What is causing my jaw pain?

pt Health Pain Relief, Physiotherapy, TMJ

Have you experienced pain when chewing, hear clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth, suffer from headaches or pain in your ear, face, jaw or neck, or have your jaw lock and be unable to move it? You may be experiencing problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ disorders may be caused by inadvertently clenching the jaw …

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Two simple tests you can try to evaluate your risk of falling

pt Health fall prevention, Vestibular Rehabilitation

As many as one-third of older adults fall at least once a year. These falls often have unfortunate consequences, like fractures or head injuries, increased burden on caregivers, and higher healthcare costs. Even the fear of falling again can make people restrict their activities thinking that they are reducing their risk, but the resulting deconditioning may actually increase fall risk. …

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Don’t let the fear of falling stop you

pt Health fall prevention, Vestibular Rehabilitation

Has a fear of falling made you turn down a golfing trip or that walk your friends invited you on? Maybe you try not to leave the house unless absolutely necessary because you just don’t trust your balance enough. If this sounds like you, take comfort in knowing you are not alone. 34% of Canadians over the age of 65 …

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How occupational therapy can help address mental health concerns

pt Health Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

When you think of seeking support for mental health conditions or symptoms, do you think of an Occupational Therapist? Most will think of psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers or even psychiatrists and picture themselves lying on a couch with someone looking over them (like the scenario shown in movies). Did you know that Occupational Therapists have the education, training, and skills to help …

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Integrating the 4 P’s into life with persistent pain

pt Health Occupational Therapy, Pain

If you deal with pain and discomfort on a daily basis, everyday tasks can be challenging. The 4 P’s: prioritizing, pacing, planning, and positioning – provide four different paths to help you effectively manage and navigate persistent pain in your everyday life. Learn more about the four P’s below. What is prioritizing? Prioritizing means being focused on which tasks are …

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5 strategies that can help you talk to your clinician about pain

pt Health Occupational Therapy, Pain, Physiotherapy

Communicating effectively about pain can be difficult. The good news is that when patients ask questions and express concerns, clinicians can develop a clearer understanding of the patient’s life and are therefore better able to provide tailored interventions. When patients experience difficulty explaining their pain symptoms, it comes as no surprise that clinicians may develop an inaccurate understanding of their …

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The PEACE and LOVE approach to injury recovery

pt Health Pain Relief, Physiotherapy

Note: The content in this blog is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician. If you are unsure about following any of the below steps, please speak to your clinician. Have you ever sprained your ankle or pulled a muscle and been told to give it RICE? RICE is a widely accepted principle of soft tissue injury management that …

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What is causing my shin pain and how can I treat it at home?

Kirsten Roesink At-home excerises, Pain Relief

You might think that shin pain happens to runners, but this issue can happen to anyone who has recently intensified their level of physical activity. Shin pain, also known as “shin splints”, is a condition caused by inflammation of the tibialis posterior muscle. This muscle runs along the front and inside of the tibia, or “shin bone”. How does the tibialis posterior …

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Physiotherapist Spotlight: Alex Singh

pt Health Spotlight

  It’s no secret that we love our team members here at pt Health. Clinic culture is a huge thing for us, which is why we love turning the spotlight on our fantastic clinicians. Today we’re talking to Clinic Team Manager and physiotherapist at Trafalgar Physiotherapy pt Health in Oakville Ontario. Alex dispells some common vestibular myths, explains why you …

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