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Maintaining Heart Health with Spinal Cord Injury

Most spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur in individuals under 30 years of age.  This, along with medical advancements have allowed people with SCI to have an increased life expectancy compared with past generations.  Those with SCI are consequently susceptible to the same chronic diseases as the general population, including cardiovascular disease. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor of cardiovascular disease and premature mortality in persons with SCI[1].  While some of the same barriers exist to exercise, such as motivation or finding time for exercise, people with spinal cord injuries have additional challenges such as inaccessible equipment, and challenges [...]

By |2019-03-15T20:24:40+00:00February 18th, 2019|General Health & Wellbeing, Spinal Cord Injury|0 Comments

How to Reduce Heart Disease Risks

Your heart is a muscle and its job is to pump blood around the body. Heart disease affects the structure and functions of the heart and can diminish its ability to do this job. Several risk factors can determine whether you will develop heart disease.  Some factors related to your risk of developing heart disease cannot be changed like your age, family history, and gender.  However, most types heart disease are preventable and manageable by engaging in healthy lifestyle choices. Healthy Lifestyle Choices Reduce Heart Disease Risks Stay Active There are numerous benefits of incorporating regular physical activity in [...]

By |2019-02-04T03:37:21+00:00February 4th, 2019|General Health & Wellbeing|0 Comments

Three Easy Ways to Help Relieve Pain and Improve Comfort

Whether your physiotherapy appointments are daily or weeks apart, there are some easy ways to help relieve pain and improve comfort for yourself at home. Here are three simple things you can do: Apply Heat to Affected Areas Moist heat therapy is one of the simplest, safest and effective “self-care” technique for treating injuries, pain or discomfort in muscles and joints. Moist heat can be used to relieve stiffness, improve circulation and bring relief to muscle pain and overall soreness. Heating the affected area, increases the temperature of the tissues and blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin. Blood [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:20:30+00:00October 2nd, 2017|General Health & Wellbeing|0 Comments

Preventative Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are often the professional you seek after an injury has occurred or after a nagging pain has become too much to shrug off. From this perspective, physiotherapy is a reactive measure to taking care of one’s physical well-being. Although this is an important role that physiotherapists play within a person’s rehabilitation and recovery, preventative physiotherapy, the component of preventative care, often goes missing. Compelling evidence suggests that physiotherapy interventions demonstrate the ability to prevent future injuries from occurring¹. In other words, we could take better care of our physical well-being by avoiding injury altogether. A systematic review of workplace [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:22:19+00:00May 23rd, 2017|General Health & Wellbeing|0 Comments