Pinched nerve, sciatica, shooting pain down the leg are all things that come to mind when dealing with a disc herniation. In between our spinal bones (vertebrae), lies a jelly-like cushion, which we call a disc. Sometimes with repeated forward bending (certain manual jobs, exercises at the gym), sneezing, coughing, can damage the disc, which [...]
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Remember when mom always told you to stand up straight. Well turns out, mom was always right, (that is unless you have stenosis I’ll talk more about that later). ⠀ Good posture helps centre your weight, which means less wearing of joint surfaces, less muscular tension in lower back and upper back, less headaches, increased [...]
This was a recent article I was interviewed for by Global News. In summary, low back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. For many of us, this pain is chronic, meaning we have had it for a long time. We often experience pain due to a lack of conditioning of our back [...]
Knee is formed by the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), fibula (adjacent to the tibia) and patella (kneecap). Each of the endings of bone contain cartilage, which allows it to glide smoothly (easier movement). Surrounding the knee we have muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Ligaments connect bone to bone, while tendons connect muscle and [...]
Statistics Canada has released data showing life expectancy stopped increasing for the first time in four decades. 4,108 overdose deaths were recorded in Canada in 2017. Nearly 1,100 of those involved people between the ages of 30 and 39. Many individuals are prescribed an opioid to combat physical ailments, such as low back pain. The risks [...]
Great news: You can now book your massage sessions on the weekend! Introducing Trinity Chen, RMT, who sees patients on Saturdays and Sundays at Ultima Wellness Centre in Richmond Hill. Trinity is skilled in various techniques such as deep tissue massage, relaxation and trigger point therapy. Book your appointments before her schedule fills up. Call, [...]
You have heard the saying - the early bird gets the worm. Many ‘successful’ individuals swear by waking up earlier. When you wake up early, as people are still sleeping, you can: a) accomplish more, b) face less interruptions, c) mentally prime yourself for success, and as a result of all of these things d) [...]
Hip fractures in older adults can be extremely serious, and often result in chronic illness, death, and increased health care costs. Experts estimate that some 18 to 33 percent of all older adults who have suffered hip fractures will die within a year, with even higher rates of death among people who have dementia or [...]
Proprio - WHAT? It simply means awareness of one’s own body position. It is generally mediated my muscle spindle fibers and golgi tendon organs. These essentially help the motor coordination of the body. The most common symptom of poor proprioception is poor balance. Your proprioception abilities can be impaired when you injure a [...]
My arm hurts, what do you mean it’s coming from my neck? Sometimes we may feel that our arm or shoulder or elbow is in pain, or have bouts of numbness and tingling and we often think that the problem is with the shoulder or elbow. We try and massage it, take some painkillers and [...]