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The Facts About Ultrasound Therapy for Injury Rehab

At Summit Physiotherapy, we work closely with our clients to create treatment plans specific to their individual needs. We use an integrative approach to healing so we can work on long-term goals that will get the results you want in a way that is manageable for you. Ultrasound therapy is a popular choice for treatment, but we have found that it is often misunderstood. For this month’s blog post, we’ve put together some information about how ultrasound therapy works to help you understand its usefulness and limitations.

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Our Top Picks for Autumn Run Routes

The leaves are falling, kids are back in school and you’re coming down from a non-stop, action-packed summer. Don’t let the frigid first days of fall stop you from staying active. It is a great excuse to create (or maintain) a running routine, which will keep you warm and healthy well into the autumn season.

We have put together something a bit different this month to inspire you to go out for a run. We have chosen our favourite running route in each of the areas we serve: St. Albert, Barrhead, Westlock, Gibbons and Morinville. Additionally, we created a fun, upbeat playlist for you.

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Improve Your Golf Game by Improving Your Core

Before you shell out a couple thousand dollars on a new set of clubs, consider working on your core stability for a better return on investment. The core area is oftentimes the weakest part of a golfer’s body. Without strong, engaged muscles in your mid-region, (stomach, hips, butt and lower back), you cannot execute a swing that is powerful and technically sound. Stability in your stance is essential for a good driving technique. With good core stability, you can wind your body to generate the force necessary for distance, without losing the alignment necessary for accuracy. These five stability exercises will help you improve your golf game.

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Sports Massage to Improve Performance

Athletes are always looking for ways to sharpen their competitive edge. Sports massage continues to be a popular supplement to precise training methods and a careful diet for athletes of all abilities. A specialized, vigorous form of soft tissue massage, sports massage focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Massages are specially tailored to athletes, to focus on the areas of the body that are strained from overuse in repetitive and aggressive movements playing sports. Massage Therapists trained in sports massage use a variety of techniques such as stretching, relaxation, cross-fiber friction, pressure point release and joint mobilization to target the specific muscle groups used in a particular sport.

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Daily 10 Minute Routine to Help Ease Back Pain with Pilates and Yoga

In the world we live in, it is common to sit for meals, work, socializing, as well as for a lot of our recreation time. This contributes to back pain being one of the most common issues we hear patients continue to struggle with. Although spending many hours of our day in a sedentary position may be unavoidable, there are proactive ways to neutralize the effects this has on our posture. Many people complain of pain in the shoulders, neck, lower and upper regions of the back, and often it is due to poor posture.

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The Dreaded Summer Sports Injury

This past weekend has been a welcome reminder of the outdoor possibilities for activity during the warm, breezy summer months. With the rest of June, July and August just around the corner, the options for outdoor play… and injury are numerous. We have put together a list of the three most common summertime injuries with some helpful tips to protect yourself this upcoming season.

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Running Without Injury: A Guide to Traditional vs. Minimalistic Approaches

The first sights and smells of spring are creeping out from behind the grey, igniting that yearly feverish desire to come out and play. With rising temperatures and melting snow, it’s the perfect time to rev up your body for the outdoor running season. To help you with your preparations, we’ve put together some tips on how to avoid jogging injuries so that you don’t have to visit us later in the season.

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TMJ Dysfunction: What It Is and How Summit Physiotherapy Can Help!

[tem-puh-roh-man-dib-yuh-ler] Joint Dysfunction

Now that you can pronounce it, don’t you want to know what it means?

TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, is a common dysfunction that affects the area around the jaw. Pain felt in the TMJ can be traced to issues in the surrounding muscles, ligaments, myofascial tissue, disc, joint capsule, or even degraded cartilage around the jaw. If you have been experiencing headaches, toothaches, dizziness or head pain anywhere from your teeth to around your eyes, you could be suffering from TMJ dysfunction. Although about 20-30% of the adult population is troubled by this disorder, many sufferers of this common disruption go without treatment. Don’t let this be you!

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Stroke Recovery: What Role Does Physiotherapy Play and How Can Summit Help?

The time following a stroke can be stressful and overwhelming for a person suffering from a stroke and for their family. Patients are already adjusting to huge changes in their body. They require clear direction and care from a cohesive medical team to maximize their chances of a full recovery. The variety of treatments and comprehensiveness of care can be immense. We have put together this month’s article to give patients and their loved ones an idea of the road to recovery; and where Summit fits in to this long-term process.

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