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Through our blog we educate and offer suggestions on topics that relate to physiotherapy and healthy living.

overuse injuries

The Scoop on Overuse Injuries

Along with warehouse work come back injuries. Canada’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the organization that handles workplace injury…

airplane back pain

Preventing Back Pain for Flight Crews and Travellers

Air travel is a fact of life for many of us, whether because it’s our livelihood, our work demands it or we want to explore places that are most…

warehouse work back pain

Warehouse Work Causing Back Pain

Along with warehouse work come back injuries. Canada’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the organization that handles workplace injury…

shoulder pain

Why are my shoulders sore?

While you don’t literally carry the world on your own shoulders, figuratively, you may feel as if you do. Life is full of stress and our shoulders…

neck pain

What Causes Neck Pain?

At one time or another, you’ve undoubtedly muttered to yourself, “What a pain in the neck.” Of course, you’re generally referring to an annoyance,…

shoulder separation

How to Manage a Shoulder Separation

A shoulder separation refers to an injury to the top of the shoulder where the front of the shoulder blade (acromion) attaches to the collarbone…

driving night

How to Avoid Accidents This Winter

Drivers and pedestrians both are at more risk for car accidents than usual during this time of year, and it’s not only the road conditions that make…

winter exercise

Stay Fit During the Winter

This year, don’t give in to all of these distractions and excuses: Resist! Your body and your mind will thank you, because you’ll be fighting back…

piriformis syndromw

Piriformis Syndrome – a real Pain in the Butt

We’ve all heard people say it, no matter how impolite it may sound, “What a pain in the butt!” However, anyone who is suffering from piriformis…

tailbone pain

Tailbone Pain: How can I relieve it?

Coccydynia is an injury to the tailbone, which is a multi-segmented bone that sits at the base of the spine immediately above the buttocks. The…

groin strain

What is a Groin Injury?

The groin, perhaps because of proximity, isn’t a region that is mentioned often in polite conversation. Because the groin is an area of the body that…

what is a heel spur

What is a Heel Spur?

Do you suffer from heel pain? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, many people try to ignore the early signs of heel pain and keep on doing the…

core stability

Why is Core Stability important?

Your core refers to the midsection of your body, front, rear and sides; it connects the upper and lower regions of your body. The core’s major muscle…

RICE method

Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation – The RICE Method Explained

RICE is the acronym that stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It’s a mnemonic, or memory device, that helps you remember quickly what to…

contusion

What is a Contusion?

There shouldn’t be any confusion about a contusion. In plain English, it’s a bruise. We’ve all had them, especially as children: bumping into the…

whiplash

What is Whiplash?

Anatomically speaking, the mechanical forces that occur when the head and neck are whipped forward and back place major stress on the cervical spine.…

abnormal gait

Abnormal Gait and Balance Problems

Walking takes strength, balance, sensation and co-ordination. Think about babies: first, they gain enough strength to raise themselves to their hands…

degenerative disc disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease

The discs that reside in our spinal columns are a vital part of our anatomy, acting as shock absorbers for our vertebrae and allowing our spines to…

muscle cramp

How to Get Rid of Muscle Cramps

Given our reliance on muscles for movement, when a muscle cramps, we’re dismayed, because, for a brief period, they don’t function. A cramp is a…

calf strain

How to Treat a Calf Strain

The most common injury to our calf muscle is a calf strain, which is also called a pulled calf muscle and a calf muscle tear. In actuality, the two…

osteoarthritis hip

What is Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

One of the most common ailments as we age is osteoarthritis or arthritis of the bones, often called “wear and tear” arthritis. Osteoarthritis can…

hamstring injury

How to Heal a Strained Hamstring

Your hamstrings are crucial to your body’s motion. There are three hamstring muscles that extend from your buttocks to your knee. Those who have…

facet joint syndrome

What is Facet Joint Syndrome?

Each vertebra has two facet joints, one on each side of the spine. They are the joints responsible for spine stability and flexibility and make it…

post concussion syndrome

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Hard hits to the head in any sport, including ice hockey and football, can cause mild traumatic brain injury, which is essentially how a concussion…

spinal stenosis definition

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, which houses the spinal cord, and the openings in it that provide passage for peripheral…

what is sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Do you have pain radiating from your buttock to your calf? Perhaps you have discomfort running from groin to knee. Interestingly, both of these…

tmj disorder

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?

A TMJ disorder refers to problems with the jaw joints, muscles or fibrous tissues that connect them. TMJ disorders are most prevalent among women in…

carpal tunnel wrist

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

On a daily basis, we don’t give much thought to our wrists, unless we are putting on a bracelet, affixing cufflinks or buttoning a sleeve. They are…

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