What is Acupuncture?

            “The theories of acupuncture and moxibustion hold that the human body acts as a small universe connected by channels, and that by physically stimulating these channels the practitioner can promote the human body’s self-regulating functions and bring health to the patient.”1 The aforementioned quote is the definition that UNESCO gave to acupuncture in 2010. However, in Quebec the definition is as follows “Acupuncture is the act of stimulating, usually by the means of needles, certain specific sites of the skin, mucous membranes or subcutaneous tissues of the body for the purpose of improving health or relieving pain.”2

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Ski injuries

Winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, are very popular activities in Canada. However, they cause many injuries that can often be serious. The main areas of the body that end up injured in these high speed winter sports are: your knees, ligaments, neck and wrists. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes every year, but very few of the lot properly prepare their bodies for this physical exercise. Although it is a relatively safe sport, injuries can occur as a result of poor preparation, lack of judgment, or rapidly changing snow conditions. Ski injuries such as MCL tear can be prevented with proper physical preparation and equipment.

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Hockey Concussions

A debate that has consumed hockey in recent years is how dangerous it is for the players. Because of repeated checking, and the sports violent nature, players commonly experience head injuries like concussions. A concussion is also called a ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, and it usually starts with a hit to the head. This can then lead to a ‘diffuse brain injury’, meaning that a larger part of the brain becomes affected.

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Don’t Get Bit by Frostbite

Its cold outside, and now that winter is finally here, Quebecers know that the frost will soon start nibbling away at their nose, fingers and toes. As the numbness sets in, some very dangerous things start happening inside your body. When the temperature drops, your body kicks in to survival mode and reroutes blood from your extremities towards your more important organs like your brain and your heart in order to combat hypothermia.

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Vaccination: Explained

When foreign microbes try to invade us, our immune systems trigger a series of innate responses in an attempt to identify and remove them from our bodies. The symptoms we experience when we’re ill such as; coughing, sneezing, inflammation and fever, are actually a sign that our immune system is functioning properly. This response works to trap, deter and rid the body of threatening things like bacteria and viruses. This brings us to vaccination.

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Massages as Treatment

Massage used to be considered a luxury offered only through upscale spas and health clubs. However, massage therapy is beginning to be more commonly considered a component of complimentary and alternative medicine. Due to the benefits of this therapy, massage is increasingly being offered as standard treatment for a variety of medical conditions and situations. While there is evidence that massage therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety, muscle tension, pain, and stress reduction, more research is required to confirm its’ benefits.1


With that said, some studies have managed to show that massages therapy can be helpful for:1

  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain


In addition the benefits that massage therapy can provide for specific conditions, many patients enjoy getting massaged because it often produces feelings of closeness, caring and comfort; but this is not without risk.2 If you suffer from any of the following conditions, be advised to contact you physician to ensure that the risks associated to getting a massage dont outweigh the benefits:2

  • Any bleeding disorders
  • Taking of blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia


Most of the serious problems that are caused by massage are a result of too much pressure; if any aspect of the massage doesn’t feel right or is too painful, you should not hesitate to speak up.


While you might find yourself to be a bit sore the following day, massage therapy is nonetheless a great way to indulge and pamper. Whether you are looking for stress relief or have a specific medical condition; you can learn how to do a self-massage or even share the experience with a partner, at home.


1MayoClinic Staff. “Never Had a Massage? What You Should Know.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 6 Oct. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743.


2Massage therapy for health purposes: What you need to know. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/massage/massageintroduction.htm. Accessed Oct. 23, 2018.

Macular Degeneration

Preserve Your Vision; Protect Your Macula

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a complicated word used by doctors to describe the leading cause of vision loss in Canada and the U.S. What they are referring to is one of the natural aging processes of a part of your eye called the ‘macula’ which is responsible for interpreting the light signals from objects directly in the middle of your field of view. Continue reading “Macular Degeneration”