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Keep up with the latest news and stories about muscle therapies, pain relief, and more with Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic’s blog. If you would like more information about the entries you see here, please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.

Effective Back Rehab
How do you find effective back relief? Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic has the answer in the MedX Lumber Rehab Machine. This wonderful equipment helps turn a weak back strong.

Journal of Back & Neck Rehab
Learn about the breakthrough technology for back and neck pain relief by reading the Journal of Back & Neck Rehab. Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic provided information on the equipment and technology they use and how it benefits you.

Take a Listen
Alberta Back and Neck Rehab and Sports Injuries Clinic is always providing patients with a variety of information for their benefit. The more you know, the better decisions you can make about your pain relief therapies. Here you can take a list to some audio on the following topics:

(Dr. Rob Gordon, MD, FCCP Orthopedic Surgeon with Dr. Drew Oliphant, DC, FCCO(C), MSc(C))

(DRX 9000, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and MedX Lumbar Medical Rehab)


How Do You Know You Have Whiplash

Have you recently been in a car accident? Are you suffering from neck pain, neck stiffness and headaches? If so, you may have sustained whiplash, an injury that results in one’s head being snapped forward and then backwards quickly and forcefully. The best thing you can do in this situation is visit a spine clinic […]

Does Acupuncture Really Work? 5 Common Myths Busted

There are many misconceptions surrounding acupuncture in the Western world. One of the main reasons is our unfamiliarity with this treatment that is widely performed in Asia since ancient times. Another reason could be its association with socio-cultural practices there. However, over the last 40 years, many people in Calgary (and across North America) have […]

Conditioning to Prevent Elbow Injury

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis occurs when there is repetitive stress on the elbow joint, resulting in painful inflammation on the outside of the elbow. The same problem on the inside of the elbow is medial epicondylitis, otherwise known as golfer’s elbow. You may feel the pain radiate down your forearm when you fully extend […]

Not-So-Funny Bone: Tips for Preventing Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow

Tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow as they are commonly known, can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for athletes who take part in these sports and other activities. There are many different causes to this problem. Overuse of one arm, direct injury from impact or an unnatural movement, and ill-fitted equipment are all common […]

Treating and Preventing Soccer Injuries

They call it the beautiful game for a reason, but this universal sport can also cause a lot of damage to your body! Soccer, or football as much of the world calls it, is a fantastic workout. The strenuous running, quick movements and love of the game can lead to injury however. Taking steps to […]

How to Prevent Shin Splints

Shin splints are a fairly common problem, experienced on the inside of the lower legs of casual and serious athletes alike. The benefits of an active lifestyle outweigh the discomfort of shin splints, but it can be extremely painful for some individuals. Don’t let the temporary pain keep you from enjoying your favourite sport or […]

Tips for After Knee Replacement Surgery

Your knees take a lot of abuse and stress throughout your life. It isn’t surprising that many people have to undergo knee replacement surgery when they get older. Thankfully, because so many individuals require this type of surgery, there are many skilled surgeons and tried and true rehabilitation practices that can get you back on […]

Dealing with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating, and for some, it can lead to an unwanted dependency on pain-relieving medications. If you suffer from frequent, recurring pain episodes, consider a natural pain relief method and visit your local chronic pain centre in Calgary.

What is a Tommy John Surgery

If you are a baseball fan, you have probably heard of the baseball pitcher Tommy John. His name is now used to describe a surgical procedure that helps treat individuals with severe elbow and shoulder pain in Calgary. Tommy John surgery, also referred to as UCL reconstruction, is commonly used on athletes, but can also […]

How to Manage and Treat Your Hip Pain

Hip pain affects many people living in Calgary, Alberta. Our volatile weather is especially problematic for those living with certain conditions, as changes in barometric pressure can cause hip pain to flare up. Thankfully, hip pain can be managed with some simple lifestyle changes, and seeking the proper treatment can also provide lasting relief.

Tips for Reducing Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing time for a woman. It’s a beautiful and rewarding period that can be accompanied by a host of less rewarding side-effects. Your growing baby is healthy and hearty, but the baby’s weight can put a major strain on your back. During the second half of pregnancy, the majority of women will […]

Tips for Avoiding Injury While Lifting Weights

Hitting the gym is great for your physical health, appearance and mental well-being. Exercising provides endorphins and can become a very rewarding part of your day-to-day life. Sometimes your workout can cause more pain than pleasure though, as new techniques are used, errors are made and accidents happen.

