Postural Awareness

Spending so much time at home or at our desk can negatively affect posture.  The long term effects of poor posture can result in fatigue, joint and muscle stiffness, tension and pain, especially in the neck, shoulders, and lower back, headaches and migraines, faulty digestion …

Pregnancy Massage

Massage for labour and delivery and for newborn infants was traditionally practiced by midwives and/or helpers. This massage positioned the woman and fetus during delivery and aided in expelling the fetus, and relieving pain. Pregnancy massage can be performed prone (face-down) for …

There are Always More Questions

When someone comes in with a long-standing problem that has not been resolved by another therapist, I ask a number of questions during my assessment, the answers to which lead to more questions (and answers) that help me formulate a treatment plan or plan of care.  During my fact-finding mission, I look at …

Help My Aching Back

I always thought it was pretty straightforward in getting out of a chair. How difficult could it be? The challenge for many people especially those suffering from low back pain, is how to get out of a chair without adding more pain to your already tired and sore body. For those suffering with low back pain, it has …

Low Back Pain

Do you ever wake up in the morning and say “Oh, my aching back!” You think back and wonder how did I get into this predicament. All you know is that you have a sharp, shooting pain radiating down one side and cannot move. Any type of movement brings on excruciating pain, and you just want …

Take Photos

As the construction along Kingston Road comes to a completion (at least in our area), it makes me think back to my days/years in construction. I’ve worked in: Concrete –forms, pouring, mixing etc.; Asphalt –laying down, tamping etc.; Bricks –courses, mortar, mixing; Others areas –jackhammer, labourer etc. …

Learn 2 Run

I have taken up running again after a very long hiatus. I joined the Running Room so I can learn properly. I signed up at the Running Room, Beaches location on Monday evenings and so far I’ve confirmed that I’m badly out of shape, with no stamina. It is my vain attempt at getting back into shape and …

Oh, My Aching Back!

A 2003 survey of back pain found that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their life. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. Seemingly odd questions (ie. your sleeping posture) tell me whether your low back pain stems from sleeping on …

Ouch!

During these past few months Kingston Road (from Main Street to Victoria Park Avenue) is a construction zone. In 2012, they will be ripping up the street to replace the water mains. In 2013, they will repeat the process and replace the TTC tracks. You would think they would coordinate the work and do it all at once. …