The talented Charlie Hunnam stopped by to sign our charity board. He also took home a pair of Sorel boots and swag that included the[fix] relax balm, tweezerman tweezers, refreshes*t, and pommies cider!
Global's Liem Vu gets fixed Photo: Nick Wons
A REPRIEVE DURING THE BUSY TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
the[fix] is a celebrity favorite with stars like Jamie Foxx, Jeremy Renner, Liev Schreiber, Madeline Brewer, Yara Shahidi and Emmanuel Chriqui benefitting from some fixing. As such, it was only fitting that the[fix] would offer their own take on the gifting lounge where stars not only got some curated swag, but also got to indulge in some much needed care for the mind and body. Media and select stars are invited to relax, get fixed, raid the candy bar, enjoy a cocktail and take home some coveted swag.
Guests of the[fix] luxury retreat will be invited to select boots from Sorel’s stylish fall collection and take home a bag filled with candy, tweezerman’s point tweezers, refreshsht spray, the[fix] relax balm, station cold brew coffee, pommies cider, Havana club and more.
While in the lounge, guests can pick out a pair of Sorel boots to complement their personal style followed by a shoulder massage from the manual therapy experts at the[fix]. Next, guests are invited to enjoy a Canchanchara, an aged rum daiquiri from Havana Club. While relaxing, guests can breathe in the luxe fresh air courtesy of refreshsht while getting a sugar fix from the candy bar with chocolate and candy supplied by Chocola Chocola. Select stars will also have the opportunity to be fitted for the shockingly comfortable dr. Liza pump. One of Toronto’s top photographers will be on-site to capture the experience.
the[fix] luxury retreat has a charitable focus with all proceeds from the lounge going to the International Medical Corps. Their mission is to save lives and relieve suffering through health care training and development programs in some of the most vulnerable areas in the world.
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Please note that Liza is now a manual osteopath and is registered with the SOC. We are working on getting new associations for patients who are with Sunlife + Manulife as they do not recognize the SOC for osteopathy coverage. Let us know if you would to notified when osteopathic treatments can be covered under your plan.
We are excited to be setting up the[fix] luxury retreat during TIFF this year. Guests will enjoy some much needed pampering, coveted treats, cocktails, beautifying and stylish footwear.
We are so excited to welcome Dr. Belinda to the[fix] team that we are offering our best deal yet. See her for an initial for only $100 AND receive the[fix] relax balm or essential oil. Take advantage of this promo from July 20th to August 31st.
Want to know more about Dr. Belinda?
Dr. Belinda’s passion for health and wellness is not only seen in her academic and professional life but her personal one as well. She is an avid cyclist and has done several self-guided tours across most of Eastern Canada. Most recently, she cycled through the United Kingdom with her partner.
Dr. Belinda wants to help you move, or get moving, and she strives to make living healthy feel good, and feel achievable. She has a holistic approach to wellness, which means she not only looks for the underlying cause of patient’s symptoms, but also locates disruptions or restrictions in the body that interfere with the nervous system, a crucial system that controls and regulates the entire body. Her enthusiasm for health and wellness is described as contagious and she has a strong passion for not only providing care, but also for wellness education- she truly believes movement is the key to health. Her treatments include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, mobilizations and acupuncture.
Dr. Belinda Chan is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). She has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and has over four years of experience as a personal trainer. During her years at CMCC she maintained a high academic average and graduated with a certificate of Clinical Acupuncture.
Golf, baseball and tennis are very different sports with diverse game play structures. However, athletes across all three seem to share similar goals: they want to move the ball faster, harder and more accurately than their opponent. They also want to have high consistency for as many repetitions as possible. During each repetition, the athlete transfers force from their legs, through their torso and arm to impact the ball. The elbow acts as a pivot point where rotary torque is converted into linear acceleration to move the ball. High repetition combined with excessive force applied at the elbow makes it prone to injury. The most common elbow injuries in these athletes include Golfers Elbow (AKA Pitchers Elbow or medial epicondylitis), Tennis Elbow (AKA lateral epicondylitis) and nerve injuries involving the radial, median or ulnar nerves.
