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Equilibrium Therapeutics 101 – 3645 Tillicum Road Victoria, BC V8Z 4H4 Phone: (250) 590-7888
Equilibrium Massage Therapy 101 – 1121 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8V 3N1 Phone: (250) 388-7888
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YOU CAN OVERCOME BACK PAIN
• Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the
Backpaincanhinderyourday-to-dayactivities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, a large percentage of the Canadian population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? The following are some of the leading causes of back pain: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture
which include the use of strength exercise, physiotherapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter- irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist at Equilibrium can help. Contact our nearest location today or visit us at equilibriummassagetherapy.ca to find out more about how we can help you take charge of your back pain.
problem’s root cause. Back Pain Solutions
You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! There are a number of back pain remedies,
PAT I ENT SPOTL I GHT EQUILIBRIUM SUCCESS STORY
“I have been attending physiotherapy treatments in Matt’s office off and on for about 9 years. I never fail to get better. I know clearly from Matt that I have a responsibility in my recovery, which he let’s you know in the most benign way. Whether he is treating muscle strain, an arthritic joint, or helping me walk again after a bad fractured ankle, Matt’s quiet, calm approach contributes to my recovery. I always know I amwelcomed back when I need care. I am incredibly grateful that I have had the opportunity to avail myself of his services; he is a very educated and qualified physiotherapist and is a good person. I too work in health care. I know exceptional care when I see and experience it.”
O U R P H Y S I OT H E R A P Y F I L L S U P Q U I C K LY, B O O K N OW !
BACK PAIN PREVENTION T I P S T O H E L P Y O U S TAY PA I N - F R E E A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, makesureyou’re facingtheobject.Squat,keepingyourspinestraight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and makesureyourbody is ingoodcondition. Ifyouhaveahistoryofback injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you. Sources: www.apta.org • www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/ Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics • www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient- Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet
Book Now! Visit our booking calendar at equilibriummassagetherapy.janeapp.com. We can help you achieve freedom from your pain.
PHYSIOTHERAPY FEATURED SERVICE
O U R S E R V I C E S • Massage Therapy • Physiotherapy
WHAT IS PHYSIOTHERAPY? • Physiotherapy is an active, research- basedapproach tohelpyou feelbetter, perform better and get better. • Your physiotherapist will listen to you to understand your health goals, then use whole body assessments, quality treatment techniques, and tailored self-care programs to create a plan for your ongoing health and fitness. HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP? • Physiotherapy can make a difference in your ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. • Your physiotherapist will provide a plan for you to follow at home that may include stretching, strengthening or movement activities as part of your path to healing.
Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • Graston Technique • Kinesio Taping • Manual Therapy • Myofasical Release • Therapeutic Exercise • Ultrasound
• Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Manual Osteopathy & Rolfing • Concussion Therapy • Vestibular Therapy • Electrical
NEW! PHYSIOTHERAPY AT OUR YATES ST. LOCATION! VINCENT WARCOP, Physiotherapist, BScPT, MCPA
NEW ADDITION TO OUR PHYSIO- THERAPY TEAM AT TILLICUM ROAD! JULIAN AHERRERA, Physiotherapist, BScPT
Vincent graduated in 2005 with a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy with Honours from Dalhousie University. Vince’s career has spanned 14 years working across Canada and the UK. He has a wide breadth of experience and knowledge. Having worked in many different clinical settings, Vince acquired a broad skill set. His strong clinical background allows him to successfully treat a multitude of
Julian has been a registered Physiotherapist since 2003 in Ontario where he practised primarily in long term care and post surgical rehabilitation as well as orthopaedics.
Throughout his practice he has specialized mostly in post surgical hip and knee replacements, gait re-training and prescription of assistive devices. He has also diversified his practice in the field of orthopaedics, treating sports related injuries and repetitive strain injuries. Julian recently took an interest in vestibular rehabilitation and post concussion management, which treats positional vertigo, post falls and both traumatic/acquired brain injuries. He continues to also work part time at residential care facilities and has been an advocate for active seniors on falls prevention programs and aqua therapy. In his spare time he enjoys a number of outdoor sports as well as kickboxing, cycling and is also an avid flyer. • Weekend and Evening Appointments • ICBC Provider
Supported Bridge Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your finger tips. Inhale and while lifting the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open, breathe deeply, and relax. Hold for 30 seconds, then remove the block and slowly set yourself down to the floor. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE orthopedic, sport, work and chronic pain conditions. Vince utilizes a hands-on patient-centered approach to treatment. He has special interest in hypermobility/Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome working with the local community and Mount Sinai Hospital. Vince is originally from Nova Scotia. He brings a friendly smile and outgoing personality. Fitness is an important part of Vince’s life and he goes to the gym regularly. He likes adventure holidays, be it hiking in Patagonia or visiting the pyramids. Furthermore, Vince is a bit of a research nerd. He is passionate about lifelong learning and constantly endeavors to improve himself. • Evening Appointments • ICBC Provider
SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT MATTHEW T YLER, Physiotherapist, BScPT, MCPA
MatthewTylergraduatedasaphysiotherapist from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1999 having previously completed a degree in Physiology and Sports Science at Glasgow University in 1995. Since graduating and moving to Victoria, Matt has worked as a physiotherapist primarily treating orthopaedic and sports injuries. Matt’s patients experience the benefits of his ‘hands on’ approach. He utilizes a broad
range of treatment techniques including joint mobilizations; multiple deep tissue techniques and corrective exercise to restore movement, function and optimize recovery. He treats a diverse range of clients of all ages. From the general population requiring assessment and diagnosis of acute/traumatic injuries; muscle/postural imbalances; repetitive strain injuries; movement dysfunctions; post operative rehabilitation and those requiring assistance in management of chronic conditions to some of Canada’s most elite athletes. Matt has worked with several of Canada’s National Teams, multiple Olympians, World Champions and professional athletes. In 2012 Matt had the honour of travelling to the London Olympics with the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team. In his spare time Matt enjoys a lot of different sports and has competed in several to a high level. When less active, he has a keen interest in fishing, woodworking, listening to vinyl and enjoying craft beer. • Early Morning Appointments • ICBC Provider
Always consult your physiotherapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of.
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