Hands hold a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

Can Physiotherapy Help Swelling After Breast Cancer Surgery?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Is This Normal?

  Did you know that physiotherapy can help treat the swelling that can occur after breast cancer surgery and treatment? If you’ve undergone treatment for breast cancer, you may notice that your hand and arm have become swollen and painful. Your healthcare team may have used terms like ‘lymphedema’ and ‘manual lymphatic drainage,’ but what do these words actually mean? …

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colleen digiacinto registered massage therapist specializing in Motor Vehicle Accident rehabilitation, Pregnancy Massage, Trigger Point Release, Swedish Massage, Cupping Massage, and Table Thai Yoga Massage at Northside Physiotherapy Clinic, Fredericton NB

Registered Massage Therapist Spotlight: Colleen DiGiacinto

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Spotlight

  We love celebrating our amazing clinicians, that’s why spotlights are some of our favourite posts. For us, spotlights are a great chance to introduce our clinic team members, celebrate their accomplishments, and learn a little more about the people that make working at pt Health so great. Today we’re turning the spotlight on Colleen who is celebrating 15-years at …

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Concussion: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments

pt Health Miscellaneous

  So you’ve bumped your head during a soccer game and now have a concussion. What’s next, you may wonder? Well, for the most part, the majority of people recover from a concussion within 7-10 days, however, up to 30% may have symptoms that last longer. How do you deal with these symptoms? Can physiotherapy actually help? Continue reading to …

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Physiotherapist Spotlight: Marianne Custodio-Fox

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Spotlight

  We love talking about our clinicians, that’s why spotlights are some of our favourite posts. How could they not be when we have so many phenomenally driven and ambitious people working at our clinics across the country? For us, spotlights are a great chance to introduce our clinic team members, give them a platform to share what they love …

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Three Children with neon coloured backpacks walk down a busy city street.

Myth or Fact: Is a Heavy Backpack Bad for You?

Kerrie-Ann Bernard Limb pain, Neuropathy, Shoulder pain

With the start of the school year, we’re often asked: “is carrying a heavy backpack bad for me?” While there are a lot of variables that go into answering that question, one thing we can say for sure is that carrying an excessively heavy bag, backpack, or rucksack can cause compression on your brachial plexus (the network of nerves running …

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Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Management

Amanda Garvin Modalities, Pain, Pain Relief

  We’ve all experienced pain in our lives, but what happens when the pain won’t go away? Having pain for months or years at a time (chronic pain) is a problem that 10-30% of the population will experience. So what do you do when you’ve tried everything to get rid of your pain and it’s still there? Recent evidence suggests …

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Asian man with rotator cuff related shoulder pain, pressing on neck and shoulders with painful expression

Rotator Cuff Injury: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments

Amanda Garvin Pain, Pain Relief, Shoulder pain

What is a Rotator Cuff? As humans, we have a lot of movement in our shoulder that allows us to reach, climb and swim. Unfortunately, having this much movement means that the shoulder is more likely to be injured. That’s where the rotator cuff comes in! The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles around the shoulder that help …

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Is This Serious? Why Do My Feet Ache?

Amanda Garvin Foot pain, Is this serious?

  From going for a jog to walking up the stairs to playing with the kids, our feet are an essential part of our daily routine. That’s why foot pain can be so disruptive and debilitating. You may be wondering, is it normal for my feet to ache like this all the time? This article will focus on one of …

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What is Cupping Therapy?

Amanda Garvin Modalities

If you watched the Rio 2016 Olympics, you may have noticed some of the athletes – including Michael Phelps – sporting some interesting bruising patterns. This circular red/purple mark is the result of a technique called cupping. Today we’ll discuss what cupping is, where it originated, and how it works. What is Cupping? Cupping is a technique that involves applying …

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