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Effective Back Rehab
How do you find effective back relief? Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic has the answer in the MedX Lumber Rehab Machine. This wonderful equipment helps turn a weak back strong.
Journal of Back & Neck Rehab
Learn about the breakthrough technology for back and neck pain relief by reading the Journal of Back & Neck Rehab. Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic provided information on the equipment and technology they use and how it benefits you.
Take a Listen
Alberta Back and Neck Rehab and Sports Injuries Clinic is always providing patients with a variety of information for their benefit. The more you know, the better decisions you can make about your pain relief therapies. Here you can take a list to some audio on the following topics:
(Dr. Rob Gordon, MD, FCCP Orthopedic Surgeon with Dr. Drew Oliphant, DC, FCCO(C), MSc(C))
(DRX 9000, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and MedX Lumbar Medical Rehab)
How Do You know You Have Whiplash?
Have you recently been in a car accident? Are you suffering from neck pain, neck stiffness and headaches? If so, you may have sustained whiplash, an injury that results in one’s head being snapped forward and then backwards quickly and forcefully. The best thing you can do in this situation is visit a spine clinic in Calgary for a proper assessment and treatment plan to prevent further strain and discomfort…read more.
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
There are many misconceptions surrounding acupuncture in the Western world. One of the main reasons is our unfamiliarity with this treatment that is widely performed in Asia since ancient times. Another reason could be its association with socio-cultural practices there. However, over the last 40 years, many people in Calgary (and across North America) have realized the significant benefits of acupuncture, not just for chronic pain but also for overall health and wellness. As a result, it is now gaining popularity…read more.
Conditioning to Prevent Elbow Injury
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis occurs when there is repetitive stress on the elbow joint, resulting in painful inflammation on the outside of the elbow. The same problem on the inside of the elbow is medial epicondylitis, otherwise known as golfer’s elbow…read more.
Not-So-Funny Bone: Tips for Preventing Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
Tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow as they are commonly known, can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for athletes who take part in these sports and other activities. There are many different causes to this problem. Overuse of one arm, direct injury from impact or an unnatural movement, and ill-fitted equipment are all common occurrences that can lead to pain in one’s elbow. If you play tennis or golf, and are suffering from tennis or golfer’s elbow, there are ways to find relief. Visit a pain clinic in Calgary for expert care...read more.
Treating and Preventing Soccer Injuries
They call it the beautiful game for a reason, but this universal sport can also cause a lot of damage to your body! Soccer, or football as much of the world calls it, is a fantastic workout. The strenuous running, quick movements and love of the game can lead to injury however. Taking steps to properly prepare to play and avoid hurting yourself are important…read more.
How to Prevent Shin Splints
Shin splints are a fairly common problem, experienced on the inside of the lower legs of casual and serious athletes alike. The benefits of an active lifestyle outweigh the discomfort of shin splints, but it can be extremely painful for some individuals. Don’t let the temporary pain keep you from enjoying your favourite sport or aerobic activity… read more.
Tips for After Knee Replacement Surgery
Your knees take a lot of abuse and stress throughout your life. It isn’t surprising that many people have to undergo knee replacement surgery when they get older. Thankfully, because so many individuals require this type of surgery, there are many skilled surgeons and tried and true rehabilitation practices that can get you back on your feet in no time…read more.
Dealing with Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can be debilitating, and for some, it can lead to an unwanted dependency on pain-relieving medications. If you suffer from frequent, recurring pain episodes, consider a natural pain relief method and visit your local chronic pain centre in Calgary…read more.
What is a Tommy John Surgery?
If you are a baseball fan, you have probably heard of the baseball pitcher Tommy John. His name is now used to describe a surgical procedure that helps treat individuals with severe elbow and shoulder pain in Calgary. Tommy John surgery, also referred to as UCL reconstruction, is commonly used on athletes, but can also be used on individuals suffering from overuse injuries to the UCL…read more.
How to Manage and Treat Your Hip Pain
Hip pain affects many people living in Calgary, Alberta. Our volatile weather is especially problematic for those living with certain conditions, as changes in barometric pressure can cause hip pain to flare up. Thankfully, hip pain can be managed with some simple lifestyle changes, and seeking the proper treatment can also provide lasting relief…read more.
Tips for Reducing Back Pain During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an amazing time for a woman. It’s a beautiful and rewarding period that can be accompanied by a host of less rewarding side-effects. Your growing baby is healthy and hearty, but the baby’s weight can put a major strain on your back. During the second half of pregnancy, the majority of women will experience some back pain. You don’t have to suffer through it, though…read more.
