If you’ve ever had a muscle strain, you might’ve been recommended to visit a physiotherapist by your doctor, a family member, or a friend. With no previous knowledge on the benefits of physiotherapy, it’s easy to choose medication as a temporary measure to reduce and control pain. However, choosing physiotherapy will treat the symptoms AND provide education on the extent of the injury, look at possible causes, and ways to prevent recurrence.
Written by Nancy Baxter, Physiotherapist Recently one of my patients attended exhausted and frustrated with her worsening neck pain and headaches. She looked at me and declared, “we need to have THE TALK”. The pillow talk is what she was referring to, as surely a new pillow would ease her pain. On September 20, 2017, Statistics Canada released a report … Read More
According to the Arthritis Society, over 4.6 million Canadian adults (one in six Canadians aged 15 years and older) report having arthritis. As the Canadian population grows, it is predicted that by the year 2036 that 7.5 million Canadian adults will have some form of arthritis. Arthritis is a chronic condition that is characterized by painful inflammation of the joints … Read More
By Lori Walker Krause, PT Some people even revel in the chance to sit down, take a few deep breaths, and maybe catch up on some reading (or just have a few minutes to hide from your children. Maybe.) Whereas others, particularly young children, may find the hassle and potential struggle of having a bowel movement unappealing and will do … Read More
By Gayle Hulme, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Many women have a fear of passing stool (aka pooping) while giving birth. But there can be an equal amount of fear when it comes time to have your first bowel movement after the baby has arrived. This is a common fear and to counter fear, my belief has always been to educate patients … Read More
While clinics specializing in women’s pelvic health are becoming increasingly common, centers with a focus on treating male pelvic issues are few and far between. Many men are surprised to learn that they have something called a “pelvic floor”. The pelvic floor is a hammock of muscles that runs from the pubic bone in the front, across the underside, to … Read More
In September 1998, a study published by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan found that approximately 11% of Canadian adults had been significantly impacted by back pain. There are a lot of factors that influence that statistic, though we need to be clear that the number published by the University of Saskatchewan is not … Read More
All of us come across having sore muscles at certain (and sometimes many) points in our lives. Most people attribute the onset of muscle soreness to occur after overexertion or injury physical activities such as exercise. When muscles are required to work harder than they are accustomed to, it is believed to cause microscopic damage to the muscle fibres which … Read More