Why Physiotherapy Improves Body Image

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Did you know that exercise, which is a vital aspect of a physiotherapy program, improves body image? Medical News Today reported on a study that proved just one exercise session increases body image, which can be defined as how someone feels about his or her body at any given moment. MNT stated, “New research suggests that a single, (30-minute) bout … Read More

6 Early Heart Attack Warning Symptoms You Need to Know

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According to the Government of Canada, heart disease caused 48,000 deaths in Canada alone in 2012. Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada. About 2.4 million Canadians over the age of 20 have ischemic heart disease. 6 Early Warning Symptoms of Heart Attack  Heart attack can result from heart disease. Mayo Clinic staff wrote, “A heart … Read More

Interview with Physiotherapy Elliott Cooke (Elite Sports Injury Physiotherapy Clinics)

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“Is a doctor of physiotherapy a ‘real’ doctor?” “How can I do physiotherapy at home?” “Will physiotherapy treat my condition?” These are just a few of the physiotherapy-related questions that get Googled every day. People are curious about physiotherapy and want to know if it can benefit them. That’s why we publish monthly interviews with certified, passionate, experienced physiotherapists — … Read More

Avoid Opioids and Control Chronic Pain with Physiotherapy

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According to CBS News, one in three Americans were prescribed opioids in 2015. About 5% of these individuals obtained the drugs through illicit means, and 0.8% reported being fully addicted to opioids. Most people obtain opioids legally, getting a prescription from a legitimate doctor for pain. Unfortunately, a small percentage of individuals who innocently begin taking opioids for pain end … Read More

Physiotherapist Christine Sharrow Explains How to Overcome Barriers to a Home Program

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Participating in a home physiotherapy program can sometimes be tough for patients. Many physiotherapy patients are surprised to learn that participating in a physiotherapy program is more involved than simply visiting a PT clinic once or twice a week for an hour. Most physiotherapy patients also need to do at-home exercises in order to see lasting results. While at-home physiotherapy … Read More

Your Plan for Reducing Chronic Pain This Year

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According to the Government of Canada, an estimated 1.5 million Canadians experience chronic pain. Of those 1.5 million individuals, or 1 in 10 Canadians aged 12 to 44, 9 percent are male and 12 percent are female.   Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 90 days. This type of pain can be slight, debilitating, or anything in between. … Read More

Prevent Cardiovascular Disease with Physiotherapy

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, with 90 percent of Canadians having at least one risk factor for the disease (1). Cardiovascular disease includes conditions such as angina, stroke, and heart attack. CVD is caused when “plaque breaks away from the artery wall (and causes) a clot to form which may lodge in an artery, … Read More

Losing Winter Weight the Right Way

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According to Johns Hopkins University, the average person gains five to seven pounds during the winter months. Since 3500 calories equals one pound of fat, the average person consumes an extra 17,500-24,500 calories in winter. Why We Gain Weight in Winter There is a biological reason we are hungrier in winter, and it is probably not because our bodies need … Read More

Preventing Falls: A 3-Step Guide for Seniors

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20 to 30 percent of Canadian seniors fall each year, meaning falls are the number one cause of injury in older Canadians (1). Falls often lead to hospitalization and surgery. Injuries caused by falls are not only difficult for those who are personally affected; they also cause financial stress for the economy and are emotionally draining for caretakers.  More Than … Read More

3 Exercises for Spinal Stenosis

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‘Spinal stenosis’ refers to a progressive narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) regions. The condition can be painful and limiting. Spinal stenosis is part of the aging process, but it can and should be managed. In some cases, spinal stenosis is congenital (1). Do You Have Spinal Stenosis? Know the Symptoms. Spinal stenosis … Read More