Bruise on leg from acupuncture.

Is This Normal? I’ve Got Bruising from Acupuncture

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Is This Normal?, Modalities

  So, you gave acupuncture a whirl and are feeling relief. But, shortly after your treatment, you discovered a bruise in the treatment area. Naturally, you want to know: is this normal? Adverse side effects of acupuncture, such as slight bruising, are rare (a British Medical Journal survey shows 1 in 10,000 cases). Rest assured; the treatment is still a …

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5 Yoga Poses to Soothe Back Pain

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Back pain, Pain Relief

  Studies suggest that 85% of working Canadians will experience lower back pain during their lifetime. The good news is that there’s a lot you can do from home to help ease some of that pain. All you need is some space, a yoga mat and our list of 5 Yoga Poses to Soothe Back Pain. Doing yoga at home …

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Minor injury? Get some RICE

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities, Pain Relief

  When you search online for what do following a specific injury (i.e. a sprained ankle or tendonitis), one of the first things an article or video will tell you is it to get some RICE, before moving on to other courses of treatment. Before you wonder why post-injury advice is pointing you to the kitchen, let’s break down what …

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How to Tell the Difference Between Good and Bad Pain

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Pain

  You know that feeling when you’re powering through exercise, sweat pouring down your face, strongly considering quitting? Then out of the corner of your eye someone hits you with a knowing grin and says, “no pain, no gain?” The phrase isn’t untrue. Whether you’re trying to get in shape, starting a new sport/exercise plan or taking your fitness to …

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Deep Tissue Massage: Use and Benefits

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities, Pain Relief

  There are many different types of massages: Swedish massage, shiatsu massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage and so many more. Each type of massage therapy offers a unique experience ideal for targeting different injuries and issues. Deep tissue massage therapy is a common option, how do you know if it’s right for you? What is deep tissue massage? Deep …

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Is This Serious: Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Foot pain

  You may have a localized pain somewhere on the top of your foot. It could be close to the toes, toward the inside of your arch or right in the middle. It acts up while you run, walk or even stand for prolonged periods of time. Other symptoms may include bruising, swelling, inflammation and tenderness. It might not be enough …

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Is It Possible To Have Carpal Tunnel In My Foot?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Foot pain

  Most people are familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome, where a major nerve gets so compressed that it causes incredible pain down your wrist, hand and fingers. But what about the pain in your foot? Is it the same kind of thing? What is tarsal tunnel syndrome? The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space on the inside of the ankle …

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Is a Dislocation the same as Subluxation?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Pain

Subluxation is the partial separation or dislocation of a joint. As the result of a fall, sports injury, car accident or even twisting the wrong way, the joint starts to dislocate but the surface doesn’t completely lose contact as in a full dislocation. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t painful. Joint subluxations come with pain and swelling around the injured …

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Woman getting treatment for achilles tendon injury.

Is the Achilles Tendon Your Weakest Link?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Ankle pain, Foot pain, Limb pain

Achilles heel is used as shorthand, meaning someone’s weak spot. But why is that? Is the Achilles tendon really your most vulnerable spot? Well, if you’re trying out a new exercise routine or ramping up an old one and pain flares up at the back of your foot, your Achilles tendon may, in fact, become your Achilles heel. What is an …

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