Sciatica is a very common concern that affects many people. WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill, shares some tips and strategies that you can do at home to help alleviate the concerns associated with sciatica.Read More
Do you experience pain in your butt, that is combined with pain or discomfort that moves down your leg? Many people think this is sciatica, but it could be something else. Our WIN Doctor of Physiotherapy, Tania Mannella, explains how not all pains in the butt, or leg, is sciatica and discusses another possible cause and how it can be resolved.Read More
Stretching? So many kinds, so little time...
Stretching is important for your wellbeing, prevention of injury and recovery from injury. There are many different kinds of stretching. There is dynamic stretching, static stretching, sport specific stretching... When do we do what?? Here's a simple guideline of when its the best time to do the correct type of stretch.
This is the type of stretch you want to do before a workout. These stretches move the muscles that you are going to use in your sport/exercise program through their full range of motion. You often perform these movements in the same pattern that you will be using for the specific sport about to be played (sport specific). They stimulate your nerves for proper coordination and increase the blood flow for better oxygen to the muscles for more powerful movements.
Static Stretch (Holding The Pose Stretch)
These particular movements (such as certain types of yoga) can help to calm your mind and your heart rate to cool you down after your work out or sports. It helps to relax tight muscles even if it's temporary.
Research in 2017 has shown that if you compete a simple stretch program three or more days a week for 6 weeks, it can reduce stiffness in your arteries, help to drop blood pressure and improve blood flow.
No matter what stretch you do, if you do it at the right time, you are bound to get improvement! For more information on a proper stretch program that suits your needs, visit with the physiotherapy team at WIN Health Solutions and we'd be happy to help.
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: 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!!
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: Shauna Pierrynowski PTA, RNCP
As I took a good look at the calendar this past weekend I realized that it’s going to be mid-July soon and almost every weekend is full! My work week is always busy with responsibilities each day. I had a moment of exhaustion just thinking about this! How am I going to schedule another get-together, family time, clients, weeding the garden, laundry, outdoor work, and the many other day-to-day things to do?!
I found myself almost in a panic then I thought to myself …. Shauna, you need to load the kayak up into the truck grab your paddle and lifejacket and have some ME time to energize myself!
I know I am not alone on this topic. Many of us lead super busy lives and a common challenge is creating time for ourselves. Finding 10-20 min a day for “me” time can sometimes feel impossible and also makes us feel guilty. What we don’t realize is how VERY important this time is even if it is only 10 min in your day.
Cultivating and awareness of our thoughts, feelings and we physically feel can help us feel refreshed and more productive. Once we realize that the dusting can really wait, and take time for self care, we can better manage stress and be more resilient and focused as we tackle our everyday lives.
Here are some suggestions on how to create me time:
1. Create a Daily Ritual – Ideas: go for a walk, read on your lunch, meditate, 15 minutes of yoga, wake up 15 minutes earlier to sit outside before the day starts
2. Ask for Help – when it comes to the little things ask your spouse or kids to pitch in!
3. Learn to say NO – if you just can’t make it work its ok to just say no!
4. Evaluate the things you are wasting time on – stop checking emails every 5 min, turn your phone off, meal plan and grocery shop in advance to create more time.
5. Decide on how you will spend ME time – Ideas: bike rides, reading, yoga, kayaking, sitting at the park, laying in the hammock, listening to music!
6. Make a wish list – Ideas: a place to go, things you want to try, a new craft etc…
7. Let Go of the guilt – Just remember Rome was not built in a day J
8. Write it down – plan your me time by putting it into your calendar.
However we decide to use our “me” time is totally up to us. We cannot put a price on the overall health benefits that are developed by creating this time. So in closing the WIN Health Solutions Niagara team hopes you have an enjoyable summer filled with fun, laughter, family and friends, vacation, BBQ’s, outdoor house projects and most important we hope you find some time for YOU!
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: 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.
By WIN Contributor: Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA
At WIN Health Solutions our health practitioners go above and beyond when it comes to your overall health and rehabilitation needs. This Spring you can join our Physiotherapy team as they introduce Aquatic Therapy as a form of rehabilitation.
What are some of the BENEFITS of Aquatic therapy?
Decrease in Pain. Immersion in warm water increases an individual’s comfort, by increasing blood supply to sore muscles and promoting relaxation. Weight relief to weakened body structures also creates additional comfort.
Increase in Your Joint Flexibility. Buoyancy offers a tremendous advantage because it reduces the effects of gravity allowing for increased joint range of motion. Your affected body part will float, making it easier and less painful to move. The warm water also helps to relax muscles that are sore or tight.
Improved Balance. The uniform pressure of the water along with buoyancy provides support to your body which allows you increased time to react without the fear of falling or getting hurt.
Increase in Muscle Strength. Water is 600-700 times more resistant than air which allows for strengthening of weakened muscles. Water resists rapid movement so equipment, with increased surface area, is used to increase strength in the pool.
Some of the conditions that aquatic therapy can help with are as follows:
- Arthritis management
- Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Chronic back pain and core stabilization
- Knee, Ankle, Foot Pain
- Short term therapy to prepare you to transition to land base exercises
- Shoulder Pain
For more information on location days and times please contact a team member today at WIN Health Solutions today!
Have you ever gone to lie down and the room starts spinning? Have you tried to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist or hair washed at the hair dresser but you can't because you feel dizzy or feel the room spinning? Have you ever felt dizzy, unsteady or off balance? Do you experience motion sickness while doing seemingly easy tasks? Have you ever been told you have vertigo?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a problem with your vestibular system. The vestibular system gives us our sense of balance and spatial orientation and helps to coordinate muscles and eye control to help keep us balance and upright.
At WIN health Solutions, our physiotherapist Jennifer Lepere PT, DPT is offering a unique individualized vestibular rehab program to help restore proper vestibular function. You can expect a comprehensive exam of your semicircular canals, eye movement and coordination, and also posture control and balance testing. You will be given a specific individualized exercise program that can be done in the clinic and also at home.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing dysfunction in their vestibular system please have them call WIN Health Solutions to start them on the path to a less dizzy, and more balanced future.
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.
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
· 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!