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Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation

When recovering from a stroke, a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, and/or a kinesiologist with experience in stroke rehabilitation can provide insights on some of the leading treatment options available. In addition to being adept in the conventional ways that physiotherapy can help in stroke recovery, we are well versed on the latest research into non-conventional therapies, and how they impact stroke recovery like Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy. What is Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy? Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, CIMT for short, is a treatment protocol created by a man named Edward Taub. During his research, Taub performed surgeries on monkeys that left them paralyzed [...]

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 |2019-04-29T16:43:01+00:00April 29th, 2019|Neurological Injuries, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Physiotherapy Helps Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by a variety of symptoms. The disease involves a loss of dopamine producing cells, the cells that help transmit the signals for movement. The symptoms of Parkinson’s are sometimes visible, including tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity and impaired balance. Other symptoms such as fatigue, soft speech, sleep disturbances and constipation can also be present with this disease. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, physiotherapy and exercise can play a key role in mitigating the symptoms and health impacts associated with this condition. The Canadian Guidelines on [...]

By |2019-04-16T13:48:34+00:00April 15th, 2019|Neurological Injuries, Physiotherapy|0 Comments