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A new recipe to try this long weekend

Ingredients

•  ½ cup Maple Syrup
•  ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
•  2 tbsps Coarse Grain Mustard
•  3 Garlic Cloves, minced
•  1 tbsp Chipotle Seasoning
•  ½ bunch of fresh Parlsey, Chopped
•  2 pork tenderloins (12 oz each), trimmed
•  1 tbsp Light Olive Oil
•  1 tsp Kosher Salt
•  ½ tsps freshly ground black pepper
•  4 Green Onions, roughly chopped

Directions

1. In a heavy zip-lock bag, combine the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, chipotle seasoning, parsley, salt, peppers and green onions with the Pork Tenderloin.  Make sure there’s as little air as possible in the bag before sealing and place in the fridge overnight to marinade.
2.  On the day of grilling, remove Pork Tenderloin from bag and pat dry with paper towel and brush all sides with Olive Oil and set aside. Keep the marinade.
3.  Pour the marinade into a medium skillet and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes and set aside.
4.  Bring the grill to a medium heat and cover the grill with non-stick cooking spray and grill pork, turning 2-3 times for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 160oF/ 71oC.  Remove from grill onto a cutting board, brush with the sauce and tent the Pork Tenderloin with tin foil and let it rest for 10 minutes
5.  Cut Pork Tenderloin to ¼ inch slices and serve with remaining sauce and enjoy!

Provided by Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian Ben Sit.  Appointments with an Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian can be made at our Yonge & SheppardYonge & Eglinton and King & Yonge locations.

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Modern Medical Acupuncture: Myth vs Fact

By ADMIN on June 13, 2016

Physiotherapy Toronto ChiropractorModern medical acupuncture is a practice that is taught in universities and has been used by many patients to relieve pain, among other things. The medical acupuncturists at our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics are highly trained individuals. Yet, there are still many misconceptions about what acupuncture is and how it works. Here's a look at some of the common myths – and the relevant facts.

Myth: The effects of acupuncture are “all in your head” and nothing really happens at the physical level.

Fact: Studies have been done on acupuncture and its effects. Acupuncture has been shown to cause the release of endorphins – the body's natural painkillers. It also tends to have an anti-inflammatory effect. It stimulates the peripheral nerves and works to modulate the activity of the body's systems, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.

 

Myth: Acupuncture is based on energy flow, the five elements (water, fire, earth, metal and wood) and other intangible and often complicated concepts.

Fact: Medical acupuncture is administered according to knowledge of physiology and anatomy, using precise points to stimulate the nerves and circulatory system. Treatment is based on a thorough physical diagnosis.

 

Myth: Acupuncture – which involves inserting needles under the skin – hurts!

Fact: Properly applied by a trained medical professional, medical acupuncture does not hurt. The needles are very fine and the most you should experience is a slight twinging sensation when the needle is inserted, similar to a mosquito bite.

 

Myth: Acupuncture is part of some kind of alternative or New Age treatment and not part of a modern medical practice.

Fact: Modern medical acupuncture takes Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and adds a modern understanding of human anatomy and functions. It is used in conjunction with conventional medical practices at our Toronto physiotherapy clinics and elsewhere as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

 

Myth: Acupuncture can only help to relieve pain.

Fact: Acupuncture is an effective analgesic and can act on the nervous system in various ways. The site where the very fine needles are inserted into the skin are chosen based on your specific condition. Acupuncture has been used successfully to treat various kinds of pain, including joint pain, stomach and menstrual cramps, it's true. It has also been used to treat nausea, including morning sickness and the effects of chemotherapy and other conditions f the endocrine and immune systems.

 

Myth: Acupuncture is one of those treatments that you have to continue indefinitely – the effects go away once you leave the office.

Fact: Medical acupuncture specialists look to improve your condition so that constant treatment is not necessary except in the case of chronic conditions.

 

Myth: Acupuncture can only be used on its own and will interfere with conventional treatments.

Fact: Modern medical acupuncture makes a very effective component of an overall treatment plan. It may be offered here at Athlete's Care as part of our Toronto physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy or sports medicine services.

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This is a healthier version of a classic Canadian summertime treat.  
With less sugar, fat, calories and higher protein content it can be enjoyed on the patio
or as a very effective pre-workout drink!

Athlete's Care Toronto Registered DietitianIngredients (Makes 1 serving)

  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsps instant coffee
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8-10 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tbsps Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Whey Isolate protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps fax seed flour (optional)

Directions

1. Mix the hot water with instant coffee
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
3. Pour out to a glass and enjoy!

Provided by Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian Ben Sit.  Appointments with an Athlete's Care Registered Dietitian can be made at our Yonge & Sheppard, Yonge & Eglinton and King & Yonge locations.

