Friday, 25 December 2015
If you are looking for an acupuncturist to help treat a health problem, it is important to be careful and thorough in your search. Here are five tips to help you find the right acupuncturist for you: If you need names of acupuncturists in your area, ask for recommendations Personal recommendations from friends and family can help you find a good acupuncturist but it is not always easy to determine whether the acupuncturist who treated your friend or relative will be right for you.
Thursday, 24 December 2015
If you have decided to visit an osteopath in Toronto, you may be wondering what to expect during your first consultation. Before booking your first appointment, you should check that they are registered with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO). You can do this by checking the register on the OAO's website, www.osteopathyontario.org. Once you are satisfied that your osteopath is registered, you can schedule your first consultation. Your First Consultation Typically, osteopathy is a patient-centred form of healthcare. This means that it focuses on your body as a whole. During your first consultation, your osteopath will spend some time listening to your complaint and asking you questions about your health and lifestyle. The information you provide will be recorded in your case notes.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Myofascial pain syndrome is a painful condition that affects the muscles and fascia, the sheath of tissue that surrounds the muscles. Myofascial pain syndrome differs from other types of pain conditions in that the pain originates in trigger points, sensitive points in the muscles that trigger sensations of pain when touched. Trigger points can be latent or active. A latent trigger point does not cause constant pain, but is tender when touched and can be activated through muscle use. An active trigger point causes constant pain and can prevent normal muscle functioning, leading to decreased range of motion and weakness.
Monday, 21 December 2015
It is a well-known fact that life in big cities can be stressful. As the number of people who live in urban areas continues to grow, urban stress is quickly becoming one of the chief complaints of many city dwellers. Depression, anxiety, mood swings, and fatigue are some of the most common effects of a stressful lifestyle. However, one does not need to be particularly busy to experience these negative effects, as routine tasks like driving to and from work, commuting on public transport, and coping with noise and pollution are common sources of stress. In large cities like Toronto, the daily routine can take its toll on both your psychological and your physical health. Researchers have found out that city residents are more likely to suffer from headaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure, and aches in muscles and joints.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Many residents will choose to head to a Toronto acupuncture studio when the weather outside turns cold and forbidding. This only makes sense, for it is not uncommon for the mercury to dip as low as -7ºC, especially during January and February. There are many other benefits in regards to modern acupuncture, however, than simply relieving sore muscles alone. Let us take a closer look. Full-Body Advantages Some of those who have never experienced this ancient art will indeed be surprised at the advantages that can be offered. For instance, acupuncture has been known to increase circulation throughout the extremities. Those with diabetes or other chronic illnesses can dramatically benefit from this technique.
Monday, 2 November 2015
One of the most interesting aspects of osteopathy in Toronto is that there is a slight misconception that this approach is solely involved with bones alone. This likely arises from the root prefix of "osteo". On the contrary, modern osteopathic techniques involve treating the entire musculoskeletal system. These incorporate joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and (of course) muscles. How can patients benefit from this form of alternative therapy and what are some of the issues that it is able to address? A Non-Invasive Option There are times when an individual may not benefit from traditional surgical procedures. Examples here can be spinal problems or even chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, osteopathy could become a great alternative that is a low-impact means to alleviate the pain and comfort of these (and countless other) conditions.
Saturday, 31 October 2015
Proponents of alternative remedies in Toronto or elsewhere have long argued that the benefits of alternative medicine transcend the mere induction of feelings of relaxation, but a couple of recently published research has confirmed that both massage therapy and acupuncture are capable of providing real relief to cancer patients who are either going through or have just completed chemotherapy. Aid from Acupuncture The first of these two exciting studies, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, concerned new strategies for the mitigation of daily (and often quite severe) hot flashes amongst breast cancer survivors. The typical remedies (such as various hormone replacement therapies) used to treat these hot flashes are off-limits to patients due to their estrogen content.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Getting a massage may seem like an indulgent pastime, a treat rather than a necessity, but regular massage can actually be incredibly beneficial to health and energy levels. Living in a busy city, like the bustling metropolis of Toronto, surrounded by work opportunities, theatre and entertainment, as well as some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, it becomes important to learn to relax, and a massage is the perfect way to achieve this. We spend a lot of time hunched in one place, working on a computer, driving long distances, or even sprawled watching television, and our muscles can begin to cramp and tense, causing lower back pain, shoulder tension, and other painful but minor issues.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Acupuncture began in China thousands of years ago. It involves inserting fine needles at certain strategic points on the body, known as acupuncture points. According to traditional Chinese medicine, your body has more than 2,000 of these points. They are connected by pathways, called meridians, which are channels through which energy (called Qi) flows. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that stimulating these points is the key to correcting imbalances of Qi, and improving the flow of energy through the body.
