Are Intense Workouts Harming Your Immune System?

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Do you exercise rigorously on a regular basis? Consider a healthy recovery training program, just like a competitive athlete.

For your muscles the be strong, you need to exercise to the point of tearing muscle fibres, as exercise increases your ability to take in oxygen. Studies show that if your intense workouts aren’t followed by easy workouts, you may be suppressing your immune system to colds and increased chances of injury.

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Piriformis syndrome: More than a pain in the butt?

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Piriformis syndrome, also know as “pain in the butt,” is commonly seen in individuals who spend long hours sitting. People who work at their desk all day, drive long distances and ride motorcycles can experience this discomfort. Long-distance runners, cyclists and skiers are also at high-risk.

Piriformis muscle is deep under gluteal muscles, running across the pelvis area outwards and attaching to the thigh bone. When the hip is extended, it’s an external rotator. When the hip is flexed, it’s an internal rotator. Any injury, irritation or tightness to the Piriformis muscle may lead to neurogenic symptoms down the limb.

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Spring Gardening: 7 Tips to Prevent Back Injury and Muscle Strain

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Spring gardening season is here! Before you start planting your favourite flowers, make sure you keep safety in mind to avoid muscle strain or back injury. Small changes to your movements and gardening habits will allow you to enjoy spring gardening and the beauty it brings.

Gardening is a physical activity so think of it as one that requires training, similar to preparing for running a marathon. Consider gardening as hiking — your first time out for the season shouldn’t exceed a few hours. Lifting and digging can put stress on your back and other muscles and the morning after a day filled with planting will activate muscles you likely haven’t used all winter.

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Knee pain: 4 common reasons

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Did you know that knee pain can result from conditions that you might not associate with your knee? People often seek orthopaedic consultation for knee pain, although not all knee pain requires surgery.

Knee pain is complex and can be the result of a number of factors involving surrounding joint dysfunction. We often associate knee injury with sports injury or overuse of the knee, but there are a number of reasons why you can experience knee pain. Your flexibility, joint mobility, strength and posture can cause poor joint mechanics resulting in knee problems. A holistic approach in physio assessment and treatment helps to determine possible causes of this condition.

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What to Expect from Physical Therapy

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Your First Appointment at Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa

At Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa, you begin with an extensive assessment with Registered Physiotherapist Barbara Stefanska. We start by reviewing your health history then evaluate your pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes and sensation.

Based on your assessment, your Physiotherapist establishes a diagnosis and partners with you to determine the most suitable Physical Therapy treatment to relieve your pain, optimize your function and movement, and improve your physical condition. You will also be provided with video instruction to help you follow your exercise program at home.

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Preventing Wrist Fracture this Winter

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Look at all that snow, Ottawa! Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa recommends that you protect yourself when walking on snowy walkways and participate in sports this winter season to prevent injuries that may cause a wrist fracture.

Did you know? The medical term for a broken wrist is a wrist fracture. Your wrist has eight bones connecting to the radius and ulna – two long bones in your forearm. A broken wrist can happen to any of your 10 bones but the most common fracture is in the radius.

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8 Easy Stretches to Prep for Downhill Skiing

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Ski Season is Here, Ottawa!

Ski season is here and if you love to hit the slopes, make sure you prepare for the demands of this winter sport. Whether you’re an athlete or weekend warrior, we recommend that you stretch to avoid minor aches, pains or a serious injury.

The most common injuries that we treat at Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa among skiers are torque-type injuries to the lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle joints and bones of the thigh, leg and foot). Twisting of the upper leg one way while the lower leg rotates in the opposite direction can result in tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which can be avoided by stretching in advance of physical activity.

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Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

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The use of Shockwave Therapy has become increasingly popular in the field of physiotherapy due to its benefits compared to other healing methods.

What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is commonly used to treat conditions including tennis elbow, non-healing fractures, plantar fasciitis, shoulder tendinopathy and Achilles tendonitis. This healing method uses modern technology to provide patients with safe and high-quality physiotherapy treatment. Shockwave Therapy is used under supervision of highly-trained physiotherapists  who know best how to effectively use the Shockwave Therapy machine.
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How Pulsating Magnetic Field Therapy Can Help You

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What is Pulsating Magnetic Field Therapy?

The magnetic field surrounding the earth is a major force of life. In Pulsating Magnetic Field Therapy (PMT), a coil produces invisible magnetic field lines which go beyond your skin to reach your cells. Upon striking your cells, the magnetic field stimulates your healing process. The device also increases the exchange of ions between your inner and outer cell walls to improve the overall functioning of your cells and the entire metabolism.

The magnetic field’s unique quality of reaching the molecular level allows the treatment to heal affected parts of your body. Read More