Tips for Avoiding Injury While Lifting Weights
Hitting the gym is great for your physical health, appearance and mental well-being. Exercising provides endorphins and can become a very rewarding part of your day-to-day life. Sometimes your workout can cause more pain than pleasure though, as new techniques are used, errors are made and accidents happen. Even the most physically fit people can experience injury during sports or weight lifting. Seeking treatment and using preventative measures can reduce your risk of injury…read more.
Preventing and Treating Common Summer Sports Injuries in Calgary
Summertime in Calgary is a time to take advantage of numerous sports that can't be played during our cold winters. Unfortunately, this increases your chances for sports injuries. Here are some common injuries caused by popular summer sports, as well as information on how they can be prevented and treated…read more.
Is Warming Up Before Exercise Necessary?
Exercising is an important part of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. It can be extremely frustrating to have your weekly workout routine interrupted by a minor injury – especially if you get that injury while working out! While many people skip a warm up, opting instead to jump right into their workout, there are many benefits to taking the time to gradually prepare the body for more strenuous activity…read more.
Proper Office Chair Posture
Sitting for long periods of time during the work week can lead to long-term spinal issues and back pain. Especially if you are not conscious about repetitive postures and gestures that can put unnecessary pressure on your back and spine. Taking some time to arrange your office equipment and take notice of how many hours you are logging without movement can help prevent problems in the future and keep you and your spine feeling great…read more.
High Heels & Your Health
The benefits are obvious: confidence, longer looking legs, and a great looking ensemble. While you may notice sore toes at the end of the night, the negative side effects of wearing high heels extend far beyond your feet…read more.
Chiropractic Care for the Elderly
If a loved one suffers from spine pain, they may also experience headaches, back pain, and neck pain that can make simple daily tasks difficult or impossible to complete. Recent studies have shown that chiropractic care is an effective means of treating and preventing further spinal pain and injury, especially in elderly patients…read more.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is no longer just a luxury to be enjoyed on vacations or spa getaways. In fact, it can be one of the most effective methods for treating a variety of ailments, and regular treatment can help you overcome both physical and mental issues…read more.
Common Hockey Injuries & Treatment
There is no doubt about the high risk for injury when playing a sport like hockey. The chance of sustaining a serious injury depends on your position, your level of participation and the type of protective equipment you are wearing. Also, the behaviour of other players can increase or decrease your risk for serious injury…read more.
Dealing with Ankle Pain
Injury to any part of your body can result in debilitating pain depending on the severity and how frequently you need to use the injured part. Ankle injuries, because they are used so much in daily life, can result in severe pain. Ankle pain can also be an indication of a more serious problem; therefore, the pain should never be ignored. If you are suffering from sudden on-set or chronic ankle pain, it is important that you identify the cause so that you can work on an effective treatment. After all, you can’t stay off your feet for too long! If you ignore the pain for too long, other body parts may compensate, resulting in additional pain. …read more.
Running is more than a great outlet for stress – it strengthens core muscles, aids in maintaining healthy respiratory and circulatory systems, and even increases lung capacity…read more.
Contact Sports Injuries
Whether you love delivering the perfect touchdown pass or shooting the perfect slap shot, athletes should always be careful when playing contact sports. Paying attention to the body’s signals is absolutely necessary, and every athlete should be aware of the effects that sports can have on heads, shoulders, hips, knees, and spines…read more.
Tips to Reduce Back Pain
Odds are you’re one of the many people out there who suffer from chronic back pain and occasionally find it hard to engage in even the most basic of physical activities. When back pain hits, even basic things like sitting, standing, or walking can be excruciating. While lower back pain is more frequent, many people also suffer from chronic upper or mid-back pain, both of which can be debilitating and affect the quality of one’s life…read more.
Managing Chronic Pain
Are you struggling with chronic pain? You’re not alone. According to a 2011 study published in the official journal of the Canadian Pain Society, 18.9% of Canadians aged 18 or over suffer from some form of chronic pain, half of whom have been putting up with the condition for over ten years. But even with such a widespread prevalence, chronic pain is often misunderstood, or simply dismissed when in many cases relief can be explained in only a few weeks with the right treatment…read more.
Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries
Whether it is an adult or a child, participating and competing in a sport is never without the risk of injury. Not only are you trying to be the best, but you are working hard to maintain a healthy body. Unfortunately, all it takes is one injury to ruin your sports career for good; and possibly affect your quality of life…read more.
