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Chronic pain with no real reason?


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Posted By: Dianne Buyks

Do you have chronic pain without a specific cause of injury? Do you have pain that has recurred several times over the course of the year, but never resolves completely? Is your pain persisting without ongoing inflammation or tissue damage? Do you have an injury that is not healing at the expected rate of recovery?

Some chronic pain conditions involving the musculoskeletal system do not seem to improve despite massage and stretching.Tight bands of muscle tissue can develop, which may create pain or cause pain by compressing a nerve that in turn causes pain. This type of dysfunction is called neuropathic pain. When the tight bands of muscle cross over a joint, additional issues can arise due to decreased space for joint movement and stiffness. This can cause issues such as bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis. Along with muscle shortening, tissues often become supersensitive.

Gunn IMS is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain involving the musculoskeletal system when there is no clear sign of recent injury). This approach involves assessment of the whole body to determine where pain is stemming from and what other areas need to be addressed to get long term relief.  Not all needling is Gunn IMS, although sometimes the terms can be mistakenly interchanged.

Although comparable, Gunn IMS is different from trigger point needling and acupuncture. A practitioner, knowledgeable in anatomy, completes a thorough physical examination of the whole body to find physical signs of neuropathic pain. If you show signs and symptoms indicative of neuropathic pain and there are no barriers to treatment, Gunn IMS needling can be commenced. Treatment involves a dry needling technique using acupuncture needles to loosen tight bands of muscle tissue. Needling of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened supersensitive muscle will grasp the needle or cause a cramping sensation. The effect of the needle causes the muscle bands to relax and lengthen, helps draw blood to the area to support healing, and stimulates the nerve to function normally again. The effects of Gunn IMS are often experienced immediately, with improvements in range of motion, muscle tension and/or pain.

If you think you can benefit from Gunn IMS, contact us and we will get you on the right path to recovery! You can find out more information about Gunn IMS and certified practitioners at

A Little About Us:

Pursuit Physiotherapy in Red Deer, promotes balanced, healthy living through dedicated, individualized physical therapy for those in pain, unable to participate fully in their daily activities, wanting to maximize their function for work or sport, and wanting to prevent potential problems.

If it is affecting your quality of life, then we want to help you to optimize your function and minimize your pain.

We are committed to your health and want to encourage you to be too.

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The Winnipeg Lab Leak: A Tale of Naivety and National Security Neglect

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From The Opposition News Network

How Ideological Blindness and Bureaucratic Red Tape Endangered Global Health

Let’s cut to the chase. Watching Meeting No. 36 of the Special Committee on the Canada–People’s Republic of China Relationship was like stepping into a world where common sense has left the building. We’ve got a lab in Winnipeg, Canada’s only high-security virology institute, embroiled in what’s essentially a spy movie plot, except it’s real life. Two scientists, Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng, get shown the door over what? Allegedly sending deadly viruses to China. The stuff of nightmares, right?

But here’s where it gets rich. Enter the Honourable Mark Holland, grilled in committee about why, after being flagged by CSIS, these scientists were still allowed to send those pathogens to China. His answer? A masterpiece in missing the point, extolling the virtues of due process and the reputation of scientists as if those are our only concerns when dealing with potential global security threats.

Then there’s his spiel on China. According to Holland, collaborating with China is this grand opportunity for humanity. Really? When it comes to shipping deadly viruses, I’d say the only opportunity is for a disaster. Holland’s defense of the indefensible, prioritizing process over precaution, is a stark reminder of how out of touch he is.

And then, as if to show us what backbone looks like, Dr. Stephen Ellis steps up. This guy gets it. He cuts through the nonsense, asking the hard questions, like whether Wuhan had the Ebola virus before this espionage act. Holland, true to form, dances around the answer. That silence? It’s deafening. It’s as if our government handed over a biological ticking time bomb to China on a silver platter, wrapped in the guise of saving humanity.

So, what are we left with? A government so embroiled in bureaucratic red tape and political correctness that it can’t see the forest for the trees. The more they talk, the more you realize they’re not just missing the point; they’re not even in the same library.

Final thoughts

I’ll leave you with this, my dear reader: as we peel back the layers of governance in our nation, the urgency for change becomes not just apparent but critical. The more I witness the complacency and the ideological rigidity of those at the helm, the more I’m convinced of the need for a seismic shift in our political landscape. It’s not just about choosing between left and right anymore; it’s about choosing between sense and sensibility versus reckless disregard for the principles that have kept our nation strong.

Is handing the reins over to the conservatives with a supermajority the solution? It’s a question that weighs heavily on many minds, mine included. However, the status quo is untenable. The upcoming election isn’t just another cycle; it’s a crossroads for Canada. A time for us, the electorate, to stand up and remind those in power that they serve at our pleasure, not the other way around. We are at a moment of reckoning. A moment where every vote is a statement, every voice a clarion call for leaders who place the well-being of Canada and its people above partisan politics and personal gain. The parties currently in power would do well to remember their duty to the electorate, lest they find themselves relics of a bygone era, swept away by a public that demands and deserves better.

So, as we look forward to casting our votes, let’s remember the power that resides in our hands. The power to shape our nation’s future, to uphold the values of freedom, integrity, and resilience that define us. Let’s rally behind the call for a government that truly represents the best of Canada, a government that not only listens but acts with the courage and conviction worthy of this great country. The time for change is now. The time for action is upon us. And to those in power: Take heed. The Canadian people are watching, they are informed, and they are ready to reclaim the promise of a nation built on the principles of truth, justice, and unwavering determination. Together, let’s make the next chapter in our history one of revival and renewed strength.

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