Woman with knee pain.

Is This Serious? Why Do My Knees Crack?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Is this serious?, Knee pain

  In yoga class, at the gym or even stooping down to pick something up during the workday, we’ve all heard the loud pop or cracks that can come with a full knee bend. If it happens a lot you want to know: is this serious? While contacting your doctor about ongoing issues is always a wise decision, it’s good …

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Untying The Knot: What Trigger Point Massage Therapy Can Do For You

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Back pain, Modalities, Pain Relief

  When the muscles in your back or neck tense up, it can be paralyzing. Plus, it’s difficult to figure out where the pain originated. Reaching back, you might feel small lumps in the area that hurt when you press down. Where did those come from? Maybe someone tells you to go get a massage—something to work out the “knots.” …

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The Ultimate Warm-Up: How to Use Moist Heat for Pain Relief

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities

  Most people are familiar with using hot and cold treatments for pain, but did you know that not all heat is created equal? There are two different types of heat therapy: moist and dry. Both are meant to penetrate below the skin to relieve pain and soreness, but it’s important to know the benefits of each before choosing one …

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Woman experiencing chronic knee pain

Chronic vs. Acute: How do you describe your pain?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Pain

  Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something’s wrong. The area of affected sends pain signals to the brain: We’ve been hit! Being able to describe your pain provides vital information for a doctor or physiotherapist to diagnose the problem, suggest a course of treatment and get you on the road to recovery. But pain can be …

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Man receiving manual therapy

Manual Therapy: A Hands-On Approach

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities

  Imagine a comfortable, relaxing process, with pain relief and more mobility after just a few short visits; that’s manual therapy. Seem too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. In fact, studies specific to patients with neck pain have shown that manual therapy provided the highest success rates for decreasing pain, increasing mobility and overall recovery! What is Orthopedic …

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Woman receiving kinesio tape

K-Tape Is Not Just For Olympic Athletes

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Modalities

It seems like every athlete you see on television is sporting these brightly coloured spider webs of tape—shoulders, stomachs, legs, arms and more. But what does it actually do for them? What is k-tape? Kinesiology tape or “k-tape” is a latex-free cotton strip with a sticky adhesive that holds it in place. It’s designed to mimic human skin, with a …

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back pain

4 Back Pain Tips You Need To Learn Now

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Back pain

  4 out of 5 Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can vary from a minor annoyance to a debilitating condition. No matter the severity of your back pain, these tips will help you ease pain and get moving again. 1. Yoga Taking up yoga can be a great way to help ease …

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Tens unit

The shocking truth about TENS units for pain relief

Heather Bridge Modalities

  If you’ve ever gotten a shock from an electrical outlet or wire, you might be shy about attaching something like that to your body. But did you know electrical currents can be an effective method of pain relief? What is TENS? Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is an electronic device that sends stimulating pulses across the surface of the …

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Acupuncture Foot

Eliminate Your Fears And Doubts About Acupuncture

Heather Bridge Ankle pain, Foot pain, Modalities

  One misstep and I found myself with a twisted ankle. It was as simple as stepping off the curb into a pothole that landed me with a grade 1 ankle sprain. After two weeks of using the RICE method I was still in a lot of pain–it wasn’t going away on its own. Despite being in a lot of …

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