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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS for short, is a machine that transmits low voltage electrical impulses to the skin via surface electrodes.  It reduces pain by transmitting electric current through the skin.  It is best use when applied with a strong yet non-painful intensity.  But how does it work?  How does it do this? TENS impulses interrupt the nociceptive or painful signals in the spinal cord as they travel from the painful tissue or organ.  Th...
Posted on 2017-03-08
Mattress choice is a very personal matter. When people are looking to buy a new mattress or are even looking at their current mattress as a cause of back pain they often wonder what makes a good mattress.  You can imagine that lack of support can contribute to poor sleeping posture and put strain on muscles and joints, which can lead to low back pain.  If a mattress is to hard, a person may not sleep comfortably, leading to lost sleep.   Choosing the right mattress for you ...
Posted on 2017-03-03
Taping has been a component of rehabilitation for many years. In recent years we have seen taping assist athletes in high profile sporting events such as the Olympics and professional sports such as baseball, basketball and golf. Many of these athletes wear colourful tape in well defined and sometimes intricate pattern, based on their dysfunction or pain. But what does tape do? How does it help athletes and can it help me? Conventional Tape. First you have to understand that there is more than...
Posted on 2017-01-26
We’re not all created equal. Researchers from the University of Oxford studied bone and joint size as well as orientation over the span of the last 400 million years.  What does this mean for movement patterns such as reaching and squatting? Some common problems such as pain in the shoulder when reaching overhead, pain in the front of the knee and hip pain are prevalent in today’s world. So, why are our bones and joints arranged the way they are if it causes us so many problems...
Posted on 2017-01-26
Canadian winters can be harsh! Before you step outside in the cold take a look at what’s on your feet. Although they may look good, your winter boots might not stand up to the icy conditions outside. A group a researchers at Torontos University Health Network have developed a new and innovative way to test the slip resistant ability of your footwear on icy surfaces. They used real people in a lab that simulates winter conditions.  They created a new testing method called the ‘M...
Posted on 2017-01-26
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