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Arthritis is a common problem that affects a lot of people all over the world. Its symptoms can range from tenderness, stiffness, joint pain, restricted movements around the joints, weakness, and even muscle wasting. The symptoms can be different from person to person; however; for most of them, it makes everyday tasks difficult. There are many methods to treating arthritis, or at least in keeping the symptoms under control. The treatment remedies include drugs, physical therapy, and in more severe cases, surgery. There is one extremely effective, but often overlooked, approach to treating and managing arthritis: osteopathy.
Friday, 23 October 2015
Massage dates back thousands of years and continues to be integral to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Today, there are around 80 different types of massage techniques, each of which is designed to achieve a specific goal. The most common types of massage therapy in Toronto include: • Aromatherapy massage: Essential oils are massaged into the skin to boost the healing effects of massage. • Lymphatic massage: Light, rhythmic strokes are used to encourage the flow of lymph, a fluid that helps fight infection. • Myofascial release: Gentle pressure is used to release tension that has built up in the muscles
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Massage therapy has been practised for thousands of years and evidence suggests that massage was even used in ancient Egypt, Japan and China, where writings described it as "the art of rubbing". In recent years, massage has become increasingly popular in helping to treat muscle injuries, not only with athletes but with regular people, too. The reason for its increase in popularity are the many health benefits to be had. Here are just five of them: Soothes Muscle Pain Massage is a well-known therapy for soothing muscle aches and pains. You might want to choose sports massage for any sporting-related muscle strains, or try deep massage for everyday aches and pains. The latter type of massage uses slower and harder strokes to target deep tissues and muscles.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Even though acupuncture can be employed as a stand-alone treatment for a variety of physical problems, it is becoming increasingly common for both eastern and western medical practitioners to use acupuncture as an accompaniment to other treatments. For example, giving a patient acupuncture before and after they go through surgery has been proven to significantly reduce the amount of pain during the recovery process. Acupuncture is also beginning to merge into the world of veterinary medicine, first tested on a mare with an ankle injury, in conjunction with traditional techniques. As an increasing demographic of respected doctors begin to use acupuncture, more and more ailments are being tackled with acupuncture. Most recently, a study has shown that acupuncture can be used to fight indigestion symptoms, which are prevalent in pregnant women.
Sunday, 30 August 2015
A fairly significant proportion of visits to medical practitioners involve pain affecting bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. If this sounds all too familiar, perhaps you could do with the services of a good Toronto osteopath. This form of massage therapy was developed by American surgeon Andrew Still in the 19th century, and rose to such popularity that it is still being practised all over the world. It offers patients a gentle, soothing way to relieve pain or stiffness that can appear in the joints and muscles in adult life. Although it’s most commonly associated with neck and back pain, a trained osteopath can help people suffering from a varied range of conditions, such as most sports injuries, repetitive strain injury and postural problems which are common in many different professions.
