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Fix Your Neck! Mark’s Guide to Feeling Good at Your Desk Again

Tight, achy neck? Neck pain is a common problem for office workers that leads to absenteeism and decreased productivity. Worse yet, it interferes with what’s important outside of work once it sets in as well. This guide is intended for the kind of neck pain that comes on with prolonged…

HELP YOUR BODY NATURALLY FIGHT ALLERGIES THIS SPRING

Spring is officially here and it has brought some sunshine and warm temperatures.  For some people this season means ‘pollen season’ and has them flocking to pharmacies and health food stores to stock up on allergy medications and/or supplements.  Do you suffer from itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose,…

JANUARY is Thyroid Awareness Month

Thyroid disorders are becoming an increasingly common health concern today, especially among women. In my naturopathic family practice, I see many individuals that have a diagnosed thyroid disorder but also many others who have sub-optimal thyroid hormone levels that can explain their symptoms even though they haven’t received a formal…

You’re NOT Broken – Mark Austin, PT

Dealing with an injury or pain is never easy, especially if the problem persists beyond a few weeks and into months or even years. Chronic pain can really interfere with your life as it keeps you from doing the things you enjoy, or from earning enough money, or from enjoying…

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…

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 #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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