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Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay. These are the exciting findings from an in-bed cycle program that aims to get hospital patients – even in intensive care units – pedalling as soon as possible with therapeutic bicycles, so they are functioning better by the time they leave hospital.
The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) has launched a series of video resources for clinicians and patients in an effort to promote the effective application of recently released clinical practice guidelines.
In my last article, I discussed how active isolated stretching can help extend practice potential for massage therapists and improve treatment outcomes for patients. As earlier stated, active isolated stretching (AIS) is a vital component for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
As trained health professionals we might say, “Health is the absence of disease.” A client in pain, on the other hand, might be more inclined to answer: “Not having to live with pain.”
The most decorated Olympic athlete in history sparked controversy throughout the media with his use of cupping – an ancient Chinese method used to treat musculoskeletal pain and other disorders.
In this episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon talks about revisiting a practitioner's delivery of care model and thinking about ways to deliver the best possible patient outcomes in a more efficient yet effective manner. For more on this topic, also read Dillon's article, Tools, team, technology.
Chiropractic is included in St. Michael’s Hospital services in Toronto. In fact, chiropractic is a salaried position in a number of Canadian hospitals, confirms Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles, a chiropractor and clinician-scientist on staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Professional athletes in the CFL make their living on their legs for 20 grueling weeks each regular season. Recovery is key, but downtime is slim to none, so training staff must constantly find new ways to help their athletes make the most of muscle recuperation.
Massage Therapy Canada editor Mari-Len De Guzman visited the Belleville Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic, one of the sites for Ontario's Primary Care Low Back Pain Pilot project, and spoke to practitioners and patients about the progress of the program. Read the full story on Canadian Chiropractor in the article, "Pilots for change."
Canada needs to broaden its approach to palliative care to provide support to patients with serious chronic illnesses, not just those with cancer, suggests a group of doctors who deal with end-of-life care.
EDMONTON – A multidisciplinary approach is essential to effective management of concussion in athletes, according to sports psychologist Nicolas Allen. Allen was speaking to massage therapists attending the annual conference of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) held in Edmonton this weekend.
Building stronger supports to meet the needs of seniors through simplified patient pathways, more flexible home care and reduced hospital visits was the main focus of a two-day meeting involving provincial health-care partners recently held in British Columbia.
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.
OTTAWA – More money for child and youth services would boost Canada's economy and patient health, a new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggests, buttressing Ottawa's push for targeted mental health investments.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Getting a tattoo may hurt, but giving one is no picnic, either.That's the finding of the first study ever to directly measure the physical stresses that lead to aches and pains in tattoo artists—workers who support a multibillion-dollar American industry, but who often don't have access to workers' compensation if they get injured.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued a clinical practice guideline for the treatment of low back pain, which recommends non-drug, conservative approaches as the first line of treatment.
CHICAGO – Older adults who suffer from arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. But in an examination of a goal that is daunting for most of this aging population, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that performing even a third of the recommended activity is beneficial.
VANCOUVER – Just down the street from Crosstown Clinic at a flea market in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Michael Totten, 44, said his life spiralled into illicit drug use after he was prescribed the painkiller Percocet following a back injury.

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