Friday, 28 August 2015
Toronto is a big and bustling city, and if you live and work here, you’re likely to know a fair amount of people who espouse how great massages can be, and simply insist that you try it out as well. With so many people talking about the benefits of this kind of therapy, you’re often left to wonder if you really need a massage. The answer, in short, is yes. We’re all human, and, unless you have a full-time job as a Buddhist monk, you probably feel the physical strain of stress once in a while. If you find you’re regularly dealing with far too many deadlines and conferences, a professional massage not only relieves your physical tenseness, but also makes you more inclined towards a positive mental attitude, making the symptoms of stress less likely to spring up again.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Though the perception of sports massage is that it is solely reserved for athletes, this type of massage, also known as deep tissue massage, can offer huge benefits for millions of office workers, including those in one of the busiest commercial cities in the world, Toronto. Numerous workers daily will spend hours at a time in front of their computers and in meetings, and this can lead to uncomfortable, painful, and potentially harmful back problems. Here are five benefits of a good massage in Toronto for the city’s office workers. 1. Pain Relief Few workers are lucky enough to have an ergonomic desk or cubicle set up for them. When the discomfort sets in, massage can relieve the tension of back muscles that have become strained from hours in a sedentary position and minimal movement in front of a computer.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Acupuncture is a treatment based on the belief that a type of energy, known as the qi, runs through energy pathways, referred to as meridians, which correspond to particular organs or group of organs in the body. Acupuncturists, such as those at Sage Health and Wellness Clinic Inc. in Toronto, believe that an imbalance of qi in these meridians causes illnesses or health conditions. To restore balance to the qi, acupuncturists insert needles at specific points along the meridians, which are called the acupuncture points. The needles used are exceptionally fine and the process of inserting them is almost painless. Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles and the majority of people who are frightened of hypodermic needles find that they can tolerate acupuncture needles.
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Osteopathy works on the principle that good health is achieved and maintained when the bones, muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissues work in harmony. To achieve this end, an osteopath uses massage and stretching therapies so that the body can work to heal itself. Osteopaths don't use drugs or surgery on their patients, but use their hands to practice their craft. Osteopathy is becoming increasingly popular in the developed world as a complement and alternative to more conventional therapies. As more and more people spend days hunched over computers or engaging in active sports—with many reporting lower back, shoulder, and neck pains, as well as sports injuries and other aches—the demand for osteopathy increases.
Friday, 10 July 2015
Pregnancy brings countless changes to the body, some of which are more painful than pleasurable. Back pain, leg cramps, nausea, headaches and swollen feet are all common during pregnancy. However, many women in Toronto choose to ease some of the discomfort associated with pregnancy with prenatal massage therapy. The benefits of massage therapy have been known for centuries, but the benefits for pregnant women are a relatively new discovery. Only a handful of small studies have explored the benefits of massage in pregnancy. A study conducted by the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, however, revealed that massage therapy might have multiple positive effects, including reduced anxiety, decreased leg and back pain, improved sleep, and decreased levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Several scientific studies have proven the powerful healing effects of touch and the vital role that massage therapy can play in the relief and management of pain. After all, massage therapists focus not only on the site of the pain but also take a holistic approach by taking into account the entire body and its relationships to soft tissue. This whole-body approach is extremely helpful in managing the various manifestations of both acute and chronic pain. Massage therapy can be especially effective in relieving the pain caused by occupational and sports injuries, and it also alleviates the aches and pains of pregnancy. In fact, the medical community in Toronto is increasingly using massage as a viable method of treating patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities like Sage Health and Wellness Clinic, Inc.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Although many people in the Western world have heard about acupuncture, relatively few are aware of the great range of benefits and applications of this millenary practice. Acupuncture had its origins in China, where it has been widely practised for over 2,000 years to treat the most diverse health conditions. Today, the healing power of acupuncture is well established not only among Chinese practitioners, but also among many health professionals all over the world. Since the 1970s, there has been a growing interest in acupuncture throughout North America where many qualified acupuncturists now use a set of proven techniques as part of a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to musculoskeletal conditions and to general health care and well-being.