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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 17:27

 Is it possible there is a single nutrient that can be incorporated into your daily life that forces you to get some sunshine, prevent various forms of cancer, strengthen your bones, improve your immune system to fight infections and have an effect on autoimmune disorders?  Vitamin D is purported to do all that, and more.

 

What is Vitamin D?

Much press has been given to Vitamin D over the past couple of years as research continues to demonstrate its enormous health benefits.   Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a Vitamin.  It binds Vitamin D receptors throughout the body and exerts its potent effects on cells that have these receptors.  The main source of Vitamin D is from the sun, as the ultraviolet light aids our bodies in manufacturing this essential nutrient.  Food sources of Vitamin D include various mushrooms, fish and sunflower seeds.

How much Vitamin D do I need? 

During the summer months 20 minutes of sunshine on our skin produces enough Vitamin D to keep us healthy.  After thanksgiving and before the May long weekend, the sun is not strong enough to cause our bodies to produce adequate levels of Vitamin D to promote health.  Therefore supplementation may be a good idea. It is estimated that only 1/3 of Canadians have adequate levels to promote health, and 10% (roughly three million people) have concentrations considered inadequate.

Too much of a good thing?  Although it is difficult to overdose on Vitamin D, it is possible and complications can occur such as hypertension and systemic calcification, as Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium.

In summary, Vitamin D is an amazing and necessary nutrient to achieve optimal health and prevent a number of chronic diseases, but as with everything one needs to be conscious of the amount they intake.

 

Dr. Ian Cole, N.D.

Naturopathic Doctor

Categorized in: Rehab Info, Did You Know
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 13:37

 Although it is to your benefit to obtain continuous care with one therapists, as they become familiar with you, your condition, and the way you are responding to treatment IF for any reason you wish to transfer to a different therapist we will accommodate your request…. THERE ARE NO EGO’s between therapists.  Your existing therapist will discuss your treatment plan with the therapists you are transferring to in order that you can receive the best care possible

Categorized in: Did You Know
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 13:32

 Everybody has heard of the importance of proper posture.   But why is it so important?

Proper alignment of the body = less strain through the body = optimal function.  Muscles are able to contract optimally and joints are able to move more freely.  With everything in correct alignment, there is decreased muscular tension and strain.

Improper posture may repetitively irritate muscles, joints, or tendons throughout the body, causing pains.

Improper posture often relates to prolonged sitting activities such as desk work.  In standing, our heads are usually well-balanced over our bodies.  However in sitting, there is a tendency to slump our low backs, which also causes our chin to slightly poke forward.  Over a prolonged period of time, certain muscles may get elongated and weak, and opposing muscles may get shortened and overused, which may unfortunately lead to pain and injuries.

Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat your overall posture, joint motion, and muscle strength and endurance, to help you identify any muscle imbalances that may be the root of your pains. 

We have a variety of treatment methods to help decrease your pains, can give you advice about setting up your desk space to be ergonomically correct, and can provide you with a home exercise program to help realign your posture and reduce the stress to your muscles and joints.

 Call us today, we’d love to help.

 

Joyce Wong, PT

B.Sc.(PT) , Cert. AFCI

Categorized in: Rehab Info, Physical Fitness
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 13:22

 

            Why is it that we will seek treatment from a doctor when sick, take our car to the mechanic, visit the salon to have our hair done, and seek the advice of a financial consultant, yet when we want to get in shape we often take it upon ourselves.  Many fitness enthusiasts (and want-to-be’s) have gotten into worse shape than better as a result of improper exercise, causing muscle imbalances, over-training and injuries.  Although our bodies can take a lot of abuse, the cumulative effect of poor training can have a lasting impact.  Then there’s those who spend week after week, and month after month exercising only to look of feel the same year in, year out.  Exercise is supposed to be stress relieving, not an exercise in futility and frustration.

 

The current rise in popularity of personal training is mainly attributed to four factors: 

  1. Reputable fitness facilities are no demanding all trainers be certified.  This requires meeting specific standards of performance for safe and effective services. 
  2. A growing awareness of the benefits of specialized personal instruction for all ages and abilities. 
  3. A growing demographic (health-conscious baby boomers) in need of what personal training offers. 
  4. A greater emphasis on prevention resulting in a shift of focus from health-care to self-care.

 

Exercise, like medicine, needs to be prescribed at just the right dose.  Many people will at least have a fitness professional design and demonstrate a program for them.  This is an essential first step.  However, stopping here is like a doctor prescribing medication and then leaving the guesswork of adjusting the dosage for you.  In addition to having an optimal dose for each individual, the specific manner in which this dose needs to be adjusted caries from workout to workout.  Even when exercises are performed perfectly and consistently every week, progress is not guaranteed without proper adjustment of the dose.

