For kyphosis, physiotherapy is a crucial and useful treatment method. Especially for postural kyphosis, physical therapy is certainly essential because an expert physiotherapist can help you learn how to correct your posture and strengthen your spinal muscles. Moreover, physiotherapy may also be recommended for patients with structural kyphosis, including Scheuermann’s kyphosis and kyphosis caused by spinal fractures.
Kyphosis is a postural syndrome of the upper back and neck. The upper back appears typically curved with rounded shoulders, the scapula (shoulder blades) are protracted (positioned further away from the spine) and the chin pokes forward rather than being tucked in. This happens in all sections of the population. In the world of sports, cyclists and baseball players are at high risk, as they have to hold postures for long periods. Also, amateur bodybuilders who develop and tighten their pectoralis (chest) muscles neglect the muscles in the upper back.
Cervical posture syndrome is sometimes also called upper crossed syndrome. This is due to the muscle imbalances which are present with this type of posture. For instance, the pecs and posterior neck muscles are tight and the muscles of the upper back and deep neck flexors are weak. On connecting the two tight muscle groups and the two weakened muscle groups with two straight lines, they form a cross shape, hence the name upper crossed syndrome.
Adopting a poor posture over a prolonged period of time can cause cervical postural syndrome or kyphosis. This may occur due to sitting (working on a computer or driving) or while performing everyday activities such as cooking and cleaning. Muscle imbalance may also contribute to poor posture.
Imbalance of muscles in the upper back and neck means that the pectoralis major muscle in the front of your chest and the muscles in the back of the neck are shortened and tight. The muscles at the back of the shoulders and upper back (trapezius, latissimus and rhomboids) are weakened and stretched.
Burning or aching sensation in the upper back and neck. Pain eases with movement and is usually not present once active. Pain is made worse by prolonged standing or sitting especially when leaning forward.
Professional physiotherapy treatment for kyphosis or postural syndrome can significantly help reduce symptoms, ensure an optimal outcome and prevent recurrence. Physical therapy may comprise of:
If you’ve been experiencing various problems related to your upper back and neck, it’s crucial for you to get in touch with us. We can help you learn safe exercises for kyphosis. Exercise is important to improve bone health. We work closely with our patients to help develop an exercise plan that may involve weight bearing exercises. The exercise plan will be outlined for particularly for your condition, taking into account your bone health, health history and physical abilities.
Shingles is infection of the nerves caused by varicella-zoster virus, the same type of virus that causes chickenpox. The medical term for shingles is herpes zoster. Postherpetic neuralgia is pan that remains where the rash from shingles occurred long after the rash has healed. Consequently, exercise and physical therapy are important part of your postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) treatment plan. Before starting any exercise and physical therapy plan, it’s important to seek help from professional physiotherapists. As they are the ones who can provide in depth knowledge and the correct ways to perform various exercises.
With passive treatments, such as applying cold packs to the painful area, the physical therapist does most of the work. But with active treatments, you do the work. Both active and passive treatments can help reduce pain and other PHN symptoms. Moreover, with regular physical therapy, you should eventually be able to increase your daily activities because it helps strengthen muscles, and at the same time increase flexibility and range of motion.
About one-third of the people who get shingles will get postherpetic neuralgia. The older you are, the more likely you are to develop postherpetic neuralgia. Pain can last for months to years after the shingles outbreak. The worse the rash, the more likely the pain will be severe and long-lasting.
What are the Symptoms?
Some people can become overwhelmed and depressed by having to cope with ongoing pain daily. The pain of postherpetic neuralgia may be stabbing, aching, burning and constant. Post herpetic neuralgia may also result in:
The diagnosis of postherpetic neuralgia is based on experiencing pain that persists after the rash of shingles has disappeared. There are no special tests for diagnosing postherpetic neuralgia.
How does it Occur?
People who experience chickenpox as children enable the virus to lie dormant inside nerve roots. However, even when the chickenpox infection clears, the virus stays inside nerve roots. If your immune system gets very stressed or weak years later, the virus can re-emerge. It results to shingles, instead of causing chickenpox to recur. Shingles produces painful, blistering rash. You have postherpetic neuralgia, if pain remains even after the blisters dry up and go away. The pain is due to damage to the nerves.
An immune system can be stressed or weakened by:
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
A variety of treatment methods have been tried to ease the pain of postherpetic neuralgia. However, what is effective for one person may not be effective for another. Working closely with a professional physiotherapist to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs, is the first step to get started with. Your treatment plan will most likely include both passive and active treatments, starting with passive treatments. Your physical therapist will most likely teach you some active treatments, such as strengthening exercises once you’re ready.
