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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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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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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…

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Stenosis Treatment in Burlington

Quite often our clinic in Burlington will see patients who have back and leg pain. There are various causes for this. The topic of this week’s blog is spinal stenosis, one cause of back and associated leg pain. What is Spinal Stenosis? Our spinal cord is housed in a boney tunnel that runs from the…

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Nerve Irritation – Diagnosis

Have you ever wondered what your practitioner is doing when they check your reflex using a reflex hammer?  Chiropractors, physiotherapists, family practitioners, athletic therapists…many practitioners use the reflex hammer as an important diagnostic tool for neurological injuries.  It can help the practitioner figure out whether the problem is in your spine or more in a…