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Pins and needles are usually harmless, but it’s best not to ignore them

Pins and needles are usually harmless, but it's best not to ignore them Studio GL/Shutterstock Adam Taylor, Lancaster University Everyone has experienced it: that tingling, prickling feeling you get in your limbs when you’ve been sitting or lying in one position for too long. Medical people call it parathesia, but to the rest of us, it’s “pins and needles”. And here’s how it works. Our bodies contain miles of nerves and blood vessels. Most people know that nerves carry messages […]

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What makes joints pop and crack?

What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease? MossStudio/Shutterstock Rebecca Shepherd, Lancaster University and Adam Taylor, Lancaster University Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although it becomes more common with old age. So what causes crepitus? Air bubbles forming in the joint spaces are the most […]

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Don’t have time to exercise? Here’s a regimen everyone can squeeze in

Don't have time to exercise? Here's a regimen everyone can squeeze in For those of us who are time poor, high intensity exercise can be incorporated into our daily routines. Shutterstock Emmanuel Stamatakis, University of Sydney Have you recently carried heavy shopping bags up a few flights of stairs? Or run the last 100 metres to the station to catch your train? If you have, you may have unknowingly been doing a style of exercise called high-intensity incidental physical activity. […]

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Swelling and painful feet: how to solve the most common foot problems when you’re pregnant

Swelling and painful feet: how to solve the most common foot problems when you're pregnant Swollen and sore feet are a common pregnancy problem. Comzeal images/Shutterstock Craig Gwynne, Cardiff Metropolitan University Along with the rest of the body, being pregnant can have a huge impact on feet. More than half of expectant mothers experience some form of foot problem during pregnancy. But foot issues are often neglected, with other medical aspects of pregnancy given more attention. The good news is, […]

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Massage Therapy for Seniors

Massage therapy has a growing body of evidence supporting its effectiveness in reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a variety of health conditions. Here is an infographic from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario (RMTAO), with accompanying links to research below. More to ExploreBahrami et al. (2018). Aromatherapy massage versus reflexology on female elderly with acute coronary syndrome. Nurs Crit Care.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28573820Bruckenthal et al. (2016). Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Persistent Pain Management in Older Adults: A […]

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Super Bowl: Why you don’t need an MRI to detect concussion

Super Bowl: Why you don't need an MRI to detect concussion New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) collide during an NFL divisional playoff football game, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Jeff F Dunn, University of Calgary In the run up to the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the NFL has announced a significant drop in concussions as a result of several safety-related rule changes. Concussion, though, […]

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Ten books to help people understand the human body and its complexity

Ten books to help people understand the human body and its complexity Here is a curated selection of books exploring the relationship between the mind and the body.A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain. Todd R. HargroveBehave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Robert M. SapolskyEndure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Alex HutchinsonNeurocomic: A Comic About the Brain. Hana RosThe Brain That Changes […]

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Massage Therapy Letter of Introduction

Richard Lebert, RMT - Letter of IntroductionMy name is Richard Lebert and I am a Registered Massage Therapist practicing in Petrolia. I am writing to introduce myself and tell you about the work I do.Prior to moving back to Petrolia I had been working at The Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine clinic seeing wide variety of patients. In addition to my massage therapy diploma from Lambton College I also hold certification in Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University. Massage therapy is a […]

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Massage therapy for the postoperative population: shoulder, knee, and hip.

Massage therapy for the postoperative populationThe body of knowledge to support the use of massage therapy continues to grow, understanding the basic science behind what we do and the guiding principles of adaptability enable us to apply this work to a number of pathologies.Massage therapists are uniquely suited to incorporate a number management strategies to help decrease postoperative pain and increase function. In addition to specific hands on soft tissue massage, treatments includes recommendations for activity modification, info on natural history, […]

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VO₂max: the gold standard for measuring fitness explained

VO₂max: the gold standard for measuring fitness explained Swansea University, Author provided Richard Metcalfe, Swansea University; Melitta McNarry, Swansea University, and Niels Vollaard, University of Stirling If you could pick one measure to evaluate your health, what would you pick? Blood pressure? Cholesterol? These are commonly measured by your GP, but there is something that is more informative: maximal aerobic capacity, otherwise known as VO₂max. This measure tells you your maximum (max) rate (V) of oxygen (O₂) uptake and use […]

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