The best way to prevent the chickenpox and the development of shingles and postherpetic neuralgia later in life, is by taking a vaccine for the varicella-zoster virus. The vaccine is effective for those who have never had exposure to this virus. If you know somebody, or if you’re experiencing postherpetic neuralgia, get in touch with our expert physiotherapists in Edmonton.
An involuntary contraction of muscle or a feeling of tightness that usually occurs suddenly is referred to as muscle spasms. They are often painful but typically don’t last long. Muscle spasms have many cases, but if they are caused by an injury that is not treated, they may turn into muscle knots, or myofascial trigger points, which are painful and long lasting. Muscles spasms are similar to muscle cramps. Muscle spasm is where there is a persistent increase in tension in muscle fibers - often associated with shortening of the muscle and pain.
There can be many causes for your muscle spasms, and muscle spasms vary in severity from mild, cramping-like symptoms, to severe pain and tightness. The most common causes are those that arise from trauma, guarding, poor blood circulation in physical exertion, overuse and overloading. Spasms related to activity are caused by overuse of a muscle, overstretching of a muscle, muscle fatigue, or holding a muscle in one position for a prolonged period of time, and are more likely to occur when the activity happens in warm weather. Diseases such as multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, anemia, diabetes, thyroid conditions and spinal cord injuries can also cause muscle spasm. Any injury to a muscle is another cause of spasm.
A muscle spasm may typically occur suddenly and will result in pain as the muscle contracts. Following the initial spasm, the individual may feel the need to stretch the muscle. However, the pain is often short-lived. In some cases, a bulge may be felt in the area of the muscle when the spasm occurs. If any injury is the cause of muscle spasm and it’s left untreated, muscle spasms can turn into muscle knots, which results to long lasting pain and tightness.
A physical exam will be conducted by a medical professional after taking your complete medical history. The doctor or professional physiotherapist may ask about the symptoms, how often they occur, how long they last, and will try to determine what activities precede the spasms. The doctor or physiotherapist will look into underlying causes of the spasms. Blood test, thyroid function tests and electromyography may be required to determine underlying conditions.
The treatment for alleviating muscle spasms is determining the cause of the spasm and then trying to prevent the conditions that cause the spasm in the first place. A professional physiotherapist will outline a specific treatment plan depending on the condition of the spasms and on your physical body. He may ask you to perform gentle stretching exercises prior to engaging in activity to prevent future muscle spasms. If the spasm is a result of an injury, the injury should be treated to prevent muscle knots from forming. Muscle knots are more painful and harder to cure. Therapeutic massage may be used as a treatment method for treating muscle knots or trigger points, which may also include physical therapy exercises, heat and cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and trigger point injections.
Most muscle spasms may resolve themselves quickly and cause no lasting pain or damage. However, if you have spasms that recur, last a long time or cause severe pain, it’s best to seek help from a medical professional. If you know that your muscle spasm is caused due to injury, get in touch with our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton, they’ll specifically outline an appropriate treatment plan for you depending on your condition.
The nerves are the messengers of the body. Neural impulses control everything from muscle function to sensation of pain. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that nerve damage can cause paralysis, pain, numbness, muscle weakness, diminished reflexes, and loss of bladder control.
There are various causes for nerve injuries. A bad fall could lead to spinal or brain damage. Muscle cramps and bad posture could cause nerve compression. The peripheral nervous system could be damaged by heat, leading to loss of sensation.
Physical therapy has helped many patients with nerve injuries. It is less dangerous than surgical treatment. The nervous system is a delicate and sophisticated system. It is highly recommended to get your nerve damage diagnosed by a professional physiotherapist.
Let’s see how physiotherapy can help patients with nerve damage.
When the nerve is constricted by the surrounding muscles a condition known as pinched nerve occurs. Patients often suffer from a pinched nerve in the neck due to bad posture. The physiotherapist will educate the patient in postural exercises to help with the pain.
Nerve compression occurs when there is extreme pressure on the nerves. This can be due to spinal injury, herniated disc, or enlarged blood vessels. The root of the nerve is compressed leading to loss of sensation, sometimes paralysis. The patient may show symptoms such as muscle weakness, difficulty moving, and slurred speech.
The physiotherapist may put pressure on certain parts of the patient’s body to help relieve the nerves. Nerve gliding activities allow the nerve to bend easily, allowing them to accommodate themselves better. This is especially useful when the nerves are compressed between the spinal discs.
