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Common Injuries

How to Dislocate an Elbow in One Easy Step

It was early on in my career. I think I’d been a physiotherapist for a little over a year. I was visiting with family and friends over the holidays and decided to go skating at an outdoor rink one evening. As it generally is with outdoor rinks, the ice wasn’t the greatest and there were […] Read More ❱

The Cost of Saving Money

I can do that myself. Why would I pay someone else?  These may be amongst the most expensive words ever spoken. Just because you think you can do something yourself doesn’t mean you should, particularly if you don’t have the expertise. I am talking about everything from cutting down a tree to accounting to renovating […] Read More ❱

Check Your Alignment – Save Your Tires and Your Joints

The mechanic tells you there is excessive wear on one of the tires of your car. He suggests a wheel alignment. Naturally you agree without blinking because it makes perfect sense to deal with the cause of the problem and not just change the tire. Now the orthopaedic surgeon tells you there is excessive wear […] Read More ❱

Dealing With Old Nagging Injuries for Good

“Well I have this sore spot but that’s been bothering me for years so don’t waste your time looking at that. Nothing can be done about it.” I cock my head and cup a hand to my ear as if I am listening for something no one else can hear. The client gives me a […] Read More ❱

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Many women who have been pregnant are familiar with the feeling of tingling and numbness in the hands. This often happens in the pre and post-natal period, but can also occur later on after several months of lifting babies in and out of cribs and such. Women are then diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and […] Read More ❱

Pulled Muscles

When Usain Bolt suddenly collapsed onto the track in his last ever appearance for his country, I think we all empathically felt his emotional pain. In what was supposed to be his swan song he barely limped across the finish line. But aside from the emotions, how many of you actually cringed and pulled up […] Read More ❱

My Shoulder Hurts Too Much to be “Frozen”

“It just started hurting out of the blue and now I can’t move it in certain ways.” The “it” she is referring to is a shoulder. If you knew me you would smile at the words “out of the blue”. You see, for me those words are a challenge. I believe that nothing happens to […] Read More ❱

Falls and Near Falls Can Cause Lingering Problems

I grew up in the Toronto area and then went to school in Kingston before settling in Ottawa. When I moved here to begin my career, everyone was going on about how cold it is. I remember thinking, “How bad can it be? It’s not that far from Kingston.” Obviously meteorology and weather patterns are […] Read More ❱

The True Cause of Plantar Fasciitis

Your alarm goes off and you roll to the side of the bed. You’re still half asleep when your feet hit the floor. As soon as you stand up hot searing pain stabs you in the heel. You give a startled cry and grab the bed for support. In your half stupor you forgot about […] Read More ❱

Sciatic Pain Isn’t Really About Your Back

Sciatic pain is very common and a lot of us will experience it at some point, but what is it exactly? The word “sciatic” refers to a specific nerve in the leg. The sciatic nerve is, in fact, the largest nerve in the body. It travels down the back of the thigh to the back […] Read More ❱

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