It is very rare to meet someone who can say they have never had a headache. For many, headaches can even become a cause of chronic pain and they are thought to affect at least ¾ of the general population on a regular basis. Headaches can occur for many reasons, a history of injuries such as a fall, concussion and motor vehicle accidents are very common but can occur in the absence of trauma due to stress, tension and poor posture. Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headaches making up almost ½ of all headaches. The pain is usually mild to moderate and feels like a constant pressure..
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What’s connecting you? Most people are aware that many different organ systems make up our bodies and allow us to function in our day to day lives. One of the most fascinating systems to me as a Massage Therapist is the fascial system. This is because fascia surrounds EVERYTHING in the body!!! Fascia is simply connective tissue. It envelops muscles, tendon, ligament, bone, nerve, and viscera. It adds support to the body, divides and separates us into body regions and creates a continuous web of tissue. Why fascia gets tight? Fascia acts like shrink wrap around the muscles. When we have a major injury, poor posture, or repetitive strain.
One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force.
Massage therapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario and as such, massage therapy should be performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). A Registered Massage Therapist is an individual who has: Completed competency-based education at educational institutions recognized by the Government of Ontario; Studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment, neurology, treatments, ethics and other subjects; Completed a minimum of 150 clinical hours; Successfully completed examinations from and have been “registered” by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the College) in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act; Maintained their registration by participating in continuing education and a Quality Assurance Program that assists them.