4 Lesser-known Treatments in Physical Therapy

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When you think of physical therapy (or physiotherapy), do you picture a patient performing rehabilitation exercises after a major injury or surgery, gradually regaining strength and function to the affected area? There is nothing inaccurate about this image, but physical therapy is an enormous clinical practice that stretches farther than most people think. Here are a few underrepresented conditions that physical therapy is frequently assigned to treat.


1.    Incontinence, Fertility and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Lining the bottom of the human pelvis is a complex network of muscle and connective tissue known as the pelvic floor. Many of the muscles related to continence and reproduction are present in this area of the body, and everyday physical stresses and trauma can cause these important muscles to function less than optimally over time. Women make up the majority of pelvic floor physiotherapy patients, and among women, the chief cause of these malfunctions is childbirth. Extensive studies have shown that physical therapy can not only restore bladder and bowel control, but aid in the process of pregnancy and childbirth, and counteract problems and disorders that can cause infertility in women such as endometriosis. Using physiotherapy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles can even aid in in-vitro fertilization success rates and reduces the risk of prolapse and similar issues.


2.    Cardiac and Pulmonary Treatment

It is easy to forget that the heart is the hardest-working muscle in the human body. It circulates blood constantly and never has the opportunity to stop or take breaks. Even after a surgery or heart attack, when it is weaker than normal, its work doesn’t stop. During these vulnerable periods, physiotherapists are often assigned to keep track of a patient’s cardiovascular health through various stages of recovery, much like the recovery process of any other muscle. The limits of a patient’s heart dictate the amount of strain that a patient can put on their body as they exercise, and the specifics of a rehabilitation program vary wildly between different patients and different cardiac events. Typical exercises include aerobic workouts intended to improve flexibility and cardiac strength. Exercises are first performed with the supervision of a physiotherapist, who monitors the patient’s condition and responses to ensure that the exercise is appropriate for the patient’s stage of recovery. Once a patient is in a stable enough condition and can monitor their own health accurately, physiotherapists prescribe a personalized recovery plan to the patient and only require occasional face-to-face appointments for the remaining recovery period.


3.    Neurological issues

The word “physical” is often considered separate from “mental” or “neurological”, which makes physical therapy appear to only be a treatment for “physical” conditions. However, medical professionals have been making use of the body and mind’s connection since the dawn of medicine, and physiotherapists are no exception. This branch of physiotherapy, sometimes known as neurophysiotherapy, uses physical training and exercise to improve the function of those with neurological problems. Symptoms from conditions such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy can be dramatically lessened by physiotherapy sessions that are designed to teach the brain to rewire its neural pathways around damaged areas and achieve the desired function. While independent exercise is encouraged for speeding recovery, a physiotherapist will provide the most up-to-date equipment and methods for treating a specific issue, and a safe environment for patients to re-train their bodies in. Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease have even shown benefits from specialized physiotherapy above and beyond what treatment that lacks physiotherapy currently provides. These include retained memory, communication skills, motor function, balance, and attitude, allowing sufferers to have more independence over the years.


4.    Geriatric

Aging is a fact of life. As someone gets older, they may begin to accept aches, pains, memory problems, limited mobility and lack of energy as part of the natural aging process. A surprising revelation to many seniors is that a great deal of one’s youthful faculties can be retained with the right professional treatment. Geriatric physical therapy is designed to help people manage the changes that their bodies go through with age. It encompasses several of the fields discussed earlier; neurophysiotherapy, pelvic floor physiotherapy to aid with continence, and cardiac exercise to improve energy levels and endurance. It also involves exercise aimed to increase the strength and flexibility of areas underused or injured due to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or sprains. If a mobility aid is deemed necessary, a physiotherapist can teach a patient to use theirs in a way that is efficient and provides minimal inconvenience in day-to-day living. All of this has been proven to reduce pain, increase independent mobility, and improve seniors’ quality of life.


Physical Therapy at Glenora Clinic

Glenora Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Clinic is a local source for capable, skilled physiotherapists. We know that no two situations are the same, so we begin with a thorough assessment of our patients and their conditions, then create a custom program to aid in their recovery. We deal with short-term injuries and long-term conditions, for both athletes and laypeople. Our goal is not only to help our patients heal, but to educate and empower them to have full, safe and active lives.

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5 Reasons to Get a Massage – That You Didn’t Already Know About

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Go ahead and book a massage session to wind down after your long work week! With all the health benefits – beyond reducing stress and muscle tension – this indulgence is well worth it.  According to numerous research studies, massage therapy can help improve all systems of the body.


How does massage therapy alleviate pain?

Massage therapy works to inhibit muscle and soft tissue pain in three main ways.  Firstly, massage therapy reduces pain by inhibiting muscle spasms.  Secondly, massage therapy either sedates or stimulates nerves as needed, to promote proper nerve functioning.  Thirdly, massage therapy causes the body to release natural painkillers called endorphins.