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Osteopathy is a natural method of detecting areas of constriction in the body through palpation (touch) and bringing about healing by means of manipulation of muscles, joints, and ligaments. This holistic science is distinct from manual therapies such as chiropractic and physiotherapy. Osteopathy is used to balance the body so that the body heals and, therefore, functions optimally. When searching for a clinic that offers osteopathy, you need to keep certain criteria in mind. Among other things, be sure to narrow down your search to facilities where all healthcare practitioners are trained and certified in their chosen fields. Practitioners must also have years of experience and an empathic and caring understanding of the treatments necessary for your complete well-being.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Massage therapy in Toronto can be a wonderful way to ease muscle and joint pain in the body. The techniques used to restore mobility and ease pain will vary with the individual's preferences as well as with the injury or inflammation type. Some techniques which are highly recommended include massage therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy acupuncture, Bowen therapy, Reiki and naturopathic medicine. Below are brief explanations of these techniques and their advantages: Massage therapy means the gentle manipulation of muscles under the skin by a skilled Registered Massage Therapist or RMT. This may be perceived as rubbing or kneading, or other sensations designed to loosen tight muscles and help with blood circulation to inflamed areas. Sometimes, machines which vibrate or apply pressure are also used to assist with the massage.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Clients who go to an established wellness clinic in downtown Toronto can expect to receive top class service and attention. Taking a holistic view of health, alternate medicine services extend to a range of treatments including osteopathy and acupuncture. These services can be combined with treatments by Toronto massage therapists. The goal of such treatments is to cure and address the overall well-being of a patient in order to achieve long-lasting health benefits. Is Alternative Medicine Safe? The sheer variety of treatments on offer cater to many health issues that may not have been examined deeply by the family doctor or hospital emergency department. Most seek alternative medical treatment because they desire to address the root cause of a problem, want to take active steps to minimise the effects of a current condition, or want to avoid serious health issues in the future, preferably through non-invasive solutions.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
People dealing with excess weight would want to shed as many kilograms as possible and commit themselves to a heathy lifestyle. Some people may recommend strenuous exercise and changes in diet, but others might even attempt alternative strategies such as acupuncture. An article posted on the Dr. OZ Show website states that if utilised properly as a “multi-prong approach,” the well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) procedure may work in tapping more energy conduits to burn off fat and reduce one’s weight.
Monday, 25 May 2015
Lower back pain is often ignored by many, even though minor muscle strains are sometimes symptoms of a more serious health condition. As the lower back is composed of sensitive nerves and soft tissues, any discomfort in the area can spread throughout the body and may escalate into further spasms that require emergency medical help. Besides conventional pain-relieving medications, osteopathy is also a popular choice among many patients as a treatment for lower back pain. In fact, it is preferred by those who seek natural methods in restoring overall health. The Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) defines traditional osteopathy as, “A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance.” With a hands-on approach known as palpation, an osteopath in Toronto detects and treats the different areas of the body causing the disruption or pain.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
From your workload in the office to trying to keep up with the lives of family and friends, there are many sources of stress in everyday life. Unfortunately, allowing stress to accumulate in your body can inhibit your ability to perform well in your workplace and in your personal life. If stress isn’t adequately addressed, fatigue can give way to a variety of medical conditions. The key here is to find ways to relieve yourself of stress—or any event that could trigger it—before the heavy feeling overcomes and takes its toll on you. One of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to go for Toronto massage therapy at a trusted health center like Sage Health and Wellness Clinic. Many scientific studies have shown that massage therapy is capable of easing both the physical and mental fatigue brought about by stress. Furthermore, the therapeutic effects of a good massage by a registered massage therapist (RMT) can improve exponentially if used as a way to help prevent stress.
Saturday, 23 May 2015
In Toronto, people have a massage to unwind after a long week of hard work or simply as a way to spend leisure time. Massages are more than just that, however, as they also have benefits for athletes such as runners. Aside from coaches, doctors and nutritionists, it’s not unusual for runners to have a professional Toronto massage therapist on their team. The main benefits of massage therapy for runners is that it reduces muscle pain and fatigue, improves blood circulation, reduces muscle soreness, shortens recovery time between workouts and promotes relaxation. The effects are cumulative, meaning that the benefits increase with each massage.
