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 →

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’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 →

If you have foot, knee, hip or back pain, chances are you’ve been told that custom orthotics could provide you relief. The feet are our one point of connection with the ground and hold up our entire musculoskeletal system. Taking good care of your feet is an investment in body wellness. So how do custom orthotics offer relief for lower back pain?   Realignment   Custom orthotics are made especially for the shape of your foot. Your posture, gait ,and foot shape are all examined so that we can design a custom orthotic to suit your body and your lifestyle. Orthotics realign the body by changing the way your feet interact with the ground. This produces a knock on effect, which can alter your posture, which can then alleviate the lower back pain you suffer as a result of your body compensating for the way the feet interact with the Continue reading →

Many Canadians suffer from lasting back pain and the related symptoms. Spinal decompression therapy is one of the many treatment options available for you if you suffer from back pain. It is used to treat a variety of different causes of back pain, including bulging disks, posterior facet syndrome, and injured spinal root joints. How it Works Spinal decompression therapy works by using traction to stretch the spine. By taking the pressure off injured areas, this forces the position of the spine to change. With this shift in position: water, oxygen, and other vital nutrients are better able to access the injured area. Effective healing requires all these components, and in many cases the body isn’t able to access these nutrients without help. The pressure reduction that spinal decompression creates also significantly decreases pain almost immediately. Technology Used The technology used in current treatment plans has evolved since spinal decompression Continue reading →

A hot stone massage is the perfect ways to melt away your tension and stress, ease muscle pain and even increase your circulation. This type of massage therapy will give you a deeper sense of relaxation because water-heated stones are placed on key points of your body. How it Works With a hot stone massage, the direct heat of the hot stone will relax the muscle right where you need it. This allows your therapist to access deeper muscle layers in your body, giving you more relief. The Benefits There are many benefits to any type of massage, and hot stone is no different. Here are top 6 reasons to get a hot stone massage: 1. Relieves muscle pain and tension: Heat is often used to reduce muscle tension and soreness because it helps increase blood flow to the affected areas. Heat can also help improve flexibility and range of Continue reading →

Spinal injuries are one of the most devastating injuries out there. Pain in affected limbs, numbness, loss of motor control, paralysis and even death can occur when the spinal cord is injured. Even though recovery from some spinal injuries is possible, the person suffering from one will often have weakness, numbness and lasting pain. To prevent spinal injuries from happening, take a look at the most popular causes, the signs and symptoms of them and how to safeguard yourself from suffering one. Causes Spinal injuries can be caused in a multitude of ways. The group at highest risk is men followed by persons between the ages of 14 to 30 years old. People over age 65 or have existing medical conditions are also at high risk. Anyone who partakes in risky activities like sports also raises their chance of a spinal injury. Common Accidents Resulting in Spinal Injury • Falls Continue reading →

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 →