If you feel a pain in your foot, it could be plantar fasciitis. Our WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill, discusses this painful foot condition and the treatment options that can be individualized to you that our WIN Physiotherapy Team can offer.Read More
Modern medical imaging has helped doctors discover very important health findings in the body that couldn’t be seen by just assessing a patient in a clinical setting. This has helped countless people with very serious health conditions. However, as more people have imaging done for more general health concerns, there has been an exponential rise in the number of people who are reading too much into their medical image reports. This can become an obstacle to recovery, healing and emotional wellbeing. Our WIN Doctor of Physiotherapy, Tania Mannella, sheds light on this fascinating topic, and gives recommendations about how to ensure your tests more optimally support you in your journey toward optimal health.Read More
Resistance bands can provide a whole body work out, that can even be more effective than weights, while also being inexpensive, lightweight and easily portable. Our WIN Physiotherapy Assistant, Belinda Ham, sheds light on how they're used in physio treatment and fitness.Read More
From proper footwear to tips about movement, Jenn Lapierre, WIN Doctor of Physiotherapy, offers all you Green Thumbs out there some stellar tips for great Gardening without injury. If the first sign of spring pulls on your green heart strings, this article is for you!Read More
By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA, RNCP
As Dr. Nick wrote in his last blog post that most people give up on their healthy new year resolutions within the first fifteen days of making them… Being that it’s January 17th…I’m here to check in to see how your doing with sticking to your goals. Are you making them Stick or have they taken a Slide?
If you are starting to feel that Sticking to your big health goals is starting to Slide… I propose this…
How about setting tiny monthly goals so you can achieve them?
As I sit here to write this blog post for WIN Health Solutions I myself find that I also get stuck thinking about healthy changes. My mind wonders on the endless possibility of what I can change positively in my personal and professional life.
Should it be a goal about health (physical, mental, the whole package)? What about finances? Maybe I should give back to the community? Or maybe just take care of my wellbeing?
Whatever the resolution or goals are, here are some helpful tips on how to keep it small, keep it smart and actually achieve these goals.
SMART Goal Setting 101
S – SPECIFIC these goals address the what, why and how.
M – MEASURABLE this is the part where your goal is concrete and observable.
A – ATTAINABLE this is made up of small goals or changes that are under your control – example you want to lose 20lbs let’s start with eating less CRAP (Carbs, Refined sugar, Artificial, Processed foods) and eat more FOOD (fruits/veggies, organic lean protein, omega 3s, drink water)
R – REWARDING don’t go and set a goal that will make you angry, try small steps like instead of eating chips every night while watching t.v switch it to 5 nights of popcorn rather than the chips and keep going from there replacing the last item with something healthier.
T – TIME BOUND putting an end date or point on a goal will give you’re a clear and concrete target to achieve.
I hope you find these simple goal setting ideas helpful in whatever it is that you choose to change in your life. If you need more guidance, a specific plan and individualized support, visit with one of our team members at WIN Health Solutions Niagara and they can help you Stick to your health goals so that this year brings you more health and happiness!
By WIN Contributor: Jennifer Lepere, PT, DPT - Doctor of Physiotherapy
Many people say to me, my doctor told me I have vertigo, but I don’t know what it means. I am here to help navigate the technical terms that surround our dizzy patients.
Dizziness and Vertigo are not interchangeable words. They describe different symptoms, and they have different causes.
Vertigo Vs. Dizziness
VERTIGO is a very specific symptom where you feel like the room is spinning. True DIZZINESS is a general feeling of light-headedness, wooziness or nearly fainting. Whereas disequilibrium is a feeling off loss of balance, motion sickness or feeling like you are leaning to one side.
Many people in their life time will experience some kind of dizziness. Dizziness isn’t a disease but rather a very common symptom of numerous conditions, with some more serious than others. Some examples are sudden drop in blood pressure (like if you were to stand up too quickly), a side effect of a medication, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, headaches, excessive exercises, dehydration or alcohol.
