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Re+Active Sports Medicine is Sports Medicine Clinic located in the heart of Toronto! We believe tha
We are a Toronto based Sports Medicine team that focuses on improving the health & wellness of individuals through a wide variety of services
Our approach is of a holistic nature, whereby we focus our attention on the person itself and not just the injury or issue on hand. The mental & physical needs of the individual is required to consider in order to optimize human performance - whether it’s for sport or for life
Operating as usual
• Uncle Duties
•Happy Canada Day 🇨🇦
Our camera phones were a little less clear in ‘09 😅
• Welcome to Re+Active, Sierra!!
We’re excited to have join us this summer for her 4th year internship from Guelph-Humber. Below is a small blurb she wrote about her future experience 🔽
“As I begin my internship at Re+Active Sports Medicine, I am looking forward to broadening my knowledge and applying it to a variety of sporting and daily injuries.
Re+Active Sports Medicine provides a variety of treatments to help people heal completely and “get their life back”. The institution provides rehabilitation services for injured athletes as well as individuals suffering from pain or discomfort, treating the individual as a whole, instead of the injury itself!”
Linking my confidence to my intentions
Happy 65th Marty! 🎉
Happy 65th Marty 🎉
• chiro meme of the week…or, of the last 10.
• Views from 📍 Re+Active Sports Medicine
The “Hormesis Effect”
This phenomenon is a well known way for you to improve the quality of your life - let me dive into it below
In layman’s terms, its the temporary and voluntary stress you put on your body, which as a result, your body will then in turn adapt and become a more resilient human
This can be accomplished with:
-Intermitted fasting etc.
These are just a handful of the ways that I implement, but there may be many more! The idea itself comes from the biological evolution that as humans, we’ve been designed to survive. And, when we stress our body in moderation and in ways it’s not use to, it generally becomes stronger and able to withstand more stress
NOTE: I feel like I should write a disclaimer here. Before starting a “stress inducing” program, consult with a professional.
Hi, remember me?🙋♂️
I’ve taken a few weeks off creating and posting on main feed as life has been a little crazy to say the least.
But, I’ve always been of the mindset that social media accents real life - not the other way around
For me, social has been about making connections to meet/grow in real life with like minded individuals (and who am I kidding…it’s for talking about controversial topics 😅)
So, being absent on social is probably a good thing from time to time. It allows me to reset a bit - and when I’m consistent enough with content, it has a ROI which makes me busier in the real world
But with that being said, I still enjoy creating and posting educational/ humorous content - so stay tuned!
• Never miss a Monday 💪
“Thinking from the opposite side of the desk”
As a chiropractor and a former high level athlete, I understand that hearing a chiro tell them about their injuries, timelines, limitations etc can be a tough conversation
When I'm relaying Information to athletes about their injuries, I try my best to explain what they can do rather than what they can't do - for many reasons.
#1 being a former athlete, I understand that staying active during an injury is important part of a holistic approach to recovery (mind/body/soul)
#2 : as a chiropractor, I understand that the body heals most efficiently when it stays in motion rather than resting during an injury (blood flow ^, limiting compensation patterns, maintaining overall strength)
#3: for mental health, It’s important for athletes to feel like they’re still apart of the team
#4: (and most importantly), while rehabbing an injury, it’s also a great time to clean up other movement patterns / poor habits that they weren’t able to dive into with as much intent
Trying my best to act like this was candid ^
If Kanye said it, it must be true!😂
In all seriousness though, this is a very outdated approach to (most) injuries
A lot of the time, we ice injuries because it “feels good” with very limited therapeutic benefit other than the fact that it numbs the superficial tissue and temporary hides pain
But, we need to think about the goal of the intervention? If the goal is to heal as quick as possible we need to be aware that most of those healing properties are in the red blood cells.
So, adding ice, which compresses vascular flow will decrease the volume of red blood cells and can actually decreasing the rate of healing
The same goes for rest the other three, there are a few limited times I can think of off the top of my head where it applies, for Instance;
-an acute ankle sprain
-after a boxing match
-immediately following surgery
We always need to start with the end goal in mind, and if the end goal is to get back to 100% as soon as (safely) possible, we need to implement those modalities to do so - and the RICE principal is rarely the answer
• The “chiropractic adjustment”
This is the first thing that most of us will associate with chiropractors…and generally the first request Ill get from individuals when I tell them what I do for a living
“Can you crack my back?!”
So, what exactly is happening when you hear that pop sound?
1) That sound is a pressure/ gas exchange in the joint (and isn’t actually the bone making that sound) which occurs when you apply a quick/ short force to a specific area
Why do chiropractors/ osteopaths / physiotherapists use this technique?
2) There are a few general consensus around this technique. Generally, it gives the body a short physiological window where it can move better, in a more pain free range of motion. I find that when I apply it with other treatments, it improve dysfunction and decrease recovery time after an injury.
Does it hurt?
3) if done correctly, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort. With that being said, there are certain injuries and/or phases in recovery where I wouldn’t use it as I generally find it’s not as beneficial.
And most importantly, is it safe?
4) When performed from a trained and licensed practitioner, absolutely. Like any treatment or medical procedure, there are always risks but the more common side effects are tenderness
• thanks to Global News coming by the office today and asking my opinions about all things covid related
As my audience knows, it’s a topic I rarely shy away from
In all honesty, Im a little disappointed in seeing how it was edited as I thought I would have been able to shed some light on health, well being, and the totality of the virus
None the less, it was a great opportunity and I appreciated their time and effort driving down in a snow storm
• Smiling. Because Ontario opens up in T-Minus 11 days
• New week, same goals
• 5 things I’ve learned During my first full year in practice!!
