Physiotherapy is also called physical therapy. It is the scientific study of how and why the body moves and functions the way that is does. Physiotherapy involves treating any dysfunction that prevents the body from moving or functioning in its most optimal way. Sometimes these dysfunctions result in decreased range of motion, decreased strength or pain with movement.
Physiotherapy is performed by physiotherapists. Physiotherapists are highly trained qualified professionals and are considered movement specialists and experts in their field. In order to work in Alberta, physiotherapists must complete a university degree in physiotherapy and pass the national licensing exam. Physiotherapists use scientific evidence and a safe hands-on approach to help restore your body to its full function. As physiotherapists, we identify the cause of a dysfunction by a thorough assessment that includes history-taking and physical examination. Once the cause of the dysfunction has b...
I played and continue to play a lot of sports. When I was younger and first moved to Canada, I had a tough time making new friends. I found an outlet for this through my involvement in sports. I suffered from an injury at this time and was unable to participate in sports where I had all my friends. Going to a physio and working on rehab got me back to playing and maintaining my friendships. I developed strong respect for the profession since then and have pursued it ever since.
When you're not at work what are you likely to be doing?
When I am not working you can likely find me at a field in Edmonton, western Canada, Toronto or even internationally playing cricket! I have played the sport since I was 2 years old and have represented Canada in the past and am continuing to pursue doing it again in the future.
What is your favorite product to suggest for patients?
If exercise could be put into a pill form then it would be the most commonly prescribed drug by doct...
Maintaining a healthy body is essential to our everyday activity level and functioning. a large part of keeping us mobile and active is maintaining healthy legs. Did you know that over 50% of adults will experience some form of Chronic Venous Disorder in their lifetime? A chronic venous disorder is a term used to describe venous circulation deficiencies in which the valves of the veins fail to function properly. The result of this is that blood does not return to our heart as well as it should and instead the blood tends to stay and collect in areas in the veins.
Common signs of Chronic Venous Disorders include swelling of the ankle and leg, a feeling of heaviness and tension in the legs, pain or cramping in the calf muscles and skin breakdown such as dermatitis, eczema and ulcers. A visit to your physician is necessary in order to correctly assess and diagnose your condition and to recommend appropriate treatment. It is important to note that Chronic Venous Dis...
Now that we are finally having some decent weather, many of us are just starting our yard clean up. Raking grass can be a lot of fun but unfortunately on occasion we can experience injury as a result of a lot of raking.
With repetitive bending to reach over and rake, back and shoulder injuries can ensue. These injuries can be a real set back when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In order to prevent injury follow these simple useful tips:
1. Gentle warm up prior to activity. Some gentle back bends and trunk rotation stretches can warm up muscles so that they are “ready” for the activity. take 2-3 minutes of slowly flexing, extending and rotating your trunk while seated or standing to warm up.
2. Evaluate the amount of work, and divide up by completing over several days or by finding some helpers up for the task.
3. Take frequent breaks in activity. Every 5-10 minutes, be sure to stand up and take a step back to admire your big pile of leaves! This will give your back and lower e...
With hockey and ringette season underway and ski/snowboard season beginning soon, it is a good idea to take a moment to review some simple, yet important facts regarding helmet safety.
The helmet is inarguably the most important piece of protective equipment that an athlete will wear. A properly fitted helmet will help ensure that an athlete can continue to enjoy a sport or an activity and minimize head injury. Helmets cannot prevent all injuries, but they will help decrease the impact of a head injury. Helmets are sport-specific. This means that there are different helmets for different sports that protect the head in different ways. It is important to wear the appropriate helmet for the sport that the athlete is participating in.
Helmets can deteriorate over time, and the material that provides protection for the head can breakdown. It is important to check the helmet prior to each use for any of the following:
- damage to the outer shell, such as cracks, chips or missing pieces....
What do you enjoy most about being a Kinesiologist?
I love working within the world of physiotherapy because it has the ability to help all ranges of injuries and conditions, and to help people get back to doing things they enjoy! Everyone's activity levels are different, and helping people reach their desired level is an awesome experience. Working as a Kinesiologist has allowed me to improve my exercise prescription and prepare me for my career as a physiotherapist.
When you're not at work what are you likely to be doing?
I love spending time outdoors, at Lac St. Anne or Pigeon Lake, however much of my time recently has been devoted planning our wedding and trip to Vietnam coming up next month! My fiance Jenna and I both love to travel and Vietnam has been on the bucket list for a while.
How long have you been worked in Beaumont?
I started working at Beaumont Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in July this year and have really enjoyed my time here so far. The staff are amazi...
May is National Physiotherapy Month!! - Physiotherapy for Gardeners
Now that May long weekend is almost here and the snow has melted (finally!), we can officially start planting and tending to our gardens. Unfortunately, on occasion we can experience injury as a result of gardening.
With repetitive bending to reach over and plant, back injury can ensue. A back injury can be a real set back when it comes to gardening. In order to prevent injury, follow these simple useful tips:
1. Gentle warm up prior to activity. Some gentle back bends and trunk rotation stretches can warm up muscles so that they are “ready” for the activity. Take 2-3 minutes of slowly flexing, extending and rotating your trunk while seated or standing in order to warm up.
2. Use of a kneeling pad is a great way to both protect the knees on the hard ground and also enable you to be lower to the ground to protect your back with flexing. You can find kneeling pads at most home hardware and gardening lo...
Research published last month has confirmed what physiotherapists already know - that the best way to treat most low back pain is to exercise and keep moving.
At some point in their life, over 80% of people will experience an episode of low back pain. This is contrary to most peoples’ belief that bed rest and pain medication are the best treatments. The research demonstrates that with correct exercise and continued pain-free activity, most episodes of back pain will resolve in a few weeks. If your back pain has developed from a fall or serious traumatic event, then you must be medically assessed prior to exercising in order to rule out more serious pathology.
Of particular note in regards to treating back pain, is that costly diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI’s are not usually necessary for determining treatment of low back pain.
If you have questions regarding your low back pain, be sure to visit your local physiotherapist to be assess...
I don't know about you, but between work, kids and life in general, I feel as though I need another few hours each day in order to get everything done, or some days get even half-done! So when I find a recipe that I can use for multiple meals I get excited. This avocado bean salad recipe was given to me years ago by a great friend and I am so thankful. I’ve made it to take as an appetizer or salad to someone’s house, and I’ve also made it for Santa Fe chicken wraps, taco salad and as just a simple side salad. It’s super in spring and summer especially for barbecues. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Avocado Bean Salad
2 medium tomatoes (cleaned out well so not too juicy)
Why your mother was right when she said “Pull your shoulders back!”
Poor sitting posture is not only common but detrimental to our health. We are in a time of increased time on our phones, tablets, computers and laptops. All of these require us to sit more and we often slump forward when sitting for long periods of time. Side effects of this slumped posture include, neck, back and shoulder pain and also headaches.
In order to improve posture when sitting, simply squeezing shoulder blades (scapula) back and downwards towards your spine repeatedly throughout the day will create a habit and in a few weeks you will start to be able to maintain this position without too much thought. This exercise strengthens the muscles at your shoulder blades which allows you to maintain this position for longer periods of time.
Keeping your low back pressed against the back of the chair, with feet planted on the ground helps to keep the pelvis in a neutral position and prevent low back pain.