Is Dry Needling the Same as Acupuncture?

Kaitlynn Bonin Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Pain Relief

Technically, dry needling is the term used whenever needles are inserted into the skin without injecting a substance (hence the term “dry”). Dry needling is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT), Functional Dry Needling (FDN), and electroacupuncture. However, the method of use is different and based on each technique’s philosophy of pain …

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Celebrating Your Golden Years

Kaitlynn Bonin Aging, Health, Physiotherapy

As we get older, the number of candles on our birthday cake grows, but that number doesn’t need to play a role in how we feel. Remember, age is just a number. While we may start noticing the changes in our body as we age, there are many different ways to help you stay healthier longer. With these five tips, …

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Compression Socks – They’re Not Just for Seniors!

Kaitlynn Bonin Pain Relief, Physiotherapy

Compression socks aren’t just for seniors – they’re for everyone. These socks, which are relatively inexpensive and actually quite fashionable nowadays, can help alleviate a lot of pain and swelling. What Are Compression Socks?  Compression socks improve symptoms of vein disease and can help prevent or lower the risk of venous disorders by: Improving venous blood flow Preventing venous blood …

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Different Types of Massage Therapy – Which One is Right for You?

Kirsten Roesink Massage Therapy

Getting a massage is an excellent way to rejuvenate yourself! Massage therapy should be thought of as essential, healthy management rather than last-minute crisis management. After all, it’s cheaper to change your oil than your engine. And yet, most of us look at it as an indulgent treat we don’t have time and money for. But massage therapy isn’t just …

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ACL Injuries: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

pt Health Knee pain, Limb pain, Pain

We’ve all heard a story about someone tearing their ACL, or have seen it happen in professional sports. That’s not surprising when you consider that nearly 250,000 ACL injuries occur in Canada and the United States each year. But what does it really mean to injure or tear your ACL? Today we’ll discuss ACL anatomy, injury causes, symptoms, and available treatments. …

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4 Physiotherapist Approved Self-Care Tips

pt Health Health

  International Self-care Day (ISD) takes place on July 24th each year. While we hear self-care talked about so much in the news, on tv, and in the media that it can seem like a buzzword of the moment, this day of recognition gives us all a chance to take a more in-depth look into self-care. What is Self-Care? The …

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The Benefits of “Hybrid Care”

pt Health Physiotherapy, Virtual Care, virtual physiotherapy

With Canadian provinces easing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, many pt Health clinics across the country have resumed in-clinic care. We’ve implemented a variety of in-clinic measures to ensure the health and safety of both our clients and our team. These include: physical distancing, restricting the number of individuals in our clinics, mandatory PPE, stringent cleaning guidelines, and ensuring proper training for …

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Gaming Thumb and Text Neck – Is It Really a Thing?

Kaitlynn Bonin Hands, Neck pain, Physiotherapy

You probably think of gaming, texting, or using your smartphone in general, as a sedentary activity with not much risk of injury, but you would be mistaken. Unnatural, repetitive thumb and wrist movements paired with poor posture over long hours every day can lead to overuse injuries. Text Neck or Gamer’s Neck Over 86% of Canadians own a smartphone, which …

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Physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis

Kaitlynn Bonin Arthritis, Physiotherapy

Osteoarthritis is a common term, but what exactly is it? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint in the body. It happens when the cushioning cartilage between the joints becomes rough and breaks down, exposing the bone. Without the cartilage between the joints, bones rub agains each other and can begin to grow outward, forming painful …

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