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Physio, Chiro, Massage Therapy, or Osteopathy: What's Best for Me?
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Physio, Chiro, Massage Therapy, or Osteopathy: What's Best for Me?

When you’re in pain or want to improve your musculoskeletal functions, you want to find a solution that will work best for you. But do you truly know all of your options?

When people think of manual therapy - their mind often goes directly to massage therapy. However, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, manual osteopathy, and massage therapy are all great options that might work. But, how exactly do you know what type of manual therapy would work best?

This is a problem faced by many. You know that you need to find care, but aren’t sure what type of practitioner you need to see to get the most out of your treatment. Keep reading to learn a bit about the 4 different manual therapies, so you know exactly what practitioner will work best for you next time. 


Physiotherapists use a patient-centered approach to assess, treat, and manage pain, injuries, movement dysfunction, and chronic conditions. Specific conditions that physiotherapists can help alleviate include neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton, problems in the bones joints muscles and ligaments such as arthritis or the after effects of amputation, pelvic issues, loss of mobility due to trauma of the brain or spine, and even fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness, or loss of muscle strength - for example during cancer treatment or palliative care.

As licensed healthcare professionals, physiotherapists use an evidence-informed knowledge of areas such as rehabilitation sciences,anatomy, kinesiology and physiology. Most physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and a wide range of health conditions. However, there are many physiotherapists who undergo additional training and education to specialize in a specific area. 

For example, there are pediatric physiotherapists who work with infants and children to improve the growth and development of the child, both physically and mentally. There are physiotherapists who specialize in female health and work to relieve pain for pregnant women or promote a controlled childbirth, strengthen the pelvic floor, or general core strengthening. Geriatric physiotherapists help with restoring mobility, strength, and endurance, or reducing chronic pain, improving bad posture and improving overall health and fitness. Neurological physiotherapists help with conditions relating to the nervous system - helping to rebuild neural pathways, improving motor control, balance, hand-to-eye coordination, and more sensation. Sports physiotherapists deal entirely with athletes and sports professionals to encourage healthy techniques to prevent injury, and also help with progressive injury management. 

These are just a few - but it goes to show there are dozens of options out there even just within the field of physiotherapy. 

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are experts in the spine, muscle, joint, and nervous systems, and are trained to evaluate, diagnose, recommend, and deliver a treatment plan. Chiropractic care involves the strategic manipulation of the spine, joints, and soft tissues to help correct the body’s alignment, which can reduce pain and improve overall physical function.  

Specific conditions that chiropractors can help with include back pain caused by sprains or strains, cervicogenic headaches, degenerative disc disease, herniated disks, myofascial pain, sciatica, whiplash, arthritis, pain associated with diabetes and more. 

Chiropractors will use different therapy methods depending on the specific patient and their needs, but common treatments include manual, hands-on therapy, soft tissue therapy, electronic modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound and cold laser therapy, and exercise programs. Manual manipulation is the most common treatment, consisting of a chiropractor adjusting your spine or other joints using their hands to apply controlled force. This action restores the joints natural movement and improves function. 

Manual Osteopathy 

Manual osteopathic practitioners focus on therapy to help reduce strains, stress, and dysfunction in all areas of the body. Specific conditions that manual osteopathy can help alleviate include back and neck pain, tension headaches and migraines, sports injuries or motor vehicle accident injuries, carpal tunnel, plantars fasciitis, digestive issues, stress, anxiety, and depression and so much more.

Taking a more holistic approach, they focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, and connective tissue as well as organs function as one unit. This aspect is what makes manual osteopathy so interesting, it acts on the musculoskeletal framework, which impacts many of the body's systems and organs rather than just one. Manual osteopathic practitioners manipulate alignment of muscles, bones, and joints, to help remove obstructions throughout the body which can help fluids such as blood and lymph flow easily.

