Taming your sciatica: movements that can help ease discomfort

pt Health At-home excerises, Physiotherapy

In the world of rehabilitation, we often use the phrase “motion is lotion” meaning, frequent movement helps to combat barriers to engaging in activities that we enjoy. Have you ever dreaded walking your dog because you know the activity will cause a sciatica flare-up, or felt unable to go for a walk with a friend or family member because that …

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How to keep your hands healthy and moisturized this winter

pt Health Hands, Pain Relief

With the temperatures dropping, it is not unusual experience dry hands that itch and may even crack. We still have many months of this ahead of us, so how can we best manage our hands? There are other factors, besides hand hygiene, which contribute to making our hands vulnerable.  Addressing these will go a long way in preventing hand irritation. …

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How to warm up for golf in fall weather

pt Health Exercises, Physiotherapy

Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean you need to put the golf clubs away just yet.  However, it is important to ensure you’re properly warming up, increasing circulation to the large muscle groups involved in the game of golf. Specifically, the hips, shoulders, and torso require adequate flexibility to perform an optimal golf swing. By doing mobility …

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Relieve low back pain with these easy movements

pt Health Back pain, Pain Relief, Physiotherapy

4 out of 5 Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain can vary from a minor annoyance to a debilitating condition. Next time it strikes, try these safe easy to do movements that can help relieve discomfort and get you moving comfortably again. To open the infographic and make it larger, click here. Note: The information listed …

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What is causing my jaw pain?

pt Health Pain Relief, Physiotherapy, TMJ

Do you experience pain in your jaw when you’re chewing, do you hear clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth, are you suffering from headaches, pain in your ear, face, jaw, or neck, or has your jaw locked and are you unable to move it? If so, you may be experiencing problems with your temporomandibular joint …

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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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