Do you experience headaches or dizziness? Did you know that headaches like these can often be due to an imbalance stemming from the structures in your neck? WIN Physiotherapist, Tania Mannella, talks about the link between headaches and neck concerns and offers insight on how Physiotherapy can address this.Read More
Many people experience jaw pain and stiffness that stems from different reasons. WIN Physiotherapist, Jennifer Lapierre, shares information on jaw concerns and how Physiotherapy and Chiropractic can help.Read More
Pelvic floor weakness can lead to the development of genitourinary symptoms. While many people enjoy running for exercise, they can feel the effects this has on their pelvic floor. Our WIN Physiotherapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist, Tania Mannella, reviews how to take on running as a form of exercise while also preserving the pelvic floor. Read her article to learn more!Read More
May is National Physiotherapy Month and with physiotherapists being movement specialists, I wanted to share two of my most common phrases I often say at WIN Health Solutions. Motion is Lotion!! And… If you don’t USE it you’ll LOSE it!!
These are two easy to remember ways to convey the helpful effects of movement for any painful conditions.
In general, with too much rest, people will stiffen up and become more painful overall. Moving regularly keeps joints and soft tissues more flexible and therefore less painful.
When my clients first hear this they often say “but when I sit my “blank” feels better and when I get up the pain is worse!”
This is true… but to avoid having the pain get worse, you need to rest less and move more, but in a way that causes little to no pain. You gotta walk before you can run!!
Anyone with arthritis will tell you that their joints stiffen when they are still for too long, like first thing in the morning after sleeping all night or if they sit for a while. Once they get moving they loosen up and feel much better. The same concept can be applied to any painful condition.
Our body’s ligaments, tendons and muscles will shorten and tighten if not moved through their full range of motion regularly. Also, if they’re inflamed, they’ll also get more swollen when held still. When those inflamed tissues are moved again, it will feel painful for the first few movements.
When sore, inflamed tissues are moved gently and regularly in a non-aggravating way, they will actually become less painful. This is true at the time of doing the movement, and also for the overall condition as it heals.
Eventually ,many of my patients have learned, that regular daily, appropriate, exercise is a good way to manage their painful symptoms.
This is where Physiotherapy comes in!! It is my job to assess your pain and teach you graduated, appropriate exercises to help you get moving and help reduce and manage your pain. Contact WIN Health Solutions if you’d like to find out how to get moving towards a pain free active lifestyle!!!!
Feeling dizzy, unbalanced or unsteady and/or do you feel you’re suffering with vertigo? Vestibular rehabilitation treatment through a properly trained Physiotherapist can significantly help. Our WIN Doctor of Physiotherapy, Jennifer Lapierre, is trained in vestibular rehabilitation and has helped many people get health solutions for their vertigo and dizziness.Read More
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
We may focus on the common sites of back pain when it first happens, for example neck pain or low back. However, as our WIN Physiotherapist, Jennifer Lapierre, shares in her latest article, there can be a cause to neck and low back pain that’s rooted in the mid-spine, the Thoracic Spine. She reviews how this is possible.Read More
We have protective structures around major joints, that are similar to pillows filled with water. These structures, known as a Bursa, cushion the joints and reduce friction at those sites. When injured, either from a fall or repetitive use, this can lead to significant pain and inflammation. The WIN Physiotherapy Team have many options to help speed the healing of an injured Bursa. Learn more about the Bursa from our WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill, as he discusses what the Bursae is, how they help and how to heal them when they are injured.Read More
Is your jaw making funny noises? Snapping, crackles, pops or pain from your jaw when you yawn or chew is a sign that you have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disfunction. Physiotherapy has been proven to help address TMJ concerns. Our Doctor of Physiotherapy, Tania Mannella, reviews how Physiotherapy can offer solutions to address TMJ concerns.Read More
How is self care, sleep and that nagging pain in the neck all connected? Dr. Nicholas Slowinski is part of our team of Chiropractors who believes in thinking more broadly about health for the good of his patients. Read on to discover Dr. Slowinski’s call to action for everyone seeking more optimal health, and to learn more about how he connects the dots between self care and musculoskeletal health.Read More
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
Running is a passion for our WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill. In this article, he discusses a common running injury known as Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS). Jeff reviews the symptoms associated with ITBFS, shares some great tips to address this concern and therapeutic options to help resolve it.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.
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