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What’s the Truth about Good Posture?

“Sit up straight!” “Stop slouching!” These might be things that someone like your parents might have scolded you for when they looked at your posture. Maybe you straightened you back up to avoid being yelled at. How long did it last? What is a good posture? How important is it to your pain and discomfort? How do you obtain a better posture? We are going to answer these questions for you! The idea of what good posture is goes back in history a long, long, time. You may have even heard the term “military posture” to signify a [...]

By |2024-03-23T17:06:54+00:00March 23, 2024|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments

Setting the Record Straight on Idiopathic Scoliosis

What is Idiopathic Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a general term used for a sideways bend in the spine. There is a lot of fear and misunderstanding on this topic so today we are here to set the record straight. Idiopathic scoliosis is the term given to scoliosis without a known cause. It is much more common than most people think, around 1-2% of school-aged children and 8% of adults, making it the most common type of scoliosis. The degree of curvature in the spine can vary and is split into three main categories. Mild Scoliosis: curves ranging from 10-25 degree [...]

Treatment for YOUR Low Back Pain Pattern

In our previous blog post, we discussed common pain generators of the spine and their relation to the four main patterns of low back pain.  Those 4 main pain generators are the intervertebral disc, the facet joints, the nerve root, and the surrounding musculature. With this information, we discussed the four main patterns of low back pain. They are: Flexion Intolerant Low Back Pain: pain coming from the disc causing flexion intolerant back pain Extension Intolerant Low Back Pain: pain coming from the facet joints causing extension intolerant back pain Radiculopathy: pain coming from compressed nerve roots causing flexion intolerant back [...]

By |2024-01-27T19:16:46+00:00January 6, 2024|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments

Low Back Pain: Should I Get X-ray Imaging?

80% of people experience some form of general back pain at some point in their life, with 90% of that pain being specifically low back pain. The most common form of back pain is designated nonspecific or mechanical because it lacks a specific pathology that has caused the pain. The good news is that nonspecific back pain cases are typically self-limiting, resolving in 4-6 weeks. Although low back pain is common, it can greatly affect our day to day life preventing us from playing sports, doing regular work, affecting our sleep or preventing us from going on regular walks. When people [...]

By |2024-01-27T19:20:28+00:00December 30, 2023|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments

Why Does My Back Hurt? Common Patterns of Low Back Pain

Low back pain is extremely common with up to 80% of people experiencing it at some point in their life. The prevalence of low back pain in the adult population is 30% with the most common form being designated as mechanical or nonspecific. This name is given to low back pain that lacks specific tissue damage. Thankfully, this type of back pain is self-limiting and usually resolves in 4 to 6 weeks. However, more than 2/3 of people with low back pain experience a recurrent episode within 12 months and complete relief takes some time to achieve. Lastly, the economic costs [...]

By |2024-03-18T17:47:24+00:00November 18, 2023|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments
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