Anytime your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, or naturopath are investigating your dizziness or vertigo – they are running through a list of differential diagnoses in their head. A list of differentials is simply all the conditions or causes of the symptom (dizziness/vertigo) which may be the root cause. It is important to understand how and where…

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Bones of the pelvis with pelvic floor highlighted in yellow

When our muscles are healthy and strong, they work silently, allowing us to function without thinking about it. Our pelvic floor muscles are no different; for a more in-depth look at pelvic floor function and anatomy, click here. Until recently, we believed it was normal to have leakage (also known as incontinence) after childbirth or…

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man and woman having to hold the urge to pee

Continence is defined as the ability to hold in and let out urine under voluntary control. This requires a properly working central nervous system, lower urinary tract, and pelvic floor. To learn more about pelvic floor anatomy, click here. Incontinence is when one or more of these systems are not functioning properly, leading to involuntary…

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3d skeleton with back pain with pelvic floor highlighted

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions; up to 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. There are many causes of low back pain, and most respond well to conventional treatment including orthopedic physiotherapy, chiropractic, and/or massage. In many cases low back pain arises…

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vertebrae showing normal versus central spinal stenosis with a text bubble saying spinal stenosis and leg cramps

Nighttime leg cramps are very common in patients with spinal stenosis.  Research has investigated why the connection between cramps and stenosis exists. We also see that managing the spinal stenosis can be helpful for the leg cramps, and furthermore help with long term nerve and muscle health. More information on nighttime leg cramps is found…

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lady on bed holding her leg as she experiences night time leg cramp

Nighttime cramps are a common ailment, affecting about 60% of adults. Usually it affects older people, and the cramps last less than 10 minutes. Usually the calf muscles are affected, but its also seen in the foot and thigh muscles. This is an issue for people, because nighttime leg cramps impact quality of life, particularly…

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a skeletal model with a highlighted area over the shoulder, indicating a painful trigger point

Shoulder pain is very common and tends to recur despite medical treatment [5]. When assessing the shoulder, we consider all sources of shoulder pain, from joint dysfunction, endocrine disorders (including diabetic shoulder pain) and muscule/tissue origins of pain, such as frozen shoulder and myofascial pain syndrome, which is associated with trigger points. Trigger points are…

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anatomical musclular model with a red portion indicating low back pain, from trigger points

Low back pain is a very common, with the majority experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives. When assessing the low back, we consider mechanical causes of back pain (such as joint dysfunction), disc issues, age related changes and muscular origins of pain. Trigger points are hypersensitive painful points in muscle, which…

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Person with back to you highlighting area of chronic neck pain that can be helped with acupuncture or dry needling

At Absolute Health and Wellness, we strive to help all patients, including those experiencing chronic pain. Chronic pain is considered any pain endured for more than 3 months. Evidenced Based Recommendations for Chronic Pain There are many aspects of to managing chronic pain, our team at Absolute Health & Wellness emphasizes the following  [1]: Neuroscience…

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Person grabbing painful area of shoulder that can be helped with acupuncture and dry needling

Acupuncture has been used for treating trigger points for a long time. Dry needling is a common practice now, and we’re happy to provide dry needling at Absolute Health and Wellness. You may also know of dry needling as trigger-point acupuncture. A Review of Trigger Points For a more in-depth look at trigger points, please…

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