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October 24, 2019

Are you experiencing tired eyes or a raccoon mask of pain wrapping around from your eyes to behind your ears? You may be experiencing a suboccipital trigger point. These 8 small muscles pack a punch and can cause some serious headaches around and behind the eyes.

Sitting in a head forward posture for long periods at a time can promote these trigger points/knots to form and build up. Add in a dash of stress and voila, you’ve got yourself a live tension type headache for the day. 

Here are some tips and tricks to help relieve the superficial tension you are experiencing from these angry little muscles.

Self Massage Using A Yoga Or Lacrosse Ball

Lie on your back and place the ball right under the base of your skull. While taking a nice deep breath, on the exhale, allow your head to roll towards one side, focusing specifically on one side at a time.

**No need to press into the ball. Allow gravity and your deep belly breathing to allow these muscles to melt away into the ball. Believe me. If they are sore, you will feel it.

Chin Tucks

It’s time to stretch them out with some chin tucks: In an upright position, use two fingers on your chin to guide your chin directly back into a double chin. Yes, I know, it is not a flattering exercise but it does help! Hold the double chin for 3 seconds and release. I would repeat this 5 times, twice daily to notice a difference within these muscles.

**Make sure while performing this exercise that you do not tilt your  head up or down. We want to solely target the suboccipitals without straining anything else.

 

The suboccipital may be a smaller muscle in the body but they can sure leave a mighty big mark on our day to day lives when they’re angry with us. Give these exercises a try the next time you start experiencing suboccipital tension pain. It may not just be due to straining your eyes by staring at a computer screen for long hours.

 

 

Stephanie Lanthier
RMT

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
October 8, 2019

The placebo effect: Often called the expectancy effect, it’s the ability of our minds to powerfully influence healing in the body. Most are familiar with this concept, with many caring physicians integrating it into their practice to enhance the benefits of whatever treatments they prescribe. 

The dark side of the placebo effect is the nocebo effect. It’s the mind’s equally powerful ability to prevent healing due to negative expectations or limiting beliefs. Sometimes seriously ill patients overhear their physician talking about their case with other staff. The words used, depending on the subconscious programming triggered in the patient may mean the difference between health and illness. Healthcare professionals need to realize words matter; they have power to harm or heal. As patients, the words we use about ourselves matter too.

Being an Integrative Therapist working with conditions such anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, PTSD and self-sabotage, I see the effects of this all too often. A “treatment resistant” client will be responding very well but suddenly seem to hit a wall.  When we explore the reason or reasons for the impasse, I often hear that their psychiatrist or other “expert” has told them “that’s just the way they are”. They have a chronic condition. Basically, “get used to it”. 

I vividly remember one PTSD client who was doing quite well as we used Emotional Freedom techniques (EFT, Tapping) and Picture Tapping Techniques (PTT). During one session we suddenly lost traction. As we began to explore what might be standing in the way of further progress, she reflectively commented “my psychiatrist and clinical psychologist both told me, you know, you’re never going to be the same woman again.”

To her subconscious mind, they’re the experts. What they say must be true.

I then pointed out “there’s an element of truth in that, but it’s not the whole truth. You’re also not the same woman after you read a book, meet with a friend, have a good meal or take a walk in the park. It doesn’t mean you’ll never be a woman who feels confident, safe and secure again.” This opened the door to further progress and she also processed the anger that came up. She felt these comments had stolen her hope. 

Sometimes just being aware of these possible blockages to recovery can help. Other times we need a compassionate helping hand.  Is the nocebo effect, the words you tell yourself or limiting beliefs standing in your way?

If so drop by our clinic for a Health Pass. This covers the $80.00 initial consult fee to meet with David Gilbert our gifted Integrative Therapist. He can also be reached directly @ 613-747-5458.


Author: David E P Gilbert. David is a highly experienced Integrative Therapist particularly focused on anxiety/depression, stress, burnout, grief, trauma or PTSD, Post Concussion Syndrome and self-sabotage.  Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and PTT (Picture Tapping Techniques), he works with clients both in-office and via phone or video cam across the world. Work so powerful it’s guaranteed. 

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
October 2, 2019

Get to know Melanie in this quick, fun little Q&A 🙂

What are your passions?

I’m a book nerd. ?? Give me a good book and I can get lost in it for hours. I also enjoy photography. Whether it’s taking pictures of nature or of people, taking pictures makes me happy. I also joined an axe throwing league 2 years ago and even though I’m still improving my throw, I’ve met some of the most incredible people in this league and I love it!