How can massage therapy benefit your health?

As a massage therapist uses their hands to stretch the muscles, it helps to improve circulation, promote relaxation and inhibit pain caused by stiff muscles and connective tissues.

While most individuals understand massage therapy to be a cure for low back pain, neck pain, muscle tension, or stress, there are a host of surprizing health benefits that massage therapy offers.  Below we will explore 5 health benefits of massage therapy – that you may not already know.


1.  Improves Sleep Quantity and Quality

Massage therapy triggers your brain to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can lead to a feeling of calmness and relaxation.  Serotonin further promotes sleep by causing the body to create melatonin.  Melatonin acts as a natural regulator of our circadian rhythm – our built-in body clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycles.  These findings are supported by a 2005 study conducted by the Swedish Sleep Medicine Institute (SSMI) in Seatle.  The study found that individuals that received massage therapy benefited from improved sleep quantity and quality. Individuals who received massage therapy not only spent less time laying awake at night, they also spend a longer amount of time in deeper, more restorative sleep.


2.  Eases Depression Symptoms

A massage by a professional massage therapist can cause “feel good chemicals” called endorphins to be released.  Endorphins provide several mental health benefits in addition to alleviating the symptoms of depression.  According to clinical trials conducted by the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health, massage therapy has been shown to reduce depression and depression-related symptoms.  Some depression-related symptoms that massage therapy can help include sluggishness, back pain, joint pain, and muscles aches.  Another way that massage therapy can further promote mental health is by making you feel more relaxed through improving blood circulation and relieving muscle tension.


3.  Relieves anxiety

Another mental health condition that massage therapy can help treat is General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).  Just one session of massage therapy can cause the brain to release serotonin – a calming neurotransmitter that causes the body to enter a relaxed state.  Often individuals with high levels of anxiety are constantly in a fight-or-flight state physiologically and display symptoms including heightened heart rate and cortisol-levels.  In a 2010 study conducted by Karen J. Sherman and her colleagues, massage therapy was evaluated for its effectiveness in treating General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).   In the study, 23 individuals went to 10 sessions of massage therapy over a 12-week period.  Immediately following the treatment, individuals had a reduction in anxiety.  These improvements actually remained 26 weeks after the individual’s last massage therapy session.


4.  Enhances Exercise Performance

Massage therapy can help athletes perform at their best by boosting their abilities while reducing their risk of a sports-related injury. More specifically, massage therapy helps athletes maintain flexibility and range of motion while reducing the risk of soft-tissue injuries.  Following injury or exercise, massage therapy can further help by reducing the recovery time. Massage therapy speeds the recovery process by improving circulation. Having good circulation allows nutrients and oxygen to muscle cells more efficiently, providing the fuel for cells to become renewed.  In a 2012 study published by Science Translational Medicine, massage therapy following exercise had many of the benefits as anti-inflammatory medicine.


5.  Improves Cardiovascular Heath

Working with a skilled massage therapist can help you manage high blood pressure. Individuals with high blood pressure have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure.  A 2013 studypublished by the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, found that massage therapy was effective in controlling blood pressure in women with pre-hypertension.  A good massage can help by causing an increased state of relaxation, thereby inhibiting stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline from being released.  By improving relaxation and reducing stress, massage therapy can help to lower blood pressure.  Reducing blood pressure can help prevent or slow the development of hypertension or a cardiovascular-related illness.


In short, massage therapy causes your biological systems to work more effectively and leads to an increase in overall health as well as a decreased risk of injury.  If you have difficulty falling asleep, if can help improve the number of hours you spend asleep, and help you achieve a deeper level of sleep.  Massage therapy can also promote good mental health, by alleviating depression symptoms and reducing anxiety levels. Finally, massage therapy can help enhance exercise performance and improve cardiovascular health by promoting good circulation, helping the body to heal itself.


Massage Therapy at Glenora Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Clinic

At the Glenora Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Clinic, we are proud to offer massage therapy to promote health, healing, and general well-being. The healing art of massage therapy dates back 4,000 years and since that time it has expanded beyond the ancient art of massage to incorporate anatomy and exercise physiology.

Want to learn more about how massage therapy, physiotherapy, and chiropractic therapy can benefit your health?  Give our office a call to book an appointment today!

After just one appointment you will feel the relief in pain or stress.

6 Common Causes of Knee Pain

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Is your knee pain causing you to miss out on the activities you love? When you have knee pain, even the simplest tasks, such as walking around the grocery store or going for a bike ride can lead to a feeling of instability and discomfort.  There are many causes of knee pain ranging from surgery and arthritis to the simple wear and tear from daily activities.  Depending on the exact cause of your knee pain, a physiotherapist or chiropractor can prescribe an individualized treatment plan for you.


What Causes Knee Pain?

Is the pain around your knee cap or behind or to the sides of the knee?  Do you experience knee pain more when you are at rest or when you are exercising?  Your specific symptoms of knee pain and the timing or your knee pain when you perform certain activities provides a good clue as to the cause of your knee pain. Here are 6 common causes of knee pain with their associated symptoms.