Damaged Nerve Endings
Nerve endings could be damaged by getting burnt or scraped. This could result in extreme pain felt by the patient. The physiotherapist may use massage therapy as a treatment method, to increase blood circulation and heal the damaged nerve. Massage therapy also releases endorphins in the body and helps with pain reduction.
Nerve injuries can sometimes lead to sphincter muscles relaxing, voiding of the contents of the bowels. Physiotherapy exercises can help with muscle control. These exercises would help the patient regain control of his sphincter or urethral muscles.
Balance and Proprioception
Sensory nerve damage could affect the patient’s sense of balance. Making it difficult to walk or balance properly. This is because the neural impulses received by the brain are flawed. The professional physiotherapist will help the patient regain a sense of balance through vestibular physiotherapy.
Nerve injury can significantly drop the quality of life of patients. Some patients may become so demotivated that they develop suicidal tendencies. The true horror of nerve injury lies in partial or complete paralysis. Get in touch with a professional physiotherapist at physical therapy Edmonton, to learn more about the remedies of nerve injuries.
It is observed that senior citizens often suffer from common medical conditions. Arthritis, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, vision impairment, weak muscles, and mental illness are commonly associated with the elderly. Geriatrics is a branch of medicine that focuses on health care of the elderly.
Geriatric conditions usually include muscoskeletal problems, mental illness, incontinence, and impaired senses, balance problems, chronic pain, and sleep deprivation. Physiotherapy treatments have been successful in resolving or managing each of these ailments. Here’s what physiotherapy has to offer to the field of geriatrics.
Low bone density, arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle fatigue and related health issues are all major concerns in geriatric medicine. As we get older, these conditions only worsen, resulting in loss of mobility, reduced flexibility, falls, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, insomnia, and paralysis.
Exercise therapy is an excellent way to deal with muscoskeletal problems. Therapy includes strengthening and stretching weak muscles. Initially, the patient performs these exercises under the supervision of the physiotherapist, until she is strong enough to do them on her own.
Hydrotherapy has successfully returned muscle strength in patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
A sedentary lifestyle brings the onset of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. There are many studies that have shown physical therapy to keep mental illness at bay. Physiotherapy offers fitness programs that help us be more active in our day to day lives. Other neurological dysfunctions such as Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia, Delirium, and memory impairment can also be managed with physiotherapy.
Physical therapy exercises help improve bladder and sphincter control. Constipation and incontinence is a big cause of concern for senior citizens. Exercise therapy keeps digestive problems in check.
Respiratory and Cardiovascular Disease
Respiratory problems can leave senior citizens huffing and puffing later in life. Whatever the cause may be, smoking, pollution, bad lifestyle choices, respiratory illness can send us to an early grave. Physiotherapists educate patients suffering from respiratory problems in proper breathing techniques and postures that put less pressure on their lungs.
Exercise therapy also increase blood circulation in our body and helps keep cardiovascular diseases in check.
Old age can be a lonely point in one’s life. Studies have proven that loneliness can be attributed to various mental and physical illnesses. Physiotherapy offers community care services. Group therapy sessions are great way for lonely senior citizens to interactive and enjoy the benefits of physiotherapy together!
Physiotherapy Over Geriatric Medicine
Our body is in a delicate stage in our old age. Prescription medication should always be the last resort as geriatric care for the elderly. Physical medicine for geriatric rehabilitation is safer, natural, and less harmful to our body. It improves our overall quality of life.
Some senior citizens may be reluctant to go to rehabilitation centers. That is why physical therapy Edmonton offers mobile therapy sessions in the comforts of your home. Our expert physiotherapists have knowledge of all fields of geriatric health care.
Most living tissues have blood vessels that come from many directions into the tissue. Bones are living tissue, and like all living tissues they rely on blood vessels to bring blood to keep them alive. If one blood vessel is damaged it may not cause problems, since there may be a backup blood supply coming in from a different direction. Certain joints of the body, however, have only a few blood vessels that bring in blood. One of these joints is the hip.
Avascular necrosis is a disease resulting from the loss of blood supply to the bones. The bone tissue dies and the structure of bone begins to collapse when the blood supply is affected. This disease most often affects the thigh bone (Femur), causing pain in the groin, and the pain may extend down the thigh. Avascular necrosis is a serious condition as it causes bone destruction, pain and loss of joint function.
It’s imperative to visit an expert physiotherapist in case you’re experiencing the below given symptoms:
When weight is placed on the hip, pain is experienced which is the first symptom. Pain can also be felt in the groin region, the buttock area and down the front of the thigh. The symptoms include development of a limp when walking as the problem progresses, which causes stiffness in the hip joint. If not treated or looked upon, pain may eventually be present at rest and may even interfere with sleep.
