what is occupational therapy

A Primer on Occupational Therapy

If you’ve never been treated by an occupational therapist, you may be confused about what they do or even what occupational therapy is.  This form of therapy is often required following an injury suffered at work to return the patient to full health and function. What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy isn’t limited to your…

Muscle and Joint Pain in the Morning

This is Why You Feel Pain in Muscles & Joints in the Morning

It’s safe to say that most of us would like to be the kind of person who jumps out of bed in the morning ready to make the most of the day. “Up and at ‘em!” they say before they head out and conquer the world each day. It’s also safe to say that the…

shoulder pain could mean you have one of these conditions.

This is Why You Have Pain When You Move Your Shoulder

Of course, if you tried to throw a football for the first time in who knows how long, you have a pretty good idea of why you have shoulder pain. But sometimes you feel pain when you move your shoulder and you don’t know what you did to cause it. Two things might have caused…

Active release technique (ART) Soft Tissue Massage

ART & Your Body’s Defense Mechanisms

It’s a cliché, but none are more true: the human body is amazing. From letting you sense sights and tastes, to experiencing emotions and making it possible to ride a bike, there’s nothing else in the human experience that is quite as awesome as our bodies. Your body’s defense mechanisms, those processes and actions it…

Why “8” is Great for Your Physical & Mental Wellbeing

As a physical health centre, we treat our fair share of body aches and pain. But whether we use massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture or chiropractic treatments to relieve the pain, preventing the problems from happening in the first place is by far the best “treatment’. But that’s a lot easier said than done. You never know…

Benefits of Acupuncture

How to Take Advantage of Acupuncture Even if You Hate Needles

If you suffer chronic pain of any sort, you know how precious relief can be. When you watch TV, surf the web or read a magazine, you’re instantly drawn to stories about new treatments and medications to relieve pain. No doubt that acupuncture has crossed your path. Who wouldn’t be interested in a treatment that…

The “New” Benefits of Massage Therapy

The “New” Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has moved away from the “spa services” stereotype it’s suffered for many years. Today, it continues to gain popularity as an effective treatment delivered in businesses, hospitals and physical therapy clinics. One of the reasons that the image of massage therapy has changed is our increased knowledge of the wide range of benefits…

INJURY CARE AND PREVENTION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTIST

Injury Care And Prevention For The Performing Artist

Dance is a physically demanding sport, which requires extreme strength, flexibility and endurance. These qualities not only allow the dancer to perform at a high skill level, but also help to prevent the occurrence of many injuries. Without the qualities of strength, flexibility and endurance, a dancer physically cannot challenge the limits of athleticism or…

Soccer Groin Strain Injury

Groin Strain Treatment Guide

With the Hockey and Indoor Soccer seasons underway some may find themselves experiencing groin/medial thigh pain after putting your body through new demands with the start of the season. GROIN STRAIN (ADDUCTOR STRAIN): Cause: An abrupt change in the muscle length/tone from over striding, pivoting or a strong rapid contraction of the adductor group. Sign…

Avoiding back injuries in the winter

How to Avoid Back Pain in the Winter

First of all, considering that almost 85% of Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime, if you can get through this winter without at least a twinge, you’re lucky. But whether you suffer chronic back pain or have only felt the occasional spasm or ache, winter is a time of high…