Truth be told if you asked me to perform physiotherapy through a computer monitor a few months ago, I’d say no way. I am a manual therapist and need my hands, or so I thought. However, as social distancing didn’t allow for traditional in person visits, I had to adapt.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession directed at assisting people to restore, maintain and maximize their movement, strength, function, and overall well-being. It includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness. Everything in this definition can be done online! We can still offer the same expertise in musculoskeletal injuries as we did in person.
I want you to pause for a second and take a look at your posture. Is your chin poking forward? Are your shoulders hunched and slouched over as you are reading this? What about your arms, low back, and feet? Are they supported or dangling in space?
Being in a motor vehicle accident can leave you with pain or discomfort, making it impossible to do the things you love. For any musculoskeletal injury resulting from an accident, it is important to start physiotherapy as soon as possible to avoid future complications. At Empower Physiotherapy we can help you get back to living your best life.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being a mom - even on those days where the dirty diapers are piling up, tantrums are non-stop, and the house is a sticky mess. By “pain” I mean physical - neck, back, shoulders, wrists, etc. Being a new parent pushes you to the limits in every way. Pregnancy and childbirth take a toll on the body, often leaving it weak, uncomfortable, and prone to injury or pain. And then the day to day tasks we do with our kids - lifting, carrying, nursing, driving… all while often trying to manage a household at the same time… it’s no wonder so many new parents come in to the clinic reporting pain, discomfort, and injury.
1. Manage load
Load management is one of the most important factors to take into account whether you are new to running or an experienced runner. If you are new to running, you would want to start with a shorter run and slowly progress your way up.
Who doesn’t like to hear the melodious words “you were right”? In the past couple of months, three different patients came back to me and said those exact words. Not as sweet as from the mouth of a spouse but still a nice ring to it. What were they referring to? -- My suggestion of purchasing a new mattress.
I like how the word “intentions” has replaced “resolutions” for New Years. It opens the pathway to change without setting yourself up for failure. I’ve asked my patients what their intentions are for this year and like each previous year; I get the same lofty answers of becoming fit or healthier. My one piece of advice is to start with something small that you can incorporate into or remove from your daily practice. Perhaps perform one hamstring stretch everyday or stop eating apple pie every morning for breakfast (true story). Once that becomes habit, add another step into your daily practice that is in line with your intention.
I have had so many people ask me, physiotherapy and acupuncture how does that work? I have been using acupuncture within my physiotherapy treatment for various issues presented by the client ranging from pain, loss of range of motion and muscle tightness.
Did you know that France provides ten physiotherapy sessions to ALL of their women who have just delivered a baby? During that time, the physiotherapists there implement an exercise routine often incorporating Hypopressive/Low Pressure fitness exercises. France has taken into consideration the importance of rehabilitating the inner core and the pelvic floor after pregnancy and made it available to all.
Do you have an ache or pain that has been bothering you for some time? Are you waiting for it to go away on its own? Have you thought you could manage it alone? Have you gone to Dr. Google looking for help? We are probably all guilty of this...typing words into a search engine looking for an answer to what is wrong with us and how to fix it. We end up reading through multiple sites all giving similar but somewhat confusing answers and are given a dizzying amount of information. Harmless, right? Maybe...but there is now a term to describe the feelings that go along with the practice.