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24 Years of Back Pain

24 Years of Back Pain
It has been an incredible journey to be a physiotherapist over the past 24 years.  When I started practicing, a physiotherapist still required a referral from a physician in some places and we relied on heat and physiotherapy type machines for temporary pain relief.  We still discussed things like rest and bracing for back pain (now replaced with advice for early activity).  Now we can confidently assess and treat low back pain and have a number of proven strategies to help people...
Posted on 2020-08-14

What is Frozen Shoulder?

What is Frozen Shoulder?
What is frozen shoulder? Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS) typically presents in patients ranging in age from 40-60 years of age. It tends to affect women more than men. Many other factors can impact this condition, such as diabetes and hypothyroid conditions. FSS is generally defined as a progressive or sudden loss of both Active and Passive Range of Motion (ROM) in the shoulder. The loss is due to pain and stiffness and often of idiopathic origin (nobody knows why) with insidious on...
Posted on 2020-06-11

Not happy with your back pain? It might be time for GLA:D Back!

Not happy with your back pain? It might be time for GLA:D Back!
Back pain affects most people at some point throughout their lifetime.. Nearly 40% of adults will have an episode of back pain in the course of a year. No one is immune – this can affect individuals of any age, height, size, or activity level!   If you have ever experienced low back pain, you may have not known what is best for you – Should you move? Should you rest? What does the back need? Each episode of back pain you experience may or may not respond to the same course of...
Posted on 2020-03-04

Dizzy in Love or is it your Vestibular System?

Dizzy in Love or is it your Vestibular System?
When you hear the word dizzy... what do you think of? - Spinning? - Vertigo? - Light-headed? - Off balance? - Foggy? - Nausea? - Faint? Interestingly, all of these words can be used to describe dizziness, however each of them can be caused by very different things. Let's focus on one of these descriptors-“VERTIGO”. Vertigo is a type of dizziness that means a false sense of spinning or an illusion of motion. This is often caused by an inner ear problem affecting our vestibula...
Posted on 2020-02-14

TMJD - Pop and Lock is for Hip Hop, not your jaw

TMJD - Pop and Lock is for Hip Hop, not your jaw
One Joint, Many Complications. If you have ever suffered from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD), you know how difficult it can be to bite, chew, yawn and even speak with your friends, family and co-workers! With how often we use the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in our daily life, a dysfunction with such a small joint can sometimes be quite debilitating when it comes to eating and participating with those around us. Common symptoms of TMJD include:  -jaw pain and/or tightnes...
Posted on 2020-01-07
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