When it comes to techniques, there are four common techniques that you might experience during a manual osteopathic treatment.  The first is visceral manipulation, which works on specifically your organs. It helps align organs to make sure that they're in the proper place which can help keep them functioning at their best. The next is advanced myofascial release. Overtime, depending on different health conditions, connective tissues in your body can become tight and tense. This type of therapy helps connective tissue in your body to relax and go back to its natural state. The third is osteoarticular manipulation. This type of therapy focuses on aligning the joints and bones of the body to help decrease pain and attention, and also increase Mobility. Finally, the fourth is craniosacral therapy. This type of therapy uses subtle, light touches to help align the skull and vertebrae at the bottom of your spine.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapists use soft and deep tissue manual therapy to help relieve muscle tension and stress. Generally, massage therapists will press, rub, and strategically manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body as treatment. All those specific techniques depend on the practitioner, you will often see massage therapists use their hands and fingers as primary schools, but you might also see them use their forearms and elbows.  The focus of Massage Therapy is to Target Pacific myofascial trigger points, or muscle “knots.” 

Massage therapy can be used for a variety of health and wellness-related purposes. The most common is to relieve pain, but it can also be used to rehabilitate sports injuries, and also interestingly to reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and help with overall wellness. Massage therapy can also be used as a preventative therapy to help prevent pain and injury, or help with performance improvement by increasing blood circulation. 

Looking for a physiotherapist, chiropractor manual osteopathic practitioner, or massage therapist that fits your unique needs? Download the PromptHealth app today on iOS or Android.

Our Philosophy
Daehan Kim
1min read

Our Philosophy

We believe in LISTENING, UNDERSTANDING, ASSESSING, and ADAPTING to YOUR NEEDS, GOALS, and ENVIRONMENT. Injuries, diseases, and pain are often huge barriers to a fulfilling life. However, they do not define you. We believe in helping you efficiently take control of the way they affect your life.

Our goal is to help you accelerate your recovery, enjoy the process of recovery, and transform that experience into a strategy for staying in your best shape. To achieve this goal, we 1) provide customized movement training that facilitates optimal condition for your recovery, 2) share knowledge and resources that help you enhance your understanding of your body system, 3) establish strategies to adapt your training according to your unique environment, and 4) connect you with the right practitioners when necessary, so that you can manage your integrative health and well-being. At Embodied Dynamics, your rehabilitation leads into long-term health and well-being.

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Jennifer Smrz
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We shared Jenn’s incredible story of living with breast cancer and depression over a year ago. Ever since being published on RedLily® we have seen her grow monumentally and replace the sadness and unknowing feelings, with positivity and motivation. In Part 2, she shares how the cancer came back but is determined to beat it for good. Please read & share in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you, Jennifer Smrz!

Kerrie-Lee Brown,

Founder & Publisher of RedLily®



Movement Assessment: A Key Element for "Exercise as Medicine"
Daehan Kim
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Movement Assessment: A Key Element for "Exercise as Medicine"

It is very exciting to see that more and more people believe “Exercise is Medicine”. As increasing number of people witness clinical impact of exercise, terms like "active rehabilitation" or "medical exercise" are becoming popular. Along with this trend, we now see that many fitness professionals try to integrate "active rehabilitation" or "medical exercise training" into their services. As there is an increasing number of options to choose from, it is becoming more challenging to select the right professional who can best serve your specific needs.


What sets the clinical exercise specialists apart from general fitness trainers? We have been helping people with injuries and pain improve their function and symptoms through exercise and active rehabilitation for more than 10 years. Many of them presented with complex issues that continuously challenged us to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to exercise intervention. This experience continuously taught us that the determining factor that leads to a long-term result is assessment. More in detail, the practitioner’s ability to not only assess movement in a systemized way but also to translate that into effective customization of exercises and timely collaboration with other clinicians is a critical factor. For this reason, your journey at Embodied Dynamics starts with movement assessment.

⭐️ We have two different streams of assessment to appropriately serve the people with different needs. ⭐️


📌This picture

briefly shows the difference between the two streams and different end results.



The investigation stream is a detailed assessment and is designed to

serve people who are dealing with pain or injuries. The goal of the

investigation stream is to investigate various contributors to the decreased

function, which leads to precise action plans.


The prescription stream aims to help people who need simpler assessments.

The goal of this assessment is to provide the clients with modified versions of

the commonly used strength training movements that accommodate the client’s

current postural habit. In addition, it also leads to a design of corrective

exercises to improve their postural habits.


In both of the streams, we use not only physical assessment but also

musculoskeletal screening questionnaires and assessments so that we don’t miss

anything that may require medical attention.


📌The next

picture shows how the investigation stream fits into the clinical collaboration

model. Using this assessment, we identify what issues can be addressed by

exercise intervention and what issues need additional attention from other

allied health care practitioners(e.g., physios, chiros, osteopaths, massage

therapists) or a medical doctor.