Vertigo is caused by an inner ear problem. The inner ear is the centre for balance and coordination. And when we have a problem here we have a problem with our ability to stay upright. The technical term for the most common condition is Begin Paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which simply means the room spinning dizziness occurs when you put her head in a certain position, such when you lay down or turn onto your side while laying down.
What can be done if you experience dizziness or vertigo?
First step is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and rule out the more serious conditions. Next step is to come into WIN HEALTH SOLUTIONS and see me, Jennifer Lepere PT, DPT. I am one of the few Niagara Falls physiotherapists who have experience in treating people with dizziness and vertigo through Vestibular Rehab. Together we can discuss your symptoms and develop an individualized plan. To learn more please visit our web site at www.winhealth.ca. I look forward to visiting with you and offering you effective treatment options for your vestibular health concern.
By WIN Contributor: Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, Chiropractor
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a class of disorders, which affect the muscles we use for chewing and the hinge joint in our jaw, the temporomandibular joint. This type of condition is one of the most common causes of pain in the mouth and face and has the potential to produce persisting chronic pain in those who do not seek intervention. TMDs are often associated with other common conditions that people often visit their chiropractor for such as migraine or headache, neck pain, or even fibromyalgia, however few people are aware that similar to any other joint in the body chiropractors can help with jaw pain too!
The National Institutes of health has classified TMD into 3 major categories: myofascial pain, internal derangement or dysfunction and degenerative joint disease. In this case internal derangement includes such things as a dislocated jaw, or a displaced disc within the joint. Degenerative joint disease pertains to the idea of arthritis, or as we like to call them, wrinkles on the joint, simply meaning the result of using a joint often!
When this condition occurs individuals may often feel a clicking/popping when they move their jaw, difficulty or pain with opening or chewing, headache on the side of their head, ringing in their ear, and pain in their jaw which might be felt as discomfort in the muscles they use to move the jaw as well as the neck and shoulders.
Pharmacological interventions with the use of pain killers and muscle relaxants is common for the treatment of this type of condition, however there is substantial evidence that reliance on these types of medications can lead to alarming gastro-intestinal side effects. Many dentists will often prescribe a night splint or bite plate, which have offered patients a conservative method of some relief of these symptoms.
Manual therapy from either a chiropractor or physiotherapist have shown to be clinically effective in giving patients long term pain relief through soft tissue therapy, manipulation of the joint, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and even laser therapy.
EFFECTIVE TMJ TREATMENT AT WIN
An exciting new way to treat TMD conditions is offered at WIN Health Solutions! This includes the use of localized vibration therapy, targeted at the muscles we use to chew! This type of treatment is completely safe and comfortable for patients! New research has even supported that as little as one treatment session with vibration can have a beneficial effect by increasing mouth opening and decreasing pain!
By using a combination of therapeutic interventions, members of our chiropractic and physiotherapy teams are able to offer each patient an individualized treatment option for TMD. This might include TMJ mobilization, soft tissue therapy of painful muscles, specific exercises to stretch, strengthen and stabilize the jaw, acupuncture and much more!
Visit us at WIN Health Solutions and we’ll work with you, and your dentist to take a bite out of jaw pain and TMD.
By WIN Contributor: Nancy V, Reception Team Member
Where do you start when you want to blog about a fellow co-worker?
I know exactly where .... WIN Physiotherapist, Jennifer Lepere, DPT.
Jenn inspires you to be your best, and if you are not quite at your best she will get you there.
She graduated from D'Youville College in 2008 with her Masters in Physical Therapy and again in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined Tania Mannella's physiotherapy team at WIN in 2014 and has since been such a valuable team member.
Jenn's Physio Focus
Jenn will help and guide you to your full mobility potential with her manual manipulation of the muscles. She also incorporates acupuncture, TENS machine, ultrasound, class 4 Laser Therapy, Shockwave Therapy, and most important of all, supervised stretches and exercise programs. This eclectic mix of therapeutic options are blended to best suit you and will all be available to get you to your best.
