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Physiotherapy Back Pain Self-Management: Level 1

This is the first workshop in the Back Pain Self-Management series conducted by Mokhtar Akbari, Physiotherapist at Rideau Physiotherapy in Sandy Hill, Ottawa. In this workshop, participants will learn how to correctly identify and manage low back pain which has occurred after bending, lifting and strenuous activities or after excessive sitting periods at work. This workshop uses a practical approach. Bring relaxed clothing and a yoga mat and learn the best self-management techniques and exercises to manage your low back pain when it appears. Participants will also receive a self-management education and exercise sheet to help them put the workshop lessons in practice when they need them.

Space is limited, participants will be accepted one a first come first serve basis by signing up on Evenbrite. Click here to sign-up.

For an introduction to managing low back pain, read our article: What to do with lower back pain.

For more information on research conducted in the field individualized physiotherapy exercise prescription for back pain, visit the website of The Mackenzie Institute International.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact Mokhtar by email at mokhtar.pt.hom@gmail.com.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you have to register on eventbrite and bring ID with you. In case the event is full, only participants with who have registered on Eventbrite will be accepted. If you cannot register on Eventbrite, you may register in person at our clinic at 418 Rideau St (Rideau Wellness Center). Call us ahead of time to make sure we are in the office (613-241-3434).

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To help me change, accept me.

Illustration by Kristen Uroda for NPR.

Healing can be paradoxical in many ways. Seeking help with an issue implies that you have a problem that you need fixed, that something is wrong and that you would like it to change. Usually, you see a medical professional, receive a treatment and feel better; your problem is solved. That is the way we expect medicine to work. However, what if trying to change someone and trying to fix the problem becomes a barrier itself to healing for that individual? In the case of mental health issues, this may be the case. In our striving to fix things, to solve problems, we can become so focused that we forget to simply love and accept the person we are trying to help. I have, in my own personal experiences, witnessed many times the transformative power of love and acceptance. As homeopaths, our job is to walk this fine line between treatment and loving acceptance. We are acutely aware that each individual has a deep connection to an element in nature, be it a mineral, plant or animal substance. This connection forms and shapes the individual’s painful experiences, both physically and emotionally. On one hand, we offer medicines to help a person come out of the unhealthy state, in which their attachment to this substance creates. Our medicines help our patient shed their false beliefs and perceptions, to see hope in a situation that seemed dim before and to grow closer to their true nature in order to become who they truly are. Conversely, while we walk this path, we should be mindful that part of the true healing comes from the love and accept we feel from others. Our patients are not broken objects needing to be fixed; they are beautiful gems who need to be admired and uplifted with tender hands, the way a gardener tends to his shrubs pruning them when needing, but always singing to them in his heart.

For more on the power of acceptance and how we can apply it to our own lives, listen to this beautiful radio podcast episode by the show Invisibilia on NPR: The Problem with the Solution.

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What is Homeopathy?

In this video, my colleague Mani Norland from the School of Homeopathy, UK, clearly outlines the basic principles of Homeopathy, explaining what it is and how it works. To find out more about the School of Homeopathy’s correspondence course, visit www.homeopathyschool.com. For Homeopathic Education in Ottawa and Ontario, visit our clinic affiliate, the Ottawa College of Homeopathy. This College offers a 3 year course that fully prepares students for professional practice and admission to the College of Homeopaths of Ontario, the regulating body for Homeopathy in Ontario.

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What to expect during a homeopathy consultation

Thinking of trying your first homeopathy consultation? The initial homeopathic consultation lasts 2 hours for chronic long-lasting conditions. During this time, you will mainly speak to your homeopath about your general health issues and your main health concern. This means that our aim is not only to help you with a specific part of your body, but to assess and treat your body and mind as a whole. As such, the assessment will look at all of the aches and pains that you carry in different parts of your body. We will also be asking about your digestion, sleep patterns, food preferences and significant health concerns that you have had in the past. This is to better understand you as a whole in order to be able to help you as a whole.  

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Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are not considered prescription drugs in Canada, and can therefore be obtained over the counter in many pharmacies and natural health food stores. They are safe, and as a rule, do not interact negatively with any medical drugs or supplements that you might be taking. As the main objective of a homeopathic remedy is to alter the imbalanced energy of your body to stimulate healing from within, these remedies undergo a special process called dynamization in which they become very diluted. Because of this process, they are better able to affect the internal energy of your body. Additionally, the process of dynamization makes them safe to take along side other medication, they do not produce the typical side affects of conventional medications, and the healing that they produce remains even after you stop taking them.

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What to do with lower back pain

It’s a nice autumn Sunday afternoon in Ottawa. Mike just finished tending to his garden. He bends over to pick-up his shovel and suddenly feels a small jab of pain in his lower back. At the time, this is not very distressing to him. However, when Mike wakes up the next day to go to work, the pain is worse – much worse. He feels like he has been stabbed in the back and finds himself struggling to get out of bed. Lower back pain can be very severe and worrisome. For Mike, this is the first time something like this has ever happened to him and he wonders if he has seriously injured himself. But Mike is not the only person in Ottawa waking up with back pain.

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