Favorite food? Drink?

That’s a tough one! I’ll have to go with lasagna or a nice steak. As for drinks, a nice red wine and anything peppermint! (peppermint mocha, hot chocolate or tea)

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Scotland and Ireland. Don’t know who wouldn’t want to those places!

Secret talent?

I can make chocolate disappear. ?

What energizes you at work?

Working in a positive environment and challenging myself by learning new things.

What’s your biggest work pet peeve?

Clutter. I work best when my work area is organized and clean. Aside from that, I’m very easy going. 

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
October 2, 2019

To recap from my previous blog post, the three principles of Osteopathy are:

  • The body is a functional unit (parts of the body work in unison, not isolation)
  • Form and function are interrelated
  • The body has self-healing properties

So, how does that help me, a Massage Therapist, help you? I’m glad you asked.

As an RMT, Osteopathy allows me to see the body at a systemic levelTo illustrate this, I’ll use the analogy of looking at the body as though it were a computer.

Just like a computer, our bodies have many, many parts. Knowing about these individual parts and how they work is very important, but when we understand the “operating system” that combines and coordinates all of our various parts, then we can fully understand how the many parts work together, or, how our bodies are indeed functional units.

In the human body, the operating system is partly equivalent to the nervous system, therefore in Osteopathy, we try to address exactly that. The nervous system is divided into two parts, the Central Nervous System (CNS), and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).

The CNS is the part of the nervous system which allows us to have self-awareness, and take deliberate actions ,like threading a needle for example, while the ANS takes care of all the things that are happening in the background. Our heart rate, digestion, muscle tone etc.

Broadly speaking there are two parts of the ANS. The Sympathetic Nervous System, or SNS, sometimes referred to as our “fight-or-flight” system, which, as its name indicates, gets us ready to either fight the bear or run from the bear. (I recommend not fighting bears!)

The SNS does this by increasing our heart rate, directing blood away from our digestive system and into our limbs so that we can run really fast, or fight really hard, and focus our attention where it is immediately required (again, angry bears).


The second part is the Parasympathetic Nervous System, or PSNS. Also commonly referred to as our “rest-and-digest” system. This system lowers the heart rate, directs blood flow to the digestive system, helps us relax, and perhaps most importantly for the Osteopath,  it also promotes self-healing. Yes!

The vagus nerve is the main carrier for the PSNS as seen in this picture in yellow.

 

Optimal health, is when these two systems are in balance, unfortunately most of us in the modern world are often waaaay too stressed, meaning our fight-or-flight systems are hyperactive.

Knowing that, when it comes to treating clients, it is clear that we would like to increase the system that promotes relaxation and self-healing.

Ok, but how do we do that? 

To give a specific example, when a client comes in to see me complaining of a tight neck, (which is a problem in the function-structure complex) before treating the neck, I’ll take the time to promote relaxation first, thereby reducing the fight-or-flight response from the SNS.

 

 

 

 

 

By mobilizing the upper back as well as softening and massaging the muscles in and around the ribs and spine area, we help the client RELAX and in turn promote self-healing. This is one of the reasons everybody likes a good back rub!

More specifically, the upper back is where the nerve that tenses our neck muscles resides, so by mobilizing this area, we are directly affecting the neck. Makes sense right? After concentrating on these areas, treating the neck, as you might guess, becomes much simpler. The neck is now already more relaxed, thus making my job that much easier. As the neck muscles relax, more blood will be able to flow in to the tissue and that will help wash away the lactic acid and inflammation substances that were lingering there, which in turn will reduce the pain and improve the function-structure relationship.

As a massage therapist, understanding how the human body works helps me to help the client by releasing the source of their pain (and sorrow LOL) in a more efficient and profound way, because not only is the neck now able to be released, the whole self-healing mechanism gets a big boost.

It is important that I mention that performing osteopathic techniques is indeed within my scope of practice as an RMT. Meaning that the governing body overseeing RMT’s in Ontario (CMTO) is approving of and comfortable with me using these techniques.

Last and perhaps the most important fact about the nervous system, is that it is a”habitual creature” which means that the more time spent being relaxed the more we are likely to be relaxed in the future. And the same is true in reverse. The more time we spend being tense..You get it.

