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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

By Heather Kew, Registered Massage Therapist A dear friend of mine was going to leave a gathering early, due to a throbbing headache. I asked if I could try and help, and he welcomed the chance to relieve the pain. After massaging his jaw for less than 5 minutes, he was amazed that his headache was almost gone. He never associated the issues he was having with his jaw. The jaw is often the cause of a lot of pain and discomfort, but because the pain is not always directly in the jaw, we don’t associate it. Common signs and

Massage Therapy and Cancer

Written by Crystal Schamber-RMT The C word. Cancer. It is a very heavy word that can scare you and push you beyond your own limits. It is unfair, unkind, and mean. It chooses mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, babies, friends, and grandparents. It can choose anyone at any time, but I feel it often chooses the strong, the brave, and the courageous. In the darkest of times, it still somehow manages to bring people together, to bring love and appreciation to these families. To share joy, love, and laughter. To make memories, to cry together, and to support each other. You

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Massage For Your Mental Health

By Crystal Schamber, Registered Massage Therapist With awareness of mental health issues on the rise, we are making a positive step forward in breaking the silence that once surrounded this somewhat touchy subject.  Ending the silence of those who are experiencing it, helping them find their way back to stability and balance. Reaching out a helping hand and coming together as a community strengthens the bonds that connect us, as no one should feel as though they have no one to speak to. Thankfully,  we are in a time of change and positive movements are being set in place. The Edmonton

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But Won’t Deep Tissue and Cupping Hurt?

By Melissa Newton, Registered Massage Therapist In my practice, I see a lot of clients who are office workers, laborers and mothers.  These jobs (and many more!) cause similar upper body discomfort and tension in the neck, shoulders and back.  Many of these individuals get relief from deep tissue massage combined with fire cupping.  Trapezius, rhomboids, and levator scapula muscles commonly get wound up from poor posture, lack of stretching and repetitive movements, like sitting at a computer moving the mouse or nursing your baby.  Not to mention tech neck!  Our generation is obsessed with their phones, and it is

Tennis Player or Golfer? How to Recognize and Prevent Common Injuries

The warm weather has finally arrived (or somewhat arrived, between all the rain), and so too have the tennis players and golfers who have been anxiously waiting for the sun to shine. Both tennis and golf provide fantastic ways for athletes of all ages to stay social, and physically active from childhood all the way past retirement. Even though a lot of people look at these sports as being less impact and more of a social activity than exercise those who play are still at risk for injury, especially to their knees, elbows, backs, and shoulders. Knees Due to the

Migraines Getting You Down?

By Trudi Rumball, Registered Acupuncturist If you have ever suffered from a migraine, you are probably reading this right now, hoping I am going to reveal the magic cure.   Is there one? The answer is…maybe! By exploring different alternative therapies, you may just find the perfect cure.  Migraines are a debilitating condition that affect 8% of people in Canada (approximately 2,00,000).  Suffering from migraines can be extremely painful, and also cause a major impact on productivity (and your entire life).  When most people have a migraine, they cannot work, miss planned activities, and it can disrupt relationships.  Women are more

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What is Osteopathy?

This has got to be one of the most common question we get at the clinic! It is still a relatively unknown modality, even though it isn’t new. When faced with joint or muscle pain there are a number of things that you can do in order to remedy the situation. Depending on what pain and issues that you are facing osteopathy might be right for you. So, What is Osteopathy?To put it simply, osteopathy is a branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment of medical disorders through massaging or manipulating the joints, muscles and bones. The treatment is

But My Child HATES Needles!

By Trudi Rumball, Registered Acupuncturist More and more we are seeing our clients bring their children in for complimentary therapies.  Lots of our patients who have children inquire about if different modalities are suitable for their children during their own appointments.  The short answer is yes!  Babies through to teenagers can benefit from almost all of our modalities, including acupuncture! Children are extraordinarily receptive to acupuncture, sometimes receiving extreme benefit from only getting one or two needles. Adults typically have years and years of emotional and physical trauma on their bodies that takes a few treatments, and perhaps different modalities

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Mom’s: Wanna Live Your Best Life? Top 10 Tips

By Heather Kew, Registered Massage Therapist “Self Care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you” – Katie Reed Kids can’t wait for June to be over. They dream of the days when school will be done and they can play outside, with no rules and no schedule. For them, June is too long as they lose focus and impatiently wait for the last day of school. For Mom’s, June goes by way to fast and seems to drain every ounce of  energy you have left. The stress is real: the kids aren’t sleeping

Do Kids Actually Like Acupuncture?

For parents, there are few things more heartbreaking than seeing your child in pain and/or distress, and knowing there isn’t much you can do about it. This situation becomes more complicated when it comes to young children and babies, who are unable to tell you exactly what is wrong. When this happens, parents are often left feeling helpless and frustrated. But what if there was something you could do to help your little one? Something that they actually enjoyed and helped them relax? Physical issues in babies and young children are often quite different from adults, so their treatment is