Practicing as a registered massage therapist in the bustling city of Toronto, I see a lot of similar pain patterns coming through my door each day. Clients come to me complaining of low back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, stiff necks, and tight hips. This is not surprising to you though because you too have complained of these pains at one point or another. People today sit too much, they don’t exercise enough, they have poor sleeping habits, and when they finally make it to the gym they don’t quite know what they should be training.
If this is you, you are not alone. It describes far too many of us; but based on the interest and feedback from my clients, I know people want to be more educated on how they can take better care of themselves.
The truth is I don’t want to see you. Well, that’s not totally true, I do because I need to make a living. But truthfully it is not my goal to have clients returning over and over again because they are re-injuring themselves. My goal as a health care professional is to treat your impairments and give you the tools to prevent them from happening down the road. Of course this is not every case; sometimes people have chronic issues that require ongoing treatment. But in the majority of cases, there are important things you can do to prevent frequent visits to manual therapists like myself.
So in an effort to help educate you, the well-informed reader of the my website and Facebookpage; I will be including MONTHLY UPDATES on how we can better take care of our bodies each and every day. Now they may not always apply to you, but I have a sneaking suspicion if it doesn’t relate to you, it will relate to someone you know.
Let’s make it our 2016 goal to be better informed and more knowledgeable about our bodies and our health!
Colin Baird is the owner and principal RMT at Local Fix Toronto.