Pain Management

Aristotle called pain the “passion of the soul.” While our notions of pain may not may quite as romantic as Aristotle’s, it is important for us to recognize the constructive functions of pain. Pain is the body’s mechanism of self-preservation. It tells you when your finger is touching a hot pan or when a fall has resulted in an injury that requires your attention. In this way, pain acts as a warning sign to alert you when damage to your body is occurring or may occur. In fact, the inability to experience pain is a dangerous condition because injury can occur and go unnoticed.

Pain is generally divided into two main types: acute and chronic.

Acute pain is the result of tissue damage and is generally short-lived. The pain gradually disappears through the course of normal healing. Acute pain has an identifiable cause and purpose. Due to the short-term nature of acute pain, persistent physiological reactions rarely result. Chronic pain by definition is pain that persists for more than six weeks. Some people with chronic pain conditions have symptoms for months or even years.

Chronic pain may be the result of a specific injury (such as an injury to your back, knee or shoulder) or an ongoing chronic medical problem (like arthritis, cancer, or shingles). Chronic pain may also occur for no apparent cause, baffling patients and doctors alike. It can hurt all the time or occur on and off.

Pain Management Interventions

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractors have an excellent reputation for accurately identifying and alleviating pain. Their scope of practice is not limited to the spine, it also includes pain and aches in the upper extremities (elbows, wrists and fingers), lower extremities (knees, sins, ankles and feet), shoulders and hips. Chiropractors use an approach that identifies and treats the cause of the pain rather than treating just the symptoms.

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Hyperthermic Therapy / Cryotherapy

Heat and Cold treatments are effective for alleviating pain and stiffness due to arthritis. The heat treatments help to relax muscles and can be applied through moist heat (e.g. hydro collator pack) or dry heat methods (heating pad or heat lamp). Cold treatments work by numbing the sore area and reducing inflammation, and are especially good for severe joint pain and swelling.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Whether its adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), plantar fasciitis or shin splints, ultrasound speeds up the healing process. The cumulative effects of ultrasound helps your body repair injuries to ligaments, muscles and tendons resulting in improved tensile strength and restored function. Ultrasound is painless and takes only minutes.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Muscular tissues situated at oblique angles to one another are prone to reactive changes producing adhesions, fibrosis and local swelling and resultant pain and tenderness. During MRT the clinician applies a combination of deep digital tension at the area of tenderness and the patient actively moves the tissue through the adhesion site from a shortened to a lengthened position. MRT is an excellent pain management treatment for individuals who have reduced ranges of motion due to muscle tension.


Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS is a non-invasive, safe and effective method to reduce both acute and chronic pain. It is used to treat postoperative pain, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain (pain due to nerve damage), labour pain and both knee and shoulder pain. TENS produce their effects by activation of opioid receptors in the central nervous system. TENS reduces the transmission of nociceptive (pain) information and produces an analgesia (pain relief).

Rehabilitative Therapy

Rehab Therapy increases your independence and gives you the freedom to function in your home, workplace or your favourite leisure activity. Rehab offers a range of specalized services designed to reduce pain, restore function and build strength, reducing the risk that the injury will recur.

Custom/Prescription Orthotics

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle changes affect your body’s natural movement and impact the walking mechanics from your toes to your low back. Orthotics help restore the rebalance, stability and flexibility of your feet resulting in less pain and greater comfort.

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Analgesic Interventions

We have an excellent selection of products to help reduce pain during the acute phase (like muscle strains) and chronic phase (like ongoing disc problems).

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage can help relieve the muscle tension that is causing your pain. From sciatica, hip and back pain, to headaches, neck strains and sports injuries, Massage therapy can help you get back doing the activities you love.

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Pain can be increased and decreased by foods we consume on a regular basis. For example, people with Fibromyalgia find that night shade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers and egg plant) tend to make the muscle pain worse, however apples (containing malic acid) tend to provide relief. Whether you have IBS, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or one of a number of chronic pain conditions, we can help you identify the triggers behind your pain.


The ancient art of acupuncture has a proven, and well documented history of providing relief of pain. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of thin metal needles though the skin. It is intended to remove restore neural function, reduce pain and restore and maintain health.

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Exercise is an important component to your pain management program. Regular exercise improves your flexibility, your aerobic conditioning, and your muscle strength. It can also serve to boost your self-confidence and lessen anxiety and depression. Improving your overall fitness helps to keep you healthy and reduces your risk for further injuries while also helping to control your pain. Make an appointment today to find out which exercises will help you manage your pain and prevent future injuries.

Options for Pain Management

Pain is one of those things that no one should be forced to deal with, yet many people go day to day with a slight nag or even a blinding pain that they can’t seem to shake. Luckily, for people who need to alleviate this constant pain or bring intense pain down to a manageable level, there’s pain management in Waterloo, ON. Specialists, like the ones at Health at Hand Massage, are able to identify problem areas and specially treat them to reduce, alleviate or even eliminate chronic pain.

There are a number of methods regarding pain management in Waterloo, ON. Here are a few of the most common and trustworthy procedures:

Therapeutic Ultrasound: For pain relief in just minutes, many people who are suffering from chronic discomfort choose a therapeutic ultrasound. Most common in people who have recently undergone a surgery or have temporarily lost mobility to parts of their body, this method of pain treatment has been proven highly effective. What’s more, this option even helps your body to naturally repair ligaments and tendons thanks to its cumulative healing effects.

Myofascial Release Therapy: For people who have extreme muscle tension or chronic joint pain, Myofascial Release Therapy is a great option for pain management in Waterloo, ON. While a professional applies pressure and motion to the area in pain, the patient slowly extends and retracts the affected muscle, allowing a release that’s otherwise quite painful. Generally, this is also a very quick procedure that can alleviate pain or bring it to a manageable level for a good period of time.

Massage Therapy: Also great for stiffness of muscles and tension that has built up over time, massage therapy is a great release for people that’s quite simple to perform. By putting pressure on key points and using motion to release built up strains, massage is one of the oldest and most trusted forms of pain management in Waterloo, ON. Depending on your level of pain, there are a number of different massage options including: Swedish massage, hot stone massage and Thai massage.

Acupuncture: An alternative form of pain management that’s trusted in countries throughout the world, acupuncture is a daunting approach for many people, yet one that proves to be very fruitful for long-term pain sufferers. By inserting very fine needles into an affected area, a physician is able to tap pressure points that alleviate pain and bring relaxation to the affected area. For someone with chronic, unmanageable pain, this can be a relieving exercise that is a nice change of pace from the usual discomfort.
Different forms of pain management in Waterloo, ON can be used depending on the person, the nature of the pain and the preference of the person afflicted. If you’re someone who deals with daily pain or are in the position where pain has hindered an aspect of your life, seek relief by visiting the professionals at Health at Hand Massage. See for yourself how your world can change when you manage your pain!

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