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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 www.iSTOP.org

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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Edmonton community members explore using the Emergency Room as an entry point to transitional housing

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Is there a better way than simply releasing a person experiencing homelessness from the hospital back onto the street? It creates an endless cycle of emergency room visits and escalating costs, not to mention the challenges the patients face in having a successful recovery.

As we continue to look for solutions to homelessness in our city, a group of community members from different fields and backgrounds met recently to brainstorm and discuss alternatives to the practice of releasing patients into a state of homelessness.

That’s a long way of saying that if someone experiencing homelessness comes to an emergency room with a need for medical aid, the only alternative once treated is to release the patient back onto the street.  The chances of recovery are greatly diminished, while the probability of return visits increases.  The costs are severe, both to the person experiencing homelessness and to our ever-more expensive health care system.

Spearheading the initiative is Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, a veteran emergency room physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and a Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Watch this short video to hear from some of those involved and to better understand the concept and learn why there is a growing groundswell of support for this idea.

 

There are many ways that people can get involved with this initiative.  It’s common sense that housing and health are interconnected. Finding solutions to chronic homelessness and easing pressure on our health care system is something we can all get behind.

Please contact Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti directly to learn more about the project and how you can help:

Phone 780.932-7187

lfrances@ualberta.ca

 

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Canada’s First Female Astronaut coming to Red Deer for Health Fundraiser

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From the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation

The world’s first neurologist in space is coming to Red Deer

The Red Deer Hospital fundraiser also features comedians from CBC Radio’s “The Debaters”

Red Deer Regional Health Foundation is pleased to announce a new event, The Lunch Box Experience, featuring three of Canada’s brightest stars, all coming together over lunch to raise funds for critical equipment for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and first neurologist in space, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre.  To motivate and inspire audiences, Dr. Bondar draws on her remarkable depth of expertise as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, author, and leader.

This is Dr. Bondar’s first visit to Central Alberta, and may be your only chance to experience this extraordinary woman in person.

 

Also performing are Erica Sigurdson and Dave Hemstad, comedians both regularly featured on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters.  After lunch you’ll enjoy hysterical standup from both Erica and Dave, plus an episode of witty debater-style banter that will have you in stitches!

Tickets are $125 per person or table of 6 for $700; includes a unique lunch and are available now.

The Lunch Box Experience, formally part of the Red Deer Festival of Trees event line-up (Festival Business Lunch) is a fresh, new business networking opportunity.

Proceeds from this event will go towards ceiling-mounted patient lifts at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

For more information, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit

The Lunch Box Experience:  A Red Deer Hospital Fundraiser

WHEN:     Monday, September 23, 2019

11:00am – 1:30pm

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre

 

 

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