The nervous system although important in making the body a functional unit, and in facilitating self-healing, is just one part of the human body’s operating system, I am looking forward to exploring with you in treatment (and in writing!) more of that system.

Until next time!

 

Roy Cohen is a Registered Massage Therapist at Whole Therapy who is currently studying Osteopathy. Although he currently does not practice as an Osteopath, his Massage practice reflects his learning on the subject.

 

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
October 1, 2019

Get to know Kaitlyn in this quick, fun little Q&A 🙂

What are your passions?

Writing, learning (languages in particular); I love food and need to get more into cooking.

Favorite food? Drink?

I’m obsessed with chicken pot pie and jasmine tea. ? I’ve never tried them together… but I’m sure it’d be a great combo. I also love Thai food so… if you bring me any of those things, I will love you forever. Guaranteed.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’ve been to Mexico and Ireland, so I’ll have to put Spain or Cuba next on my list. I’m actually working on teaching myself Spanish so… fingers crossed that what I put out there will come back to me.

What is your specialty in your field of work?

Meme-making just kidding (ish). I think that I’m best at content marketing and social media  marketing-wise, and customer service office admin-wise.

Secret talent?

I’m a real time, real person autofill. I can probably finish that sentence you’re struggling with for you or give you a more accurate synonym. Generally speaking, if you say “you know the thing?”, I will know the thing so… you’re welcome in advance ?

What energizes you at work?

Music, a good cup of tea, and being surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do.

What’s your biggest work pet peeve?

Having my stuff moved without being told about it. I know I tend to spread things out and sometimes work in a bit of ‘organized chaos’, so I don’t mind if you push my things to the side— just please tell me what you’re moving and where it’s going so that I don’t go crazy looking for it.

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
September 27, 2019

Get to know Adam in this quick, fun little Q&A 🙂

What are your passions?

Learning; exploring and travel; family and friends. The good things in life usually sprout from these things.

Favorite food? Drink?

Perogies and cabbage rolls (I might be Ukrainian…??);  Stout or Wine.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Japan! There’s nowhere else like it in the world. The stark contrast between the traditional culture and the hustle and bustle of the high tech Tokyo city center fascinates me!


What is your specialty in your field of work?

I like to consider myself to be a Jack Of All Trades. A Swiss Army knife if you will. I love working with patients from all walks of life but would have to say that working with golfers has been a blast for me so far. I love the game and I love to help peole lower their scores by helping them achieve better form and pain free movement! ?️

Secret talent?

I can cook! Gordon Ramsay has got nothing on me! ?‍?

What energizes you at work?

My clients do. There’s nothing better than working with a client to get them back to the best version of themselves. Taking on tricky cases and finding a solution is definitely one of the things I love best about being a physiotherapist!

What’s your biggest work pet peeve?

Laziness! I feel like I’m not alone on this one haha!

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
September 26, 2019

Get to know Dr. Lovely in this quick, fun little Q&A 🙂

What are your passions?

I enjoy getting out in the garden, being on the water doing sports, and woodsy trail walks! Take me outdoors!

Favorite food? Drink?

Any form of Asian food! Also red wine. ?

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Italy or Greece! How could you not want to see some of the loveliest architecture in the world?
Beautiful!


What is your specialty in your field of work?

Babies,kids, pregnant moms. I love to work with clients of all ages but especially the young ones. Helping a colicky baby in turn helps sleepless parents, That’s a win-win!

Secret talent?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret! 😉 Hmm. I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

What energizes you at work?

Sunshine and happy patients! The sunshine brightens my day and hopefully I’ll brighten yours!

What’s your biggest work pet peeve?

Patients wanting me to correct years of poor health and posture in one visit. Sometimes, the attention required will mean I’ll need to see you more frequently and that you’ll need to be more proactive in your health and recovery!

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
September 25, 2019

Get to know Stephanie in this quick, fun little Q&A 🙂

What are your passions?

This is a tricky question for me, as last year I received a concussion while playing broomball  Broomball was my passion, as I had been playing since I was 5 years old. I am working towards finding a new passion as I can no longer play. Right now I love working out, being outdoors (kayaking, rollerblading, hiking) and spending a lot of time with family. 

Favorite food? Drink?

I love a good juicy burger with sweet potato fries (homemade especially) and a great glass of red wine to pair with it 🙂 

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I am a huge foodie and would love visit Europe, more specifically Greece or Italy. Wine, cheese and fresh home cook meals with a magnificent view… whats not to love! 

