HIGHLIGHTS: Forward head posture negatively affects cervical sensorimotor control. Forward head posture negatively affects the autonomic nervous system. There is strong correlation between the CVA and cervical sensorimotor outcomes. There is strong correlation between the CVA and skin sympathetic outcomes.

CONCLUSION: “We have identified a forward head posture is associated with abnormal autonomic nervous system function and disturbances of cervical sensorimotor control. This finding has important implications for the assessment and rehabilitation of these subjects.”

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Back to School – Backpacks

by Peter on September 1, 2019

It’s that time of year again – Back to School!  Today I want to educate parents on proper backpack safety so their children may reduce possible injury from backpack poor-positioning and overweighting which can drastically changes the sagittal balance of the child possibly leading to repetitive injury and pain.

Using Posture Screen program, I can quickly and objectively perform fast pre-post posture assessments to help educate parents and hopefully prevent children from weighting their backpacks more then 10-15% of their body weight all while encouraging them to use both straps, and using rolling bags and lockers when at all possible. 

How do I assess this? Simply I do an initial assessment like normal of my patient/client. Next I do a follow up assessment with them with their backpack. I then generate a normal comparative report. Then I can educate the client/patient/parent on the changes noted and offer suggestions based on my professional experience.

Can’t make it in for an appointment. No worries. Just send me posture pictures of you child with and without a backpack on. I can make the assessments and email them back to you, no charge. 

Peter Roach, RMT, NMT, Laser Therapist

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Though seen as a convenient method of carrying books and other scholastic materials including food items, schoolbags are believed to contribute to back and other musculoskeletal problems in school going children. This study set out to determine the prevalence of low back and other musculoskeletal pains and describe their relationship with schoolbag use in pupils.

RESULTS:

This was a cross-sectional descriptive study involving 532 pupils from six primary schools with a mean age of 13.6 years. Analyses included the chi- square test, independent t tests, regression analysis and test for trend across ordered groups. Backpacks were the most common type of schoolbag and younger children carried disproportionately heavier bags. Urban pupils were younger, carried significantly heavier bags, and less likely to complain about schoolbag weight than the rural pupils. About 30.8% of the pupils carried schoolbags which were more than 10% of their body weight. About 88.2% of pupils reported having body pain especially in the neck, shoulders and upper back. About 35.4% of the children reported that carrying the schoolbag was the cause of their musculoskeletal pain. The prevalence of lower back pain was 37.8%. There was significant association between low back pain and; method of bag carriage (p < 0.0001), long duration of walking (odds ratio 2.67, 95% CI 1.38- 5.16) and the time spent sitting after school (p = 0.02). Only 19% had lockers at school.

CONCLUSION:

Urban pupils were younger, carried significantly heavier bags, and less likely to complain about schoolbag weight than the rural pupils. The majority of pupils complained of musculoskeletal pain of which 35.4% was attributed to the schoolbags.The prevalence of lower back pain was 37.8%. Schools need to provide lockers and functional libraries in order to avoid excessive loading and repetitive strain injuries.

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Posture for New Year Resolution

by Peter on January 28, 2019

Happy 2019

Like most Canadians we make New Years resolutions. Some make goals for the year. Eating better, working out and getting more sleep. However one important goal I suggest is to have a look at your posture. Why not make a better posture one of your goals?

One of the areas I always look at when someone comes in with pain or discomfort is to look at their posture and see how your body is opposing gravity, a constent every minute of the day.

For instance I consistently see young people coming in for treatment with forward head posture, probably due to computers and smart phone use. Moreso than ever has this creeped into our lives without even being aware of the impact. The weight of the head takes up 1/7 of the body weight; therefore, maintaining a still position with the head leaning forward exerts 3.6 times more force than is required to maintain the same position with straight standing posture (Park SY, Yoo WG: Effects of the sustained computer work on upper cervical flexion motion. J Phys Ther Sci, 2014, 26: 441–442. [PMC free article] [PubMed])

This forward head posture is usually associated with a rounded shoulder and back. Let me ask you this. When you get in the car after work do you need to adjust the rear view mirror? Often a day at the computer, muscles fatiguing and gravity pushing us down all contribute to a rounded slumped over posture. Over time this becomes a natural habit for our body and we don’t even realize it. Then we catch ourselves in a store window and think “is that how I look?”