Your physiotherapist will ask questions about where precisely your pain is, when did it began, what do you think could’ve possibly made this happen, and what movements aggravate or ease you pain. They will also ask for your medical history, occupation, other medical problems if you have, if you’re using any medication. Additionally, if avascular necrosis is suspected, they may inquire about whether you drink alcohol or smoke.
Your physical therapist will do a physical examination to determine exactly where your pain is, to assess how much stiffness you have in your hip joint, to determine if your hip is weak, and to assess whether or not you are walking with a limp. Physiotherapists will also move your hip into different positions to determine which motions cause or ease your discomfort. They will finally take a look at your foot position and alignment when you stand, and may ask to walk or squat so alignment can be determined during these activities as well. If symptoms of avascular necrosis is suspected, then your physiotherapist will encourage X-rays to be done.
If avascular necrosis is caught up early, non-surgical treatment may be an option. Nonsurgical treatment involves using medication as well as doing Physical Therapy at home with our expert physiotherapists. All you have to do is give us a call or book an appointment with us and our physiotherapists may visit your home in case you have difficulties coming over to our physiotherapy center.
Physical therapy can be very effective in treating avascular necrosis of the femoral head if it’s detected early. It can help ease your pain and prevent further damage but again, treatment is not aimed to reverse the problem. Early detection and treatment with physical therapy is the key to nonsurgical management of avascular necrosis.
You can work with our expert physiotherapists in Edmonton, who will show you ways to safely move and stretch your hip. The goal is to keep your hip mobile and to avoid losing range of motion. They can provide proper exercises to help increase the strength of the muscles around the affected area (which will eventually help decreasing the weight of the joint). They also use modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, joint mobilization, and heat in attempt to increase blood supply to the area and help decrease pain. Contact our team of expert physiotherapists today and book your appointment!
Physiotherapy has become a popular practice in the medical community, to treat physiological defects and ailments that affect our daily lives. It is an especially effective treatment for the elderly suffering from age related health problems. The scope of physiotherapy is not only limited to physiological ailments but also mental illness. These are a few common conditions physiotherapy can remedy.
Arthritis is the deterioration of the joints. A patient suffering from this condition has difficulty moving and experiences pain in the joints. Physiotherapy helps remedy this condition by strengthening the muscle joints and improving mobility.
ACL injury, sprain, tears, and fractures all require physiotherapy. The rehabilitation program assists the recovery process of the injured area and helps the athlete return to his original condition. Physiotherapy is also beneficial to athletes post surgery to regain normal muscle function and flexibility.
Back, neck and muscle pain can be remedied by postural exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist. Furthermore, pain threshold of the patient can be increased through electrical stimulation, heat, cold and compression techniques.
Incontinence and lower back pains caused due to pregnancy are treated by physiotherapy. The pelvic girdle in strengthened by performing physiotherapy exercises that provide support. This support is required by a mother who is carrying a child. Pregnancy related stress can also be treated using physiotherapy.
Spondylitis, herniated disc, fibromyalgia, and any kind of movement impairment can be treated with physiotherapy. The rehabilitation program sessions will include exercise, patient education, supportive bracing or taping, medication, and balance training.
Insulin levels in the body can be increased with physical therapy exercises and treatment. Diabetes patients can be educated in the proper management of their illness. Increased metabolism, regulated blood pressure, and lower blood sugar levels have been reported by patients. Patients also lead a more active lifestyle.
Physiotherapy includes scheduling a fitness training regimen that is perfect for patients with cardiovascular disease. These non intensive exercises can be performed by all age groups. These exercises aim to increase the elasticity of blood vessels. This makes pumping blood easier and puts less pressure on the heart.
Dementia and Parkinson’s can be managed through physiotherapy treatment. Mental health can be correlated to physical health. Physiotherapy aims to get senior citizen out of their sedentary lifestyles and become more active. Early onset of Alzheimer’s can also be delayed by physiotherapy.
Respiratory problems that culminate in more serious illnesses, such as Asthma, can be treated using physiotherapy. The physiotherapy teaches proper breathing techniques and postural movements that reduce the burden on your lungs. Cystic fibrosis which affects the lungs and the digestive system can also be managed using physiotherapy treatment.
Get a professional diagnosis from an expert physiotherapist. Physiotherapy Edmonton offers in-home physical therapy sessions to make therapy more accessible. Our professional physiotherapists will guide you every step of the way in your treatment.
