If you are still one of the holdouts who hasn’t experienced the magic of a massage, a hot stone massage may be the perfect starting point for you to begin experiencing the benefits for your body and mind. Hot stone massages are not new; in fact, there is significant evidence to suggest that the Chinese were using hot stones to improve the working function of internal organs, more than 2000 years ago. Here are five amazing benefits of hot stone massage. 1 – Relieving Muscle Tension   Relieving muscle tension is one of the goals of any effective massage. Every day, you put your body through various physical and mental challenges that can culminate in tight and fatigued muscles. The heat from hot stones, which are placed strategically on pressure points on your body, allow your muscles to relax and loosen. This means the massage therapist can find better access Continue reading →

Osteoarthritis of the knee is often an irreversible and degenerative condition. Two processes are most commonly involved. The cartilage in the joints breaks down and osteophytes or abnormal bony growths, also known as bone spurs, develop. This leads to stiffness, joint pain, and abnormal joint function. Early treatment interventions can be beneficial. Let’s explore your best options available from the Richmond Hill Chiro-Med Rehab Centre.   Physiotherapy   Our first step is to explore the biomechanical issues that may be contributing to the osteoarthritis knee pain. Then we can develop a graduated program of knee strengthening and stretching exercises that will support the knee joints through greater flexibility and develop the muscles around the knee in order to build those muscles and reduce the cartilage loss. Once you have a regular routine in place, you can perform the exercises at home.   Modifying Your Exercise Routine   It’s important for Continue reading →

Headaches and migraines are a common problem for a vast amount of people. Whether it’s a tension headache, cluster headache or classic migraine, these issues may impede your ability to live a normal life and enjoy regular activities. For some people, it might even get to a point where headache pain relievers and medications are simply not enough to provide any relief. The good news is that massage therapy can actually help relieve headaches and migraines. Here’s how. Identifying Your Headache or a Migraine   Your body and mind are directly related. The stress and tension you carry every day can manifest itself in headaches. Headaches are broken down into two categories, primary and secondary.   Primary headaches are categorized as a condition unto themselves and not related to other factors that may impact your body.   Secondary headaches may be attributed to factors such as seasonal weather, overuse of Continue reading →

Are you at risk for nutrition-related chronic diseases? If you’re like most Canadians, you probably don’t know. That’s where Nutrigenomix comes in. Nutrigenomix offers comprehensive genetic testing that helps you tailor your diet to your genes. Whether you need to watch your salt or have undiagnosed lactose intolerance, it can help you create a diet plan that will do more for you. What is Nutrigenomix? Nutrigenomix is a genetic test offered through your healthcare provider that includes counseling for diet, nutrition, and physical activity to help prevent nutrition-related chronic illness, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Who is Nutrigenomix for? Currently, there are two tests available: Health & Wellness and Athletic Performance. Health & Wellness With a panel of 45 genetic markers, this test gives your healthcare provider or dietician the ability to offer you personalized nutrition advice. This includes more than just what you should eat Continue reading →

Achilles tendinopathy is a painful condition that can render a person uncomfortable at best and immobile at worst. It can happen to anyone, but there are certain factors that put you at greater risk. Understanding the causes of Achilles tendinopathy is crucial if you want to avoid getting it, and also very helpful for treating it. What is Achilles Tendinopathy?  Achilles tendinopathy is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. While inflammation is the result of this condition, it’s usually not the reason it causes you so much pain. Typically, you experience the inflammation associated with this condition after tearing your tendon. It’s the tear that causes the subsequent inflammation, which causes great pain and distress for the patient. What Causes Achilles Tendinopathy?  The cause of Achilles tendinopathy is almost always overuse. In other words, using the tendon too much or putting too much strain on it can cause it to Continue reading →

Orthopedic braces are a fairly common, but are often a misunderstood part of recuperative medicine. Typically, they’re used to immobilize joints and allow them to heal in an effective position. This way muscles, tendons and ligaments receive the right amount of blood flow and avoid movements that may aggravate or worsen existing injuries. In some cases, the right braces can even help with recovering full range of movement after a surgical procedure. What is a Brace Orthopedic braces are objects made of rigid materials, such as hard plastics, and soft materials such as spandex or other tightly-knit fabrics designed to inhibit the movement of a joint. The purpose of a brace is to ensure that a joint is unable to move beyond a certain range of motion, or in some cases at all. This ensures all connective tissues get the chance to heal properly. Unlike a cast, a brace can Continue reading →

While a stress fracture can sound scary, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a person needs surgery. There are several effective outpatient treatments that can help alleviate pain and help the area heal. Use this guide to learn a little more about your options so you can make an informed decision about your care. Foot Stabilizers Some stress fractures require ongoing care. After the initial treatment, patients will use thin foot stabilizers to help reduce pressure to the joints. Stabilizers, sometimes called ankle or foot braces, are a versatile device that don’t just prevent stress fractures, but are a great choice for treating other conditions like sprains, tendonitis, and joint instability. Foot stabilizers boast an inexpensive, stretchy design that makes them perfect for everyday use. Walking Boots Walking boots provide additional support for stress fracture patients. These devices are made from a strong metal that holds the foot in place as Continue reading →

Custom orthotics can help reduce pain and stress in your lower limbs. They can be very beneficial to many people, from athletes to those suffering from arthritis. In Canada, doctors and pedorthists work closely together to help patients obtain the best solution for their particular ailment. Pedorthists are an integral part of the healthcare system and can help you experience less pain and distress by fitting you with a pair of custom orthotics. Types of Custom Orthotics  There are two main types of custom orthotics, functional and accommodative. Depending on your specific situation, your healthcare provider will likely recommend one or the other, but usually not both. Functional Orthotics  Functional orthotics are designed to control or correct existing problems. They’re particularly helpful for abnormal foot or ankle motions. For example, a runner who overpronates might find relief from a functional orthotic. These orthotics are typically made from plastic, graphite, or Continue reading →

When you hear the term registered dietitian, most people imagine weight loss assistance. However, not only do such professionals help maintain an optimal weight goal, the work of a dietitian actually encompasses a much wider scope than just that. Here are a couple important services that registered dietitians offer to improve your health in big ways. Personalization and Tailoring When it comes to healthy nutrition, there’s no “one size fits all” solution. A registered dietitian will analyze health and individual preferences, then base a highly-customized meal plan on this information. In many ways, dietitians are like investigators. They’ll take a complete medical history, ask lifestyle questions and even request bloodwork to determine the specific needs of a client. A person who suffers from insulin resistance doesn’t have the same nutritional needs as someone with a fast-metabolic rate. Optimal nutrition is all about providing the body with the necessary nutrients and 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 →