Activa Celebrates 23 Years in Rockliffe Park / New Edinburgh

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Activa is proud to celebrate 23 years of service in Rockliffe Park / New Edinburgh

Thank you for your ongoing business and referrals! We look forward to offering physiotherapy, massage therapy and personal training to you, your family and friends in Ottawa for many years to come.

We appreciate your referrals and welcome new patients in 2018.

If your family, friends and coworkers need physiotherapy, massage therapy or personal training, please let them know that we welcome new patients.

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Happy Holidays from Activa

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Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa wishes you and your family all the best during this Holiday season.

Please be advised that Activa will be closed from December 22, 2017 until January 2, 2018 due to renovations.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to schedule your physiotherapy or massage therapy appointment for the New Year: 613-744-4188.

Happy Holidays!

Barbara Stefanska, RPT MA
Owner, Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa

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Mommy Thumb Prevention: 5 Exercises

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We recently shared a blog post about preventing Mommy Thumb, which is a condition increasingly experienced by new moms known as de Quervain’s tendonitis, de Quervain’s stenosing tenosynovitis and mother’s wrist.

While anyone can develop de Quervain’s, mommy thumb is caused by ongoing stress on the wrist among new mothers who repeatedly lift their babies.

Recognition and physio is vital to help relieve mommy thumb pain, along with exercises to strengthen your palm and wrist.

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Mommy Thumb: 5 Ways to Relieve Pain

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“Mommy thumb” (de Quervain’s tenosynovitis) is a common condition among new mothers when tendons from the thumb to the wrist are inflamed causing mild discomfort to severe pain on the thumb side of the wrist.

While anyone can develop de Quervain’s, mommy thumb is often caused by stress on the wrist among new mothers who frequently lift their babies. Studies show that women are four times more likely than men to develop de Quervain’s.

Prevention of mommy thumb is challenging as mothers need to lift their children repeatedly — up to 30 times daily! Mommy thumb rarely goes away on its own, therefore early recognition and physiotherapy treatment is crucial.

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4 Tips: Preventing ACL Knee Injury in Female Athletes

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Over the past 30 years, the number of females participating in recreational and professional sports has largely increased. As play has evolved from a defensive approach to an emphasis on power and speed, so has the increase of serious injuries among young female athletes.

An area of concern among young female athletes is severe knee injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The ACL is one of the four major ligaments of the knee connecting the front of the tibia (shinbone) with the back of the femur (thighbone). The ACL helps provide stability to the knee joint.

Female athletes who play basketball, volleyball and soccer are eight times more likely to suffer an ACL injury compared to male athletes, according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. ACL tears in the knee are most noticeable in sports which involve jumping, sudden stops and pivots during play.

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Back to school backpacks: Protect your kids from back pain

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With back to school in full swing, your kids are back to carrying their backpacks filled with books, items and learning materials. As many children and adolescents walk to and from school, parents should be aware that a heavy backpack can cause back pain and other strains.

Activa recommends 3 tips to help your children stay safe and avoid back problems this school year and onwards.

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Relieving Low Back Pain from Golf

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With golf season in effect, Activa recommends that you take care in gentle exercises and stretching to prevent golf injury. If you are experiencing low back pain from a recent round of golf, it is not advisable to stress inflamed muscles by continuing to play golf.

Taking some time off from golf will allow your muscles to heal faster, as will applying heat or ice to your lower back and ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and help with your recovery.

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Golf season is here! 3 tips to prevent low back pain

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Summer is here! For many, the favourite sport of the season is golf. Like any sport, golf can trigger low back pain with muscle strains and sprains combined with injuries to the spine.

Individuals who suffer from chronic or recurring episodes of low back pain can be frustrated when pain hinders their time on the green.

Activa recommends 3 simple ways to prevent back injury and low back pain on the golf course: warm-up before playing golf, practice your swing, and safely carry your golf bag.

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Cycling Season: 4 Ways to Prevent Knee Pain

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Cycling season is here! While biking is considered a low-impact sport, the repetitive mechanics of cycling combined with high reactive forces between your foot and bike pedal create high pressure on your lower extremity and can predispose you to knee pain.

Knee pain is the most common lower-body issue among cyclists with as many as 65 per cent experiencing it. Most knee pain is a result of overdoing it when you ride for longer periods and harder than your condition permits. This tends to strain and inflame your connective tissues.

Activa encourages you to consider safety when biking to prevent reduced training capacity or limited performance with these 4 cycling safety tips.

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Activa Approach to Healing and Relieving Pain

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The origins of physiotherapy (physical therapy) as a profession date back to the 19th century when Per Henrik Ling, “Father of Swedish Gymnastics” founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics (RCIG) in 1813 for massage, manipulation, and exercise.

Modern physiotherapy (physical therapy) was established in Britain towards the end of the 19th century. In Canada, the Canadian Association of Massage and Remedial Gymnastics (CAMRG) was incorporated in 1935 by the Dominion Charter and renamed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), which works to advance the profession of physiotherapy in order to improve the health of Canadians.

Treatment through the 1940s primarily consisted of exercise, massage and traction. Manipulative procedures to the spine and extremity joints were also practiced in the British Commonwealth countries during the early 1950s. Later that decade, physiotherapists started to move beyond hospital-based practice to outpatient orthopedic clinics, public schools, colleges/universities, geriatric settings, rehabilitation and medical centres.

Today, physiotherapy (physical therapy) consists of Manual Therapy, Modern Electrotherapy and Modalities. Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa’s approach to physical therapy combines healing and long-term injury prevention.

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