction your practitioner can locate parts of your body that are not functioning as effectively as they should be, which may be resulting in your unwanted symptoms. When an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is palpating the different structures of your body, they are attempting to feel which areas feel ‘off’. Every human tissue that has undergone trauma or distress acts in densification, whether it’s bone tissue, muscle tissue, organ tissue, skin tissue etc… The tissue becomes denser. We have all experienced this one time or another when we have suffered an impact to a muscle, such as when we get a ‘charley horse’. The muscle tissue reacts this way to support and promote healing at the injured area. However, changes in human tissue can also result without direct trauma. Tissues can change due to the compensation of other tissues that are in distress. While these secondary tissues may not be affected as severely as tissue that received direct trauma, they can change enough to affect the body as a whole. It is all these variable changes that your practitioner is taking into account in an attempt to detect the main source or root cause of the problem.

Monday
Jan142019

Pes Planus

 

Pes Planus - Flat Feet

 

What are Flat Feet?

Pes planus or flat feet is a postural deformity relating to the collapse or flattening of the medial longitudinal arch. It can also be referred to as hyperpronation or overpronation. Although there are varying degrees of collapse, people are still able to live completely pain-free with flat feet. 

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Monday
Jan142019

Bursitis

What is a Bursa?

A bursa is a bag of lubricant which provides a low-friction, slippery and smooth interfaces between two tissues in your body eg a tendon and a bone.

Bursae are found throughout your body, where muscles and tendons glide over bones. You have more than 150 bursae in your body. Without your bursa between these surfaces, your movements would be painful due to friction. Much like the pain associated with bursitis.

What Causes Bursitis?

Your bursa can be injured via direct trauma, or more commonly via repeated irritation.

During painful bursitis, your bursa loses its painless and low-friction gliding capabilities. The added bulk of the swollen bursa causes more friction within an already confined space.

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Thursday
Jan102019

Neck Pain and Whiplash

WHAT IS WHIPLASH?

It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 whiplash cases in Canada each year. Most occur from vehicle collisions, but whiplash can also result from sport or work injuries.

 

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