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Sciatica: what it is and how to relieve the pain.

What is sciatica? You’ve probably heard this term, maybe you’ve even experienced it. Sciatica refers to the pain that travels down the sciatic nerve. It is a common condition we treat and we’re going to break it down for you!  The sciatic nerve is actually a group of 5 lumbar spinal nerves that exit the spine at the pelvis. It runs down the buttocks to the back of the thigh and calf. There are variousfactors that can cause irritation, compression,...
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Orthotics: What they are and how they can help you!

Have you ever wondered what orthotics are and how they can help you?  Orthotics are shoe inserts which help relieve foot pain resulting from back, knee or foot. There are two types of orthotics available – OTC (over-the-counter) or custom-made.   OTC foot inserts are generic and treat the most common symptoms of foot pain. OTC inserts are readily available in drug stores or pharmacies and require no medical prescription. This is a good option if you have been experiencing mild...
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Spinal Decompression Therapy

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?  Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive decompression technique which enhances the body’s natural healing process. It involves stretching of the vertebral column gently along the length of the spine, promoting an optimal environment for healing of bulged, herniated, compressed/degenerated discs. The spinal column is stretched and relaxed in cycles through a computerized traction table for approximately 25-30 mins.   The traction creates space for bulging/herniated discs, allowing them to reposition to their original position. Moreover, it...
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Man in seated position with chiropractor thumbs applying pressure to trapezius muscles

What are Trigger Points?

“ You found it!”  Trigger points, often referred to as knots, are sensitive and tight areas within the muscle belly which can provoke a pain response. These trigger points are usually quite obvious to the doctor or therapist, and when pressure is applied it will affect the surrounding tissue. A common trigger point is found in the upper trapezius muscle. When pressure is applied patients may feel radiation go up and around their ear. Providing relief to this particular trigger...
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three cyclist riding on roadway. Text on right side reads "Dust off that bike and ride"

Head out for a ride with these bike ride tips!

Today I’m sharing a few of my bike ride tips to help you prevent injury and enjoy this great way to explore and be active! Among the many reasons Vancouver is a fantastic city to live in and explore, it is set up well for cycling. My personal favourite scenic routes are the Seaside trail and Arbutus Greenway. But, if you are wanting to get more adventurous Fromme Mountain provides some fun trails for all levels. Riding your bicycle is...
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