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Do you suffer from pain in the low back/hip region that is worsened by running, jumping, or prolonged sitting? The joint at fault may be your sacroilliac joint!

Sometimes, we refer to the condition as sacroilliac joint dysfunction. In our bodies, we have two sacroilliac joints; one on each side. The problem is, one side might move too much, or, one side may move too little, therefore causing pain. Often times, there is a muscular imbalance contributing to the issue; some muscles are too tight and others are too weak.

Here, our Registered Physiotherapist Caroline Thong from Athlete's Care Oakville, is hard at work assessing and treating Joe. She is using a combination of manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises to get Joe back to running and playing soccer without pain. In the pictures below, she is helping Joe by releasing the internal and external rotators of the hip, stretching out the quadratus lumborum, and teaching a core strengthening exercise. These are just a few of things she is doing to help Joe get back in the game! 

 
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PRP Injections - Are they for you?

By ADMIN on May 16, 2016

PRP Injections – Are they for you?

Toronto Physiotherapy PRP Injections

You may have heard PRP mentioned by your favourite sports celebrities or via locker room chatter at the gym. And now you're wondering - just what is PRP and is it right for you?

PRP stands for “platelet rich plasma” and it's use has been growing throughout North America as a treatment of choice for many orthopedic injuries and conditions. Professional athletes, among others, have used PRP and claim it allowed them to return to competitive form more quickly after a sports injury. PRP injections may be offered as part of our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine services.

Over the years, the anecdotal evidence has been mounting, accompanied by dozens of international clinical studies that back up PRP's effectiveness in aiding the healing process for a variety of injuries that are often hard to treat. Tendons and ligaments naturally receive little blood supply, which is why they are notoriously difficult to heal. Tendons and ligaments are injured when they are over stressed, either by chronic repetitive movements or by a sudden injury. Previously, this type of injury or condition was treated with pain medications, physical therapy and surgery if warranted.

Internationally, many studies have found that PRP does provide significant benefits, including:

 - Pain relief;
 - Improved joint function and range of movement;
 - Postponing the need for knee replacement or other orthopedic surgery.

In one study that compared PRP to other treatments, the benefits were still observed six months later.

PRP has been observed to be of particular use for specific conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee, and in certain groups of patients, such as among younger, active patients with injuries to cartilage - the reason why it's become the celebrity sports star's treatment of choice. It is one of the most popular treatments for relevant conditions at our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics.

How Does PRP Work?

The largest component of our blood is a liquid called plasma. In that plasma, you'll find the red and white blood cells and tiny platelets that, together, give it the red colour and consistency we're familiar with.

Platelets are much smaller than red or white blood cells. They are used in the clotting process and they also contain proteins called growth factors. As the name implies, growth factors play a key role in the regeneration of tissues and the healing process as a whole. PRP works on the principle of accelerating that healing process by increasing the percentage of platelets in the blood.

 - First, blood is taken from you, the patient;
 - Then, the platelets are separated out from the other blood cells;
 - They undergo a process called centrifugation that increases their concentration;
 - The platelets are recombined with the rest of the blood and then reintroduced into your body.

While the process itself is not yet entirely understood, it is believed – and the anecdotal evidence backs it up – that PRP speeds up the healing process, so it can be used to prevent worsening of a condition or in conjunction with surgery. It has been found to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic Achilles tendinitis
  • Jumper's knee (inflammation of the patellar tendon)
  • Acute injury to ligaments and muscles
  • Pulled hamstring
  • Knee sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Torn rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries
  • ACL and other tears to knee ligaments
  • Arthritis – reduces pain
  • Bone fractures and other injuries
  • Chronic tendon injuries

It can also be used to help speed up recovery after surgery and is often used at our clinic as part of our Toronto sports medicine suite of services.

PRP – and Physiotherapy

The growth factor and enzymes that are injected into the affected area of your body with PRP take some time as they help to stimulate your body's own healing processes. At first, you may actually experience mild side effects such as pain or irritation at the injection site. That may persist for several days. Your treating medical practitioner may recommend that you use a brace or take other precautions during the first week or so after your PRP injection.

PRP injections are the first step in a multi-stage rehab process. After the injections, physical therapy helps to improve strength and conditioning along with teaching you how to protect the area from further injury.

Even if you are still able to function and you may not think that any real treatment is necessary, continued use of an injured tendon or ligament will simply lead to further injury and degeneration over time. An untreated injury is tomorrow's degenerative condition and PRP has proven to be an effective tool that can help in furthering rehab and recovery.

For more information on PRP injections and our physiotherapy Toronto services please call one of our clinics in the Toronto area – including Hamilton – or visit our website today.

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