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Flu Season is Coming. So don’t Forget to Get Your Vaccines

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The flu shot is the best defence to protect those you care about.

Symptoms of the flu:

  1. Fever
  2. Chills
  3. Cough
  4. Runny nose
  5. Sore throat
  6. Headache
  7. Muscle aches
  8. Extreme weakness and tiredness
  9. Some may experience vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Protect against the flu:

  1. Get the flu shot every year
  2. Wash your hands often
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  4. Try not to touch your face
  5. Stay home when you’re sick
  6. Clean and disinfect common surface items
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What to Make Sure You Pack in Your Travel Health Kit

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Travelling can be exciting but also unpredictable. That’s why having these staple items in your travel health kit can keep prepared and safe.

Basic first aid items:

  1. Adhesive bandages
  2. Adhesive tape
  3. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  4. Antiseptic wound cleanser
  5. Blister pads or moleskin
  6. Disposable latex or vinyl gloves
  7. Gauze
  8. Packets or oral rehydration salts
  9. Safety pins and scissors
  10. Tensor bandages
  11. Thermometer
  12. Tweezers

Other items:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Insect repellant
  3. Aloe gel
  4. Ear plugs
  5. Extra pair of glasses or contacts and a copy of the prescription
  6. Mosquito net
  7. Saline eye drops
  8. Water purification filter or tablets

For any information or any concerns, ask your doctor today during your appointment!

Bon voyage and safe travels!

 

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How to Avoid Getting Insect Bites

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Infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies spread many travel related diseases.

Some helpful questions to ask are peak biting times (e.g. day vs night) and areas (e.g. indoors, outdoors, rural vs urban). In some cases, you should take protective measures such as vaccines and medications.

Some helpful recommendations:

Make sure you consult a healthcare provider or visit a travel clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Cover up

Wear light-colored clothing, long sleeved, loose fitting, tucked-in shorts, long pants, shoes or boots (not sandals) and a hat.

Use insect repellent on exposed skin

In Canada, repellents that contain DEET or Icaridian or Picardin are the most effective. Use as directed by the manufacturer.

Consider your accommodations

Stay in a well-screened or completely enclosed air-conditioned room

For more tips, visit https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/insect-bite

 

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What is Diabetes and How Does It Affect Me?

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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that means your body does not produce enough insulin or your body cannot use the insulin it produces.

There are 3 main types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 – your body makes little or no insulin
  2. Type 2 – your body makes insulin but cannot use it properly
  3. Gestational Diabetes – your body is not able to properly use insulin pregnancy (this type goes away after child birth)

Nine out of ten people have type 2 diabetes.

How are Type 1 and Type 2 alike?

Both types of diabetes greatly increase a person’s risk for a range of serious issues. Although monitoring and managing the disease can prevent complications, diabetes still remains the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure.

How do I minimize my risk?

  1. Don’t smoke
  2. Achieve a healthy weight and maintain it
  3. Be physically active
  4. Limit your intake of fat and sugar
  5. Eat regular, balanced meals with a variety of food
  6. Maintain a normal blood pressure

For more information or any concerns, ask your doctor today during your appointment!

 

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5 Heart Healthy Tips You Should Know

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Heart disease or cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in Canada and is also the most costly.

Participating in any of these activities or combinations of these activities can lead to heart disease:

  1. Smoking
  2. Diets rich in saturated fat
  3. Physical inactivity
  4. Stress
  5. A family history of heart disease
  6. Being overweight

To help reduce your chances of getting heart disease, make sure you do use 5 heart healthy tips!

1. Don’t Smoke

Not or quitting smoking can help you reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other risks like stroke and common cancers.

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2. Eat a wider variety of foods

According to Canada’s Food Guide, a balanced diet means eating a variety of foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes, etc. and choose lower-fat options more often).

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3. Get Active

As little as 60 minutes a day of physical activity can help keep your heart in shape.

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4. Eat Well (don’t crash diet)

Eat well and keep moving and avoid miracle diets which aren’t sustainable.

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5. Have regular medical check-ups

Make sure you get regular check-ups so you can be tested for diabetes and other major risk factors for heart disease.

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For more information or any concerns, ask your doctor today during your appointment!

 

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Computer and Desk Stretches you can Do Anywhere

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Before trying any exercises please consult your physiotherapist.

Sitting at a computer for long periods of time can result in shoulder, neck and occasionally lower back pain. Do the exercises illustrated below every time you feel stiff and throughout the day.

  1. Wrist Pulls

Flip wrists backwards towards you and stretch arms away from your body. Hold for 10-20 seconds, and repeat once.

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2. Side Stretch

Bend one arm behind your head and hold it with your other hand. Slowly bend sideways towards the direction of your bent arm. Hold for 8-10 seconds on each side.

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3. Upward Wrist Pulls

Flip wrists backwards towards you and stretch arms above you and away from your body. Hold for 10-20 seconds.

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4. Shoulder Shrugs

Shrug your shoulders upwards and release. Hold for 3-5 seconds and repeat 3 times.

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5. Neck Stretch

Hold one arm behind your back by the wrist and pull downwards while gently tilting your head the opposite direction. Hold for 10-12 seconds for each arm.

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6. Seated Arm Pulls

Sit and pull arms behind your body while your wrists face away. Hold for 8-10 seconds.

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For more exercises or further instruction consult one of our physiotherapists.

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Myths about Physiotherapy and Stroke

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Discover some common misconceptions when it comes to Physiotherapy and how to overcome the affects of a stroke

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Fact 1:  Every person is unique and the way a stroke affects someone is just as diverse.

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Fact 2:  Recovery from a stroke can last from months to years, but it is most beneficial when you start physiotherapy as soon as your condition allows.

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Fact 3:  Physiotherapy after a stroke can help you maximize your recovery potential and improve the quality of your life.

At Pro-Physiotherapy our goal is to help you or your loved ones gain back as much independence and health as possible. Prevention of a stroke is always a priority but having a stroke does not mean all hope is lost. For more information on prevention and treatment, consult your family doctor and our physiotherapists today!

 

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What is Physiotherapy and What should I Expect?

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Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that is dedicated to working with people of all ages to identify and maximize their ability to move and function throughout their life.

Whether you need help with pain management or are suffering from conditions like arthritis, strokes, repetitive strain or sports injuries, our physiotherapists can help you physically but also offer education and advice for health, disease and injury prevention.

The following are a few ways physiotherapists treat their patients:

  1. Pain management with physical modalities
  2. Soft tissue mobilization to reduce tension and tightness
  3. Manipulation and mobilization of joints to reduce stiffness
  4. Custom exercise programs designed to improve balance, mobility, muscle strength and function
  5. Work and conditioning training

…. just to name a few

Our process of prescribing treatment is patient-oriented. We will assess your personal needs, barriers and challenges in order to ensure the best results.

 

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Welcome to Pro-Physiotherapy. Get to know us a little better

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Having opened our doors since 1992, we are proud to be seen as a well-established rehabilitation facility.

The clinic occupies an area of about 2000 sq. ft. and is equipped with up-to-date physiotherapy and fitness equipment in order to best serve our clients and their needs.

Our clinic approach is to provide an active and integrated therapy program for pain relief and early return to work or activities followed by a self-management program.

All our therapists are registered in Ontario and are experienced in orthopedic conditions, sports injuries, whiplash injuries and strokes. We are committed to providing high quality services to relieve your pain and improve your functions.