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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…

Find the Why Behind the Pain – By Mark Austin |PT

Most people go to physiotherapy because something hurts. Working in downtown Calgary, I get a lot of clients who show up with pains that have developed gradually and just won’t go away. Sometimes they can’t even clearly pinpoint the exact time that the problem started. They may have tried unsuccessfully…

The Spring Reset – 10 Tips Before Starting a Detox

It finally looks like the long, cold and snowy winter is beyond us and perhaps it is now time for a Spring health tune-up and reset. As the flowers start blooming and animals come out of hibernation, you may be feeling a sudden urge to get back to your health…

Mark Describes His Approach to Physiotherapy

I believe that you deserve the best possible healthcare for your time and hard-earned dollars. The health and wellness industry, including the physiotherapy world, can be a confusing and overwhelming place to navigate. Dry needling, shockwave therapy, cupping, needling, or (gasp!) exercise– which option is actually going to get you…


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