Pelvic angles also play an important role in your posture. Maintaining a balanced pelvis will insure that your centre of gravity is positioned correctly. Think of a top that spins. When in line with the gravitational lines the top spins freely, but as it looses its balance it starts to wobble. So does our body.

Make it your goal to have your posture analyzed. A postural screening can help you get back on track with appropriate exercises. And you will find that some of those nagging chronic pain areas will be a thing of the past.

Please feel to contact me should you have any questions or set a time to examine your posture.

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, NMT, Laser therapist

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LYMPH TAPING – with Cure Tape

by Peter on March 3, 2018

 

Lymph Taping is an effective, painless, and safe method that can be used in conjunction with Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) when treating Lymphedema, both primary and secondary. Alternatively, it can be used as a stand-alone treatment in a healthy Lymphatic system that has experienced temporary overload.

Cure Tape is a hypo-allergenic, breathable, elastic, water-resistant, cotton tape with a non-allergenic adhesive layer used that not only absorbs the body’s heat and adheres better as the tape warms up, but has stretch-ability, weight and thickness similar to that of the skin allowing for a patients freedom of movement.

In addition to its’ use in treating Lymphedema, Lymph Taping is beneficial in treating scar tissue, post-operative and post-accident swelling, contusions, stomach complaints, tension headaches and more. In relation to the skin, the lifting effect on the upper layer of the skin due to the tapes’ elasticity allows an instant relief of pressure encouraging blood circulation, lymph drainage and a reduction of pain.

 

For more information, please contact Brenda, RMT, Certified MLD/CDT Therapist (Dr. Vodder)

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Pelvic Angles for Pain Relief

December 24, 2016

Ensuring that a pelvis is in the proper position when standing is the first thing I check when seeing a patient. The pelvis, being at the proper angle, can help alleviate much back pain. Checking the posture is of the utmost importance (see Posture PDF Newsletter) when my patients come in for treatment. This is […]

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Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) by Peter Roach

January 15, 2016

Many of you know by now that I stress the importance of proper pelvis angles before anything else. Lower back and sacroiliac pain can be the result of a tilted pelvis. But did you know that hip pain, deep groin pain can also result from a tilted pelvis. It’s called Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). Your centre […]

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5 Principles of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) – by Peter Roach

March 26, 2015

What is Neuromuscular Therapy (St. John Method)? I’m often asked what Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is, what it can do, and how will it help them. Having taught post graduates (Massage Therapist, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Dentists across North America, and parts of Europe and Africa) Neuromuscular Therapy for more than 10 years, it is the […]

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Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy now offered at Bayswater Neuromuscular Massage

December 1, 2012

Brenda has recently completed an advanced training with certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT), offered by the internationally recognized Dr. Vodder School.  The program that Brenda completed included pathology instruction and examination with the medical director of the School. Completion of this 160-hour intensive training […]

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6 Steps in the Evolution of Therapy (part 2) by Peter Roach

May 17, 2012

This is the second article in a series looking at the 6 principles of Neuromuscular Therapy, and how they are applied in my treatment programs. Last week I talked about Posture, the first component that I look at when you come for treatment. The 6 principles I will be covering are: Correcting postural distortions Correcting […]

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6 Steps in the Evolution of Therapy – by Peter Roach

May 3, 2012

Over the many years I have been a Massage Therapist I have seen new treatment protocols come and go, new types of treatment modalities used and discarded, and standard rehab exercises evolve. And in all honesty, I’m what is known as an early adopter, one that looks at the latest research and findings, new tools, […]

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