Resources

Figuring Out Fibromyalgia And A Way Out Of The Pain

Fibromyalgia affects about 1.5% of the population. (http://fmguidelines.ca/) As a chronic pain clinic, we see more fibromyalgia patients than most clinics expect, and to our knowledge fibromyalgia sufferers in St. John’s don’t have any easy, co-ordinated options for treatment. As such, we've needed to take a deep-dive into the research to help treat the widespread pain and fatigue our patient's experience. We've come up with some good news...


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Maximize Fit and Function for Happy Feet

It's April and most of us are really looking forward to ditching the winter boots and heading outside in regular shoes. If you are like me, you're anticipating some outdoor time, walking and hiking in our beautiful trails and parks. You might even be thinking about purchasing some new shoes... just because it's spring...


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AVOID "PLANTAR FASCIITIS" AND "ACHILLES TENDINITIS" THIS SPRING WITH THESE TIPS

The snow is nearly gone and many of us are gearing up for the outdoor season of walking, running, sports and hiking. For some of our clients, it feels right to get outside and hit the ground running to get in top shape for the season ahead. ...


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MAKING UP FOR DEFICIENCIES IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY

Supplementing our diets with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are just not available in our food supply is important. Especially if we want to feel optimal health and vitality... Which is more than just the absence of symptoms or a diagnosis....


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NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS... NOT JUST SUPPLEMENTS

Those of you who know me, know that I have mega experience (30+ years) as a physiotherapist and in health care industry. I have worked with Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) and have had lots of patients who have gone to ND's, and I was pretty sure I knew what they did...


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You don't get enough vitamins in your food

I bet you've heard that before. Heck, even I used to believe it before I learned. Here are my thoughts on why we need to supplement our diets with appropriate vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements....


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One move to do every day to reset the spine Static Back

Pain is the body's signal that something is wrong. In the physio world, a common observation of/interpretation of pain is that your muscles and joints are out of balance and sending signals to your brain. These pain signals are saying...system is crashing; help needed.


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WILL IT EVER END? THAT'S MY FIRST THOUGHT ABOUT THIS WINTER'S SNOW!

So far, we have had more than our share of the pretty, white stuff. Since early December, we've had to deal with the full spectrum of snow, wet and ice. While snow is great for winter sports and children; snow shoveling is another matter entirely.


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Got Knee Pain? How to Filter the Advice!

So, you have a knee injury that has been keeping you up at night and away from your favorite activities. If you are like me, the first thing you do when you are dealing with a problem is consult Mr. Google. Unfortunately, Mr. Google’s advice can be conflicting and then...what to do?


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NEVER EVER GIVE UP

Recently a woman came to the clinic seeking a posture shirt to help support her spine during long commutes. She'd learned about the Alignmed Posture Shirts from one of our newsletters. She and her husband, Fred, have been receiving the newsletters for a number of years, since he was treated at the clinic for sciatica.


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SLIPPED ON ICE? WHAT TO DO?

It's officially winter...and I've already landed on my butt once. It was quite a relief that it was a backwards fall, bruising my butt and giving me a headache, because it spared my wrist...a slip on ice 3 years ago resulted in a fractured wrist ...and that I did not want again!


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HOW TO AVOID BACK PAIN AND ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT PLANS AND DREAMS...

Retirement means freedom and the opportunity to fulfil a lifetime of dreams. Our clients happily share their plans with us while they relax during laser treatments. They always dream of more... more walking, more travelling, more time with family, more time to pursue their hobbies. Nobody ever expects that back pain will limit their retirement, but sometimes it does. Let's not have that happen to you...


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How to NOT reach your goals in 2017

By the end of December every year, we are all—literally—counting down the seconds to the new year, with its promises of new beginnings and unlimited potential. We promise ourselves that by this time next year we are going to be fitter, happier and more successful than ever....


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Winter Survival Tips

No wonder weather is such a hot topic here on the eastern edge of the country! Winter can touch all of those extremes, sometimes in less than 24 hours. Surviving winter is one thing; but embracing it is the challenge! Here is a winter survival blitz of our best tips!....


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Avoid Morning-After the Party Back Pain with this important tip

Christmas Holiday celebrations are magical! What a way to connect with friends by sharing fun, food and wine! Do you have your New Years plans in place? If you're anything like my family, the date is circled, plans are in place and maybe you've laid out your New Year's duds....