Preventing and Treating Common Summer Sports Injuries in Calgary

Summertime in Calgary is a time to take advantage of numerous sports that can’t be played during our cold winters. Unfortunately, this increases your chances for sports injuries. Here are some common injuries caused by popular summer sports, as well as information on how they can be prevented and treated.

Is Warming Up Before Exercise Necessary

Exercising is an important part of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. It can be extremely frustrating to have your weekly workout routine interrupted by a minor injury – especially if you get that injury while working out! While many people skip a warm up, opting instead to jump right into their workout.

Proper Office Chair Posture

Sitting for long periods of time during the work week can lead to long-term spinal issues and back pain. Especially if you are not conscious about repetitive postures and gestures that can put unnecessary pressure on your back and spine. Taking some time to arrange your office equipment and take notice of how many hours […]

High Heels & Your Health

The benefits are obvious: confidence, longer looking legs, and a great looking ensemble. While you may notice sore toes at the end of the night, the negative side effects of wearing high heels extend far beyond your feet.

Chiropractic Care for the Elderly

f a loved one suffers from spine pain, they may also experience headaches, back pain, and neck pain that can make simple daily tasks difficult or impossible to complete. Recent studies have shown that chiropractic care is an effective means of treating and preventing further spinal pain and injury, especially in elderly patients.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is no longer just a luxury to be enjoyed on vacations or spa getaways. In fact, it can be one of the most effective methods for treating a variety of ailments, and regular treatment can help you overcome both physical and mental issues. If you suffer from any of the following problems, consider […]

Common Hockey Injuries & Treatment

There is no doubt about the high risk for injury when playing a sport like hockey. The chance of sustaining a serious injury depends on your position, your level of participation and the type of protective equipment you are wearing. Also, the behaviour of other players can increase or decrease your risk for serious injury.

Dealing with Ankle Pain

Injury to any part of your body can result in debilitating pain depending on the severity and how frequently you need to use the injured part. Ankle injuries, because they are used so much in daily life, can result in severe pain. Ankle pain can also be an indication of a more serious problem.

Runner’s Knee

As with all exercises, one should take the proper precautions before engaging in running: stretch beforehand, stay hydrated, and wear comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear. It’s important to know your body and its natural limits before pushing yourself.

Contact Sports Injuries

Whether you love delivering the perfect touchdown pass or shooting the perfect slap shot, athletes should always be careful when playing contact sports. Paying attention to the body’s signals is absolutely necessary, and every athlete should be aware of the effects that sports can have on heads, shoulders, hips, knees, and spines.

Tips to Reduce Back Pain

Odds are you’re one of the many people out there who suffer from chronic back pain and occasionally find it hard to engage in even the most basic of physical activities. When back pain hits, even basic things like sitting, standing, or walking can be excruciating. While lower back pain is more frequent, many people […]

Managing Chronic Pain

Are you struggling with chronic pain? You’re not alone. According to a 2011 study published in the official journal of the Canadian Pain Society, 18.9% of Canadians aged 18 or over suffer from some form of chronic pain, half of whom have been putting up with the condition for over ten years. But even with […]

Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Whether it is an adult or a child participating and competing in a sport it is never without the risk of injury. Not only are you trying to be the best, but you are working hard to maintain a healthy body. Unfortunately, all it takes is one injury to ruin your sports career for good; […]

Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Over time the body begins to break down. Sports, accidents, and day-to-day life increase the rate of deterioration. In an attempt to combat this problem, people have been using balms, ointments, and other various treatments for centuries.

What Is Orthotics

Orthotics is a branch of medicine concerned with the design, creation, and application of orthoses, which are like prostheses, only they modify the body instead of replacing body parts. Orthoses fix anomalies in your nerves, muscles, or skeleton, allowing you to heal from many injuries or genetic problems.

Tips to Help Avoid Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a disease where your joints swell up and experience pain. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Because arthritis takes so many forms, the condition isn’t always preventable. The most common form or arthritis is osteo-arthritis, caused by wear and tear due to injury or overuse.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the shape of a woman’s body changes as it makes room for a growing baby. While many people think aches and pains are a natural part of pregnancy, they are only partially right.Chiropractic treatment can control pain and reduce the risk of complications during labor and delivery. Read more to find out how […]

Shockwave & Cold Laser Therapy

Both shockwave therapy and cold laser therapy are safe and painless. They are therapeutic practices designed to target the specific area of your pain and boost your body’s natural healing processes. Let’s take a look at the specifics of each kind of therapy.