* NWB: Non-Weight Bearing, WB: Weight Bearing, ROM: Range of Motion


For example, if you can’t fully elevate your arms above the head in a

standing position but can do that when lying on your back, it is reasonable to say

that motor control strategy or strength deficit related to the movement of the

shoulder in an upright position majorly contributes to the limited mobility. If

both the passive and active range of motion are limited, we assess the motion,

extensibility, and stability of the individual components that make up the

global movement. In case of arm elevation, these components include thoracic

spine, ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder, shoulder blade, and dynamic positioning

among ribcage, pelvis, and shoulder blade. If we identify restricted motion in

one of these components, we apply a gentle soft tissue release technique while

gently facilitating activation of specific muscle groups. If such a technique

immediately improves mobility without additional pain, exercises to improve

muscular balance are warranted. If this method does not improve or only partially

improve the motion, further assessment and/or manual therapy by other

clinicians will be beneficial. It may also need attention from a medical doctor

especially if it involves pain. Pain that is unrelated to movement quality may

also need further medical investigation to find out if it is related to any

systematic condition or psychosocial issues. Using such an algorithm, we can

clearly communicate why we refer our clients out when we connect them with

other clinicians.


This system is not unique to us. We have learned and tested many systems

out there for the past 10 years while collaborating with other clinicians.

Those systems are combined, filtered, and evolved into our current system as we

continuously scrutinize them based on what brings the long-term result for our

clients. And this system is still continuously evolving so that you can enjoy

the maximum benefit of the “exercise as medicine” you deserve! :)


Feel free to check out what others say about the results they got by working with us: https://www.embodieddynamics.net/testimonials

And don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more how we can help you or would like to collaborate with us: https://www.embodieddynamics.net/contact

Our Philosophy
Tabi Padidar
1min read

Our Philosophy

Flourish TCM Clinic specializes in non-narcotic and non-invasive practices in healing pain such as headaches, chronic pain, joint pain, back pain, and Sciatica. Flourish TCM Clinic uses Chinese Medicine Bio-Current Massage Treatment which combines the benefits of acupuncture, cupping, Tui Na (Chinese acupressure massage), and Gua-Sha as well as Cold Laser Acupuncture to treat any body, mind or internal organ conditions. We combining the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine to take a holistic approach to preventing and reversing diseases and heal the body and mind from within.

Arthritis pain management
1min read

Arthritis pain management

Did you know?

  • The WHO has listed Acupuncture as an effective therapy, proved through controlled trials, for Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The WHO has listed Acupuncture as having a therapeutic effect for Osteoarthritis (but requires further proof).
  • "1 in 5 Canadians live every day with arthritis and there is no cure." - Arthritis Society (Arthritis.ca)

Acupuncture can help with:

  • pain management
  • mobility
  • decreasing inflammation
  • rest, relaxation, sleep
Summer Wellness Series Wrap Up
12mins read

Summer Wellness Series Wrap Up

As the last month of Summer 2021 begins, it’s time to reflect back on all that we learned about health and wellness. As part of PromptHealth’s Summer Virtual Wellness Series, we had the opportunity to sit down and speak with different experts on the topics of mental health, understanding our bodies, fitness, nutrition, and emotional health and lifestyle. For a summary of what we learned, keep reading below!

Mental Health 

When it comes to taking care of our mental health, there are so many proven methods to choose from. Did you know that acupressure can actually help with your mental health? We spoke to Clara from AcuPro Academy to explain this. Acupressure is the process of inserting tiny needles, as small as a strand of hair, into the area on the body being treated, which triggers mynute nerves that send signals to the brain to trigger the body to self heal and balance itself. Another method to support your mental health journey is through how you actually think. Dr. Shaheem explained that as humans, we are always looking for things to make us feel good and give us dopamine. However, when we get that feeling of extreme happiness and normalizes as it naturally will over time, that feeling subsides. When we are confronted by unpredictable circumstances your first instinct is to resist and pull from things we cannot control. Instead, stop and reflect. Take a breath and allow yourself to make better decisions with a clear mind - that’s when you thrive. A fun way to teach yourself to think positively is through laughter yoga. We learned from the Laughing Lovebugs that laughter improves your mental, physical, and emotional health all at the same time. Even spending 5 minutes a day can boost your mood and put you in a better headspace to tackle the day. Your body and brain does not know the difference between real and fake laughter, so our bodies get to take advantage of the happy chemicals our body releases like dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, even if we are fake laughing. 

