Massage as a Back Pain Killer

August 16, 2017

A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they’ve overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers with back pain at some point in their life, you’ll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain – which is pain that’s lasted more than three months and less than six - it can impact on your daily life, and stop you doing things you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep.

The Vicious Pain Cycle
If you can no longer exercise pain-free, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being active. Or you could just increase your meds but that just masks the problem. Also, some strong pain meds contain painkillers opioids like codeine which can lose their power over time as you build up a tolerance to their effects. They can also have unwanted side effects.
What you need is a way to manage your back pain that is effective but doesn’t have the side effects. Wouldn’t you know it, research has shown that regular massage along with your prescribed medication and any other advice from your healthcare supplier can be so powerful that you might be able to decrease the number of painkillers you need to manage your back pain and start to live a more active life.

How Massage Can Help Beat Back Pain
A massage session doesn’t just relax you, it can help to promote tissue repair, improve the blood circulation and does wonders for your stress levels and mood. Recent research showed that regular massage therapy combined with exercise helped people suffering from chronic back pain to feel less anxious about their condition too. The study, which took place at a pain management clinic in Western New York, involved sixty chronic low back pain patients who were split into two groups. One group received regular massage therapy, twice a week for four weeks, along with their regular treatment, and one group only carried on with their prescribed treatments.
The participants all recorded their own pain levels before and after having massage therapy on a scale of one to ten. There was a significant difference between the pre-and post-treatment pain rating in the group that had regular massage, but the control group who carried on as normal reported no changes to their pain levels.

If you suffer with back pain and want to try something different – book that massage session now.


How are your Glutes?

June 27, 2017

Many problems I treat in my clinic really stem from having weak gluteal muscles, or having gluteal muscles that are malfunctioning (for lack of a better word). 
I love the exercises that Bret Contreras PhD lays out. This video is a great circuit to include in your workout plan. I have been doing these exercises with a lighter band to help engage my glutes before my squat and deadlift workouts.
Whether you squat no weight or 600# give this a try!

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Treatment Prices Are Increasing

May 2, 2017

June 1, 2017my treatment rates will increase. The cost of doing business along with the cost of living are rising, and my rates must meet these demands. This is the first rate increase I have done since being in practice in 2013, and I am now offering Fascial Stretch Treatment and Rapid Adhesion Release techniques into treatments. This increase is fair and within normal limits to what other clinics within St. Albert charge. 

The rates starting June 1, 2017, will be as follows

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Are You a Dysfunctional Breather?

March 16, 2017

It’s often something we take for granted until we become compromised by environment (allergens, smoke, steam etc.) our health (cold, asthma, COPD etc..). When we are compromised, our body helps us try to take in more air by using secondary respiratory muscles. Neck muscles contract to help raise the ribs, and chest/shoulder muscles help flare the ribs. Often times, we become stuck in this chest breathing state and end up with a dysfunctional pattern.

It is noted that breathing dysfun...

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The Signs of Overtraining

February 25, 2017

There was a time in my sport where I felt on top of the world. I was the strongest I had ever been, I was the leanest, and I was finishing on the podium. What a great feeling it was, like a drug almost. Little did I know I would be slapped in the face with competition burn out and injury. 

n a span of 6 months I ha
d competed 4 times. Why? Because I was relatively new to the powerlifting competition scene and didn't know better. In the world of powerlifting it takes a long time to peak properl...

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Bell Let's Talk: Post-Competition Blues

January 25, 2017

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, I find it fitting to discus to a certain extent how mental health affects us in varying degrees. Not every moment in our lives is spent living happily or even content. Unexpected events, tragedies, daily stresses all impact our health, and sometimes it’s tough to handle. But what about when everything is seemingly ok and you still feel this way? How do you voice that? How do you cope?

Recently, I went through a period that challenged my mental health. I was o...

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2016 YEG Fitness- Best Massage Therapist

January 9, 2017

Recently, I was awarded 2016 YEG Fitness Best Massage Therapist. This is quite an honour as it was based on your votes, and there are hundreds of amazing therapists in the Edmonton area. Each therapist brings their own flair, making it somewhat subjective. Which of course makes voting quite difficult. We all work hard, every day. We give, we listen, all while doing physical work. This doesn’t come by easily.  There are days when we feel exhausted, sometimes burnt out, but we find ways to re...

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Part 1: Fascial Stretch Therapy with Neville Wright

October 2, 2016

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to work on a project with two time Canadian bobsleigh Olympian, Neville Wright. Coming November 2016, I will have another article featured in the YEG Fitness magazine about my time working with Neville. This article will discusses the benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy, and how Neville has benefitted from this type of therapy.

Fascial Stretch Therapy is an innovative approach to stretching and increasing range of motion. It helps to remove joint restrictions...

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Spinal Decompression with Dr. Hamdon

September 21, 2016

It has been about 4 years since I first received spinal decompression treatments from Dr. Fahed Hamdon. I was plagued with debilitating back pain, leaving me at the mercy of pharmaceuticals to help me cope. I was going down the road to a very short lived career as a massage therapist and realized I needed to get to the root of the problem.

After investigating various treatments I found that spinal decompression could be the push in the right direction that I needed. It was found that I had sli...

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Athlete of the Month: Mario Acosta-Cevallos

September 16, 2016

My athlete of the month is Mario Acosta-Cevallos. This man has been competing and working hard all year in Salsa. He is a four time World Salsa Champion and a Canadian Latin-American Ballroom Finalist. Recently, Mario competed at the World Salsa Summit in Miami and won first place in the Professional Male Solo category and the Professional Same Gender category with his dance partner Dioney da Silva. He is also the founder and operator of SalsaVitus Dance Company. Check him out at 

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