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Perched on a Pillow?

Perched on a Pillow?

Are your worries all perched on a pillow? And we don’t mean figuratively, but literally, are your worries all about THE PILLOW? Well, you are not in as uncommon a dilemma as you may think. Physiotherapists frequently get queries about pillow related problems. Sleeping on the wrong, or too worn out a pillow, not only leads to headaches, backaches and neck cramps, but also prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of proper sleep can lead to many…

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Stretch it with Physiotherapy

Stretch it with Physiotherapy

Who doesn’t want to stay flexible, especially as they age? Well, stretching is one very good way to stay flexible! According to the American College of Sports Medicine it’s good to stretch all the major muscle groups at least two times a week.Stretching is an integral part of physiotherapy, and a physiotherapist is the perfect person to guide you how to stretch. Physiotherapists recommend stretching regularly, as it keeps one’s hips and hamstrings flexible later in life, which is very…

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Yoga – Just Do it!

Yoga – Just Do it!

Yoga has been gaining immense popularity lately, due to the short-term as well as long-term benefits that it provides. Practicing yoga provides a strong spiritual element that offers fitness and flexibility. People suffering from various health disorders can find solutions through yoga, and they may reap the extra benefits yoga provides through living a more stress-free lifestyle as well as with increased fitness. Yoga for a healthy life Yoga is an ancient system of health that promotes ‘union’ and connects…

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What are Orthotics?

What are Orthotics?

What are orthotics? Orthotics are custom made inserts that are worn inside your shoe to control abnormal foot function. Orthotics solve a number of biomechanically related problems, for example, ankle and knee pain, pelvis, hip, spinal pain. This is achieved by preventing misalignment of the foot, which significantly alters the way in which the bones move within their joints. How are custom orthotics made? The process starts with the physiotherapist conducting a Biomechanical Gait analysis on a GaitScan system which…

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How to Feel when you’re Numb

How to Feel when you’re Numb

Do your legs tingle, become numb, or feel weak? You may be experiencing Sciatica. The term Sciatica describes leg pain that originates from the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself –it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Common lower back problems such as: lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis can cause sciatica symptoms….

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Yoga & Your Back.

Yoga & Your Back.

Back pain? You are not alone. Over 80 % of Canadians will experience back pain atleast once in their life. However, about 90% of back pain is not caused by any serious injury or disease. That being said, it doesn’t make it any less painful or debilitating. For a lot of people traditional physiotherapy and massage therapy works well, but if it doesn’t don’t be discouraged… there is still hope! As a physiotherapist myself that has suffered from back pain,…

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Effects of poor posture

Effects of poor posture

Working in a busy outpatient clinic with primarily an orthopedic focus, I see a lot of patients with postural dysfunction. Over time, I’ve developed a few key points that I talk to most of my patients about. Definition Posture is a “position or attitude of the body, the relative arrangement of body parts for a specific activity, or a characteristic manner of bearing one’s body.” i.e. posture is another word that most therapists use interchangeably with ‘alignment’ So, why is…

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