Kathy Mileski

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About Kathy Mileski

Kathy is a registered physiotherapist and mindfulness trainer at Propel Physiotherapy. She incorporates mindfulness based practice and teachings into her work, which gives her a powerful tool to help improve the likelihood of positive outcomes for clients with stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury.

What’s the Difference Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

The main difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy is that physical therapy focuses on evaluating and diagnosing injury and dysfunction with the goal of restoring, maintaining and optimizing mobility, function and well-being; while occupational therapy is concerned with helping people achieve daily activities at work, home and leisure like eating, grooming, and toileting. Physiotherapists may use hands on manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, education, heat, cold, light, water, massage, acupuncture and other modalities to enhance and restore the function of multiple body systems. Occupational therapists may assess a person’s home or work space and recommend equipment or modification to [...]

By |2019-11-15T16:00:32+00:00November 11th, 2019|Physiotherapy|0 Comments

How Mindfulness Helps Manage Symptoms of Chronic Illness

Since the late 1970s, there have been over 1,000 publications reporting the effectiveness of mindfulness in managing symptoms of chronic illnesses, including conditions like heart disease, stroke and arthritis. Mindfulness training is a type of meditation that involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices. The goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused awareness by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment and can give one the enhanced ability to deal with illness. It may sound like a simple at first but [...]

By |2019-10-11T20:26:25+00:00October 14th, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Physiotherapy Treatment for ALS Symptoms

Although there is no known cure for ALS, there are some ALS symptoms that are treatable, and physiotherapy is an integral part in the course of care. A physiotherapy program that is customized to the individual’s needs, goals, and stage of the disease, can help the quality of life for those living with ALS. What are the signs and symptoms of ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a neurodegenerative disease that results in a host of symptoms including: muscle weakness muscle wasting muscle spasms muscle twitching fatigue The signs and symptoms of ALS often start [...]

By |2019-06-24T03:01:00+00:00June 10th, 2019|Neurological Injuries, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Physiotherapy in Multiple Sclerosis Management

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 1 in every 385 Canadians living with the disease.¹ At Propel, we use physiotherapy in multiple sclerosis management as part of an integrated approach to addressing the needs of this clientele. Evidence has shown that rehabilitation is still the only way to improve functional outcomes in individuals with multiple sclerosis.² A recent review of the literature suggests structured rehabilitation programs and physical therapy can improve mobility, muscle strength, aerobic capacity and quality of life.³ Before we take a closer look at the rehabilitation and physiotherapy in [...]

By |2019-11-08T21:41:11+00:00April 29th, 2019|Neurological Injuries, Physiotherapy|0 Comments