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Body Image

While some level of dissatisfaction with one’s body is considered normal, and to a degree, a positive notion — motivating individuals to eat healthy and exercise regularly — many of us (women AND men) continue to strive towards an unrealistic ‘ideal’ body image. The truth; however,, is that our bodies are not completely malleable as genetics play a big part in our body’s ability to shrink and stretch. Consequently, it is imperative that we seek a healthy perspective when it comes to our bodies because no body is the same, particularly if we are role models to young (highly impressionable) children.

When it comes to exercising, we encourage our clients to focus on the process and not the final product. Exercise should be an enjoyable means to an end — an activity that challenges you, provides you with energy and helps you feel good about yourself. That being said, consider what it is you wish to accomplish during your training and be sure to talk to your trainer so that they can help you develop specific goals that are realistic, measurable and timely. Join us and challenge society’s beauty standards! Be the best that you can be!

What is IMS?

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation). IMS is grounded in Western Medical Science, and has a solid foundation in its radiculopathic model of pain, which is now supported by many experts in the field. The treatment involves dry needling of affected areas of the body without injecting any substance and specifically targets injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress.
 The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and super-sensitive. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, super-sensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation. The result is threefold. One, a stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, producing a reflex relaxation (lengthening). Two, the needle also causes a small injury that draws blood to the area, initiating the natural healing process. Three, the treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again. The needle used in IMS, by stimulating muscle spindles, essentially becomes a specific and unique tool for the diagnosis of Neuropathic Muscle Pain.
The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. Supersensitive areas can be desensitized, and the persistent pull of shortened muscles can be released. IMS is very effective for releasing shortened muscles under contracture, thereby causing mechanical pain from muscle pull. IMS, in effect, treats the underlying neuropathic condition that causes the pain. When competently performed, IMS has a remarkable success rate, as proven by the amelioration of symptoms and signs, even for chronic back pain with root signs.
Michael Hales is the owner and registered physiotherapist of Halestorm Physiotherapy located in Body & Soul. For more information, visit Halestorm.ca

Fitness File – July Issue

fitness files

The July issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out last week! This issue covers the following:

  • set your sail according to the wind
  • fitness tip: try to change it up
  • nutrition tip: where do I start?
  • club news: summer special ends soon, studio closure, summer training and consultations
  • staff spotlight: Shangkary Subramaniam (Front Desk Supervisor)
  • Q&A: what is IMS and can it help my pain?

Check it out here.

Studio Closure – Canada Day

Body & Soul will be closed Saturday June 30th to Monday July 2nd for the Canada Day Weekend. The studio will re-open Tuesday July 3rd at 6am. We hope that you have a wonderful long weekend!

Barriers to exercise : money

Finding motivation to get active and stay fit can be hard. Physical activity, whether it is exercise or some sort of sporting activity, requires mental and physical exertion. For many of us, making excuses not to do physical activity is second nature and one of the biggest excuses comes down to money!

I don’t want to spend money. A lot of activities don’t require money. We are lucky to live in a city full of natural obstacle courses, just use your imagination or check out one of the local trails! When it comes to personal training, remember that you aren’t paying for just an hour of exercise, you are paying to be trained by a certified professional!

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