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Cancer Rehabilitation

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At One to One, we’ve helped people manage chronic pain and conditions for over 12 years. The basis of our treatment approach is through understanding the interconnectedness amongst a person’s mindset, mobility, muscle and metabolism. We have touched upon many populations that have benefited from this approach starting with persistent pain, to diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteopenia, fibromyalgia, and even cancer. Cancer is a disease that gives many chills just thinking about it. It scares people for a lot of reasons; but for many individuals...

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The Predicting Brain

Posted by on 12:06 pm in Awareness, Healthy Aging, Neuroscience, Pain Management, Physiotherapy | 0 comments

By Tyler Dillman, PT With regards to the brain: “All it has at its disposal is your past experience, the past experience it has wired into itself” A great quote from Lisa Feldman Barrett on how the brain works to make decisions throughout our day to day life (Interview here!) http://nautil.us/issue/46/balance/ingenious-lisa-feldman-barrett). But what does this mean for people where pain persists past normal healing time and is becoming chronic? How do your past experiences shape your current pain experience? What Happened Before? The brain is...

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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

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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

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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

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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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