Physiotherapy

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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10 Reasons Why You Should See A Physiotherapist

Published: March 11th, 2019
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Whether you’re an elite athlete or a couch potato, you can benefit from seeing a skilled, experienced Physiotherapist. If you’ve sustained an injury at any point in your life, chances are you’ve sought help with your recovery from a Physiotherapist. However, you do not necessarily need to have an injury to get assessed and treated by a Physiotherapist. Physiotherapists can help in a variety of ways to improve your quality of life, physical function and…

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Appropriate Weight Lifting For Health Not Injury

Published: July 19th, 2018
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This time of year many of us are getting more active. Some of us are hitting the gym a little harder now that the summer months are upon us. While lifting weights is an excellent mode of exercise for building and maintaining muscle strength and bone health, it’s important to consider the potential for injury if one is not weight training properly or adequately. In this article, we will talk about some common “risky” exercises…

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Let’s Talk About Leakage

Published: June 25th, 2018
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Do you ever pee a little when you cough? Do you avoid jumping because you know it will cause you to leak? How about rushing to the toilet as soon as you get home and still not making it in time? If any of these descriptors apply to you, know that you are not alone! Incontinence. It’s a word we hear a lot about, but what does it really mean? It is estimated that 3.3…

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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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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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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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