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We are passionate about what we do, and we want to show you how physiotherapy, massage, and acupuncture can keep you feeling your best.

Using IMS Therapy and Acupuncture to Treat Chronic Pain

These days at our St. Albert clinic, there are two frequently heard but little understood techniques growing in popularity for the treatment of chronic pain and myofascial pain: Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Acupuncture. Although both originate from the field of Chinese Medicine and produce similar results, their approaches to mapping the body for treatment and pain management vary.

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Sports Massage

Unless you’re a professional athlete, it’s highly unlikely that you will ever receive a sports massage in its truest form. As amazing as it would be to have a massage therapist at every game to help you warm up and cool down, it isn’t a reality for most people.

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Prevent Golf Injuries

Golf season is in full swing and if you’ve been teeing off regularly, you might be feeling a little bit more soreness than normal in your back, your neck, your elbows and/or your knees.

The constant twisting, swinging, and bending during a golf game means a lot of golfers have sore backs. If you already suffer from back pain, the repetitive movements in a golf game can exacerbate that soreness. Luckily, increasing your core strength and stretching can help prevent back pain. Incorporating core and stability exercises as well as hip, legs and low back stretches into your current workout routine will go a long way in keeping you ache free.

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Preventing Soccer Injuries

After a month of watching athletes from around the world vying for top spot in the FIFA World Cup, lots of people, adults and children alike, will be looking to lace up a pair of cleats and play.

Wherever you fall on the recreational to pro player scale, soccer is an excellent way to stay healthy. Did you know that during a game, the average player can run up to, or more than, ten kilometers? The mileage amount varies based on position of the player (and the skill level) but even goalkeepers have been known to run almost 5km during a 90 minute match. Even if you’re playing in a recreational soccer league — you can expect to be running a lot.

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Find Relief for Your Lower Back Pain

Chronic lower back pain is one of the most common reasons that people between the ages of 30 and 50 visit a doctor, or take time off work. With statistics like that, it seems like back pain is an inevitable part of adulthood, but it doesn’t have to be. Managing lower back pain is possible with regular exercise, stretching, healthy eating — and when needed, a trip to the physiotherapist.

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How to Use a Foam Roller

After the overindulgence of the holidays, it seems that everyone is determined to get back in shape in the new year. And while we definitely support the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, this enthusiasm can often translate into muscle fatigue and soreness which can make sticking to those resolutions difficult. To help you keep your resolutions, with a little less pain, we recommend using a foam roller. Adding a foam roller to your home fitness routine is a great idea: they’re inexpensive, easy to use, and can provide relief for sore muscles.

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Choosing Where to Get a Massage

Getting a massage can be a simple indulgence or it can be an effective way to relax while managing pain, stress, and discomfort. Deciding between a spa or a physiotherapy clinic truly depends on what you hope to achieve from your massage. Spa treatments primarily focus on external relaxation methods like calming decor, ambient music, and scented massage oils. Spa massages typically use a one-size-fits-all approach that may temporarily reduce pain and tension, but aren’t necessarily part of a long-term rehabilitation strategy.

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When Is Being Sore Not a Good Sign?

We all have friends who love the feeling of sore muscles that result from a challenging and strenuous workout. Usually this feeling is delayed onset muscle soreness that results from the breakdown and rebuilding of muscles that occurs during exercise. This type of soreness typically isn’t something a person needs to worry about, although it is a great reason to visit one of our amazing massage therapists!

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