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What You Need to Know About Sciatica

What is Sciatica and What Causes Sciatic Pain? Sciatica is a symptom of a number of different conditions. Despite what you may think, it is actually not its own condition. Sciatic pain typically occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated. Compression of the sciatic nerve can be caused by a number of things, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and more. The sciatic nerves, being the longest nerves in the human body, runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. The pain is usually characterized by a shooting or burning [...]

McGill Big 3: Core Exercises to Decrease Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain & Core Muscles Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability. It presents as achy stiff pain in the lower back area that can be due to muscle or joint issues. Most people will make a full recovery within a month while others will have pain that lasts longer, going from an acute issue to a chronic one. There is a lot of research that has looked at treatment options for chronic low back pain with core exercises considered to be one of the best! Core exercises focus on the abdominal muscle: external obliques, internal [...]

By |2023-04-08T16:45:40+00:00April 8, 2023|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments

Desk Ergonomics: It’s Not You, It’s Your Desk

When we talk about posture, we often discuss strategies to improve body position to reduce pain. However, it's essential to consider proper desk ergonomics, especially since people are spending more time sitting in front of computer screens. Poor desk ergonomics can lead to a range of health problems, including back pain, neck pain, and repetitive strain injuries. To improve your desk setup, here are key considerations: Desk Height Your desk should be at the appropriate height to allow you to sit or stand with good posture. This means you should have enough room to roll your legs and chair under the [...]

By |2023-04-08T14:39:23+00:00April 8, 2023|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments

How to Balance the Shoulder Muscles

Shoulder pain can be caused by issues with the muscles attached to the shoulder blade, also known as the scapula. This can result in a change in the scapula’s resting position or lead to irregular motion when moved. This is typically due to altered muscle recruitment in that area which can develop into further issues such as shoulder impingement, rotator cuff dysfunction and instability. Research has shown that the muscle imbalance is typically due to excess activation of the upper trapezius along with decreased control of the lower trapezius and serratus anterior. Exercise can be easily incorporated in a rehabilitation program [...]

By |2022-10-29T19:14:19+00:00October 29, 2022|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments

Overcoming Gluteal Dysfunction

What could be causing my hip pain? The gluteal muscles, commonly known as the glutes, are a group of three muscles - gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimums - that attach from the pelvis and sacrum to the femurs. These muscles are involved in motion at the hip joint, also known as the femoroacetabular joint. Collectively, the gluteal muscles allow for extension, abduction, external rotation and internal rotation. The hip joint connects our legs to our torso. An issue with the muscles here can create an imbalance in the surrounding areas potentially leading to pain spreading to the ankles, knees, hips [...]

By |2022-10-15T14:42:20+00:00October 15, 2022|Alternative Medicine Toronto Blog|0 Comments
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