Examining the Anterior Pelvic Tilt

We are all aware that posture or body position plays an important, if not crucial, role in the healthy function of our musculoskeletal system. Some types of compromised or dysfunctional posture are easy to evaluate.

Elevated shoulders or forward head posture, for example, are frequently cited as key components of upper back, neck and headache pain.

Pelvic alignment is frequently noted as a key factor in many soft-tissue disorders as well. Yet determining ideal pelvic alignment is challenging and there is often misinformation about what actually produces pelvic misalignment. Let's take a closer look at specific biomechanical characteristics of pelvic alignment and their importance in constructing an appropriate treatment plan.

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Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis causes painful inflammation in and around your joints. It usually affects people who already have psoriasis, a skin condition that causes a red, scaly rash, especially on your elbows, knees, back, buttocks and scalp.

 Your joint hurts for two reasons:

  1. Your nerve endings are irritated by the chemicals produced by the inflammation.
  2. The capsule is stretched by the swelling in your joint. When the inflammation goes down, the capsule remains stretched and can’t hold your joint in its proper position. This can make your joint unstable and painful.

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A cramp is a spontaneous or involuntary electrical activity of a large number of muscle fibres that quickly develops into a painful, sustained contraction (muscle spasm).

 Cramps can be divided into two categories:

1.         Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps (EAMC)

2.         Nocturnal or nighttime Cramps

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The Scoop on Snow Shoveling 

While many people recognize that shovelling snow is hard work, physiotherapists caution that shovelling can place severe stress on your heart, and cause stress and strain on your body. Research has identified snow shovelling as a high-risk activity for heart problems. Every year, shovellers also sustain injuries such as pulled and strained muscles from repetitive twisting and improper lifting. However, Canadians can still enjoy cardiovascular benefits from snow shovelling, if they prepare themselves and listen to their bodies.

Snow shovelling has a similar intensity to jogging, racquet sports, and other strenuous sporting activities. Individuals will be better prepared for shovelling if they avoid being sedentary by regularly participating in activities like walking.

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Laser Acupuncture

What is laser acupuncture?

Laser acupuncture is the use of a laser device that irradiates a laser light beam on the skin of the patient. This irradiation on the skin is harmless to the body tissues but can have a positive effect on the acupuncture system, joints, muscles and nerve tissue and on a cellular level to create tissue regeneration.

The laser type that is used for Laser Acupuncture is termed a “cold laser” since it does not heat up the tissue, the laser beam does not harm the skin but special glasses are necessary by the practitioner and the patient to protect their eyes during the treatment.

This positive effect of the laser light can stimulate acupuncture points, lower inflammation, stimulate cell regeneration, cell healing and can also help with structural issue such as Tendinitis, Joint Conditions and with the treatment of Children – substituting the use of acupuncture needles.

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