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Do you have Osteoarthritis and Knee/Hip Pain? Prolotherapy and Other Treatment Options

Arthritis is defined as inflammation (-itis) of the joints (arthro). There are two forms of arthritis: One type is inflammatory arthritis which is includes joint pain and inflammation from autoimmune conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The second type is osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease…

So you have arthritis. So what?

“There is not much you can do for me, buddy. The MRI said I had the back of an eighty year-old.” My new patient, a man in his mid-forties, sat across from me, eyes locked with mine, lips pursed, eyes and his arms crossed in a proud show of defiance—a…

Move More After Pain, Not Less.

It’s hard to be objective when you are the one in pain. I first hurt my neck when I was about 20, during my brief stint in judo while attending university (I’m 31 at the time of writing this). I had just joined a local class. Although at first I…

Yoga for Extension-Sensitive Backs

This beginner-level yoga practice was designed for a patient who had a lot of back pain, especially with extension movements (bending backwards). If you have similar issues, or have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, facet joint issues, anterolisthesis, or stenosis, this routine may be helpful for you, or at…

Yoga Therapy Series #3 – Happy Hips

I think that a lot of people put a huge focus on hip mobility in their yoga practice. However, in my practice, many patients that come in with persistent hip ‘tightness’ have good mobility or even hypermobility. What they often lack is stability within their existing range of motion. Trying…

Meditation for Chronic Pain

Are you suffering from chronic pain? Some people who endure injuries seem to go on for years with ongoing pain, even though in most cases our tissues heal with time. There is often a sense of hopelessness as the person tries physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, injections, and so on, yet nothing…

Yoga Therapy Series #2 Robust Shoulders

Your shoulder is a complicated joint! Think about every way it can move as your reach your hand about. To control all this movement, the shoulder complex requires considerable dynamic stability. Muscles anchored to your spine, ribs, skull and sternum suspend your shoulder blade and collar bone in space and…

5 Healthy Stampede Reminders

It’s that time of the year again! Over these 10 days it may be hard to follow your healthy eating and lifestyle patterns as you are tempted with all the new, funky midway treats while maybe even indulging in beer and alcohol if you are of age. Here are top…

Yoga Therapy Series! Post #1 Thoracic Mobility

There is so much carry over between what we try to achieve in physiotherapy and what is achieved with a regular yoga practice! In this blog series I will touch on some typical problem areas we see in physio and show you how a simple beginner’s yoga practice can address…


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