Chronic pain, Self-care, yoga

Postpartum Recovery – Resources You Can Use at Home (and how to avoid the mistake that led me to chronic pain)

So that's my first suggestion. Don't try to DIY your post-partum journey. It isn't the same as a regular muscle, joint or even disk injury. Your pelvis may not have stabilized, your abdominals haven't recovered from pregnancy, and your posture hasn't recovered. Instead of a quick 2-4 week recovery, I spent 8 months frequently in too much pain to turn over, wincing when I lift 20 pounds of baby, and with a stabbing pain when I hopped down out of our car.

I very strongly suggest working with your pre-and post natal medical team postpartum. Shoulder, back, neck, hip, glute and arm injuries are common, and most new parents don't have the energy to work on themselves. Even your regular RMT, physio or acupuncturist may want to take extra training to strengthen their knowledge of how your body knits itself back together post-partum - it's just as incredible as the journey of pregnancy itself.

Chronic pain, safety, Treatments, Uncategorized

Safety and Consent for Massage Therapy Patients

As with anything else, there are benefits and risks with Massage Therapy. Because Massage Therapy falls under the Health Care Consent Act, it is absolutely mandatory that your massage therapist explains what they will do during the treatment, how your massage will help you to set healthcare goals, and risks or side effects of the… Continue reading Safety and Consent for Massage Therapy Patients

Chronic pain, Treatments

Is Pain Affecting Your Work?

Chronic pain can affect workplace performance by limiting your work duties, interfering with sleep/leaving you fatigued at work. You might not be performing regular work tasks like sitting comfortably in a meeting, or being able to stand for long periods. In a physical job, you could be completely unable to work. A big part of… Continue reading Is Pain Affecting Your Work?

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Chronic pain, Self-care, Treatments, Uncategorized

When Your Healthcare Team Isn’t Available

Finding a conscious and responsible balance between caring for my health, caring for my patients, and most importantly, never putting my patients at risk is a delicate balance. Like many of my patients, I have a chronic disease. In my case, it's neurological and not contagious, and 95% of the time is so well under… Continue reading When Your Healthcare Team Isn’t Available

Chronic pain, Self-care, Treatments

Massage Therapy Homecare – Amazing Castor Oil Packs

My first ever Castor Oil experience was a castor oil pack assigned by my naturopath. I was still a student, and the instructions to soak a flannel, store it between treatments and layer myself with plastic wrap and towels confused me. Luckily I've since perfected an easier way. Now castor oil packs are an important… Continue reading Massage Therapy Homecare – Amazing Castor Oil Packs

Chronic pain, Self-care

Massage Therapy Homecare – Dry Brushing

Homecare is an important part of my massage therapy treatment plans. Different homecare assignments are tailored to individual goals. Most of the time I assign a basic homecare plan of heat, cold, stretching and strengthening, but some of my assignments might seem a little more unusual. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I… Continue reading Massage Therapy Homecare – Dry Brushing