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Foam Rolling, is it For Me?

If you have been to a physiotherapy clinic in the last few years, then you have almost certainly witnessed, or felt first hand, the technique of foam rolling. Foam rolling is a popular technique that releases tight muscles and mobilizes the network of connective tissues. In this month’s newsletter, we discuss how foam rolling works, and how it can …

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Common Myths About Physiotherapy

If pain relief, return to exercise or upping your sporting preparation is on your list, remember how physiotherapy can help. Here are some common myths busted… Does Physiotherapy Just Mean Exercise?No, treatment includes exercises of various types to promote flexibility and strength. But it also includes hands on treatment to promote healing and education on necessary …

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Understanding Common Neck Injuries

It is estimated that 75% of the working population will experience neck or back pain during their career. Today we will learn how the neck works, why these injuries happen and how physiotherapy can help treat neck injuries. Understanding your neck Your neck is the upper part of your spine known as the cervical spine. It is comprised …

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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals. As physiotherapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including: Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse) Headaches Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears) Fractures (e.g. broken arm) Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome) Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement) …

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What is an Ankle Strain?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments are stretched or torn and can vary in severity from a grade 1 sprain with a few torn fibres in the ligaments, to a grade 3 sprain where the ligament is completely torn. What Causes an Ankle Sprain?  Trauma or sudden movements, primarily twisting/turning/rolling of the foot and ankle, are …

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Preventing Running Injuries

Whether you are a novice preparing to run for the first time, a social jogger, an experienced runner, or a seasoned veteran; running provides a great foundation for both physical and mental conditioning. Running forms the basic platform of many sporting activities e.g., soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football and basketball. There has been overwhelming research outlining the benefits …

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IMS: Intramuscular Stimulation

How Does it Work? IMS uses acupuncture needles to specifically target injured muscles, which have tightened/contracted as a result of injury/stress. The needles are inserted into the affected areas, which can be directly into the tight bands of muscles, or near the spine where the nerves have become irritated. Generally, the insertion of the needles is …

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Massage Therapy!

Massage Therapy focuses primarily on restoring muscles to optimal length, strength and muscle balance. Whether the cause of the pain is primarily muscular or a secondary reaction to trauma, muscles will react to protect and guard the affected area. By reducing muscle pain, we allow the body to relax, heal and recover. Common techniques used by …

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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Have you been suffering from heel pain that won’t go away? Tennis elbow that has not responded to conservative treatment (including a cortisone injection)? How about tendonitis or calcification of the shoulder that limits your functional mobility at work, home and during your sporting activities? Have you reached the point where you are ready to give up and surgery …

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Exercising with Resistance Bands

What are Resistance Band Exercises? Resistance bands are strips of stretchable rubber that come in a variety of resistance levels and colours.  They are used to perform strengthening exercises for your muscles by providing resistance during the entire movement, causing your muscles to work both concentrically (while shortening) and eccentrically (while lengthening). When would I consider Resistance Band exercises? …

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