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 Achieve the Perfect Posture at Work

"Perfect" Posture Many of us have desk jobs, keeping us seated for the majority of the day. It can be hard to keep that perfect upright position for 8 hours straight so it is common for our posture to get worse as the day goes on. But what if we told you that you should not hold that position all day? Plot twist, the perfect posture does not exist! Trying to hold that same upright position all day keeps your muscles engaged and causes them to tire out. This can bring on back, neck and shoulder pain. So give your muscles [...]

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
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