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Mesothelioma patients who are in pain and are feeling tired: physio can help

    “Gerry” finally put off going to the doctor’s and confirmed what was going on. His chest pain, never-ending couch and fatigue were simply not going away and were starting to affect his ability to work as construction site supervisor. When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, Gerry was depressed, confused and anxious. What did […]
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Beyond Stroke: Living Independently with One Arm (Practical Tips for Enhancing your Living Skills), 2016

One component of the formal education of physiotherapists includes teaching clients with movement dysfunction and their caregivers various strategies to safely perform daily activities.  Yet some of the most valuable information we learn as clinicians comes directly from the individuals we are teaching: our clients.  I welcomed the opportunity to review Kate Ryan’s book for […]
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Male pelvic pain: The same old story – but it doesn’t have to be

If you’re a man with what feels like pain in your pelvic area, you probably feel like you’re in trouble. You have a musculoskeletal problem in an area that no one wants to touch (including you, because it reminds you too much of the dreaded prostate exam when you turn 40). But this is exactly […]
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6 questions I get asked while treating someone with Osteoarthritis

If you have ever been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), there is a good chance someone has explained this condition to you as the “wear and tear” that occurs at a joint. As you digest your diagnosis, you may begin to feel protective of that painful joint.
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How I avoided surgery and a year-long recovery for my shoulder injury

Let me start by introducing myself.  I am far from an elite athlete, but I’d also say I’m not your typical 37 year old mom, either.  I am an avid Obstacle Course Runner and cofounder of one of the largest teams of female Obstacle Course Runners in Canada.  I make it a point to incorporate […]
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The top eight myths about your pelvic floor

By Lisa Flanders, PT I’m a physiotherapist who works in women’s health. A lot of what we do is help patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, which happens when the “sling” or “hammock” that supports the pelvic organs is not functioning in an optimal manner.
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Canine Winter Sports and Potential Injuries


“Birds must fly, fish must swim, and sled dogs must run!” Joy Butler Dog sledding involves one or more dogs pulling a sled over snow and ice over varying distances in many different weather conditions. It is becoming a very popular winter sport for many dog people. It has become an excellent way for people […]
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The Scoop on Snow Shovelling

While many people recognize that shovelling snow is hard work, physiotherapists caution that shovelling can place severe stress on your heart, and cause stress and strain on your body. Research has identified snow shovelling as a high-risk activity for heart problems. Every year, shovellers also sustain injuries such as pulled and strained muscles from repetitive […]
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The 3 D’s: Understanding Dementia, Depression, and Delirium

  When physiotherapists work with patients and their families, a treatment relationship develops.
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How “physio can help” with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia: Gentle Persuasion Approaches to care

Since her husband passed away five years ago, 92 year-old Mrs. Jones has lived alone in her apartment. She’s recently noticed that her walk is a little unsteady. Her daughter is concerned that Mrs. Jones is becoming more forgetful.  
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Preventing falls

More than one-third of Canada’s elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. It’s estimated that 50% of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as sprains, hip fractures, or head traumas that can permanently reduce their mobility and independence. Direct health care costs relating to falls among seniors in Canada are estimated at $1 billion every year. This accounts for […]
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Are you a caregiver? Help friends and loved ones with these tips

Did you know that over eight million Canadians provide care to a chronically ill or disabled friend or loved one? Providing care can mean preparing meals, accompanying a person to an appointment and helping with bathing and dressing. Today marks the start of Canadian Patient Safety, and with that in mind, we’re happy to share […]
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Choose to Move: Ballet BC Dancers

Physiotherapy is an essential part of the life of these Ballet BC dancers, and plays an integral role in helping them stay strong and injury free.   To showcase how physiotherapy changes the lives of British Columbians every day, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia have created part two of our Choose to Move campaign. […]
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Born To Move: Physiotherapy Alberta

  Over 2,600 physiotherapists in Alberta were born to help you move! Watch more videos from Physiotherapy Alberta.
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Choose to Move: Kelsey Serwa, 2014 Winner Olympic Silver Medalist

For elite ski cross champion Kelsey Serwa, her silver medal win in Sochi almost didn’t happen. Physiotherapy helped her recover from a knee injury and win a silver medal at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.   To showcase how physiotherapy changes the lives of British Columbians every day, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia have created […]
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Choose to move: inspiring stories from B.C.

For the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s latest campaign, they travelled to different areas of British Columbia to showcase some amazing individuals, who are elite athletes, professional dancers, and those with inspiring stories of recovery. What they all have in common is that they Choose to Move, and use physio regularly to help them perform […]
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Early heart attack warning symptoms

What most people don’t know is that the warning symptoms are different for women.
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Did you know physiotherapy can help you recover from a heart attack?

By Kerry Kittson, PT Practice & Policy Coordinator, Canadian Physiotherapy Association What is a heart attack? Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is defined as death of a portion of the myocardium, or heart (1). This occurs because of a lack of oxygen supply to the heart. Just like you have arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood […]
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Exercises after breast surgery from the Canadian Cancer Society

Have you had or will you be having breast surgery? We have a great resource to share with you about exercises you can do to reduce stiffness and pain and improve strength and movement. Download PDF  
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New to running? Here’s a handy guide on how to stay injury-free

  So you’ve made the decision to start running. Congratulations! It’s a great way to improve your health and your quality of life. Like all physical activity, however, running carries the risk of injury. It’s important to know how to prevent injury and what steps to take should injuries happen. We’ve created a bunch of tips to help you enjoy running […]
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Tips on preventing and healing plantar fasciitis

