WIN Provider Spotlight: Tania Mannella, PT, DPT

By WIN Contributor: Lora Dino, Reception Team Member

Our head physiotherapist is Tania Mannella PT, DPT,  and offers many different techniques and services that she provides to her patients.  Tania practices rehabilitation-based therapy which focuses on optimizing her patients' independent function through manual work and specific exercise. She has extensive experience in manual therapy while offering unique modalities such as laser, shockwave, acupuncture and many others.

She also specializes in pelvic floor physiotherapy, and is the only physiotherapist rostered by the College of Physiotherapists for this treatment in Niagara Falls. In addition, Tania is trained in aqua therapy for patients who benefit from the buoyancy of water.

Tania has won the "40 Under 40" award which she received for being one of the top 40 entrepreneurs in the Niagara region under the age of 40.  In addition, she is continuously taking extra courses to update and enhance her services and knowledge base to be able to offer her patients the most innovative and advanced treatment possible. 

To her patients, Tania offers very best by way of her professionalism, courteousness, warmth and positivity.  A loved quality that she possessed, is that she ensures she spends quality time with her patients and provides individualized care for each one and she is always willing to take on emergency patients when needed.

Tania is extremely dedicated to providing exceptional care to her patients.  To learn more about Tania or physiotherapy contact us at WIN Health Solutions.

Niagara Falls Physiotherapy Is Restoring Your Bladder and Pelvic Health

Have you ever laughed and tears ran down your leg? Have you ever pulled in the driveway and had to run as fast as you can to the bathroom in your home? Have you ever suffered from any sort of pelvic pain? NONE of this is normal!!

These are all dysfunctions that can be helped, and believe it or not Kegels are not always the answer!  They can actually do more harm than good if it is performed in the wrong situation. If you can relate to any of the above situations, I urge you to discuss things with a specialized pelvic floor physiotherapist. There is extensive research that concludes that certified physiotherapists with specialized training in pelvic floor rehabilitation should be the first line of defense before surgical consultation for stress, urge and mixed incontinence in women. We also play an integral role in reducing pelvic pain and in pre-and post partum care. 

A pelvic floor physiotherapist must take advanced training and must become registered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists prior to treating any patients. Our women's health specialist at WIN Health Solutions, Tania Mannella PT, DPT will perform a detailed assessment and take an extensive history of each patient's situation. The assessment also includes a short internal, physical exam in order to assess the tenderness, integrity, strength and endurance of the pelvic floor musculature. We will assess the pain source, trigger points and potential neurological issues. Once we establish the source of the issue we continue into treatment immediately.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is not new, but most women and doctors are not aware of this form of treatment. If you or someone you know, suffer from any sort of pelvic pain or incontinence, please discuss pelvic floor physiotherapy as an option of conservative treatment with your doctor. We would love to be of service to you and your specialized women's health issue at the WIN Health Solutions Niagara Falls Physiotherapy clinic.

WIN Health Solutions Niagara “Heels” Your Foot Pain

By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA

Do you wake up in the morning dreading your first steps?  Do you have stabbing pain in your feet that may ease up as your feet get moving only to have pain come back the longer you stay on your feet?  If this sounds familiar you may be suffering from a common problem called Plantar Fasciitis.  Planter WHO?

Plantar Fasciitis (PLAN – tur – fas-e-I-tis): is a thick band that starts at your heel and stretches across the bottom of your foot.

When this thick band becomes inflamed it can cause some serious pain and discomfort.  Your fascia acts as a shock absorber supporting your arch in your foot.  If there is a lot of tension on this band it can create small tears in the fascia and having constant stress and repetition can cause the fascia to become irritated and inflamed.  There are some factors that can influence your chances of developing Plantar Fasciitis, they include:

·      Age: common 40-60

·      Faulty foot mechanics: high arch, flat foot, abnormal walking

·      Certain Types of Exercise: running, dancing, activities that cause stress on your heel

·      Obesity

·      Occupations that keep you on your feet

Well what can WIN Health Solutions do for this problem?

Our WIN Niagara Falls Physiotherapy team can teach you the proper ways to stretch out your plantar fascia and strengthen it.  We can correct your walking pattern.  We may use shockwave therapy, ultra sound or laser to help with the inflammation.  In addition, athletic tape or bracing could be options as well. Severity of cases may differ from patient to patient so if you think you suffer from plantar fasciitis book an appointment with a WIN Niagara Falls Physiotherapy team provider and kick your heal pain to the curb!