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Gardening Tips

By Jamie Turnbull, Physiotherapist The weather is warming up and many of us are spending more time in our gardens lately. This can involve a range of activities from light to heavy tasks. It is easy to sustain an injury or feel pain with awkward movements, too much loading, or sustained postures. Adhering to some simple principles will minimize your risk and allow you to get outside and enjoy your garden all summer long. Do not bend over too far when doing a pulling...

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Should I stop running?

By David Lee, Physiotherapist It is a common fallacy that running is bad for your joints and accelerates wear and tear. There is, however, no real scientific evidence of this. For the most part, this line of thinking is not true. If done excessively,  running can violate your health, though not really your joint health. It actually has greater impact on muscle health and it can accelerate muscle wasting if dosed incorrectly. Done in the right amount, it can be a great way...

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Osteoarthritis: No effort, no improvement

By Keltie Cheney, Physiotherapist I am as guilty as anyone of trying to find the easiest way to get what I want accomplished and expecting the best results despite it. However, as a physiotherapist, I am a big promoter that the power to improve one’s health is proportionate to how much effort the individual puts into their treatment and home care. I see a lot of people with knee and hip pain and most of them start out with “I’m not sure if there is much...

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Break the Ice

Old habits die hard. Ice is used almost universally for treating injuries and pain. I remember in physio school how our go-to response for anyone looking for help was often “just put ice on it.” This weekend, while watching a basketball tournament, I witnessed people rushing for ice packs at the first sign of any inflammation. When will we learn to trust the wisdom of our bodies? Acute inflammation is the body’s way of repairing damaged tissue. Swelling is...

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