Physical therapy first-timer? What exactly are you in for on your first physical therapy visit? First off, dress comfortably because you will be moving. By the end of your evaluation, you should have a clear idea of your assessment and physical therapy treatment goals. You and your PT will create an individualized treatment plan to help you with your recovery. At Radiant Physiotherapy we give you a detailed written Plan Of Care (POC) on the day of your assessment which outli
Do you love to run but can’t bear to do it in the cold? Just because it’s the winter, doesn’t mean that you’re relegated to the treadmill or some other indoor activity in its place. There are actually some upsides to continuing your favorite pastime during the winter months. Some of which actually make cold weather running a bit more attractive than you may think. Vanquish Visceral Fat Studies have shown that cold weather running decreases the amount of fat that you maintain
Many patients who have never experienced physical therapy before think physical therapy is just exercise programs and hot and cold pack regimes. Although both of these can be utilized in a physical therapy treatment program, manual therapy is proven to reduce recovery times and increase a patient’s range of motion and strength. What is Manual Therapy? Manual therapy is the use of a physical therapist’s hands to relieve pain and restore mobility. Manual therapy includes kneadi
Low Back Pain can be a pain in the butt. Especially when it keeps coming back. This blog briefly summarizes an excellent article that was just published. It’s a powerful article that collates all the quality evidence ever published on the topic of how to prevent recurrent low back pain. A 2016 systematic review (that’s the highest level of evidence) on the prevention of low back pain found some interesting results. The paper examined the recurrence of low back pain and compar
You may or may not have heard of bulletproof coffee, but this yummy morning brew is going to amp up your mornings and the rest of the day! So many people these days are in a huge rush in the morning and simply grab a coffee, a muffin (or other carbohydrate dense breakfast food) and head out the door. In my experience, this usually causes fogginess, fatigue and hunger mere hours later. Sound familiar? Bullet or Bulletproof coffee is a delicious, creamy and easy recipe to add s
We live in an exciting age of information wherein anything we need to know is only a couple of clicks away; knowledge has never been more within our immediate grasp. There's only one problem: along with this easily accessible information comes an abundance of misinformation. This is perhaps most prevalent in the health and wellness industry and, more specifically, in the realm of massage therapy. Far-fetched claims are infinitely plentiful on the internet, everything from cle
I’m always impressed by how active people can be in their later years and what a positive impact this activity level can have on their health and function. As a Physiotherapist, I’m fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to assist these people with maintaining and improving their physical abilities and a common condition that interferes with day to day activities is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a condition that affects about 10% of all people over the age of 65.
At Radiant Physiotherapy we often go on and on about how exercise is so amazingly fantastic for your health; and it’s true, it is. Today, however, we’re going to address some of the perils of exercising, and discuss how to prevent exercise related injuries - especially in the knees.
3 things you need to prevent your next knee injury: Develop your core control. Your core is the link between your upper and lower body and significantly impacts your coordination and the way move
Background: Whiplash is a common condition experienced after any type of forceful back and forth motion of the neck, and is typically used to describe the pain experienced after a motor vehicle accident. Most often, whiplash injuries are the result of trauma to the “Soft Tissue”, which includes muscles, ligaments, tendons and disks. Usually it is not necessary to identify which soft tissue is injured, and scans/x-rays are generally not needed to determine how to manage this c
September is a motivational time – something about the back to school vibe brings out the goal-setter in everyone. Unfortunately, much like our New Year’s Resolutions, a lot of plans are made in September don’t pan out. Health and wellness goals are high on the list of abandoned plans. Have you noticed the trend? The gym will be full of eager new faces in the first few weeks of September, only to noticeably thin out come October. How do you make the transition from sunny days