Stress and related health issues have long been a cause of concern in medical circles. Physiotherapy is a safer alternative than psycho active drugs to relieve stress. Physiotherapy deals with stress permanently instead of just keeping it at bay. Here is how stress can be dealt with by through physiotherapy.
Stress Related Symptoms
Fatigue, back and neck pain, indigestion, and anxiety attacks are all symptoms of working in a high stress environment. Patients suffering from these symptoms are often sleep deprived, depressed or asthmatic. Stress raises blood pressure and increases the chances of cardiovascular disease. Even the early onset of Alzheimer’s can be attributed to high stress.
Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain
The most common side effects of working in a high stress environment chronic neck and back pains. This is because our muscles constrict for long periods and become sore. The physiotherapist will instruct the patient to perform exercises that will release the tense muscles. This allows the body to relax. Patients are also instructed in proper postural movements while sitting, standing or moving around at the workplace.
Physiotherapy for Indigestion
Patients suffering from stress often suffer from gastrointestinal problems. While I won’t get into the specifics, stress slows digestion promoting weight gain. That’s why stress related overeating isn’t a good idea. Physiotherapy exercises increase the metabolism in your body and boost your digestion.
Physiotherapy for Anxiety
Anxiety attacks and respiratory problems are also associated with stress. This is because stress hormones activate the body’s flight or fight response. Thus, we breathe heavily putting more pressure on our lungs. A physiotherapist can instruct you in respiratory exercises that calm you down. You can prevent future attacks through these breathing exercises.
Physiotherapy for Fatigue
Patients who are unable to relax naturally experience difficulty getting proper sleep. The lack of sleep causes fatigue and they are unable to concentrate. They are also susceptible to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Since exercise therapy is not an option, the physiotherapist applies massage therapy to rejuvenate the patient. Massage therapy has the additional benefit of lowering your blood pressure.
Physiotherapy for Mental Illness
There is a positive correlation between regular exercise and susceptibility to mental illness. Physical therapy exercises are safe enough to perform that even the elderly can enjoy its benefits. Depression can also be stabilized using physical therapy as it releases endorphins in our body. Endorphins stimulate a feeling similar to laughter in our body.
Physiotherapy for Heart Disease
High stress increases the risk of heart disease. Leading a sedentary lifestyle also causes heart diseases. Physiotherapy exercises open up your blood vessels, so that the heart can pump blood easily.
Stress is a medical condition and should be treated seriously. The benefits of incorporating physiotherapy sessions into your daily work life can do wonders for your health. Get in touch with physical therapy Edmonton for professional physiotherapy sessions.
Certified athletic professionals work closely with athletic teams, to evaluate their performance during game time. They work in conjunction with specialists and provide athletes excellent physiological care. Their work includes training, game preparation, on-site medical assistance, and physiological conditioning. They play a key role in developing the player’s physical capabilities, without messing up their biomechanics. This is why an athletic therapist should be part of every athletic team.
Why not a Physician?
Sports related injuries take place during games and it is important to have a medical professional close at hand. A physician is concerned only with recovery of an injury but an athletic therapist is concerned with recovery of the athlete’s performance. Therefore, a general physician just doesn’t cut it to address athletic injuries. The athletic therapist rapidly assesses the situation and uses his sports injury related knowledge to mitigate damage caused by an injury. He can make it possible for the injured player to keep playing or at least makes sure the injured player returns to playing soon.
Why not a Physiotherapist?
Athletic therapists often work closely with physiotherapists to address sports related injuries. However, physiotherapists are just general practitioners of physical rehabilitation. Their work includes addressing neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory problems. An athletic therapist is mainly concerned with rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. There are specialists in sports medicine, pain management and equipment fitting. Their specialized knowledge is extremely valuable in a field setting.
Who do They Work With?
Athletic therapists work with sportsmen at all levels. Beginning with professional players, amateur competitors, college level teams, they even work with child athletes. Sports talent needs to be developed at an early age, thus these athletic therapists work closely with budding sportsmen to recognize this talent quickly. Thus, they play a key role in scouting new talent. Athletic therapists may also be involved in research groups to develop contemporary rehabilitation programs.
What is the Scope of Their Practice?
Anything related to player performance and injury specific rehabilitation, is within the sphere of practice of athletic therapists. They only lack surgical skills to attend to more serious sports injuries. One of their functions is player education. Their feedback is what guides players, when they make the important decisions of their careers.
Athletic therapists have already become an integral part of the professional sports world. Even military training camps keep an athletic therapist around, to ensure soldiers remain in peak physical fitness. The best part of athletic therapy is that you don’t have to be a particular age to begin. Anybody who leads an active lifestyle can make use of the services provided by an athletic therapist.