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Dr. Laura's Simple Strategies For Healthy Eating Over The Holidays

The holidays are a busy but celebration filled time. It's actually my favourite time of year! But...


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Protect your bones with these Exercise moves

Did you know...80% of all fractures in the population over 50 are due to osteoporosis?...


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Tylenol Alert!

Are OTC pain relievers as safe as we think?...


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Laser Therapy For Diabetic Foot Ulcerations

Type II diabetics are often well-warned by their doctors to care for their feet! Having high blood sugar puts them at increased risk of slow healing of small wounds and blisters on feet...


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How To Sit Up Straighter & Reduce Back Pain - Without Thinking About It!

You're complaining about back pain, when you hear the words "You need to improve your posture!" How many times has your physio, mother, fitness instructor, spouse or other well-meaning friend said just that? ...


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How To Relieve Pain From Whiplash

Whiplash is the common term for the soft tissue injury to the neck sustained in motor vehicle accidents. The severity of injuries varies from a low grade single muscle strain or tear to involving multiple tissues of varying severity...


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Turkey Ergonomics

If you love any excuse to get the crowd together as much as I do, you've already planned your Thanksgiving dinner menu and guest list. You've probably ordered the turkey...


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Back Pain? Three Surprising Habits that Hurt Your Spine

If you have googled 'preventing back pain' you may have found the list of the common sources of back pain from lifting heavy objects incorrectly...


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Got Shoulder Pain? Simple Exercises to do Every day that Really Help!

Do you realize how much time you spend at work? For example, the average full-time worker (40 hours per week) spends a year on average, 1920 hours at work. That equals 80 days or more than 11 weeks of, day in day out, WORK!


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Posture Tips: How to Ease Aches and Pains at Work

It's September and most of us are headed back to school or work after a great summer spent outside hiking and enjoying a more active lifestyle.


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Feeling Achy and Stiff? What is your body telling you!

Do you ever wake up feeling stiff and sore? All you want to do is roll over, and cover your head, because your body does not want to move? It hurts to move, so why bother? You are not alone.


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A Better Treatment following Whiplash

Whiplash is the common term for the soft tissue injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. The range of injuries varies from a low grade single muscle stretch or tear to involving multiple tissues of varying severity.


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The "Just Do Some Exercises" Myth

It's all about the kind of exercise and how well they're done. In essence you have two muscle systems, both work when we are moving, running, lifting weights, exerting ourselves. Only one system works when we are in one position for a period of time, sitting is a good example. This is often referred to as the postural muscle system.


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Frozen Shoulder Got You Stuck? Let's Get Your Arm Back!

Frozen shoulder AKA “Adhesive Capsulitis” is awful. You can’t move it, do stuff with it, and even sleeping is difficult. Sound like you? Maybe someone you know? Here is a breakdown of the effective treatment approach our physios use - featuring our very own low intensity laser - at Avalon Laser Health!


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A "Ray of Light" Improves Recovery from Neck Injury

The neck is vulnerable. This delicate cervical column bears the burden of supporting the neck through its myriad functions: it tilts, pivots, nods and carries 8% of the body's weight each day. It is no wonder that so many of the clients come to the clinic because of long-standing neck pain and headaches.


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Energy Healing

To understand how it works you have to remember some basic science. If you remember, our bodies are made of cells which are comprised of molecules and electrons and protons and so on. We are essentially compressed vibrating energy formed into mass. Because we see and feel physical sensations we forget that we are electrical impulses. Every movement, every thought our whole physical body is energy.


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What is in a Handshake?

A little background is needed here, so to fill you in... Nine weeks ago, I slipped on ice and fell on my outstretched right arm causing a serious fracture called a Colles fracture. Not only had I broken the wrist bones, I had shattered them. Despite my hesitation, surgery was the only safe option.


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7 Foods To Help Speed Your Recovery Time

1. Water

Did you know that your body is made of 80% water? To ensure your body does not get dehydrated and therefore has enough fluids to function optimally, aim for 2L of clean, fresh, filtered water per day. Consider adding a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of sea salt to make it taste and rehydrate you better.


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Energy Balancing Provides Effective Release for Stress and Tension

Stress and tension affect everyone. In the clinic setting, we frequently hear patients tell us that their pain is stress related, other patients carry tension in their necks and/or shoulders, others present with tension headaches… the list goes on. When we are unable to effectively diffuse the stress in our lives, we set ourselves up for stress-related disease, such as ulcers and high blood pressure.


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