Low Intensity Laser Therapy
Over time the body begins to break down. Sports, accidents, and day-to-day life increase the rate of deterioration. In an attempt to combat this problem, people have been using balms, ointments, and other various treatments for centuries…read more.
What Is Orthotics?
Orthotics is a branch of medicine concerned with the design, creation, and application of orthoses, which are like prostheses, only they modify the body instead of replacing body parts. Orthoses fix anomalies in your nerves, muscles, or skeleton, allowing you to heal from many injuries or genetic problems. These devices promote healing in a variety of ways, depending on the health problem…read more.
Tips to Help Avoid Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is a disease where your joints swell up and experience pain. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Because arthritis takes so many forms, the condition isn't always preventable. The most common form or arthritis is osteo-arthritis, caused by wear and tear due to injury or overuse... read more.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the shape of a woman’s body changes as it makes room for a growing baby. While many people think aches and pains are a natural part of pregnancy, they are only partially right. Chiropractic treatment can control pain and reduce the risk of complications during labor and delivery…read more.
Shockwave & Cold Laser Therapy
When medication and physical therapy fail to fully relieve your pain, you need a treatment that is holistic in approach, yet medically proven to work. Both shockwave therapy and cold laser therapy are ways to relieve pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and back and neck pain…read more.
Back Pain Relief & Prevention
At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, we know back pain is no laughing matter. However, you can often get back to normal with a few lifestyle changes and simple treatments. There are many natural methods for relieving back pain…read more.
The sciatic nerve is the nerve that runs from your low back, down through your hips and buttocks, and into your legs. People who have a herniated disk, compressed spine, or bone spur may experience sciatica—the pain associated with the sciatic nerve…read more.
Lower Back Pain Treatments
If you live with lower back pain that has lasted for three or more months, you feel like there’s no end in sight. It can be exhausting and discouraging to face each day with discomfort and pain, but don’t lose hope! Although chronic pain isn’t going to disappear overnight, there are treatment options that can help ease your lower back and improve your quality of life…read more.
Back Pain in the Office
For the millions of people across the world who work at desk jobs, sitting for long periods of time is part of their everyday life. However, if you’re accustomed to spending 8 or 9 hours a day in front of a computer screen, you may not realize just how detrimental it is to your health…read more.
Back Strengthening & Cost Savings
See how your workplace can save money with effective back strengthening techniques for low back injuries…read more.
Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Neck Pain
Spinal manipulation can help combat chronic neck pain. Learn more about this study’s outcomes and clinical relevance…read more.
Pelvic Stabilization for Exercise
View a study on the effects of pelvic stabilization on lumbar muscle activity during dynamic exercise…read more.
Reducing Back Pain for the Elderly
Learn more of the study that compares female geriatric lumbar extension strength asymptomatic versus chronic low back pain patients and their response to active rehabilitation…read more.
Resistance Exercise & Bone Turnover
Discover how isolated lumbar extension exercise with pelvis stability generates the best improvements for lower back strength in this study…read more.
Muscle Changes After Surgery
A study discusses the importance of strengthening exercises for neck pain. The MedX program is the more beneficial treatment for chronic neck pain patients…read more.
Reduce Chronic Back Pain with Rehabilitation
Read up on a study about the changes in isometric strength and range of motion of the isolated cervical spine after 8 weeks of clinical rehab…read more.
Strengthening for Low Back Pain
Studies have shown that isolated lumbar extension exercise with the pelvis stabilized with special equipment offers improvements to the lower back and vertebral bone density…read more.
Effects of Exercise on Chronic Back Pain
A controlled study shows how intensive specific exercises and active therapy can prevail where surgery alone was insufficient…read more.
Exercise Preventing Spinal Surgery
A review of recent studies shows that surgery can be prevented with strengthening exercises on the MedX Medical Machines…read more.
Effective Back Rehab
If you’re anything like the millions of other men and women suffering from back pain, you may have tried exercises given to you by your doctor or therapist, and probably didn’t get any relief. Why is that? When multiple medical studies conclude exercise should help relieve your pain – why are you left still suffering…read more.
What Can a HydroMassage® Do for You?
Stress can cause a variety of aches and pains in your life. While there are techniques to lower your stress levels on a daily basis, one method for instant stress reduction is a massage. Along with decreasing your stress, a massage can help your body feel better physically, mentally, and psychology…read more.