Back Pain Relief & Prevention

At Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, we know back pain is no laughing matter. However, you can often get back to normal with a few lifestyle changes and simple treatments. There are many natural methods for relieving back pain.

Sciatica Symptoms

The sciatic nerve is the nerve that runs from your low back, down through your hips and buttocks, and into your legs. People who have a herniated disk, compressed spine, or bone spur may experience sciatica—the pain associated with the sciatic nerve.

Lower Back Pain Treatments

If you live with lower back pain that has lasted for three or more months, you feel like there’s no end in sight. It can be exhausting and discouraging to face each day with discomfort and pain, but don’t lose hope! Although chronic pain isn’t going to disappear overnight, there are treatment options that can […]

Back Pain in the Office

For the millions of people across the world who work at desk jobs, sitting for long periods of time is part of their everyday life. However, if you’re accustomed to spending 8 or 9 hours a day in front of a computer screen, you may not realize just how detrimental it is to your health. […]

Back Strengthening & Cost Savings

This study demonstrates that healthy normal individuals show a significant increase in lumbar extension strength when these muscles are effectively isolated and trained. The magnitude of strength gained over the 10 week period is much greater than strength increases found with the average muscle group within the same period

Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Neck Pain

For chronic neck pain, the use of strengthening exercise, whether in combination with spinal manipulation or in the form of a high technology, MedX program appears to be more beneficial to patients with chronic neck pain than the use of spinal manipulation alone. An additional finding was that 85% of the patients with chronic neck.

Pelvic Stabilization for Exercise

Pelvic stabilization is necessary to achieve optimal recruitment of the lumbar extensor muscles during dynamic extension exercises on a lumbar extension machine. Therefore, if the goal is to strengthen the muscles of the low back it is necessary to stabilized the pelvis with a clinically proven restraint system (found on MedX).

Reducing Back Pain for the Elderly

This study confirmed that many back pain sufferers have weaker lumbar extension strength and that some symptomatic geriatric women can increase strength with progressive resistance exercise, which leads to a decrease in low back pain.

Resistance Exercise & Bone Turnover

This research project consisted of full body resistance exercise training done exclusively on the MedX selectorized and medical exercise equipment. The data indicates that high intensity resistance exercise training is successful for improving Bone Mineral Density of the femoral neck in healthy elderly subjects.

Muscle Changes After Surgery

Back muscle injury was directly related to the muscle retraction time during surgery. The damage to the multifidus muscle was more severe and the recovery of extensor muscle strength was delayed in the long retraction time group. In addition, the incidence of postoperative low back pain was significantly higher in the long retraction time group.

Reduce Chronic Back Pain with Rehabilitation

The dorsal approach for surgeries to repair vertebral fractures causes damage patterns in the muscles that are caused by the surgery. This approach may disrupt normal function of the multifidi which can contribute to chronic pain and dysfunction. This supports the rationale for concerted spinal strengthening in such post-operative patients.

Strengthening for Low Back Pain

Isolated lumbar extension exercise with the pelvis stabilized using specialized equipment elicits the most favourable improvements in low back strength muscle cross sectional area and vertebral bone mineral density. Improvements occur independent of diagnosis are long lasting and appear to result in less re-reutilization of the health care system than other more passive treatments.

Effects of Exercise on Chronic Back Pain

Vigorous medical exercise therapy started 4 weeks after surgery for lumbar disc herniation, reduced disability, and pain after surgery. Because no differences in clinical end points were observed, there is hardly any danger associated with early and vigorous training after operation for disc herniation.

Exercise Preventing Spinal Surgery

Forty-six of the 60 participants completed the program. At an average of 16 months after completion 38 patients were available for follow-up while 8 patients could not be located or contacted. Of these 38 patients only 3 required surgery after completing the program.

Effective Back Rehab

If you’re anything like the millions of other men and women suffering from back pain, you may have tried exercises given to you by your doctor or therapist, and probably didn’t get any relief. Why is that? When multiple medical studies conclude exercise should help relieve your pain – why are you left still suffering?

HydroMassage® for Stress Management

Stress can cause a variety of aches and pains in your life. While there are techniques to lower your stress levels on a daily basis, one method for instant stress reduction is a massage. Along with decreasing your stress, a massage can help your body feel better physically, mentally, and psychology.