Tuesday
Jan172017

Stress and Massage Therapy

The Oxford Dictionary defines 'Stress' as "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances". Stress, in itself, is not a disease, but it can contribute to ill health. The mental and emotional strain can quickly manifest itself in various physical symptoms if not dealt with efficiently. 

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Why Physiotherapists Emphasize Prevention

As humans we often have to be motivated in some way before we actually take to action on so many tasks.  Life is busy and our “list” of “to do’s” can seem endless and can add considerable stress to our lives.  
PAIN is not only a great motivator to call us to action to address health problems we face, it is also a considerable stress.  When we are in pain our ability to function is compromised and it can become impossible to cross many things off that “list.”  
It may be surprising to know that physiotherapists and chiropractors and massage therapists have extensive training, not only in treating existing painful dysfunctions, but in preventing these dysfunctions from manifesting by identifying predisposing factors and working on their correction.

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Monday
Oct172016

What is cupping therapy? and what can it do for you?

We all have seen Michael Phelps and the red marks on his back during the Olympic games, those images have started a trend of curiosity among us Canadians.
 

So what is Cupping Therapy, where does it come from and why are Olympians using these treatments?

Cupping Therapy is the use of specialized cups that are made out of thick round lipped glass or durable thick plastic. Using these cups the practitioner creates a vacuum on the tissue usually in areas on the body that have a layer of muscle. This creates suction which secures the cup in place on the specific tissue leaving circular red marks on the skin that usually stay there for a few days, disappearing after approximately a week. The suction cup stays on the tissue for 5-20 minutes to get the full effect of the treatment.

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Thursday
Oct132016

Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA)

What does a massage therapist with chronic pain in the left shoulder do? How does she continue her practice when each day the pain gets worse? That was my situation in 1987.
Having tried all the different therapies available without relief, I was beginning to think I'd have to change careers when an associate at my clinic offered her help. "This is what's called Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment(NISA)" she said "and I've just completed the first Toronto workshop." After her treatment, I became free of pain for the first time in years and developed a passion for NISA.

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Thursday
Sep292016

Hip Disorders: Osteoarthritis & Bursitis

Our hip joints allow us to do an amazing number of things – walk on two
legs, pivot, squat, even kick a ball. It is an engineering marvel to
combine the stability required to balance the weight of the torso over a
structure the size of a golf ball, with the substantial degree of mobility
available. The high demands on the hip joints can, however, take their
toll over a lifetime.

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