Golfer’s Elbow (AKA Pitchers Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis):
Golfers elbow is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that connects the forearm flexors and pronator muscles to the inside of the elbow. Many muscles share this common attachment site. Repeated, forceful loading of these muscles causes pain along the inside of the elbow accompanied by weakness in grip strength and wrist flexion. This injury is most common in golfers, throwing athletes, bowlers, archers, tennis players and weight lifters. Conditions that can mimic golfers elbow include cervical radiculopathy, little league elbow and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears.
Little league elbow occurs in children with a similar mechanism of injury. However, since their growth centers are still open, repeated tugging on the attachment can cause a traction fracture. Little league elbow requires immediate medical attention to stabilize the elbow joint and to ensure proper bone development.
Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries are also very serious and require medical attention. The UCL supports the inside of the elbow and protects the elbow joint against load. Tommy John surgery is the procedure used to stabilize the elbow following a UCL tear.
Tennis elbow (AKA lateral epicondylitis):
Tennis elbow is characterized by the same symptoms, but it is located on the other side of the elbow joint. The extensor and supinator muscles of the forearm share a common tendon that attaches to the outside of the elbow. Overuse and repeated, forceful wrist extension causes inflammation and pain at the elbow. This condition can occur in any occupation that requires repeated wrist extension or prolonged gripping such as plumbers, carpenters and chefs. Tennis elbow is easily identified with palpation along the outside of the elbow and through muscle testing.
The treatment approach for both Golfers and Tennis elbow are almost identical except for where the therapy is applied. Warming up before activity will go a long in preventing these injuries. Start with slow, controlled repetitions and move towards full speed motions in a graded fashion. In acute situations, RICE principles (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and activity modification are important. Anti-inflammatory interventions such as applying ice, taking fish oil supplements and NSAID’s may be appropriate.
Physical therapy is an essential component of care. Treatment will focus on maintaining range of motion, improving strength, bracing the joint and reducing pain. This will include a combination of acupuncture, soft tissue massage, stretching, mobilization, taping and strengthening exercises.
Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow (medial, radial, ulnar):
The main nerves that supply your arms include the radial, ulnar and median nerves. As we move, the nerves are stretched and compressed as they travel through tight spaces. Each nerve can become irritated as specific locations around the elbow. The most common compression sites include:
1) Pronator Teres Syndrome: The median nerve is compressed by the pronator teres muscle located in the front of the forearm. This can cause forearm weakness and/or numbness in the thumb and first two fingers and weak grip strength. This condition can be confused with carpel tunnel syndrome if not properly assessed.
2) Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: The ulnar nerve is compressed within the cubital tunnel located behind the inside of the elbow. At the elbow, the ulnar nerve travels close to the skin and is not protected by bone. If an external force hits the nerve, it causes a shooting pain towards the arm known as hitting your “funny bone.” This condition can cause numbness or tingling into the 4th and 5th fingers, grip strength weakness and a claw hand deformity.
3) Supinator Syndrome: The radial nerve is commonly irritated as it passes underneath the supinator muscle in the back of the forearm. This condition causes weakness with wrist extension and numbness in the back of the hand.
The goals for treating peripheral nerve injuries includes maintaining a full range of motion, reducing inflammation, improving mobility of the nerve and reducing pain levels. Treatment includes RICE principles, activity modification, nerve flossing, soft tissue massage, acupuncture, mobilization, splints/taping and muscle strengthening.
The nerve injuries explained above are the most common around the elbow. This does not represent a comprehensive list of possible causes. If you experience any weakness, numbness or tingling in the arms you should have it properly assessed and treated to prevent further deterioration.
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AAOS. OrthoInfo: Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). Updated July 2015. Retrieved from: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00068 on May 9th, 2017.
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