Sports massage therapy can be essential for athletes who need to recover from injury quickly. Everyday training can put the body under a lot of stress, which eventually contributes to pain and injuries. Various massage therapy techniques do effectively reduce muscle stiffness and help a speedy recovery. Here’s a few most-effective options for athletes. Acute Stretching Acute stretching is one of the best massage therapy techniques for athletes. The use of acute stretching prior to the beginning of a workout routine warms up the muscles, increases the range of motion and reduces the risk of injuries during a training session. While there are two camps when it comes to stretching before a workout, the benefits of the technique are becoming more widely accepted. Several clinical studies suggest that stretching before exercise plays a paramount role in injury prevention. The very same applies to chronic stretching after an exercise session is Continue reading →

Back pain is a common chronic condition in Canada, with approximately 4 out of 5 Canadians suffering from some type of occurrence in their lives. For a high percentage of those individuals, a herniated disc is to blame. Although some Canadians with a herniated disc will experience temporary pain that subsides in a short period of time, others suffer immense or ongoing pain and other complications that require professional herniated disc treatment. Fortunately, if you or your loved one is suffering from a herniated disc, there are numerous treatment options available.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. If you don’t want to simply rely on pain medication, you could try using a TENS unit. Here’s a little information on what a TENS unit does and whether or not you’re a good candidate for using one. What TENS is and How it Works TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It works by sending electrical impulses through your skin to “short out” pain signals in your nerve endings, telling your brain to ignore your pain. It’s also believed that the units trigger your body to release its own natural pain relievers, endorphins. The electrical stimulation required to produce endorphins is fairly low, between 2-5Hz, and it can be a safe alternative to pain medication for some people. Using a TENS Machine TENS units typically consist of a small box or power source connected to small adhesive Continue reading →

Lasers have been used for medical and therapy procedures since the mid 1960’s and new benefits for patients are still being found. Cold laser therapy can be a good treatment option for a variety of conditions from treating injuries to managing chronic conditions like back pain or arthritis. What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Sciatica is a pain that only those who have experienced it can really understand. Not only can the level of pain be excruciating, but it can also affect movement and your ability to continue with day to day life. However, the picture is not all negative. The first step to improving your life is understanding the causes of sciatica and begin looking into the different treatment options that are available.

Bad posture can cause problems for your well-being in several ways. First of all, slumping over gives a weak and tired appearance as opposed to standing up straight, which looks more commanding. Good posture is also helpful for the performance of singers and athletes. But ultimately, there are deeper reasons why correcting bad posture is essential to your good health. Preventing Pain and Fatigue Good posture is a conscious skill that allows you to stand, walk and sit with the least amount of strain on your back, muscles and ligaments. When you stand up straight you are actually protecting several organs at one time and allowing them to function at an optimum level, whereas when you slump over you are causing the body to work harder, which can lead to painful muscle spasms. You can also breathe more properly with free air flow when you practice proper posture. Other reasons to maintain good Continue reading →

Are you suffering from lower back or neck pain? Is the pain radiating to your leg or arm? You could be suffering from a herniated disc. In fact, many people have this condition without showing any of the herniated disc symptoms. So, they are unaware that they have a problem with their spine. Usually, the symptoms occur when the herniated disc presses on surrounding nerves. If this happens, the pain can be excruciating. Herniated Disc Symptoms Here are some of the symptoms that you should be looking out for.

A disc is the cushioning layer that separates the vertebrae or bon rings of the spine. Discs consist of a tougher outer layer of connective tissue and a soft and pliable inner layer. When the circle of outer connective tissue breaks down, the soft inner layer starts swelling and ultimately pushes out applying pressure on the spinal nerves. Therefore, a slipped disc is a condition that occurs when a disk in the spine gets displaced from its normal position and presses on the nerve roots of the spinal cord. A slipped disc is often referred to as a protruded, herniated, or bulging disc. There is no single explanation why the outer layer surrounding the spine discs tears. One obvious cause of slipped discs is aging. As people get older, the discs of their spinal cord lose their water content and consequently their elasticity. This loss of elasticity increases the risk Continue reading →

In order to understand back spasms and how they work you need to understand the various parts of the spine and their individual role. The spine is best described as the scaffolding that holds together the different parts of the body. It is not a rigid structure, but a collection of vertebrae or bony rings, who embrace the dual role of supporting the body and protecting the spinal cord. The bony rings of the spine are stacked to one another by discs, which are firm yet pliable cushions. The spine is therefore a stack of bones and discs, but what keeps it together? Ligaments hold the spine together and muscles help move it. The spine may also be considered a tunnel, the home of the spinal cord which is a collection of nerves that send and receive messages, just like a communications highway. Muscle Spasms and their Cause Muscles help Continue reading →

Back injury is so common that it affects millions of people across the globe. It can be triggered by a car accident, lifting heavy objects, or straining oneself. The problem with is that it doesn’t easily go way, not even with painkillers. Failure to attend to a may result in serious health problems in the long term. So what do you do? Here are 9 tips for recovering from a back injury that you may find useful:  In order to adopt the proper recovery therapy from a back injury you need to figure out what type of injury you have sustained. Mainly, you need to assess how bad the injury is, or determine whether it is acute or chronic. Acute pain comes and goes and usually heals within one month to a month and a half. Chronic pain on the other hand will not go away and usually lasts as long Continue reading →