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What Physiotherapy Can Do

The human body is an amazing machine, but like any machine, its parts are susceptible to wear-and-tear. Over time, many of us will experience mobility issues and pain resulting from injury, aging, disease, and other health concerns.

Physiotherapy gets people moving again with a wide range of techniques, including targeted exercises, manual therapy and joint mobilization/manipulation. Using in-depth knowledge of the body and hands-on clinical skills, physiotherapists are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of physical problems.

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Beyond Medication: Physiotherapy Can Bring Long-Term Relief From Pain

Clients often complain of neck and low back pain, as well as other musculoskeletal disorders — like carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis — which can involve the muscles, ligaments, nerves, or tendons of the body.

Many of us don’t think twice when we reach for pain medication, but these pills are not a cure-all (despite what slick TV ads tell us). Although pain-relieving pharmaceutical treatments provide some short-term relief, they don’t address the underlying causes of pain, and many come with health risks.

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How to Help Seasonal Headaches

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, but many people suffer from seasonal migraines and headaches due to allergies and changes in weather. Most people will reach for ibuprofen or something similar to relieve the symptoms, but there are other options available that can get to the root cause of your problem.

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Proper Summer Footwear to Avoid Foot Pain

On hot summer days, many of us slip into a pair of flip-flops or open-toed sandals to let our feet breathe a little. Others take advantage of the warm weather to wear more fashion-forward shoes — like high heels or ballet flats. But summer footwear doesn’t always provide good arch support for your feet, particularly when you’re spending hours outside enjoying the sunshine.

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Adding Acupuncture to Your Treatment Regime

After being practiced in China for thousands of years, acupuncture is now used around the world to treat all manner of health issues. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) considers this ancient form of medicine an effective treatment for about 30 diseases, symptoms and conditions, including: low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, sprains, tennis elbow, headaches, facial pain, and others. This makes acupuncture an excellent complement to physiotherapy treatments.

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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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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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Prevent Golf Injuries

Golf season is in full swing and if you’ve been teeing off regularly, you might be feeling a little bit more soreness than normal in your back, your neck, your elbows and/or your knees.

The constant twisting, swinging, and bending during a golf game means a lot of golfers have sore backs. If you already suffer from back pain, the repetitive movements in a golf game can exacerbate that soreness. Luckily, increasing your core strength and stretching can help prevent back pain. Incorporating core and stability exercises as well as hip, legs and low back stretches into your current workout routine will go a long way in keeping you ache free.

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