Have you ever thought about getting a knee brace to help with osteoarthritis pain? Perhaps your physiotherapist or doctor recommended this, but you’re not sure whether or not it will be an effective solution. If you’re curious about how — and if — osteoarthritis (OA) knee braces work, read on for more information. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis typically affects areas like the knees and gets worse as patients get older. As the tissue wears away, the knee tends to move towards the inside or the outside of the leg, which further damages the bone. The misalignment and damage reinforce each other, leading to a painful and challenging downward spiral and a loss of mobility. How Do OA braces Work? As with most other types of braces, knee braces for osteoarthritis work by shifting the bones, muscles, and ligaments back into the original position, keeping the body in better alignment. As Continue reading →

In today’s age of information overload, work, traffic, financial stress and busy schedules, it’s only natural to feel stressed out. To make matters worse, your depression and anxiety might be at an all-time high. According to Global News, about 73% of working adults are stressed out at least some of the time. It’s so pervasive that for some of us stress seems like a normal thing, but the truth is that too much chronic stress can lead to or exacerbate some severe health problems, including heart disease, headaches, and stomach problems, just to name a few things. The good news is there are many ways to relieve stress naturally including acupuncture, massage, and nutrition. Meditation It may seem strange to those who have never tried it, but merely sitting quietly for 5 or 10 minutes can do a lot. The truth is that just letting your mind rest and focusing Continue reading →

If you have regular back pain, you’re probably used to going to massage therapy or seeing a chiropractor as a means of relieving the pain and, hopefully, healing. Sometimes back pain requires constant attention and a variety of different therapeutic actions. To this end, it’s a good idea to also get into good habits at home to make sure that your back is both strong and pain-free as much as possible. Here are six things that you can do at home to complement your massage therapy or chiropractor visits. Posture In almost all cases, paying special attention to your overall posture will help to stabilize your spine. That isn’t just about sitting up straight, however. It’s also about your daily lifestyle, your sitting and sleeping habits, and about what types of things you’re doing to keep your core strong. For help with long periods of sitting at a desk, try Continue reading →

Have you ever heard of cupping therapy? Cupping massage or cupping therapy is essentially a different form of massage therapy that uses suction instead of pressure to ease sore muscles and treat a variety of conditions. The process involves placing suction “cups” on the skin, which creates a vacuum, with the intention of improving circulation and removing toxins. You’ve probably seen its results floating around on the news or the internet: unusual red round spots that look like bruises and are left behind after a session. You may have even wondered whether or not it even works. The truth is that it’s an all-natural therapy that can work in a few different ways. Here are a few reasons to try this all-natural and safe cupping therapy if you’re curious. It’s Safe Cupping therapy (or “cupping”) has been used for centuries without evidence of any serious side effects, other than minor Continue reading →

When it comes to chiropractor services, unfortunately, a few bad stories have turned into a widespread belief that leads many people to be skeptical. The truth is that a handful of bad doctors could have ruined the reputation of the entire industry. There are plenty of trained professionals out there with proper licensing that help people to recover from back injuries every day. Certain types of treatments and focus areas, such as acute lower back pain, have repeatedly been proven successful with chiropractic therapy. But on the flipside, chiropractor services may not be the best choice for every type of injury or condition. Chiropractor Qualifications Licenced chiropractors are experienced doctors who can order X-rays, work with GPs, and continue with various sort of testing and treatment. In Canada, they are considered doctors and require seven years of university training plus extensive practical experience to become registered and licensed. Different Solutions Continue reading →

When it comes to treating your body aches and pain, you may not want to continue relying on over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Thankfully, there are reliable treatment options and home remedies that can help you combat body aches and pain while doing some good for your body.   Physiotherapy   When dealing with recurring pain, you may be experiencing functionality issues with that area of your body. Whether it’s from an accident or prolonged misuse of that area, professional physiotherapy can help you develop, maintain, and restore movement to that area. Magnesium   Magnesium is a necessary mineral that can be easily absorbed by the body and can help ease muscle and joint pain. As a mineral needed to maintain muscle and nerve function, a lack of magnesium can cause achy areas and bodily discomfort. Try investing in magnesium supplements or lotion that can be applied to targeted areas.   Continue reading →

Whether you play sports leisurely or are a die-hard athlete, common sports injuries are almost inevitable. Be it a new injury, chronic pain, or a recurring condition; sports injuries can be debilitating and impact your overall quality of life. Typically, common sports injuries impact the musculoskeletal system, including the following areas of the body:   Muscles Joints Ligaments Connective Tissue   However, with the right preventative measures and professional treatment, you can help fend off sports injuries and get back into your routine sooner rather than later. Use the following preventative tips and treatment measures to keep yourself healthy and safe:   What Are the Most Common Sports Injuries?   Knee ligament injuries: Whether you’re a runner, a yogi, or a football player, you can be plagued by a complex knee ligament injury. These injuries are quite painful and limit the mobility of the injured individual. According to WebMD, depending Continue reading →

Massage therapy is more than just a relaxing service at a spa. When used strategically, massage therapy can help you feel relaxed mentally, help your body heal, and benefit your health in ways you may not expect.   Whether you’re looking to target a specific area of your body or combine massage therapy with other forms of natural pain relief, massage therapy in Newmarket can help you find comfort in your body once again.   What Is Massage Therapy?   According to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, massage therapy utilizes hands-on movement of your body’s soft tissues. In specific, a massage therapist will work to manipulate your tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles, and connective tissues.   By impacting the circulatory, nervous, and muscular systems of your body, massage therapy can help you improve physical functioning, minimize stress, and improve your overall wellbeing.   Massage Therapy Can Help Improve Your Continue reading →

Chances are, you’ve heard of friends or family boasting about how good they feel after their chiropractic treatment. Many people find relief in their chiropractic treatments, especially those suffering from chronic or recurring pain. With 94% of patients treated by a chiropractor experiencing a 30% reduction in their lower back pain over a 4-week period, chiropractic treatment may help you improve your pain situation and quality of life.   What is Chiropractic Treatment?   As a professional practice, chiropractic treatment focuses on realigning the body to relieve pain and improve bodily function. Often, a chiropractor will focus on manipulating the spine, but according to Harvard Medical School, chiropractors can also train individuals on ergonomic positioning to help them limit their pain.   How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Solve Pain Issues   According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care helps to relieve both chronic and acute pain symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments Continue reading →

Whether you’ve been experiencing lower back pain for a few weeks or over a decade, you know just how debilitating that sore, stuck feeling can be. According to Statistics Canada, between 85 and 90% of people suffering from back pain do not know the cause. If you’re looking for a natural, drug-free way to treat your lower back pain, it may be time to consider consulting your needs with a professional physiotherapist in Newmarket. Physiotherapists are educated in the proper stretching and exercises to treat a variety of bodily ailments and pain, including lower back pain.   If you’re ready to start regularly working your supportive spine muscles to begin treating your lower back pain, start with these best-in-class stretches and exercises.   Pelvic Tilts   Lie down flat on your back on the floor. Keep your knees bent, and put your feet flat on the ground. Start to contract Continue reading →