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What Shockwave Therapy Can Do For You

Published: April 9th, 2019
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What is Shockwave Therapy? Shockwave therapy or extracorporeal shock wave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions. The machine creates a series of acoustic energy wave impulses that are applied directly through the skin by a prob, similar to an ultrasound head. The device resembles a small, very low-powered jackhammer that creates high frequency mechanical pulses. The technology was initially used in 1982 for urologic conditions and…

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Why Do People Live With Treatable Pain?

Published: December 20th, 2018
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Why do people live with treatable pain?  The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”. Every person will experience pain in some form throughout their lives. It can be dull, sharp, last for minutes or last for years.  No matter if it is from an injury, disease or part of a condition, it can impact your life. Ongoing pain…

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Why Do I Still Have Whiplash Pain After All These Months?

Published: November 21st, 2018
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Chronic whiplash…is this pain treatable? Why do you still have pain in your neck many months after a motor vehicle accident?   Whiplash is a term used to describe an injury to the neck that involves a rapid backward and forward movement with a great force, such as a car accident. Whiplash is the most common non-fatal injury associated with a motor vehicle accident. The medical injury name involving this force to your neck is…

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Top 12 Tips To Getting A Better Massage

Published: October 29th, 2018
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Timing Is Everything Please show up on time for your appointment. Your time is specifically reserved for you and you alone. If you arrive 5 minutes late, your Therapist will be ending your appointment on time to accommodate other appointments in their schedule. When you arrive on time for your appointment, you will feel more relaxed and feel less stress and tension. If you are a new client, please arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill…

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The Role of Diagnostic Imaging in Physiotherapy

Published: September 10th, 2018
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When we injure ourselves, the first thing we often wonder is “do I need an x-ray?” Sprained ankle, kinked neck, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injury – what types of injuries warrant further investigation? Is it necessary to see a Physician if imaging (ultrasound, x-ray, MRI, CT scan, etc.) is required? The role of diagnostic imaging in rehabilitation is somewhat controversial, with most Clinicians having to balance the benefits of the imaging with the risks. Yes,…

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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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What is your office chair telling you about workplace ergonomics?

Published: February 13th, 2017
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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…

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

Published: January 25th, 2017
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  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…

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