  1. Patella Tracking Issues:

    Your kneecap, or patella, is the bone covering your knee, providing strength and structure as you bend and move your knee joint. If you have pain around your kneecap that gets worse with exercise or repetitive movements involving bending and straightening your knee, you may have patella tracking issues. Patella tracking issues can be caused by several factors, including: having weak thigh muscles, performing repeated twisting motions, or a traumatic blow to the knee.  A clicking sensation when you bend and extend your knee is another symptom of a patellar tracking issue.


  1. ACL Damage

    Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage affects the ligament connecting your thigh bone to your shin bone. Ligaments are fibrous connective tissues that connect two bones to hold together a joint.  Of all the knee ligaments, the ACL is the most frequently injured.  If your knee pain began after repetitive movements, such as from athletic activity or exercise, you may have ACL damage.  Most ACL injuries are the result of a quick pivoting maneuver performed while playing a sport such as soccer, football or basketball. ACL symptoms include knee swelling, a reduced range of motion, and sudden pain followed by a feeling of knee instability, especially when changing direction quickly during walking or running.


  1. Damaged or Sprained Knee Ligaments

    Sprains and damage to knee ligaments are usually caused by overstretching, overusing, or twisting your knee during exercise. For this reason, highly active individuals are at a higher risk for developing a torn knee ligament. Your knee ligaments are connective tissue that connects bone to bone, helping you to move your knee joint effectively. Depending on the ligament damaged you may experience instability, immobilization, a reduced range of motion, swelling, tenderness, or pain.


  1. Meniscal Injuries

    Your meniscus is a piece of thin cartilage that separates your thigh bone from your shin bone, providing a cushion as you move your knee. Activity as simple as getting up very suddenly from a squatting position could lead to a teared meniscus, though other causes include sports (such as football, basketball, tennis, and soccer), and activities that involve putting pressure on or rotating your knee joint. If you have difficulty straightening and your knees feel unstable or give way when standing up, you may be suffering from a tear to your meniscus. During the initial injury of your meniscus, you may hear a popping sound and your knee may lock in place.


  1. Tendinitis

    Knee tendonitis, otherwise called patellar tendinitis, involves an inflation of one of tendons around your knee area. A tendon is a flexible band of tissue that attaches a muscle to bone. Knee tendonitis. A common symptom is mild or severe pain behind or to the sides of the knee. For people with knee tendinitis, kneeling or standing from a squatting position can be especially painful.  Often referred to as “jumper’s knee”, knee tendinitis is often caused by sports involving jumping such as volleyball or basketball.  However, it isn’t just athletes who may experience knee tendonitis.  Several other causes of knee tendinitis include having tight leg muscles, uneven leg muscles, obesity, shoes without enough padding, or rigorous physical activity.


  1. Trigger Point Referral Pain

    Trigger points are defined as sensitive areas of the body that can cause pain or symptoms in another area. If muscles around your thigh or knee experience decreased circulation or have a buildup of toxins, the nerves surrounding your knee could become more sensitive, causing mild to severe pain. In the case of muscle pain caused by a trigger point, the muscle fibre causing the pain has formed into a knot, causing reduced blood flow in the trigger point area.  If you have developed pain in your knee due to a trigger point, your knee pain will likely be worse with rest and better with exercise.  Other symptoms of trigger point pain in the knee include pain when extending the knee joint, a feeling of tightness along your thigh muscle, having a deep ache at the front or inside the knee, and having increased pain when at rest.


No matter the culprit behind your knee pain, physical therapy and/ or chiropractic therapy could be your quickest path to recovery.


Which treatment is best for Knee Pain?

Depending on the root cause of your knee pain, your knee injury diagnosis, and your current physical health, your physiotherapist or chiropractor will tailor their approach to you.  For example, someone over the age of 50 who has diabetes will have a very different treatment plan from a young athlete recovering from a sports injury.  Your personalized treatment plan may include knee mobilization techniques, massage, taping, wearing a knee brace, stretches and strengthening exercises.


Treatment Plans Unique to You

No matter whether your visit our clinic regularly or want to come in for a limited time following a sports injury, we can help.  Our physiotherapists and chiropractors at the Glenora Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Clinic will design a treatment plan specific to your needs, age, condition, and lifestyle.


Want to learn more about how the Glenora Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Clinic can help you achieve full-body harmony?  Call today to book your appointment.

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New website… same great service

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. This website has been redesigned to display on mobile phones/tablets in addition to desktop view. We also added more detail about the services we provide.

In addition to Chiropractic, we offer a variety of additional services to ensure optimal recovery and prevent future injuries:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Kinesiology/Athletic Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Custom Knee Braces
  • Foot Orthotics
  • Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
  • Laser Therapy
  • Radial Shockwave Therapy
  • A.R.T
  • Graston Technique

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