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Reward yourself with massage therapy

Reward yourself with massage therapy

Massage therapy has a positive effect on a plethora of medical conditions. It rejuvenates both your mind and muscles. Everyone experiences pain, the only difference is some continue to suffer and some proactively seek pain relief through massage therapy.  Our skin is the largest organ on our body. The skin interfaces with the environment and is the first line of defense from external factors. Taking good care of your skin  through massage therapy  will help keep your skin healthy and…

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What are Orthotics?

What are Orthotics?

What are orthotics? Orthotics are custom made inserts that are worn inside your shoe to control abnormal foot function. Orthotics solve a number of biomechanically related problems, for example, ankle and knee pain, pelvis, hip, spinal pain. This is achieved by preventing misalignment of the foot, which significantly alters the way in which the bones move within their joints. How are custom orthotics made? The process starts with the physiotherapist conducting a Biomechanical Gait analysis on a GaitScan system which…

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Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears

Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears

Pacifying the Pain – All about Patella Tendon Tears Despite it being named a “Tendon”, the patella tendon is both a ligament and a tendon. It connects to two different bones, the patella and the tibia. The patella tendon works in unison with the quadricepmuscles and quadricep tendons allowing them to straighten the knee. The tear within the patella tendon is either partial or complete and can be a disabling injury: Partial tear- More frayed and not complete, (think of…

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How to Feel when you’re Numb

How to Feel when you’re Numb

Do your legs tingle, become numb, or feel weak? You may be experiencing Sciatica. The term Sciatica describes leg pain that originates from the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself –it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Common lower back problems such as: lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis can cause sciatica symptoms….

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ACL Sprain Fast Facts and Treatment

ACL Sprain Fast Facts and Treatment

A knee sprain is an injury of the ligaments; tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect the bones of the upper and lower leg at the knee joint. One of the main forms of knee sprain is in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) bridge the inside of the knee joint, forming an, “X” pattern that stabilises the knee against front-to-back and back-to-front forces. There are certain movements in the knee that causes…

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Battling Against ALS with Physiotherapy

Battling Against ALS with Physiotherapy

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common type of adult- onset motor neuron disease.  Neurological disorders are characterized primarily by progressive degeneration and loss of motor neurons. ALS involves upper and lower motor neurons and presents as an idiopathic , progressive degeneration of anterior horn cells and their associated neurons, resulting in progressive muscle weakness, atrophy, and fasciluations. ALS is a gradual onset disease. The first initial symptoms of ALS varies person to person. One person may have trouble…

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“Just” a Massage

“Just” a Massage

As a RMT, I always ask my clients what brings them in for their treatment, what is the reason for their visit, or what health care goals I can assist them with. Often, the response I receive, is something like ” I just want/need a massage.” As a health care provider, this becomes a difficult goal to meet. There are far too many massage therapy techniques to outline in this article, and providing “just a massage” may result in targeting…

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