To kick start this great month ahead of us, we want to share a list of 10 facts about physiotherapy that you may not know!
1. Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy are the same thing. The term Physiotherapy is commonly used here in Canada, whereas our neighbours south of the border more commonly use the term “physical therapy.”
2. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. In Canada, you have direct access to physiotherapy services without needing a physician’s referral. However, some insurance companies may still require a prescription to cover expenses.
3. Physiotherapy has been around for decades! Physicians like Hippocrates and Galen were viewed as some of the first practitioners of physical therapy, dating all the way back to 460 BC. Physiotherapy was first established in Canada just after World War I to treat returning soldiers from injuries sustained in combat.
4. Physiotherapy isn’t the science of machines. Physiotherapy is the study and treatment of movement and strength, so it should be obvious that machines don’t need to be involved!
Spring has finally decided to show up! It may be a little over a month late, but we’re glad to see the sun come out, the days get warmer, and signs of nature popping back up in the neighbourhood. The warm and sunny months of spring and summer are the perfect time to go outside, get active, and enjoy nature. Whether it’s joining a sports team or club like the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling club, enjoying a run outside along the river, or getting some work done out in the yard, living an active lifestyle in the summer can be enjoyable.
Safe to say there’s nothing worse than an injury to put a damper on your summer plans. However, with increased activity and exercise comes a higher risk of injuring ourselves.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 simple tips to stay safe and injury-free this summer so that you can make the most of our fleeting months of sunshine and warmth.
What is a concussion
The most common type of traumatic brain injury, a concussion is caused by a direct or indirect impact to the head. The brain, suspended in fluid within the skull, moves rapidly back and forth causing bruising, damage to blood vessels within the brain, and injury to the nerves of the brain.
This results in the brain having difficulty functioning and processing information appropriately. Being the operation centre of the body, the signs and symptoms can vary drastically for each case.
Because of this, concussions can be difficult to diagnose. However, some signs and symptoms and more common and should be used to help identify a possible concussion.
Identifying a concussion
If you suspect a concussion, whether you’re an athlete, a parent, a coach, or an onlooker – it’s important to speak out and seek the appropriate help.
Recovering from a concussion
In many cases, full recovery from a concussion will take 2-4 weeks. During this time, the brain is expending energy to recover from the injury and recalibrating blood flow, chemical balances, nerve conduction, and sensory input.
During this initial recovery period, it’s important to slowly and delicately expose yourself to stimuli while staying within a range that does not overexert the brain.
It's estimated that 10-30% of people who have sustained a concussion suffer from post-concussion syndrome, where signs or symptoms persist for months or even years following the original injury. With appropriate treatment, which includes physiotherapy treatment, full recovery can often be achieved.
Function Physiotherapy is pleased to offer specialized treatment for post-concussion syndrome signs and symptoms including headaches, dizziness, double vision, blurry vision, light and noise sensitivity, and much more. Treatments are tailored and provided by our specially trained physiotherapists in our concussion room. Our concussion room is meant to provide the most comfort possible to our clients featuring adjustable, dim lighting and sound proofing.
If you have questions about physiotherapy for post-concussion syndrome, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us now at 613-680-6505.
Check out this article I wrote while I was a resident in my Masters degree and completing an internship at the Rehabilitation Centre.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, Aboriginal people comprised of 4.3% of the Canadian population. Furthermore, Canada’s Aboriginal population is the fastest growing in our country, increasing by 20.1% from 2006 to 2011. That is nearly four times the growth rate of non-Aboriginal populations during the same period of time, which was 5.2%. However, for such a large and rapidly expanding community, very few strides are being made in our healthcare system to accommodate the distinct needs of these communities.
The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS) found that 43% of aboriginal individuals they surveyed reported poor treatment as a result of racism and discrimination, and 18% reported negative experiences of discrimination or racism causing shame, lower self-esteem/self-confidence, or the masking of their aboriginal identity. A similar study by AANDC reported that 42% of aboriginal individuals surveyed experienced racism in the past two years, 74% of which was enacted by non-Aboriginal people. A separate survey by OHC First Nations Hamilton found that 1 in 5 participants believed that racism affected their health and wellbeing. Understanding the impact of historic trauma in the lives of aboriginal people is necessary in order to improve health care access as well as service delivery and quality.
We're excited to be featured in the business beat of the latest edition of the Old Ottawa South community newspaper, the OSCAR!
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
5pm - 8pm
We'd like to welcome you all to our Grand Opening event on March 7th.
Drop by our newly renovated clinic any time between 5pm and 8pm.
Tour our clinic and learn about our services while enjoying music, finger foods, refreshments, and prizes!
We're located at 1185 Bank Street with plenty of on-site parking.
This event is accessible and kid friendly.
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Have you tried physiotherapy before and didn't see any benefits?
Was the experience less than what you expected?
Are you wondering if you received the best physiotherapy care possible?
Is it worth giving physiotherapy another try?
Check out our physiotherapy experience checklist to see if you received the treatment you deserve to ensure your recovery.
Thinking about booking a physiotherapy assessment? Ask these 4 questions when calling clinics to make sure you find the perfect clinic for you!