Out To Stop Spinning: Vestibular Rehab
She is our specialist in vestibular rehab, which means if you are suffering from a case of vertigo or dizziness she will put her expertise to work. Jenn is one of few physiotherapists in Ontario with specialized training in vestibular rehabilitation. She is focused on offering effective solutions for this very debilitating health concern, and through her diligence, she has helped many patients find their balance once again.
Jenn's In It To WIN It: Fun Facts
Jenn's love of sports inspires the passion for her work as a Physiotherapist and shows in her daily routine and treatment of patients. She is an avid baseball, volleyball, and lawn bowler to name just a few. On a personal note Jenn recently got married to a wonderful man named John Lapierre. Lepere... Lapierre... Thankfully her new last name pronunciation will not to difficult for the front staff to handle. :)
Where do you end a blog about a fellow co-worker.
I know exactly where ... my friend ... WIN Physiotherapist, Jennifer Lepere!
By WIN Contributor: Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
Painful sex, known as dyspareunia, has been found by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to affect up to 75% of women at some point in their lives. Nine out of ten women will experience postpartum dyspareunia.
This can be result of various issues involving the pelvic floor area and musculature. Some women are too shy or embarrassed to talk about it or seek help. Many women and their doctors don’t know that Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (PFP) is the most effective way to resolve pain during sex.
In my practice, this is not a taboo topic and through offering Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy I am helping women in our community find solutions and optimize their sexual health.
Origins of Vaginal Pain
Pain can be experienced with intercourse, sexual contact, tampon use or even wearing tight pants. Women may be told the problem is "psychological" however most often, there is an anatomical and physiological source.
Possible medical causes of painful intercourse are vulvar vestibulitis, vulvodynia, and interstitial cystitis. Other causes can be painful healing after childbirth, pressure on spinal/pelvic nerves, hormonal changes and narrowing of the vaginal entrance. Tight muscles of the pelvic floor, which include the muscles inside the vagina that are normally active during sexual excitement, may be a source of pain as well.
What Pelvic Floor Physiology Offers
The pelvic floor evaluation involves taking your history and a pelvic floor muscle assessment that checks for muscle tension, tightness, tone, range of motion and muscle strength. This internal exam also provides important information about internal muscle trigger points, the integrity of the pelvic organs and the presence of a prolapse.
PFP treatment empowers you as the patient because you learn to play an active role in controlling your pain. You will learn how to to sufficiently relax muscles related to your concern, which helps decrease anxiety and further decreases pain. This breaks the pain cycle.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy will help you experience sexual intercourse for the passionate, enjoyable and intimate act it is meant to be with your partner. Rekindle the flame……with less pain!!
Here's What You'll Get In 7 Sessions...
- Using a walk-to-run approach your guidance and tips will come from our very own WIN Running Expert, Tania Mannella, Doctor of Physiotherapy
- Run once a week for approximately 30 minutes each session for 7 weeks
- Effective strategies to learn to run
- Motivation to maintain regular fitness that will support your health goals
- An awesome WIN Graphic T-shirt for your run while you're with us...and maybe even to wear outside of running (It's really cool)
- Work towards a goal distance of 5K
- A group running experience which is open to EVERYONE!
WIN Beginner's Running Clinic
Our running clinic is not only going to help you learn to run, or build on your running skills as you go, but also will help you stay fit and active into the Fall season. Tania welcomes everyone to this group.
If you're a novice runner, or enjoy running and want to develop/maintain your running abilities, this clinic is perfect for you.
We get the work-home-life balance for parents... So we also welcome moms and dads who'd like to get our for a jog with tot and stroller in tow, or run with their older children, so to enjoy active quality time together.
Tania is offering two times in the week for this running clinic to make it easily accessible... Thursday nights and Saturday mornings!
You will feel better, run stronger and have a great time with a supportive leader and group.
Clinic Dates & Times
Group 1 - Thursday Evenings at 6:00pm - From Thursday September 15th - Thursday October 27th
Group 2 - Saturday Mornings at 6:30am - From Saturday September 17th - Saturday October 29th
Feeling fleet of foot? Run with us this Fall! Register by clicking below...
