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Healthy Computer Habits

Physiotherapy in Calgary for Work Activities

In this highly computerized world, more and more people of all ages are experiencing aches and pains that come from sitting at a computer for long periods of time.

These aches and pains are felt in the neck, shoulder, upper and lower back, wrist and elbow joints. In some cases, the nerves to the hand become compressed, causing weakness and/or tingling in the fingers.

These symptoms can occur in the onset of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), which may include damage to tendons, muscles, nerves and other soft tissues from repeated physical movements over time.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the onset of RSI, including:

  •     Posture – is the most critical component. Slouching at the keyboard puts your spine and limbs in positions that contribute to increased strain and tension, as well as increasing the risk of eye strain;
  •     Office set-up – a poorly designed workstation, or one that does not fit you well, can contribute to the onset of RSI (i.e. reaching for the mouse or keyboard too high or low, wrists extended during keyboarding); Read more!

At Bonavista Physical Therapy we offer Physiotherapy Sports Physiotherapy Motor Vehicle Injury Treatment Massage Therapy Pilates Acupuncture McKenzie Method.

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Headaches

Checklist – Could your headaches be coming from your neck?

  •     Do you tend to have headaches that start from the base of your skull?
  •     Do you spend more than four hours a day reading, computer, driving,
  •     fine hand work?
  •     Do you have stiffness/pain with shoulder checking?
  •     Do you have bifocals/trifocals?
  •     Are you prone to aching at the “bump” of the lower neck?
  •     Are you prone to pain between the shoulder blades?
  •     Is there often aching or sharp pain under one shoulder blade?
  •     Are you prone to neck pain, aching, or simple stiffness?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should make an appointment to see a physiotherapist.

Source: Bonavista Physical Therapy

Should I use heat or ice?

A question I am often asked is: “Do I use heat or ice after an injury?“. The answer is simple. During the first 24-48 hours following an acute injury, always remember this rule of thumb: “R.I.C.E” –Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation. This rule goes for ALL injuries – even back or neck injuries respond well to ice in the initial stages of healing.

You may not be aware that all injuries heal in stages. These stages are:
1. Inflammatory Phase: (0-5 days) characterized by pain, swelling and heat
-this phase may be prolonged if not managed appropriately!
-If the acute phase lasts longer than 5 days, consult your medical doctor or physiotherapist
2. Proliferation Phase: (about 5-15 days)
-Scar tissue starts to build and contract
-Light stretching and movement will benefit wound healing, physiotherapy should be initiated
3.Remodelling Phase: (15 days up to a year)
-Scar tissue becomes tighter and stronger for up to 2 months
-Scar tissue remodels according to the stresses placed upon it for up to a or longer
-More intense activity would be appropriate
No injury can be made to heal faster than normal/natural speed. While the injury is healing however, we must make sure not to delay healing through inappropriate management initially. So remember R.I.C.E for the first 24-48 hours. Once the inflammatory phase is over, you can use heat OR ice and gradually return to activity. **Ice ligaments are not the same as an ice pack, and are not effective in controlling inflammation**

Source: http://www.bonavistaphysio.ca/should-i-use-heat-or-ice/

Complimentary Assessment and Treatment this weekend!

We are looking for patients who have neck pain and/or shoulder blade pain or neck pain and headaches for a weekend course we are hosting for physiotherapists taking the McKenzie “B” course. The course runs Friday September 20-Sunday September 22, 2013.

This is a fabulous opportunity for a person currently experiencing symptoms to receive a COMPLIMENTARY assessment along with complimentary treatment from an expert in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Patient demonstration is a very important part of the course it shows the McKenzie approach to participants. If you or anyone you know would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please give John Scaplen or Audrey Long a call here at the clinic. (403) 278-0705 or visit http://www.bonavistaphysio.ca.

Heat or Ice? Physical Injury

A question I am often asked is: “Do I use heat or ice after an injury?“. The answer is simple. During the first 24-48 hours following an acute injury, always remember this rule of thumb: “R.I.C.E” –Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation. This rule goes for ALL injuries – even back or neck injuries respond well to ice in the initial stages of healing… continue reading!

 

For more information about physical therapy visit Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
P: (403) 278-0705
http://www.bonavistaphysio.ca

Arthritis and its cure!

We recently had a 68 yr old male patient who had been complaining of knee pain since a fall 6 months ago. He saw his family doctor who recommended X-Rays that showed he had some arthritis in his knee. Over the past 6 months he had tried two kinds of anti inflammatory medication and steroid injections to his knee with no improvement. The next step was going to be lubricant injections to his knee. The client decided to try physiotherapy on his own with the encouragement of his wife who had been treated successfully here for a previous knee injury. After a thorough assessment, the physiotherapist was able to prescribe a simple exercise for the client. He had to perform 10 repetitions every 2 hours for the next few days. By his second visit, his range of motion had returned to normal and he no longer had knee pain on the stairs or arising from sitting. The client was very happy with his rapid improvement but wished he had come in for treatment sooner! Continue reading here >>

To know more about Arthritis and it’s cure visit
Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
http://www.bonavistaphysio.ca
P: (403) 278-0705

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Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy is a rehabilitation discipline specializing in assessing and improving movement and function while relieving pain and optimizing healing.

Physiotherapists promote good health and help individuals and athletes return to pre-injury status and sports.  A sports physiotherapist plans, organizes and directs programs of pre-season screening, first aid, rehabilitation, education and counseling for athletes, coaches and others concerned with sports. He/she may work directly with athletes or may undertake a consulting role for sports organizations.

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You can also visit Bonavista Physical Therapy for any physiotherapy needs in Calgary.
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
http://www.bonavistaphysio.ca
P: (403) 278-0705
F: (403) 271-7623