Get in touch with our professional physiotherapist at physical therapy Calgary to find out about our athletic therapy programs.
A sprained neck is a term used to describe an injury to the muscles and / or ligaments of the neck. Ligaments are like strong rope-like structures that help connect bones and provide stability to joints. There are six major ligament groups that run down the spine and lower back. These ligaments form a strong support system for the spine and neck, and they attach to each vertebra.
As a result of repetitive stress at work, during sporting activities, or motor vehicle accidents, neck strains can occur due to several reasons. Neck muscles and / or ligaments can become injured while performing repetitive tasks, or can become injured doing a single activity strenuously.
How is Neck Sprain Diagnosed?
By obtaining the patient’s medical history and performing a physical examination, it becomes possible for physiotherapists or general physicists to diagnose a neck sprain. To rule out degenerative disc disease, X-rays of the neck region is required. Further tests such as MRI and CT scans may also be required to rule out other causes of neck pain, depending on the severity of the problem.
What Does a Neck Sprain Feel Like?
The affected muscles may tighten up to protect the injured area, and usually pain and tenderness around the muscles or ligaments that are injured. People with neck strain normally complain about:
People experiencing these symptoms should visit their physiotherapist or doctor. Although these symptoms usually fade away with time if the severity is not intense. However, if these symptoms are ignored and looked upon by professionals, there are chances of the symptoms to recur.
What is the best Treatment for a Neck Sprain?
Damaged muscles and ligaments begin to repair themselves in most cases. However, it’s recommended that people consult with their doctor or physiotherapist to help guide them back to health. Physiotherapists are professionals who know almost everything about the physical body and know various measures that can help patients recover faster. The best treatment method includes physiotherapy which helps patients learn proper movement patterns, provides education about the physical body, teaches activity modification, proper posture and exercises. Physiotherapy may include manual mobilization / manipulation of the affected area, and modalities such as gentle electrical currents and heat or ice to help with pain.
Professional physiotherapists are well-versed with various neck exercises that help can strengthen muscles and improve muscle flexibility. They know various neck stretching exercises that expand or preserve the range of motion and elasticity in affected cervical (neck) joints, and thus relieve the stiffness that leads to pain. After someone recovers from a neck strain it is essential to maintain a healthy neck with proper posture, and exercises that help maintain neck muscles. These measures may help reduce the chances of another neck strain. Get in touch with our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton, if you’ve been experiencing neck pain or any other body related problems.
Kinesiotherapy is a distinct branch within physical therapy that is based on the foundation of purely physically derived rehabilitation. The only modalities made use of in this therapy are exercise and patient education.
Ankle injuries are by far the most common type of leg injury. The significant discomfort and loss of mobility experienced because of ankle injuries can be easily remedied by Kinesiotherapy. The patient rehabilitation program will work on two key areas. First will be returning mobility to the injured ankle through various stretching exercises. Second is to strengthen the ankle muscles so that you may carry your weight without much effort.
Kinesiotherapy Stretching Exercises
At the early stages of ankle injury, these basic stretching exercises can be done to prevent the ankle from seizing up. Pull the foot towards yourself as far as it can go and hold it in that position for three seconds. Then pull the foot away from your body and hold it there for another three seconds. Before you begin this exercise make sure you ice your feet sufficiently to numb the pain in your ankle.
The next exercise will stress your ligaments. This exercise should only be done after a suitable recovery period when the pain has sufficiently abated. Guidance of a Kinesiotherapist is advised. Rotate the ankle slowly with the pivot as the heel. Perform this exercise until you feel pain in the ankle.
This is a more lightweight stretching exercise for the elderly and can be done several times a day. Hold your hands up against a wall and push against it. The pressure should be felt on your lower feet. Bend your ankle to divert the pressure to them. Continue doing so till the pain becomes unbearable.
Kinesiotherapy Strengthening Exercises
Ankle strengthening exercises should only be done in the later stages of recovery when the pain has significantly reduced. The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen the ligaments and keep them from tearing again.
Push your feet against a suitable resistance for up to ten seconds. Repeat this ten times. Tie your ankle to a resistance and pull away from it for a count of ten. Repeat this exercises ten times. Both these exercises can be done several times a day.
Lift your non injured foot up and balance yourself. Time how long you can remain balanced on the injured foot. Perform this exercise daily to improve your sense of balance.
A more advanced form of the previous exercise is hopping on one foot. First begin hopping front and back. Then hop sideways and diagonally after that. Finally, try hopping sideways, diagonally, front and back all at once. When you can perform these exercises with sufficient ease it means your ankle has regained its strength.
