Active Release Techniques

Acupuncture needle up close


Intermuscular stimulation (IMS) treatment involves dry needling of affected areas of the body without injecting any substance. The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, supersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation. BENEFITS OF INTERMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS) AND DRY NEEDLING The result

Words floating in air describing chronic pain


PAIN MANAGEMENT HELP  Sometimes the cause of chronic pain cannot be seen on an X-ray or other diagnostic procedure as it may be due to an underlying neuropathy or a functional biomechanical imbalance. Regardless of why you have pain, you have PAIN! Many of our patients have headaches, migraines, back pain or unexplained chronic pain.  Their successful recovery can be attributed not only to the therapy received here at Guelph Rehab Centre but also from these 4 tips that help manage their pain.  TIP

Title of five reasons why to see a healthcare professional


Any time you injure yourself or experience pain and discomfort, if mild enough, the symptoms will resolve in a few days. That being said, you should know that just because you no longer feel symptoms it does not mean your injury has fully healed. This can often cause future issues and sometimes chronic pain from poor healing. Of course seeing your doctor is always recommended should there be serious injury. THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO SEE OUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. HERE ARE

Man at work holding back of head with tension headache


Typically about 90% of what we would classify as a headache begin as tension headaches. There continues to be much debate over the causes and treatment of chronic tension headaches. At Guelph Rehab Centre, we feel most tension headaches are perpetuated by mechanical dysfunction (i.e. posture), soft tissue restriction and nerve entrapments.  Our experienced physiotherapy and massage therapy team feel most tension headaches can be treated and are attributed to specific physical restrictions, such as: Muscles, ligaments, tendons connective tissues nerve entrapment vascular changes biochemical substances

Man holding face suffering severe migrane


A trigger is something that starts a migraine attack. COMMON MIGRAINE TRIGGERS This list will help you identify some triggers to prevent future attacks. FOOD AND DRINK About 20-30 % of migraines are affected by food/drink such as: Aspartame Alcohol (especially dark beverages such as red wine, brandy, scotch and beer) Caffeinated drinks (Coffee, tea, hot chocolate) Cheese (especially cheddar) Chocolate Citrus Fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits) Cured Meats (hot dogs, bacon) Dairy products (yogurt, milk, butter, aged cheese) Fatty or fried food Homemade bread MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Peanut butter or other nuts Pizza Seafood (various types) ENVIRONMENT An environmental trigger