Download the plantar fasciitis info sheet About plantar fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. It runs from the ball of the foot to the heel, stretching to its limit when the foot is on the […]
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Physical therapists as experts in exercise prescription: bridging the gap between clinical practices

by Mireille Landry Evidence-based exercise prescription is a fundamental Physical Therapy skill. Despite this, exercise prescription may be under-employed. So, how do physical therapists raise the standard for exercise prescription in practice? Are we doing all we can to maximize function beyond therapeutic benefit for all of our patients? The Big Idea A well designed […]
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Posture – A patient info sheet

  Posture Download Patient Info Sheet Having good posture not only makes you look strong and healthy — it’s also a critical factor in preventing pain and injuries. For recreational activities like golf, skating, yoga or running, posture actually plays an important role in performance. And posture is critical in preventing workplace injuries that come […]
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Back and neck pain – how physiotherapy can help

Your physiotherapist will assess the causes for your back and neck pain, mobilize your spinal joints, and will give you advice on how to best maintain your thoracic mobility, essential for a healthy low back and neck.
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Juvenile Arthritis – a patient info sheet

Although there isn't a cure for JIA, there is effective therapy. Download CPA's information sheet to learn how physiotherapy can help.
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Living with Arthritis: 7 tips to get the most out of physical activity

Did you know that you “feed” your joints when you’re active?
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To ice or not to ice…

Things are changing with respect to the use of cryotherapy in acute injuries, and the way we use ice in physiotherapy practice. There has been some very good research done over the past decade or so indicating that RICE or PRICE may not be as effective as we once thought in the acute stage of injury. There have been several articles published that help explain the move away from significant cooling.

A Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) is an important part of the rehabilitation team. Working closely with a physiotherapist, PTAs help to carry out the patient’s treatment plans safely and effectively. Not only do PTAs help patients reach their goals, they help to educate and motivate patients each day. There is a quote by Homer Rice that […]

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that results in loss of bone mass and weakening of the bones, increasing the risk of fractures, such as a broken hip, crushed vertebra (spine), or fractured wrist. Osteoporosis-related fractures are often called fragility fractures because they happen with little or no trauma.

Whatever the mode of travel, there are a number of problems that may arise from sitting in a confined space. Sitting immobile for prolonged periods of time can put considerable stress on muscles and joints. This can lead to feeling stiff, cramped and sore with a sense of fatigue after the journey.

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Leaf Out Pain and Strain

Raking leaves is a physical activity that can often cause muscle soreness or injury. The most common injuries are strains to the middle and lower back. Physiotherapists can walk you through stretching exercises and a warm up that should be done before any raking, show you the proper body mechanics.
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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI is one of today's major occupational hazards, affecting approximately 2.3 million Canadians annually. Many of these injuries can be prevented with improved work habits and posture (ergonomics). Ergonomics is an applied science directed at the design and arrangement of work tools and equipment to ensure products and environments are comfortable, safe and efficient for people to use.

Soccer players young and old are ready to head out to the pitch for another action packed and fun-filled season. The world's most popular sport continues to grow across Canada, in particular amongst those aged 25 and under.

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Put the pedal down

It's summertime, and time to get out on your bike. Bicycle riding is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, promote cardiovascular health and improve muscular endurance. It's a relatively inexpensive exercise that can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, a correct bike fit is absolutely essential.
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Stroke – How physiotherapy can help

Stroke is one of the major causes of disability and handicap in adults. Canadian physiotherapists play a key role in the rehabilitation of people who have had a stroke, helping them return to their highest possible level of physical mobility.

It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 whiplash cases in Canada each year. Most occur from automobile accidents, but whiplash can also result from sport or occupational injuries.

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Is your bladder ruining your life?

Urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects both men and women, though it is more common in women. It is estimated that 10-30 per cent of all women experience incontinence at some point in their lives. It can be a distressing and embarrassing condition that affects many aspects of your life: work, social activities, recreation, travel and intimacy. Whatever the cause, incontinence is often successfully treated with physiotherapy.
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Gardening Tips

The secret to a healthy garden is a healthy gardener. Gardening is an active pursuit that can cause muscle strain to the lower back, shoulders, knees and arms, especially if you are out of shape and do not move properly.
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Fit to a tee

A game of golf is a healthy activity to help gain and maintain flexibility and range of motion. It's a physical activity that includes walking, lifting and repetitive arm movements, providing the benefits of cardiovascular and strengthening exercise programs. However, returning to action after being on hiatus for several months puts enthusiasts at high risk of injury.
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Oh my aching back!

Almost everyone experiences some type of back pain at some point in time. The pain may occur suddenly and be gone within a couple of days or weeks, or it may occur repeatedly, never completely going away, and can have a major impact on your regular daily activities.
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Blog – Is there a stretch for that?

Stretching is a hot topic in the world of pro athletes and armchair quarterbacks alike
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How Physio changed my life – A journey back to recovery

I remember the day I tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) like it was yesterday. It was my birthday and a gorgeous Saturday in September. It was also the day after I left my dream job to go back to school for a Masters’ degree and the last soccer game of the year for my co-ed recreational team.

Most patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal problems are told, "listen to your body". They are led to believe that this will make them feel better. However, when following this recommendation, the pain does not usually decrease and the patients do not get better.

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Are you in pain?

Physiotherapists are skilled in assessing and treating these temporary and acute painful MSK conditions caused by injury. Physiotherapists can help relieve your pain.
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Blog – My first love, running

For me there is nothing more freeing than feeling the ground under my feet

I am a professor in the physio program at a leading Canadian university, at the professional masters’ level

Pain will affect the way you move. The way you move will affect your pain. It can be a vicious cycle.

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Running From Injuries

As a physiotherapist with a passion for running, I am always looking for opportunities to educate fellow runners on how to avoid injuries