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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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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Happy Holidays from Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa

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Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa staff wishes you and your family all the best during this Holiday season, a time to enjoy with loved ones and reflect on the year that has passed.

Please be advised that physiotherapy treatment will not be available from December 23, 2016 until January 3, 2017. Massage therapy is available as per regular scheduling — if you would like to book your appointment, please call 613-744-4188.

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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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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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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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