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Have You Ever Been Shocked?

Published: July 13th, 2017 by

Shockwave Therapy has been used in Canada for more than 2 decades. It is a common treatment offered to patients who have a tendinopathy. You may know of the condition as a tendinitis. But this term is not scientifically correct because research shows that there is actually little or no inflammation present in these conditions.

What you need to know about tendinopathies:

  1. A tendinopathy is a broad term that includes a painful tendon and the surrounding area in response to overuse.
  2. Tendons are tough fibres that connect muscle to bone. Tendon injuries usually occur in three areas:
  • musculotendinous junction (where the tendon joins the muscle)
  • mid-tendon (non-insertional tendinopathy)
  • tendon insertion (where it attaches into bone)

Most tendon injuries occur near joints like the shoulder ankle, knee, and elbow.  A tendon injury may seem to happen for no apparent reason, but usually it is a result of a repetitive overload.

So, what is actually going on in your tendon that has forced you to stop playing your favourite sport?


What do all those LETTERS mean?

Published: May 9th, 2017 by

When you look at your Physiotherapist’s business card, do you ever wonder what do all those initials mean?

May is National Physiotherapy month, and what better time to clarify what all the letters behind our names mean. Seeing the collection of letters may cause you to feel many things: intimidated, that you are good hands or maybe you are just plain confused and have no idea what they mean. Like many professions, we like to speak in our own “special” language that means a lot to us but can be confusing to you.

Let’s decode many of the common acronyms and abbreviations, so you are aware of the designations your Physiotherapist may have and what difference it may make to you.  


See a Physiotherapist for s movement screen – even when you don’t have an injury.

Published: April 11th, 2017 by

Establish a baseline so you can play to your strengths and work on your weaknesses. What if I told you that your Physiotherapist or Massage Therapist is actually an excellent resource to do check-ups on your body, even if you’re injury free? That way we can check out even those minor aches and pains to help prevent them from getting worse. We all know that we go to the dentist to prevent cavities and we get our car serviced – why wouldn’t we do the same thing with our body? Here are some excuses I hear all the time:


Why is Massage so beneficial?

Published: March 17th, 2017 by

There are so many benefits to Massage. If we view Massage as a treatment rather than an indulgence, would we value it more and therefore, view it in a different light?

I know… we all have a visual of a Massage room. Some see it as a relaxing place. Others, a table in a closed space with a strong Therapist waiting to treat us. These visuals are somewhat true, but even so, there are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular Massage Therapy. Whether you need a moment of relaxation, reduced muscle tension or relief from chronic pain, Massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life!


What is your office chair telling you about workplace ergonomics?

Published: February 13th, 2017 by

Your office chair is fundamental to your workplace. It is a piece of equipment that gets a lot of attention when we talk about ergonomics. So what is ergonomics? The principle of ergonomics has been around for a long time. In the effort to decrease physical and emotional stress humans have done tasks in different ways. To make work easier and more efficient, shovels were made lighter, cockpit controls were made more logical and machines were made to be driven by electricity. When we discuss ergonomics in the workplace we commonly refer to posture and sitting in front of the computer.


There is no magical cure when it comes to Physiotherapy – here’s why!

Published: January 25th, 2017 by


Are you a great Patient?

As Physiotherapists, we want to take amazing care of you, have you feel better and have you move without pain. Physiotherapy treatment should be collaborative, educating, motivating and empowering. Sometimes the greatest barrier to treatment is in fact, you, the patient. Yes, at times treatment can be frustrating, as change can be slow and it can be a little painful because you may have neglected moving into certain positions for a while; but we are determined to get you moving and are privileged to get to play an important role in your physical health. So what can you do as the patient to ensure success – to reach your goals, get moving, get stronger and be more resilient?



When Pain Lingers, What Should I Do?

Published: December 1st, 2016 by

Pain. We all experience it. Sometimes, it’s an immediate response to an event such as the case with immediate tissue injury,  trauma or emotional experience. Other times, it’s a shifting, changing, gradual sensation that changes over time in intensity and area. Sometimes pain goes away after a month or two, never to be heard from again as we return to our previous levels of functioning.


K-Taping. What is it? and What’s All The Hype?

Published: November 4th, 2016 by

Recently many Olympic athletes have been seen sporting brightly colored tape on different muscles and body parts. It has become increasingly popular over the last few years. So what exactly is all the hype and what is the purpose of it? This type of taping is called the Kinesio Taping Method.


The Lower Back Pain Remedy

Published: September 14th, 2016 by

Lower Back Pain – The Real Deal, from Someone Who Knows!

So here’s a story almost everyone has heard: “I was bending over putting on my socks when all of a sudden my back seized up on me!” Or “I was bending over to get something off the floor when I had to cough. I had this sharp pain and I couldn’t stand up straight for a week!”

Lower back pain affects 75% of the population at some point in their lifetime. Besides the common cold, lower back pain is the most common complaint for family physicians, and for physiotherapists it is THE most common complaint! Thankfully, almost everyone who experiences lower back pain will have almost total relief within about 6 weeks. The real problem is when the lower back pain strikes again…and again…and again. (more…)