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Sciatic Symptoms and The “Flip” Test

Sciatica is a common complaint at our clinic and has been the topic of sciatic blogs. As we’ve mentioned in the past, there are various causes for “sciatic” symptoms. These causes can include a lumbar disc injury (herniation) or lumbar stenosis to name a few. The symptoms of sciatica can range from leg pain, numbness,…

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A Myth About Exercising Your Back Muscles

It’s the New Year, which for many is the time for resolutions and the implementation of a new exercise program. I thought it might only be fitting to mention an interesting study published in the Journal of Dynamic Medicine. The Latissimus Dorsi is a muscle in the back that is known to be a prime…

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Happy Holidays!

This week’s blog has nothing to do with physical health or musculoskeletal injuries.  Just a short one…I just felt the need to mention something pretty awesome that happened to my family yesterday.  Yesterday morning my wife and I went to Cora’s in Burlington for breakfast with my two kids and my parents.  Sort of a Christmas time…

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Degenerative Disc Disease

Unfortunately, degenerative disc disease is something that will happen to all of us.  Perhaps the question is to what extent.  Like many things in our body, the intervertebral discs wear down with time and age.  For some, they will generate pain while for others it may not pose a problem.    A recent paper I reviewed reminded me of…

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Physiotherapy for Collarbone (Shoulder) Pain

  As you can imagine, there are various structures in the shoulder that can become injured and generate pain. Perhaps one of the less common areas would be the clavicle, known by many as the collarbone. The more common injuries to the collarbone would be sprains and fractures, but an interesting less common condition is…

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Do Children Need Massage Therapy?

A lot of people see massage as a relaxation treatment, but it is also therapy and can be very beneficial to children and teens, as well as adults. Children tend to recover from injuries faster than adults, but as they develop and grow, injuries can result. Growth spurts put stress and pressure on structures, especially…

man with lower back pain

Arthritis in the Spine

There are many different types of arthritis.  Some types prefer to target the spine while others do not.  Reiters syndrome is a less common form of arthritis but certainly one that can affect the spine and be quite painful. This week’s blog will focus on this lesser known type of spinal arthritis. Reiters Syndrome Reiters…

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Healthy Aging Tips

  Being healthy requires the consideration of many different areas. Nutrition, exercise, sleep, mental health…the list goes on. Perhaps two areas that many people neglect as they get older are balance and muscular strength.   Muscular Strength It seems that many people stop resistance training when they get older. Perhaps the reason is different for…

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When Can I Play Again?

From the weekend warrior to the elite athlete, that is one of the first questions they usually ask when they come in for treatment. Just because an injury may feel better, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe to return to competition. There are many factors that need to be addressed.   1. Is there…

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Migraine Headaches Treatment: Acupuncture

Migraine headaches are debilitating for people suffering from them. They are a significant medical condition and have a great effect on the quality of life. Sufferers see a decline in work productivity, with many having to take time off work to recover from the pain. Options for treatment include pain medication, meditation, massage, relaxation exercises…