What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments are stretched or torn and can vary in severity from a grade 1 sprain with a few torn fibres in the ligaments, to a grade 3 sprain where the ligament is completely torn. What Causes an Ankle Sprain?  Trauma or sudden movements, primarily twisting/turning/rolling of the foot and ankle, are …

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Exercising with Resistance Bands

What are Resistance Band Exercises? Resistance bands are strips of stretchable rubber that come in a variety of resistance levels and colours.  They are used to perform strengthening exercises for your muscles by providing resistance during the entire movement, causing your muscles to work both concentrically (while shortening) and eccentrically (while lengthening). When would I consider Resistance Band exercises? …

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5 Tips to Reduce Your Back Pain!

Back pain can strike at any time. You could experience discomfort following a strenuous workout, after doing yard work or even just from bending over to pick something up. Back pain can stop you in your tracks, making it impossible to do the things you want to do, but it doesn’t have to! Here are five tips your physiotherapist recommends …

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Foam Rolling, is it For Me?

If you have been to a physiotherapy clinic in the last few years, then you have almost certainly witnessed, or felt first hand, the technique of foam rolling. Foam rolling is a popular technique that releases tight muscles and mobilizes the network of connective tissues. In this month’s newsletter, we discuss how foam rolling works, and how it can …

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Enhancing Your Recovery Through Education!

Shoulder Impingement What is impingement?When the structures (muscles/tendons/bursa) around the shoulder get pinched and/or inflamed between two bony surfaces. Causes• Repetitive overuse movements e.g lifting, throwing, pushing and pulling movements• Overloading the shoulder, e.g. lifting heavy objects• Poor posture and weak shoulder, neck and back muscles• Traumatic Injury namely, motor vehicle accidents, falls and sports injuries Signs …

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Concussion Myths

Common Misconceptions That Could Affect Your Speed of Recovery Did you know? Less than 10% of concussions in high school soccer were caused by ball contact with the head More than 50% of concussions are never reported Appropriate, specific and timely management of concussions can make the difference between short term symptoms with resolution and persistent symptoms …

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Massage Therapy, Is It For Me?

Massage therapy, commonly referred to as soft tissue therapy, is a popular treatment choice in many clinical settings. Massage Therapy is practiced by a registered and qualified health care professional to help in the healing of muscle dysfunction. What are the benefits of Massage Therapy? Massage Therapy uses touch to increase the circulation to the …

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What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists that asses, design and implement programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement and performance in the areas of sports, recreation, work, daily life activities and exercise.  Lower Back Pain and Kinesiology. Back pain can result from a number of factors such as a motor vehicle accident, workplace injury, sports and …

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Common Myths About Physiotherapy

If pain relief, return to exercise or upping your sporting preparation is on your list, remember how physiotherapy can help. Here are some common myths busted… Does Physiotherapy Just Mean Exercise?No, treatment includes exercises of various types to promote flexibility and strength. But it also includes hands on treatment to promote healing and education on necessary …

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