Friday, 22 May 2015
Although modern medicine continues to develop treatments, old procedures are slowly returning to prominence as more people begin to see their benefits to overall health. Despite having relatively few studies to assess alternative medicine, unorthodox procedures like acupuncture have treated many patients in Canada, in unique facilities distinct from common health centers.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Osteopathy is manual medicine that is non-invasive and does not involve any drugs. It focuses on the overall health of the body by treating and strengthening the different joints and muscles as well as the spine. Its objective is to affect the body’s circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems in a positive manner. An osteopath in Toronto aims to balance all the systems in order to promote good health and wellbeing. The philosophy of osteopathy is that the body functions together in such a way that if one part is restricted, then the rest of the body would need to pick up the slack and do extra work. This situation may lead to pain, stiffness and inflammation, among other things. Osteopathy could help minimize pain and stress, and give the body greater mobility so it could heal itself. It is believed that the body is capable of healing itself and that no traditional medication is really needed.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Getting an invigorating massage therapy in Toronto and elsewhere unquestionably feels good. Specialists such as athletes and health professionals have long touted its effects, and for good reason: massage helps reduce pain, facilitate muscle recovery, ease inflammation, and reduce muscle tightness. Several studies even claim that massage therapy is also as potent as painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin. But how? What goes on behind the scenes, and is there really some sort of “miracle” at work here? In fact, there’s no “miracle” here, only science. Several researchers believe they have pinpointed the exact inner workings of a massage, using a simple experiment: have a group of people exercise to the point of exhaustion, then facilitate massage therapy to a few select individuals and see how their muscles recover as opposed to those who didn’t receive a massage.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Roughly a third of Canada’s labor force works during either night or rotating shifts, which are known to take their toll on people’s internal clocks. Humans simply aren’t used to work after daylight hours, even with years of experience. Statistics suggest, however, that the prevalence of night and rotating shift work will grow in the coming years. Fortunately, irregular shift workers can look forward to a tailored treatment plan with the release of the results of a six-month study by the University of British Columbia (UBC). Said results suggested that stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) can control inflammation resulting from stress and other adverse effects of irregular shift work.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Alternative medicine has existed for hundreds of years and is still widely practiced until today. Research has repeatedly shown that alternative forms of treatment have produced positive effects when used to treat common nagging conditions such as back pain. Thus, alternative therapy may be a more fitting option for Toronto residents searching for natural and holistic solutions. Chronic back pain is not only very painful, but can also pose a great inconvenience in daily life. Taking painkillers might lead to long-term side effects, and surgery is only recommended for extreme cases; therefore, those afflicted should always keep their options open to other kinds of therapy. Alternative methods such as acupuncture in Toronto are safe and trusted complementary treatments which have been proven effective and beneficial.
Friday, 15 May 2015
The hands and arms are essential parts of the human body, as they’re necessary for performing complex tasks and carrying out daily functions that allow people to survive. Even the most basic actions necessitate the use of the hands. These appendages are crucial for activities as simple as writing and as complex as cooking or playing sports; it’s almost unimaginable to go through life without them. Most people wouldn’t be able to grasp the importance of their hands until they lose the ability to use them. One hand contains a stunning amount of more or less 29 major and minor bones, 29 major joints, approximately 35 muscles, and over 2500 nerve endings. Even a minor injury could lead to a lot of damage and can cause a person to suffer great pain.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Sprains, torn tendons or ligaments, pulled muscles, and overused tissues – these frequently occur in any sport. Combat or contact sports like mixed martial arts, hockey, and football where you will be hitting or running into other players and non-contact sports like running that require you to move fast or flexibly all put you at risk for common sports injuries. Although they are relatively minor compared to the worst injuries you can get in agile sports, you would still need proper medical treatment and rehabilitation before you can train, play, or compete again.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
It’s springtime in Toronto, but there are some things from the fall and winter seasons that could still be haunting you till now. If you were raking and bagging endless piles of leaves during fall or shovelling snow during winter, you might have strained your back or slipped and suffered injuries. The recent frigid months, in particular, have shed mountains of snow, and for Torontonians, the local snow removal programs have not been too efficient. Even seniors who rely on those programs were sometimes forced to wait days beyond the city by-law which says snow on sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours.