By Athlete's Care on February 14, 2019
Whether you are a professional athlete in mint physical condition, or an average desk jockey who’s fitting exercise in where you can, you know that your body changes as you age. One of the topics that our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other sports medicine specialists find themselves counseling their clients on is the subject of aging and exercise.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about exercising and the role it plays in health and well-being as humans age. Let’s look at the most important truths, and clear up some of the persistent myths.
Your body does become less resilient, and will both sustain injuries more easily, and take longer to heal from them.
The good news: In some ways, age works for you.
Here are a few common misconceptions, and the facts that refute them.
Myth: Since my body is deteriorating anyway with age, it’s pointless to try and fight it.
Myth: It’s not safe for me to exercise. What if I fall and break my hip?
Myth: I have a chronic illness, so I can’t exercise.
Myth: I’ve never exercised, and it’s just too late – I might have a heart attack!
If you have questions about exercise and any other topics about your musculo-skeletal health, our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other sports medicine specialists are ready with answers. Drop by one of our Toronto clinics today, or call to make an appointment.
By Athlete's Care on February 12, 2019
Once you get going, many people find themselves completely hooked on working out with their dog, and why not? Fido is always enthusiastic, and will never let you forget a workout. There are many activities you can explore that will take some time and practice, depending on the time commitment you can make, including dancing, frisbee, inline skating, and cycling. If you have a ready pool or body of water, swimming is another option, and a good one for olderpups and humans alike.
Our Toronto physiotherapists, massage therapists, and other sports medicine professionals agree – whatever gets you exercising on a regular basis is a good thing. If you have any questions or concerns about your musculo-skeletal health or condition, please come by one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics or call to make an appointment today.
By Athlete's Care on January 23, 2019
Despite its name, athletes aren't the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.
What Is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow affects the tendons in your elbow. It is a condition caused by overuse and muscle strain, and can develop over a long period of time, or relatively quickly, depending on the nature of the root cause. A primary healthcare providers, our Toronto physiotherapy, chiropractic, and sports medicine specialists conduct a thorough assessment and evaluation of a patient’s condition and lifestyle issues that may affect treatment.
The muscles of the forearm serve to flex the extensor muscle which attach at the elbow. You contract the forearm muscle to raise, straighten, and twist your hand and wrist. Microscopic tears develop in the tendons, resulting in the pain and inflammation of tennis elbow.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
In previous eras, lateral epicondylitis – its medical name – was also known as writer’s cramp, and washer woman’s elbow, and that points to the major causes and risk factors for the condition.
This occurs most often as the result of an activity, hobby, or occupation, such as construction work, baking and cooking, sewing and needlework, plumbing and house painting, and many more – including tennis and other sports. Tennis and racquetball players take note: repeatedly using a poor backhand technique can overextend the forearm and lead to tennis elbow.
The damage leading to tennis elbow can also occur all at once, in a relatively short space of time, due to overuse. Learning a new skill such as playing guitar or piano, for example, sculpting or painting, can involve repeating specific motions many times daily or on a regular basis on an intense schedule.
Age is also a risk factor. Most cases of lateral epicondylitis occur in patients between the ages of 30 and 50, and the frequency and severity of tennis elbow increases with age. The body is less able to heal itself as it ages, leading to increasing levels of damage to the soft tissues that an overwhelmed system can no longer repair.
Mild to moderate cases of tennis elbow can often be treated with rest, ice packs, and over the counter pain medications such as acetaminophen.
If you are experiencing pain in your elbow, or any other musculo-skeletal condition, our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic specialists can help with a thorough assessment and diagnosis, and customized treatment plan. Call us or come by one of our Toronto clinics today.
By Athlete's Care on January 07, 2019
Everyone gets headaches now and then. Our Toronto physiotherapists treat a wide variety of aches and pains that involve the musculo-skeletal system, but the common garden variety of headache isn’t usually on their radar. Occasional headaches are nothing to worry about. When they become a daily – or nearly daily – reality that interferes with other areas of your life, then headaches require serious treatment.
Physiotherapy for headaches is a relatively recent innovation that has developed over the last decade or two, and can show remarkable improvement for some patients who haven’t responded to other types of therapy. The key lies in determining what is causing the pain, and whether physical therapy can alleviate the problem.
What Type Of Headache Is It?
Headaches are among the most common of all health related issues anywhere, and the International Headache Society lists over 300 types. According to WHO (World Health Organization,) in developed countries, about half of men, and a third of all women, suffer from tension-type headaches.
At one time, it was thought that abnormalities in the blood vessels, and therefore the blood flow, in and around the brain were to blame for migraines and some other types of headaches. More recently, however, the consensus seems to be leaning towards dysfunctions of the cervical spine instead for some cases, known as cervicogenic headaches. That’s where physiotherapy can come into the loop.
With the level of complexity, it’s not surprising that many people experience issues related to the cervical spine. Physiotherapy is most useful in cases of chronic and fairly benign – i.e. not severe – headaches. A research study published in 2004 found that regular (non-specialized) physiotherapy treatments helped reduce the frequency of chronic tension headaches.
Symptoms are typically consistent.
What Your Toronto Physiotherapist Can Do
Once other causes have been ruled out, and a cervicogenic headache has been diagnosed, your physiotherapist can begin to determine what is causing the pain.
If you are experiencing chronic headaches, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapists to discuss whether treatment might be right for you. You can call one of our Toronto physiotherapy, chiropractic, and sports medicine clinics today for a consultation.