 

Like many aspects of life it is the process applied with training, not just the program of exercises itself that is largely responsible for results.  A few follow-up sessions after the initial introduction will help establish this effective training process.  A personal trainer will work with you one to three times per week, depending on your needs, optimizing your technique and making continuous program adjustments.  Once you are in the “groove” of the training process you can see results every workout, and every two weeks there should be measurable changes in your body.  If you’re not experiencing this now, then it’s time to assess what you’re doing and make change.

 

A personal trainer is like your coach.  By combining specialized knowledge with their experiences of working with many different “athletes” they have acquired wisdom for an in-depth understanding of what works when, and for whom.  They can forecast the pitfalls before they happen, and what would otherwise be guesswork for you, becomes a systematic, result-producing plan of action.  In other ways, a personal trainer is also like your music teacher where your body is the instrument.  In fact, your body is the only instrument you have to carry out your purpose in life.  Your CPTN certified trainer will show you how to take proper care of it for peak performance!

 

Heather Denstedt

B.A. , CEP, CPTN-CPT, CTT, FMS

Mat PILATES Instructor

Categorized in: Rehab Info, Physical Fitness
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 13:21

 

Heat vs Ice: When to Use What?

 

The heat and ice debate can be confusing.  Heat feels good and generally ice does not.  Inflammation is what helps decide which to use. 

 

Inflammation is a reaction of the body to injury, characterized by pain, redness, swelling, heat, and sometimes loss of function.  Ice constricts the blood vessels around inflammation to decrease blood flow to that area helping to reduce pain, swelling, and redness, and heat.  Following an injury, inflammation usually lasts between 24-72 hours.  When you use the back of your hand to touch the area of inflammation and you no longer feel heat (note: do not test the area for heat following an application of ice), the inflammatory process is over and it is okay to use an application of heat.  Heat opens the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the area.  This increase in blood flow helps the body remove the products of inflammation, loosen up tight muscles, and promote a feeling of general relaxation.

 

Ice packs, frozen bag of peas, or frozen gel pack are forms of ice applications.  Magic Bag, microwavable gel or heat packs, or heating pads can be used to apply heat.  A good rule of thumb is applying heat or ice up to 20 minutes and no longer, unless directed by a health professional. 

 

Ice and heat are very helpful in managing the effects of an injury, decreasing the amount of recovery time.

Categorized in: Rehab Info
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:18

Do you or someone you know require a Mobility Device such as a wheeled walker, wheelchair or forearm crutches?

If so, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) can help you cover 75% of the ADP approved cost.  You qualify for ADP assistance if you are a resident of Ontario and you have a long- term physical disability that will require the use of a mobility device for 6 months or longer.  A physiotherapist, which is registered with ADP as an authorizer, will assess your mobility status and will recommend the appropriate device to meet your needs.  An example of a client that would qualify for funding would be your elderly Grandmother who has bilateral hip osteoarthritis and who has had multiple falls.  A wheeled walker or rollator would allow her to safely access her home and her community .

Nadine Leiper , PT

Categorized in: Rehab Info, Did You Know
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 09:31

Are you a clencher ? Are you a Grinder ?

Do you wake up in the morning with stiff or sore jaws, feeling like you have been chewing gum all night?

Most people would talk to their dentist about this and receive a recommendation for a night splint to assist this problem.

However, physiotherapy may also be of significant benefit. Some treatment options include: manual therapy ( for the joint and muscles), modalities to decrease pain ( like ultrasound or acupuncture) and exercised to decrease muscle tone.

Many people who have a clenching or grinding problem are unaware of the benefits of physiotherapy. Now you can also speak with your physiotherapist regarding clenching and grinding , as well as your dentist.

 

Sandy Van Dyke PT

 

Categorized in: Rehab Info, Did You Know
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:37

Welcome - to our new website and to our new Blog.

We are very excited to be launching our new website.

Please be patient with us as we go through some growing pains as we try to provide you with the best information about our clinic and services as well as many of your rehabilitation questions/ concerns and interests on our blog.

Please feel free to contact us via email on our location section of our website - we would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have for our Blog, our website or our clinic in general.

Let's get started...........

Categorized in: Event Announcements
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 15:59

Heather Denstedt (D Freer & Associates) demonstrates how to perform a better crunch

Categorized in: Educational Training Videos
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 15:57

Hypothetical Capsular Pattern Restriction

Categorized in: Educational Training Videos

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