Complementary Medicine and Alternative Therapies

A holistic approach for managing osteoporosis
A holistic approach for managing osteoporosis

Athletic Therapist Heather Robinson tests Amanda Owen’s balance at a recent appointment at the Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health at Women’s College Hospital. Photo credit: Michael Wong When Amanda Owen was diagnosed with osteoporosis, about a decade ago, she ...


How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse
How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse

Doug McCaslin, an attendee of the Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention program at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Two years ago, Doug McCaslin was leading a double life. The 65-year-old was splitting his time between his home in Toronto and a job ...


Spine Centre helps patients get back in action
Spine Centre helps patients get back in action

Anna Lee, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist works with a patient in the Spince Centre. There’s a new way to deal with back pain, thanks to Trillium Health Partners’ interprofessional team-based model at the Kingsway Financial Spine Centre. The Spine Centre is ...


It’s time to start using the M-word
It’s time to start using the M-word

The secure growth chambers at CanniMed. To prevent contamination, anyone entering the growth area must shower, and wear supplied clothing, footwear and hairnets. Credit: CanniMed Ltd. In many ways, Marion Albaum of Toronto, 38, is your typical Canadian mom. She cheers ...


Solving the pain puzzle?
Solving the pain puzzle?

The November 2013 “Pain in Canada fact sheet” published by the Canadian Pain Society states some hard facts summarized under the heading Pain is Poorly Managed in Canada. These facts include: Canadians are left in pain after surgery even in our ...


Acupuncture turns addict into a believer
Acupuncture turns addict into a believer

Ed Dowdall was one of first patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to be offered auricular acupuncture as an alternative therapy for addictions or mental health issues. Ed Dowdell can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on something. He started ...


Music therapy and patient-centred care
Music therapy and patient-centred care

Sarah Pearson MMT, works as a music therapist. I know exactly the moment that I decided to become a music therapist. That moment was at a hospital, where I was the patient. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I ...


A new dimension in cancer hope, healing and wellness
A new dimension in cancer hope, healing and wellness

The personalized Cancer Exercise program at Wellspring improves physical functioning, fatigue management and overall quality of life for people living with cancer. Nothing can ever prepare one for a diagnosis of cancer. The emotional, psychological and physical impact is often ...


Mindfulness: The quiet revolution
Mindfulness: The quiet revolution

There is a quiet revolution going on at Hamilton Health Sciences. The weapon of choice? Stopping and breathing. Andrea Frolic, director of the office of clinical & organizational ethics at Hamilton Health Sciences, leads a group of staff members through ...


Music care at end of life brings many benefits
Music care at end of life brings many benefits

Jane gives the gift of music to Goerge at Lakeridge Hospital. Sounds of music may be most profound at the end of life when all other senses are shutting down and the melodies are not only distinguishable but spiritually sustaining. ...


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