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

Degenerative Disc Disease

Things to Avoid with Degenerative Disc Disease

Things to avoid with degenerative disc disease include heavy lifting, bending, twisting, or reaching, as these activities can worsen symptoms.

ball of foot pain

Ball of Foot Pain: a Guide to Causes

The ball of your foot, the pad just behind your toes, is vulnerable to different injuries and conditions which can result in discomfort or pain.

Neck Pain from Sleeping

Neck Pain from Sleeping

Neck pain after sleeping is not an uncommon experience for many individuals. One of the most prevalent reasons is inappropriate sleeping positions.

POTS Syndrome

Do I Have POTS Syndrome Quiz

POTS syndrome, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, is a condition affecting the autonomic nervous system.

Why Is It Hard To Stand Up After Squatting

Why Is It Hard To Stand Up After Squatting?

Sure, it’s easy to lower your body down to the floor. Getting back up again? That’s another challenge altogether.

what is tendinitis

What is Tendinitis?

If you are in pain and wonder if tendinitis is the cause, don’t hesitate to consult with a registered physiotherapist.

Active Release Technique

Understanding Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART) helps to alleviate pain and restore your range of motion from a sports or overuse injury, or chronic pain.

What to Do for a Stiff Knee

What to Do for a Stiff Knee

Knee pain is a signal your body is sending to let you know that something is wrong. Don’t exacerbate the injury by ignoring signals.

home office ergonomics

Working from Home Ergonomics: A Guide to Preventing Injuries

Even though you may not be able to achieve an ideal setup for working at home, do what you can to help your body stay healthy. Here are some tips…

benefits of physical therapy

The Benefits of Physical Therapy Throughout Your Life

Many people associate physical therapy with injury. You see your physical therapist when you’ve sprained an ankle playing tennis or injured a knee…

new mother pain

New Mother Aches and Pains: How Physiotherapy Can Help

Neck, back & shoulders hurting? Here are some of the most common new mother aches & pains and what you can do about them.

overuse injuries

The Scoop on Overuse Injuries

Exercise generally strengthens, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones by breaking down old tissue and allowing new tissue to grow. However, if tissue…

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…

stay fit

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…