I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 learning outcomes during my first year in practice below, take a look!!
1. The vast majority of my learning has occurred once I graduated.
2. Patients respond differently to the same treatment and thus, adapting my treatment intensities & procedures is a must.
3. Patients comes in with different needs during their session based on their week stresses; work, sleep, exercise, home life, and recovery - don’t hammer a square peg into a round hole.
4. Having a background in strength & conditioning is the most powerful tool for patient success - manual therapy only gives you a small physiological window of moving pain free. If you don’t capitalize on this window, you’re missing out.
5. No matter how good the treatment plan is, some patient will recover faster than others.
Which one do YOU think applies best to you??
Let me know below 👇
• ^ How I feel knowing I have a week till Xmas and I haven’t started shopping ^
• Doing what I love, loving what I do
• Patient spotlight: swipe to see results >>>
The last time he slept through the night was in 2015!!!!
This week I received this message from one of my patients who I was seeing in regards to unrelenting mid back pain that was causing him to wake up nightly and sleep in his living room recliner
This was a difficult case, as the standard “let’s check your mattress, let’s get some manual therapy, and let’s give it some time” wasn’t working as well as we hoped
THIS SH*T TAKES TIME!!
The second picture is almost 6 months after the first (avg 4:11 hrs sleep to 7+)
Not only is sleep quality and quantity important for; focus, energy, mood, digestion, stress, repair, and hunger in the short term
A LACK of adequate quality and quantity of sleep is related to poor longevity outcomes.
It is also well researched to be relared to dementia and Alzheimer’s as people age (lack of recovery can build the beta amyloid plaque seen in Alzheimer’s patients)
In my first year of practice, this was definitely a case where EQ trumped IQ
• Iron Therapy
^^ 🚨 Swag Alert 🚨 ^^
We are putting together an order within the next few days for hoodies + crew neck crop tops
Orders should be delivered within a week as we’re working with a local/ Canadian owned company
Layout of the sweaters:
-Large logo on front
-QR code on arm sleeve to book sessions
-Quote on the back
Size fits true to fit (I’m generally a large and this sweat is perfect for me)
The material is made with 50% cotton and 50% polyester for easier washing and better wear quality
Side note - I’ve added the collage of pics that me and .rmt took just to get a decent one 🤣
DM me for more info!
^^ I had to edit this ^^
Originally from .caleb.burgess
Re+Active Sports Medicine’s Registered Massage Therapist!
Below is a brief “get to know Jax” video
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions 🙌
• Acupuncture part III
• 🚨 CONTEST ALERT🚨
Tag a friend below who you know could use a massage for your chance to win a free 90 min treatment from our RMT .rmt !!
As a way of introducing .rmt to the family, we’re offering a free 90 minute massage to one lucky winner who tags a friend who could use a massage in the comment section below 👇
Unlimited entries - one tag = one entry
If you repost this on your story and tag me - you’ll have an extra 10 entries!
Contest closes Friday Oct 1 at 5:00pm
• Welcome to the team!
We’re pleased to announce the hiring of .rmt to Re+Active Sports Medicine!
Jacquelyn will be with us every Tuesday from 2:00pm - 9:00pm as our in house registered massage therapist
Below is some more info about her:
“Jacquelyn is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Sutherland-Chan school of massage therapy. The focus of her practice is to improve overall movement of the body to help enhance everyday performance. Jacquelyn has a wide variety of techniques which she incorporates into her practice including; Sports Massage, Thai massage, cupping therapy, Myofascial Massage, and corrective exercise techniques.”
DM me for more info!!
• What do you think I’m thinking about? 🧐
^^ Week 9 Message Board ^^
Last week was hilarious 🤣😂!!
Thanks to all the submissions and votes!
Keep an eye out for week 10 - I’m going to re submit the best one from the first ten weeks of the contest - with $$$ to the winning submission
^ Week 8 Message Board ^
I’m loving all of the weekly submissions 😂
Stay tuned for next week!!
In lieu of , here’s a pic of the boys!!
• Orthotics - the good, the bad, and the ugly
Do you use orthotics?
Have you used orthotics?
I generally find there’s a lot of confusion around them so I wanted to give you all my perspective
Do I prescribe them? Absolutely.
Do I prescribe them to everyone? Absolutely not.
When are they useful?
In my opinion, they apply for a few specific populations;
1)For those who are suspecting a structural foot issues
-Eg. you may have bones “fused” together
2)Foot abnormalities that are causing pain/ issues in the kinetic chain
-Having “flat feet” doesn’t mean you need orthotics. Usain Bolt has flat feet. It’s not a death sentence just because you have water flippers for arches. BUT, if they are causing issues (back pain, knee issues etc) then they can be beneficial in reducing pain. 3)For those who are putting a lot of miles on their feet. This could be for distance runners (for example) or those athletes who wear cleats and thus “dig” into the playing surface
-There is also some research to suggest it can help prevent injuries (shin splints + chronic ankle sprains). But the jury is still out on this…
ALWAYS if I prescribe them :
Orthotics don’t fix your feet…and there’s some arguments that suggest that they actually may actually your feet weaker with the “false stability” they provide
So, the secret sauce in my clinic is to:
1)Prescribe orthotics to the patient populations listed above ^^^^
2)Teach and educate progressive strength/stability drills to help put the foot in a more opportune position
3)Use orthotics when patients are “vulnerable”
4)Get rid of them as soon as your feet are strong enough to handle volume of force demands
4B) or keep using them during vulnerable positions *when applicable*
• I was here before all the cool kids were 🏔
^^ Week 7 message board! ^^
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