Breathwork and meditation is another way to give yourself a break and focus on relaxation. It is a balancing practice that is safe for everyone to try. Payal Khanwani’s breathwork routine involves finding somewhere comfortable to sit and arriving in your position by taking a few moments to feel yourself in your body. Inhale into your stomach and expand the belly. Then, try the nostril breathing technique: with your index and middle finger down, block your right nostril with your thumb and inhale with the left nostril. take your ring finger and cover your other nostril, releasing your thumb from the right as you exhale. continue inhaling and exhaling through each nostril for 4 counts each way and equal in length. If you are feeling more anxious or stressed, make the exhalations longer to help with letting go of negative emotions. Inhale for 4 and exhale for 6 or 8 counts, depending on lung capacity. Adjust the counts as you’d like to until the practice is comfortable for you. Finally, Dr. Nima walked us through healing from attachment trauma. For many people, there are emotional attachment traumas that they go through in their childhood that they don't ever heal from. Our emotional injuries show in our bodies, from our posture to our ability to make eye contact; to heal from this, guidance is needed to become “unstuck” in our lives, which is where finding expert care comes in. 

Understanding Our Bodies

On the topic of understanding our bodies, Dr. Sheldon Bjorgaard from MOVE Health and Wellness explained how people may suffer from insulin resistance without even knowing it. Insulin resistance occurs when the cells in your body don’t respond to insulin anymore and therefore can’t use the glucose in your blood for energy. Your body creates more insulin to make up for it and over time, your blood sugar levels go up. If you notice changes in your weight or level of energy, you may benefit from testing for insulin resistance and getting on a health plan that will support you. Michael David Huey talked about how what is in our genes affects how our bodies function, all throughout our lives. The gut microbiome is acquired by everyone at the time of birth; richness is the total number of bacterial species that are in your gut microbiome and diversity is the amount of individual species of different bacteria in your gut. Being intentional about hydration, your gut, and your sleep, watch what happens to your skin, energy levels, and overall health. Dr. Marc Bijman spoke about spinal health and how it is a general indication of your overall health. Like many health topics, there are a lot of myths around spinal health so it's important to not believe everything you hear, unless it comes from a credible source. Our bodies are adaptable and resilient, as long as you slowly adapt your body, it is capable of a lot. When it comes to your spine, your best option is to invest in preventive care. 

Hormonal health is another great way to understand your body. We spoke to the Menopause Chicks to better understand the process. Because of the way menopause has been depicted in the media, there is often a lot of misconceptions and misinformation being spread about how it actually looks and is experienced. Menopause happens on the12 month anniversary of your last period, and marks the end of our reproductive lifestage, and of menstruation. The period of time before menopause is called perry menopause which is when your hormones are fluctuating, preparing our body for menopause. The same way a young girl’s body prepares for puberty. For men, we spoke to Dr. Pollock about how 50% of men over 40 experience erectile dysfunction. Men may not realize some subtle symptoms they are experiencing, such as low testosterone. To help with this, lifestyle changes are very important, aerobic exercise 4-5 times a week at a moderate or high level. Another tip he gave was to stop watching pornography, as it increases the threshold that men can get an erection. 

Lastly, an important part of understanding our bodies is to make sure you are getting complete and effective care. We spoke to JR Burgess about how patients can ensure they’re getting the best quality care. He explained that it is important to ask the practitioner that you are working with if they feel they can help regenerate or restore you through their treatment, rather than helping you manage it. Learning how to ask powerful questions will greatly benefit you in finding the right treatments. 


On the topic of fitness, we spoke to Mark Campbell on the benefits of TRX training. TRX training is a form of exercise that uses suspension cables, your own body weight, and gravity to create resistance. It helps increase: strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core, and joint stability. The movements can be adjusted to meet any fitness level, making it a good choice for almost anyone, and there are so many different ways you can use the TRX to reap the benefits. We also had the opportunity to speak to Farinaz Lari, Olympic Gold Medalist, about creating the mindset of a champion. Farinaz told us that investing in a mindset coach can be highly influential and helpful for maintaining the motivation for a goal. Something you can try at home yourself without any professional help is to try not to turn on your phone immediately when you wake up. Instead, have some meditative time with yourself, even just 10 minutes in the morning. Setting your day up at the beginning through gratitude gets you in touch with your intention and your “why.” During these 10 minutes, think about what you are grateful for; the repetition of understanding how grateful you are for what you do will give you energy and help you enjoy what you do! 

