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What is Vertigo? A brief overview of BPPV
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo. It is often described as a sensation of spinning, even when the person is sitting or standing perfectly still. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is quite a mouthful, so let's break it down:

Benign – it is not life-threatening
Paroxysmal – it comes in sudden, brief spells
Positional – it gets triggered by certain head positions or movements
Vertigo – a false sense of rotational movement

People with vertigo report feeling like things are spinning around them while they are staying still. This spinning sensation is often triggered or worsened by certain head movements. This feeling can be quite scary, especially if you do not know what or why this is happening.

What's going on? What causes vertigo?

I have been in practice for 7 years as a chiropractor and through that time I have learned and adopted a variety of therapies to help my patients. By far one of the most beneficial tools I have used is shockwave therapy. 

Shockwave therapy uses acoustic sound waves applied to the injured area. These sound waves penetrate the body, helping to improve blood flow, enhance cellular function, promote collagen growth and stimulate the natural healing process. 

Shockwave has proven to be particularly useful when managing chronic musculoskeletal injuries. I have helped many patients struggling with stubborn rotator cuff tendinopathies, tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, or muscle trigger points, find long-lasting relief with only a few shockwave sessions. 

The treatment itself is quick, lasting for about 3-5 minutes and patients typically require 3-4 treatments. The effective nature of this technique can drastically reduce the number of visits needed, thereby providing a very cost-effective option for chronic issues.

What's Cookin' with Kevin: Lemon Poppyseed Scones

Hi everyone! Calgary Physiotherapist Kevin Connell here. When I'm not helping clients at one of the Energize Health clinics, or hitting the slopes on my favourite ski hill, you can probably find me in the kitchen. I love making food, and I especially love baking.

Whenever I get asked what I like to bake, I always have to say scones as are by far the thing I make most often. I’ve spent a lot of time looking and experimenting for the perfect scone recipe and I finally found everything I was looking for in a scone. Let's get to it! 

I love treatment. If I could, I would have treatment at least every week at one of the clinics. Especially massage, gosh I love love love massage. You'd think I would get massages more often, being married to a massage therapist, but whenever I complained to Josh about pain I am experiencing, he just tells me to " do the exercises".
But alas, I, owner of the clinics and consequently someone who genuinely knows better, really suck at doing my home care exercises. Oftentimes when I go in for treatment I tell the clinician, "I know, I know - what I really need to do is strengthen my glute muscles. I know that would relieve my back pain and prevent it from reoccurring. But I just can't seem to make myself do it! Can't I just lay here and you make me feel better? Please?!" 

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