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Oxygen, we heart you!

Posted by on 11:49 pm in Awareness, Breathing, Healthy Aging, Massage, Pain Management | 0 comments

We all know the urban legend that bad luck or death comes in threes. But have you heard the axiom that death comes by threes? Three weeks without food, three days without water, and three minutes without air. While this satisfies my theatrical brain, and the rule of three in drama and story telling, it might not actually be precisely accurate.   True, the body can survive, on average, 3 weeks without food (Ghandi lasted exactly 21 days on his famous hunger strike). But, we can survive a little longer than 3 days without water. Perhaps...

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dem bones

Posted by on 3:44 pm in Awareness, Healthy Aging, Massage, Pain Management | 0 comments

By Andrea McCulloch, RMT You may be familiar with the song which describes how the “toe bone is connected to the foot bone, the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone is connected to the shin bone”.  A beautifully simple and clear lesson in skeletal anatomy, but there is so much more going on!   We are born into gravity and for the rest of our lives we are in a constant relationship with it.  It is sometimes a battle, and gravity very often wins!  But our bodies are very specifically designed to engage in this...

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Should you stretch “tight hamstrings”?

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Check out physiotherapist Keltie Cheney’s quick tip on how to determine how you should approach loosening up tightness in your legs: https://youtu.be/1-oeymeG97c    

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Living Well With Chronic Pain

Posted by on 1:24 pm in Awareness, Pain Management, Physiotherapy, Wellness | 0 comments

As this fantastic reflection demonstrates, being more empowered to manage pain and promote better health does not necessarily mean cure. The often elusive search to be “fixed” or even labelled with a diagnosis, can be a surrender of your ability to live well in spite of limitations you experience. We generally see that some improvement in symptoms and/or function is almost always possible; however, it always begins with accepting where you are and working from there. Nothing “works” except to the degree that you work...

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Fourth Step to Health Empowerment: Metabolism

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Metabolism is the sum total of all the physiological and chemical processes happening in your system. It’s energy management within your body and involves a balance of build up (anabolic) and breakdown (catabolic). This process is impacted by nutrition, activity, recovery, drugs, aging, sleep, disease, and more. Managing these lifestyle factors effectively is essentially to achievement of wellness goals. Sustainable results are driven by changes happening at the cellular level though energy production and utilization.  Lots more...

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Third Step to Health Empowerment: Muscle

Posted by on 9:10 am in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When your natural growth rate stops, your body begins to lose muscle unless you are doing something to slow or reverse this process. Known as #sarcopenia, this is the common link to almost everything we call “aging” and is also highly correlated with many chronic diseases. In most people, this process begins in the mid-20’s and accelerates every decade, eventually leading to the loss of functional ability that many consider a normal part of getting older. Thankfully, this can almost be completely avoided and if you...

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Second Step to Health Empowerment: Movement

Posted by on 9:04 am in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Life is movement. Movement is life. Or as one of my wisest friends who is currently regaining mobility after recovering from surgery learned from that experience: if you have a sound body, you should use it.  Movement is often restricted by pain, illness, or sedentary work. Mostly it is restricted simply by not moving enough. And it doesn’t take long for us to feel stiff and tight. Even those who are active or do follow a mobility regimen of some kind are often unaware of their bodies’ instinctive impulses to move and inhibit...

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First Step to Health Empowerment: Mindset

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​​ In many ways our medical system and reliance on experts has created a culture of dependence when it comes to health. Most people spend most of their time thinking, processing information, caught up in their heads and somewhat detached from their bodies. In his wonderful book, Mindsight, Dr. Daniel Siegel defines mind as the flow of energy and information between the brain, body, and relationships. Our minds extend beyond the confines of our skulls, reaching even into our interactions with others and the environment. Mindset, then, is not...

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Learning Opportunities

Posted by on 3:47 pm in Activity, Awareness, Breathing, Events, Healthy Aging, Pain Management, Physiotherapy, Strength Training | 0 comments

Many thanks to those who came to our seminar series “Understanding and Overcoming Persistent Pain” at the Halifax Library. It was great to help people gain more knowledge about treating and, more importantly, preventing pain. Based on our experience, we know there is a gap in people’s understanding of pain. We wanted to let people know that (1) that they are not alone, (2) that help is available and (3) that it’s possible to regain control over that aspect of life. Our passion stems from helping people who are suffering with...

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Technology may be hurting your kids

Posted by on 4:11 pm in Awareness, Fitness, Physiotherapy | 0 comments

My inspiration for this blog article comes from a recent visit I had this weekend at my sister in-law’s house. They are dealing with an issue that many North American families have to deal with….kids that spend way too much time using electronic devices. She was upset because on a sunny day, her son spent 6 straight hours playing X-box. In addition to that, he spent time on the computer on MSN, Youtube, Facebook, and numerous other websites. Don’t forget television as well. This trend is growing at a ridiculous rate, and as a physiotherapist...

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