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New Year & New Health Goals

Published: January 15th, 2018
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Many of us find ourselves reflective as we turn the calendar to January of a New Year.  Who hasn’t started off the year with lofty ideas of big changes?  Sometimes it’s our overall health, sport and movement, sleep, relationships, work or trying to find a better balance in general. It is well established in the literature that which common sense has told us for a long time – movement helps all aspects of our health.…

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Have You Ever Experienced Vertigo?

Published: November 2nd, 2017
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Have you ever had that feeling when you lay down or roll over in bed where the room is spinning like crazy (without having had too much to drink!) Or, do you have a lightheaded feeling when you get out of bed? Have you noticed when you’re walking in a store that looking side to side makes you feel nauseous or unwell? Most of us have experienced at least one of these symptoms. In fact,…

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Why Does My Shoulder Hurt When I Don’t Remember Injuring It?

Published: September 21st, 2017
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Why Does My Shoulder Hurt When I Don’t Remember Injuring It? The shoulder is a complex joint and has many different anatomical components that could be the source of pain.  At a recent shoulder course, the lecturer listed off at least 48 different diagnoses for shoulder pain. One of the most common diagnoses that can cause ongoing shoulder pain with no apparent mechanism of injury is tendinopathy.   What is the difference between Tendinopathy and…

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Dry Needling: What You Need To Know

Published: August 25th, 2017
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Dry Needling is becoming a commonplace modality used by many healthcare practitioners such as Physiotherapists, but what exactly is it and how does it work? Fifth Ave has you covered – listed below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Dry Needling: Q: What’s The Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture? A: This is the most frequently asked question that we get at Fifth Ave Physio. They both use needles, right…? Right, but…

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Postpartum Goals: Get Your Strength and Mobility Back

Published: August 17th, 2017
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Pregnancy is one of the biggest changes a woman’s body will every go through.  It is remarkable that a woman’s body is able to grow and accommodate a human being; muscles expand, organs shift, and blood volume doubles to create space for the tiny human. This change happens over 40 weeks, but, unfortunately, many women end up living with the after-effects for years! Once you have had a baby, you are considered postpartum: even if…

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Have You Ever Been Shocked?

Published: July 13th, 2017
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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: A tendinopathy is a broad term that includes a painful tendon and the…

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What do all those LETTERS mean?

Published: May 9th, 2017
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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…

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

Published: April 11th, 2017
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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…

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Why is Massage so beneficial?

Published: March 17th, 2017
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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…

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