Looking for a physical workout? We spent some time with Bree Munno from Balance with Bree as she walked us through a simple summer at-home workout. Check it out on our Instagram or on the Knowledge tab on our site to watch and follow along!


For our nutrition segment, Jenn Messina, a dietician, spoke to us about how we can help our kids have healthy relationships with food and their bodies. Often, our distorted relationship with food as adults affects our children and their relationship with food. Parents are responsible for the where, when, and what, when it comes to food, while the kids are in control of how much, and whether they eat. How a child feels about their body affects many other aspects of their life, and it is important to encourage healthy relationships with food from early on. No matter what their body size is, there are many people who are never fully satisfied with their body, and that makes us realize that it is not about the appearance of our bodies, it is about the way we feel about our bodies and the relationship we have with it. Jill Schmelke, a nutritionist, covered healthy hydration and happy hormones. Hydration is something people tend to overlook. Did you know that tap water does not hydrate you on a cellular level? Adding lemon and sea salt to your water in the morning, as well as getting in electrolytes throughout the day helps deepen your hydration. A lot of people are struggling with hormone balance but do not realize it. Some signs and symptoms include weight gain and weight loss, pain and stiffness, and increased thirst. She reminded us that diet and nutrition are very important for your hormones, and we should be avoiding sugar and alcohol and instead focus on eating whole foods. 

Andy De Santis, also a dietician, spoke to us about the connection between nutrition and mental health. Three facets to mental health and nutrition include the way you react to different foods physiologically, how you think and feel about food, and the management of conditions that affect your daily quality of life. If you suffer from anxiety, try adding more omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin d, and foods high in antioxidants to your diet. In the winter, due to the lack of sun in most places, people need more supplementation for vitamin d. A simple way to incorporate healthy nutrients into your lifestyle is to figure out what nutrients you are likely to be low in, and increase your nutrient intake with foods like legumes and vegetables that you like. Finally, we spoke to Kelly Carter who walked us through three simple, delicious recipes you can easily make at home. 

Emotional Health and Lifestyle

Our final segment of experts covered emotional health and lifestyle improvement. Pari from the Naaji Podcast explained that low self-esteem usually manifests from when you are a child or teenager, which is when you start to criticize yourself. The six pillars for creating self-esteem are living consciously, self acceptance, self responsibility, self assertiveness, living purposely, and self integrity, and it is important to practice building these up to lead a fulfilling life. We need to work hard everyday to change our mindset and opinion of ourselves. Remember, it is not selfish to want to take time and energy for yourself. Samira Hoghoughi stated that when it comes to relationships, we commonly think that our needs are the same. However, everyone's basic needs are different, so the best way to manage conflicts is to firstly understand the needs of the people you’re in a relationship with. Figure out what you want out of the conversations and time you spend with your partner or people in your life. Communicate your needs about what you need and why so they better understand. Remember to make your needs clear, accurate and doable!

Rao Kolusu reminded us to practice meditation in our daily lives. When you are at work, try to take one minute of each hour to take deep breaths, and recenter yourself. You will find you are more focused and are more intentional about the work you are doing.Take deep breaths and inhale into your stomach, letting your belly expand and retract with each deep inhale and exhale. Being in the present is so crucial to your yoga practice, and approaching life in general. Solmaz Barghgir explained that the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. If our relationship with ourselves is full of self hate, we will be more likely to enter into and attract toxic relationships. This is why we must connect with what we value in ourselves and the world around us, and then behave according to those values. Next we must figure out what brings us a sense of purpose. Without feeling like we are bringing value into the world through our sense of purpose, we may feel empty and lost. We need to look out onto the horizon of our life, and look into our future. If we can see our horizon, the one we want without limiting beliefs and negative thoughts this will guide us to getting what we want out of life.

With our Summer Virtual Wellness Series concluded, we hope you learned as much as we did! To watch all of the mentioned sessions, please visit our Knowledge tab where you will find the full videos. 

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