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Pelvic Floor Problems: How Do You Know?

July 04 | 2024
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What is the Pelvic Floor? Pelvic floor muscles attach to the pelvis bone The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that span the bottom of the pelvis. Importantly, these structures support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, rectum, and in women, the uterus and vagina. The pelvic floor plays a crucial role in maintaining continence (control over bladder and bowel movements), supporting pelvic organs, and contributing to sexual function. What are the most common signs and symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction? There are several signs and symptoms for pelvic floor dysfunctions. They can be further subdivided into categories of urinary, bowel, sexual and pain-related issues. Urinary Symptoms Pelvic floor dysfunction may lead to incontinence 1. Urinary Incontinence: Unintended leakage of urine, which can occur during activities like coughing, sneezing, or exercising (stress incontinence) or with a sudden, intense urge to urinate…

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Manual Osteopathy: 5 Reasons Why Our Patients Choose It

June 25 | 2024
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Manual osteopathy has been gaining increasing recognition and popularity in Canada. In fact, at PhysioNow we are now happy to have welcomed some professionals to our team that offer manual osteopathy services! Many of our patients have not had experience with this profession before, so here’s what you should know about manual osteopathy, and why you should try it! A Brief Summary In a nutshell, manual osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the body’s structure and function. They believe that the body is designed to be self-regulating and aim to restore bodies back to this state. Similarly to physiotherapists, osteopaths use manual techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues and promote overall health. Here are 5 benefits of manual osteopathy that our patients love, and why it has been getting more popular recently! 1. Holistic Approach to Health: [caption id=”attachment_7620″…

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Marathon Training: 8 Tips to Keep You Injury-Free

June 18 | 2024
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So you’ve decided to be part of the 1% that completes a marathon, an incredible achievement! Training for a marathon is demanding on both your physical endurance and mental resilience. One of the most common dangers comes from experiencing a sports injury during your training. This could be overuse injuries, strains, sprains, and more. Ultimately, these can hinder your progress and even affect you on race day itself. To help you keep your body as healthy as possible, here are some essential tips to avoid sports injuries while training for a marathon: 1. Start Slow and Build Gradually Tip: Avoid…

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Sports Injuries: Road to Recovery

June 11 | 2024
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Sports injuries are an unfortunate but common occurrence among athletes of all levels. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, injuries can interrupt your training and competition plans. However, with the right approach to rehabilitation, you can get back to doing what you love with confidence. In this blog post, we’ll explore how physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing and preventing sports injuries. Understanding Sports Injuries Before diving into how physiotherapy can help, we should understand the nature of sports injuries. Firstly, they can range from acute injuries like sprains, strains, and fractures to more chronic conditions…

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Keep Your Spine Healthy with 4 Simple Stretches

June 03 | 2024
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Oftentimes, people can be scared to move their backs certain ways, or that some movements are bad, and they will injure themselves if they do them. Truthfully, the more we avoid these movements, the harder they become to do which can actually lead to a greater chance of injury. Keeping the spine mobile and strong with exercises every day is the best way at minimizing the risk of injury. Ultimately, it helps our bodies build resiliency. There are many gentle movements and stretches to choose from that are great for keeping a healthy spine! Getting Started Firstly, these exercises may…

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Lower Back Strain/Sprain: What’s the Difference?

May 06 | 2024
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Anatomy of the “back” In order to understand a lower back strain/sprain, a small anatomy lesson must be done. The back is a complex structure of bones and muscles, supported by cartilage, tendons and ligaments. “Back” is a common term which can include portions of the neck, thoracic spine and lumber spine. The back—especially the lumbar, or lower portion of the back—bears much of the body’s weight during walking, running, lifting and other activities. Defining a strain vs. sprain A strain is a general term for an injury that affects a muscle or tendon. Then, the location of the injury or which muscle or tendon is affected is then specified. For example, a lower back strain means muscles or tendon that are attached to lower back have been injured and may involve tears in the tissue. Alternatively, a hamstring strain means that specific muscle has been injured. Unlike a strain,…

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Relieving Your Pinched Nerve: Physio 101

March 11 | 2024
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A pinched nerve, also known as a radiculopathy, is caused by pressure on a nerve as it exits the spinal cord, potentially causing pain, discomfort, weakness, and/or changes in sensation.  Unfortunately, it can have quite detrimental effects on your daily life, hobbies, and ability to work. In this blog, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and most importantly, how physiotherapy can help you recover from this condition. Why does it happen? Model of the spine showing how the nerves (yellow) exit through spaces around the spinal column. The nerves may get pinched in these spaces. A pinched nerve occurs when there is compression or pressure applied to a nerve, disrupting its normal function. This compression can happen in various areas of the body but is most common at the spine of the lower back or neck. Common causes include repetitive movements, sudden increases in activity (ex.…

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What You Should Know About Your Achilles Tendinitis

March 06 | 2024
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What is the Achilles tendon? The Achilles tendon is one of the strongest tendons in the human body. Anatomically, it connects our calf muscles to the back of the heel bone. Its main action is to point the toes and ankle downwards when our foot is off the ground or raise the heel off the ground when our foot is on the ground. Functionally, it is used whenever we are engaged in walking, running, or hopping-like activities and helps us with force production and shock absorption. The tendon is extremely strong and can withstand high amounts of stress Unfortunately, this can also predispose it to injury and cause ankle pain. Stages of Achilles tendon injuries Diagram showing the different stages of Achilles tendon problems 1) Achilles tendinitis: Inflammation has developed or is developing in the tendon. 2) Achilles tendinosis: There is now degeneration along with or…

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Crutches: A Beginner’s Guide

February 27 | 2024
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Whether you’re recovering from surgery, a fractured bone, or dealing with a temporary mobility issue, you’ve probably been recommended to use crutches! Using them can help you maintain independence while also reducing the amount of stress on your body.  In this guide, we’ll explore the basics of using crutches to get around. How do I choose the right pair? Firstly, you need to have the right pair for your needs. There are various types of crutches, including axillary, forearm, and platform. Usually, the most used are axillary (standard) crutches but they require good upper body strength and endurance. If you are unsure consult with your healthcare provider to determine which type is best suited for you. 3 different styles of crutches How do I size them? In order for crutches to be effective and comfortable, they must be the correct size for you. Luckily, most types…

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Fractured Bone? 5 Things You Should Know

February 21 | 2024
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Being diagnosed with a fracture can be a challenging experience, but proper care and attention to your recovery can significantly impact the healing process. Here are five important things to do after being diagnosed with a fracture: 1. Follow Medical and Surgical Advice: Types of fractured bones Listen carefully to your healthcare provider’s recommendations and follow their prescribed treatment plan. This may include wearing a cast or brace for a set number of weeks, taking medications as prescribed, and attending scheduled follow-up appointments. Additionally, if you had a surgical repair, your surgeon may have additional instructions for you to follow. Compliance with this advice will ensure that there are minimal interruptions to the healing stage, and any issues can get caught and managed quickly. 2. Rest and Protect the Fractured Area: Give your body the time it needs to heal by resting the affected limb or…

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