Questions or need more info? Click here --> WIN Fall Running Clinic to email us and we'd be happy to assist you. But just remember... you can do anything, so go for it! ;)
I am excited to be part of a new service coming to WIN Health Solutions Niagara Falls! Patients will be able to obtain extra guidance and support by a Registered Kinesiologist on each visit. In case I have not had the opportunity to meet you, my name is Karen Evers and I am a Registered Kinesiologist.
I have been working the last two years with the Niagara Falls Physiotherapy team at WIN Health Solutions as a Physiotherapy Assistant. I am also a Registered Kinesiologist. To be a Kinesiologist in Ontario, I had to earn a University degree, and then complete and pass the Provincial Exam to work as a Kinesiologist in the province.
You may be wondering what Kinesiology can offer a patient in the clinical setting. We are human movement professionals. We assess patients to rehabilitate and/or enhance human performance. My goal at WIN Health Solutions is to work with our team of professionals to provide care to those who suffer from musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, individuals injured at work or people who have had motor vehicle accidents.
WIN Health Solutions is unique because it offers a wide range of health care services to the community under one roof. This is of great benefit for patients because with a team approach the WIN Health Solutions Practitioners can collaborate to ensure you get the best and most comprehensive care possible.
My vision as a Kinesiologist at WIN is to provide patients with injuries or conditions extra health strategies and support to round out what they will receive from the clinician they are working with at WIN. I will also offer guidance with regard to specific exercises that will help relieve pain, increase range of motion and gain back strength so they can take control of their own health.
My approach is always individualized and will complement the treatment your Chiropractor or Physiotherapist has given you. Another added benefit is that some insurance companies offer coverage for Kinesiologist visits.
I look forward to working with the WIN Practitioners to help our patients achieve their optimal health goals!
By WIN Contributor: Jennifer Lepere, Physiotherapist
The other day I was out for a run, and Bamm! All of a sudden my calf became very hard, tight, and really painful! I was experiencing a muscle cramp! Working as a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions, I get asked a lot what is a muscle cramp and how can I stop it from happening??
Muscle cramps happen because of involuntary contractions, or muscle spasms in one or more muscles. They can happen at any time, such as when being active, or even when you’re not, like when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Why does it happen and what can you do about it?
1. Dehydration. You have to make sure you are drinking enough water daily. The Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups for males and 9 cups for women.
2. Muscle fatigue. You have to make sure you are properly warming up and stretching before and after activity. Taking regular Epsom salt baths will also help.
3. Not enough magnesium or potassium in your diet. You can start eating more food rich in magnesium and potassium. You could also consult your doctor or naturopathic doctor for help in this area.
These are the most common reason why I would see muscle cramping as a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions. If you are experiencing muscle cramping please contact the office for a WIN Physiotherapy Niagara Falls treatment and our physiotherapist and physio team members would be happy to offer you health solutions.
By WIN Contributor: Tania Mannella, Physiotherapist
I love to run. I head out for a run four to five times a week around Niagara Falls. Its my favourite form of cardio exercise and the ‘runner’s high’ when I finish can’t be beat.
But is it bad for me? Am I hurting my knees, hips, feet, low back?
As a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions Niagara many express concerns about running and pounding on my joints, advancing possible arthritis or causing wear and tear on my knees at an increased rate. Despite what many health professionals, runners and non runners think, the evidence based research shows that there is no greater instance of joint issues or osteoarthritis in people who run versus those who do not run.
One study at Boston University of Medicine discovered that running stimulates the cartilage in order to repair damage, increasing the production of certain proteins which makes the knee stronger. Running is not bad for your knees! If you have a genetic predisposition to knee issues, running can potentially bring those issues to the forefront but studies show that running can actually be beneficial for joints, as it strengthens the surrounding musculature and increases bone density.
If that’s not reason enough, here are multiple other reasons to take up running. It improves brain performance, improves mood, improves sleep, improves cardiovascular health, improves your energy levels, increases confidence levels and can actually increase your lifespan. So grab your favourite music, put on your favourite kicks and join me and others from WIN's Niagara Falls Physiotherapy team in this beautiful weather because baby we were born to run!!