Physical Therapy

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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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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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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Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa

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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