Kinesiotherapy is the way to go for the elderly and athletes who need to regain their ankle function. Professional physiotherapists are trained in therapeutic practices involved in Kinesiotherapy. An injured ankle is just one of the many things that can be resolved by Kinesiotherapy at physical therapy Edmonton.
Shoulder impingement may be caused by any injury to the shoulder ligaments, bursa, rotator cuff, or abnormality in the shoulder bones. The onset of osteoarthritis in the shoulder may also result in shoulder impingement. The may initially suffers from pain and loss of range of motion in the shoulder region. Eventually, if not treated this disability may become even more serious.
A patient suffering from shoulder impingement is unable to lift his arms above shoulder level. Athletes who partake in strenuous throwing or lifting sports are prone to shoulder impingement. Physical therapy is a non surgical method of treat shoulder impingement before it becomes more serious. This is how physical therapy helps you manage shoulder impingement.
Objective of Physical Therapy
A physiotherapist’s main objective dealing with a patient with shoulder impingement will be pain reduction and return of range of motion. Physical therapy will ensure that the rotator cuff ligaments are strengthened, so that chances of injury reoccurring are reduced. Pain reduction through use of modalities may also be part of therapy. Lastly, the physical therapist will recommend the patient a suitable recovery period so that her injury may heal sufficiently.
Improve Range of Motion
The main focus of physical therapy is to return the patient’s range of motion, specifically for athletes. Loss of mobility may result in athletes being unable to perform training exercises. This can be a devastating blow to an athlete’s career. The physiotherapist takes the patient through various stretching motions that loosen the shoulder muscle, allowing the patient to move his shoulder freely.
Improves Muscle Strength
In the elderly, weak shoulder muscles can cause shoulder impingement. Such cases involve light weight strength training as part of the physical therapy regimen. This is done to make the shoulder muscles stronger. The rotator cuff tendon in particular must be able to hold the arms in place. Osteoarthritis in the elderly makes it difficult for them to reach behind them, overhead, or out to the sides.
The bursa is a fluid filled sac in the shoulder region that cushions the movements of the shoulder. The swelling of this sac will cause irritation or pain when the patient moves her shoulder. Ice is applied to reduce the swelling. Electrical stimulation or Ultrasound therapy has been effective in the reduction of pain in the shoulder.
Once the shoulder has regained its functionality, the patient rests it for a period of time. During this time the patient will perform certain postural movements, to keep the shoulder from slouching and him from performing irregular movements.
Physical therapy Edmonton addresses the issue of shoulder impingement in their injury specific rehabilitation program. If you find yourself suffering from the symptoms of shoulder impingement get in touch with our professional physiotherapists, immediately! They will bring their experts services to your home and provide the best care possible.
Does stretching impact overall health and fitness? Is it really important to have a flexible body? Such questions always arise in the minds of people who are health conscious. Our physical bodies have remarkable tendencies to perform strenuous tasks which not only require tremendous strength but equal amount of flexibility and agility. But of course, in order to shape our body we primarily have to train and maintain it by performing various stretching and strengthening exercises.
Stretching is commonly used to help individuals achieve greater joint Range of Motion (ROM). Flexibility is important for both athletes and for the general population. Flexibility is defined as the ability to move through a specific joint ROM. Professional physiotherapists have studied, researched and implemented the benefits of physiotherapy to enhance the basic as well as essential functionalities of the human body. Physiotherapy helps you strengthen and increase the range of motion of muscles.
What is Stretching?
Stretching can generally be divided into two types: static and dynamic stretching. Static stretching involves moving a joint to the end of its ROM and holding this stretched position for a set period of time. On the other hand, dynamic stretching involves controlled movements through the active ROM for a joint. Both static and dynamic stretching have been widely studied by our professional physiotherapists and therefore they know a great deal about their acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) effects.
Does Stretching Improve Flexibility?
The most basic question asked about stretching is whether it actually increases flexibility or not. And according to the research studies carried out by professional physiotherapists, stretching exercises can notably increase joint ROM of various muscles. Stretching muscles regularly before and after intense workout sessions help increase muscle size, length and overall fitness.
What is the Purpose of Flexibility Training?
