Category: Managing Common Conditions

Epsom Salts For Your Health
March 1, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

Epsom Salts For Your Health — Folklore or Fact? The medicinal use Epsom salts dates back centuries, but then again, so does bloodletting and trepanation (drilling a hole in the patient’s skull).  Centuries of use by lay folk or even doctors doesn’t necessarily guarantee efficacy. Unless science can back up claims made by the purveyors

Cold and Flu Prevention
February 16, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

  We’re not out of the woods yet. It’s still cold and flu season here in Canada. The common cold (rhinitis or coryza) is probably the most prevalent infectious disease that occurs in humans. It is estimated that there are up to a billion colds per year in the United States[i]. That’s an average of

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
February 8, 2012 Arms and Hands,Managing Common Conditions,Neck and Shoulders,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

Do you experience tingling or pain in your arm or hand? It is possible that the culprit may be Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). This condition is caused by compression of nerves or blood vessels (or both) through the area between the base of the neck and the armpit (the thoracic outlet). This area is surrounded

Migraine Headaches and Massage
February 8, 2012 Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

Rather than describe this condition myself, I am going to let the Mayo Clinic describe it, after which I will tell you what massage can do for you. If you are a migraine sufferer, I highly recommend the Mayo Clinic’s Migraine Page as a resource for you in this matter.

Shedding Light on Seasonal Affected Disorder
February 7, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

  Easing The Winter Blues Everyone’s psycho-emotional state has ebbs and flows, hence the word ‘mood’. Moods vary, and for some of us, the swings can be quite large. Light exposure, weather and change of seasons are among the many factors that can trigger dips or peaks in mood. Most of us feel the affects

Dealing With Fibromyalgia
February 6, 2012 Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

  The twentieth century brought tremendous advances in medicine. Antibiotics, in particular, helped to change the medical paradigm to one of belief in ‘magic bullets’. Science and medicine, like technology, were the new gods that were going to solve all human suffering. They certainly have solved many problems, and tremendous advances have been made, however

Simple, Safe Exercises For Your Back
February 6, 2012 Back and Pelvis,Exercise,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

  A term that you may have heard used around fitness is core strength. However, when you try to find out exactly which muscles are the core muscles, you find that everybody has a different list. Suffice it to say that they are generally the deeper muscles in the torso and hips rather than the

Nocturnal (Evening) Leg Cramps
February 6, 2012 Legs and Feet,Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

  Nocturnal leg cramps are a complaint that I’ve heard from several of my clients.  Nocturnal myoclonus is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the calf muscles that occurs during the night, or while at rest.  These cramps can affect persons in any age group, but they tend to occur more often in middle-aged and older

Tingling in the Arms and Hands
February 6, 2012 Arms and Hands,Managing Common Conditions,Neck and Shoulders,Rehabilitation,Repetitive Strain Injury Brian Fulton

  That Pins-and-Needles Feeling! A common complaint in this modern computer age is tingling in one’s fingers, hands or forearms. It is not uncommon for people to experience this feeling, particularly as the aging process begins to affect the body and circulation becomes impaired. Is tingling something to be taken seriously? Absolutely!

Treating and Avoiding Shin Splints
February 6, 2012 Exercise,Injury Prevention,Legs and Feet,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

  One common running injury is  “shin splints”, a phrase that really tells you nothing.  As with most body pain, inflammation is involved and needs to be minimized.  In the case of shin splints, inflammation is occurring in a muscle compartment that has little room for expansion, and it is occurring right where your muscle