What is your specialty in your field of work?

Being an elite athlete myself, I always love working with athletes. After my incident, I found a new appreciation for helping those with concussions/migraines. Working on head,neck and shoulders to TMJ work to help with chronic headaches is something I hold dear to me. To give light to those who feel the darkness is what I strive for.

Secret talent?

I can step-dance and I love photography (especially family pictures & candid shots)

What energizes you at work?

Knowing that I have/can make an impact on someones everyday life. Weather it’s allowing them to relax through a hectic day to bringing their 8/10 headache down to a 3/10 headache. That pushes/motivates me to be the best RMT that I can be. 

What’s your biggest work pet peeve?

Since I’m new to this environment (newly graduated), I haven’t yet found a pet peeve specific to a multidisciplinary clinic. But needless to say, in past experiences, my biggest work pet peeve is clutter. I am very organized person and get very irritated when things get really cluttered. Also, I don’t like when people steal my pen. haha. 

Posted in Uncategorized by Pat Moore
September 24, 2019
As with any medical condition, having a plan of action for controlling your arthritis can only help you deal with the effects on a day to day basis.
These three tips are a great start.
Enlist the help of healthcare professionals to help monitor your condition, develop strategies to reduce pain & improve function and to modify your self-help strategies as necessary.
Medical doctors are sometimes inadequately trained to provide modern approaches to diet, exercise & activity modifications. Chiropractors, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, massage therapists and trainers are often best equipped to develop & help you apply modern, evidence-based, active & effective programs of self-care.

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when your arthritis hurts, but many studies show that physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your quantity of life.
Exercise boosts your energy levels & also strengthens your muscles & bones, and helps to keep your joints flexible. Resistance training helps build stronger muscles to support & protect joints affected by arthritis.

Your mental outlook can have a big impact on how you feel & how well you are able to function. Every day, try to do something you enjoy. spend time with friends & develop interests that you can do even with arthritis.

Focus on your abilities rather than your disabilities.

These are just some of the ways you can ease osteoarthritis symptoms on your own!

Yours in health and wellness,

Dr. George J. Surko

Doctor of Chiropractic
Senior Practitioner
Posted in Chiropractic by Pat Moore
September 20, 2019

Bioflex Cold Laser Therapy is a therapy that utilizes specific types of light to interact with tissues. The light source is placed in direct contact with damaged tissues, which allows the photon energy to penetrate through the skin surface and reach various deeper levels. Through this interaction, normal cell function is restored and your body’s natural healing process is enhanced. Bioflex Cold Laser Therapy is currently one of the most advanced laser therapy systems available on the global market. With over 20 years in business, and over 20 million treatments provided, they have maintained one of the highest reputations within the industry. Many professional sports teams are even turning to this treatment because in addition to helping with chronic pain, it also assists with diminishing the pain and speeding up the recovery of injuries. 

As with many modalities, the rate at which individuals experience the benefits varies depending on the individual and the injury. While some respond very quickly, others may require more time. However, despite the variation in recovery time, a markedly enhanced recovery is always experienced across all individuals and medical conditions. 

As a licensed therapy by Health Canada and FDA cleared, laser therapy offers patients a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. These include soft tissue and sports injuries, wound healing, dermatological conditions and a variety of musculoskeletal problems. To further support its use, the FDA has stated that there have been no contraindications to date.

As a fully certified massage therapist in Bioflex Cold Laser Therapy, I have treated a number of symptoms and conditions with extremely great results. Here are some of the treatable conditions that I can help with through the use of this treatment: 

Sports and Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Ligament, Tendon & Muscle Tears / Strains
  • Knee Dysfunction: Meniscal / Ligament Tears
  • Contusions / Hematoma

Back Problems

  • Degenerative Osteoarthritis
  • Multilevel Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Sciatica/Radiculitis

Repetitive Stress Injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Wounds and Dermal Ulcers Inflammatory Conditions

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

General Problems

  • Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Lymphedema
  • Fibromyalgia

To find out more about this therapy, or if you feel you would benefit from this treatment, book in an appointment today and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Furthermore, to learn about clinical trials that were done, you can also head over to the Bioflex website at bioflex.com

 

 

 

 

Cory Boyd, RMT
Personal Trainer
Bioflex Laser Therapy Provider
Graston Technique Provider
Rapid NeuroFascial Reset Provider
Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
Officially Running Out Of Room For Qualifications Guy 😉

 

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