It’s crucial to include flexibility training as part of your daily routine training. Improved flexibility may enhance performance in aerobic training and muscular conditioning as well as in sport. There is scientific evidence that the incidence of injury decreases when people include flexibility training in their routines due to the enhanced ability to move unimpeded through a wider ROM. The only exception to this would be when there is an excessive or unstable ROM, which may increase the likelihood of injury. When executed appropriately, flexibility training enables one to become fit, healthy and active. It is a form of active relaxation that can improve both mental and physical recovery. Pointed below are some of the major benefits flexibility training provides:
It is important to not only know in detail about the various benefits of enhancing body flexibility, but also perform various stretching exercises appropriately with professional assistance. Any exercise when performed inappropriately may cause damage to tensed muscles, joints or ligaments. Therefore, seeking for professional assistance is the best thing to do when you choose to improve the functioning, strength and flexibility of your physical body. Get in touch with our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton to know more about the benefits of stretching and strengthening exercises.
Any adult with a BMI over 30 is considered obese. With the highest obesity percentages appearing in aged populations, obesity is has become a cause of concern for senior citizens of Canada. Apart from reducing the quality of life, obesity also brings the onset of osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and early mortality. The aging must start becoming more conscious of their weight.
Physiotherapy has always regarded the problem of obesity with seriousness. Although not directly aimed at weight loss, physiotherapy exercises can help a person lose considerable weight. These are some of the benefits of a personal fitness program, guided by a physiotherapist.
Dealing with the mentality of a obese patient
The negativity surrounding obesity has demotivated adults to the point of hopelessness. These people want to lose weight but they continue with their sedentary lifestyles. A physiotherapist points out this discrepancy in their goals. The address the patient's deepest fears regarding obesity and prepare a weight loss program suited for them.
Losing weight one step at a time
Procedures to accelerate weight loss such as liposuction and bariatric surgery do more harm than good. These ‘quick’ weight loss procedures can have serious side effect. The patient may require extensive plastic surgery and physical therapy once the procedure is complete. Complication in these procedures in severe cases can cause death.
Physiotherapy respects the natural processes in the body. A physiotherapist works to enhance the body's functioning and reduce weight naturally. His treatment leaves the patient in a better physical condition.
How physiotherapy helps
Physiotherapy has a lot to offer for the treatment of obesity. It ranges from general full body exercises to more subtle skills that physiotherapists are trained in. They not only assist in weight loss but also improve the overall well being of the patient.
The training regimen involved in physiotherapy is not intensive as other weight training programs. Thus, it is beneficial for the treatment of obesity even in adults. The physiotherapist will take the patient through basic stretching exercises to more complicated muscle strengthening exercises. Beside weight loss this training will also help the patient carry his weight.
The physiotherapist can make use of your backyard pool to help with weight loss. The buoyancy of the water resists the pull of gravity thus making it easier to exercise. Hydro resistance training can help the aged deal with osteoarthritis.
The physiotherapist is well trained in therapeutic massaging techniques. Massage therapy helps with weight loss by improving the body’s metabolism.
Yoga therapy is where the physiotherapist employs special breathing techniques and postural movements that increase the body’s metabolism. This therapy has a host of other benefits apart from assisting in weight loss.
Physiotherapy focuses of returning the body to a healthy condition naturally and safely. You can lead a longer and healthier life by taking positive steps towards weight loss. Physiotherapy offers you an alternative from opting for intensive diet plans and strenuous training programs. Get in touch with physical therapy Edmonton and their professional physiotherapists.
Developmental paediatrics is concerned with the way children grow and mature from birth to adulthood. Physiotherapy has a completely different approach when dealing with a disorder as this, which requires patience, know-how about the physical and mental development in kids. Different treatment plans work for different children, as they have distinct developmental delay problems.
It is difficult to comprehend that your child is unable to develop normal coordination skills. Also, it becomes all the more daunting when you realise that your child is unable to develop essential learning skills as well. There can be many different causes of developmental delay such as genetic problems, problems during pregnancy of birth, and problems during early infancy or childhood such as infection or head injury.
Development delay can affect behavior, physical abilities, speech, vision, and hearing. Some common signs include:
Physiotherapists are mainly concerned with the development of body postures and large movements (which require gross motor skills). Physiotherapy treatment aims to promote a child’s independence and ability to reach physical milestones. Physiotherapists often use fun games and activities to help promote learning and normal development. Treatment is outlined specific to a child’s needs, age and abilities. They collaborate with parents, teachers and caretakers to help them understand the child’s needs and how they can help promote future independence.
There are various benefits that your child can take away such as:
When a child is diagnosed with developmental delay disorder the future can look daunting for parents. Our special team of pediatric physiotherapists can provide assessment and treatment for your child to give them the best chance possible to achieve their physical milestones. We provide our services at your doorstep as well, so contact us and book your appointment!