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Specialized Massage Therapy Techniques

Generally speaking, a massage is a very relaxing treatment involving hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.  However, massage is much more than this.  There are many specialized techniques within the practice that address a variety of conditions. […]

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Five easy ways to correct your posture

1. When sitting in a chair, place your buttocks at the back of your chair. Do not sit on the edge of your chair, it makes it easier to slouch 2. Make sure you feel a little arching in your low back 3. Relax your shoulder down 4. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and puff […]

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Top 5 Tips to Self-Treat TMJ Disorder

Non traumatic TMJ pain can be a result of poor posture and/or jaw clenching at night which causes the muscles of your jaw to become overworked and sore. When you are slouching and your chin pokes out, your jaw is left in a slightly opened position. This causes the muscles of the jaw to constantly […]

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Top Five Tips to Recover From A Whiplash

1. Do not wait to get a physiotherapy assessment A physiotherapist can assess your neck musculature and joints as well as  your ligaments, arteries, and nervous system X-rays can detect fractures in the neck if the picture is taken in the proper position. X-rays can not assess your ligament, artery, nervous system, or muscle damage. […]

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Top five ways to relieve your tension headache without using pain killers

1. Maintain proper posture! Maintaining a slouched posture for prolonged periods of time will cause certain neck muscles to become overworked and others to weaken. The overworked muscles can cause neck pain, tension, and headaches. If left not treated, it can lead to chronic neck pain and headaches   2. Take frequent short breaks while […]

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Patellofemoral Knee Pain

A very common condition seen by Physiotherapists is that of patellofemoral knee pain, which is pain located at the front and inner side of the knee, or under and around the kneecap. 2.5 million runners are diagnosed with patellofemoral pain every year, and 74% of these will decrease their activity level over the next five […]

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What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used for centuries by the Chinese to treat disease and injury.  It works by inserting fine needles into specific mapped out points in the body.  Traditional Acupuncturists inserted needles into a specific area of the body to restore the balance of energy.  They believe that injury is a result of an imbalance […]

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‘Slipped Discs’ (or Disc Herniations)

While you may have heard people say they have a ‘slipped disc’ in their low back, our discs do not actually slip out of place.  Usually what has occurred is a disc herniation.  A healthy disc in our back is made up of an outer ring of strong ligaments, with a spongy centre called the […]

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Your Body after Pregnancy

While you may be focused initially on losing the baby weight you gained during your pregnancy, once you’ve given birth it is important to know that since your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles have been stretched and possibly damaged you will need to do specific exercises to restore these muscles to their normal function.  This […]

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Core Stability

When people talk about ‘core’ strength, they often understand it to mean simply their abdominal muscles. What is often misunderstood is that our true core is a group of muscles that function as a team to provide stability to our whole body. When contracted together, these muscles form a stable base on which to move […]

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