Back Injury Prevention Program

Back problems are one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada.[i] Four out of five adults will experience at least one episode of back pain at some time in their lives with most occurrences between the ages of 30 and 50.[ii] Back injury prevention programs aim to reduce the risk and severity of injuries, as well as the cost. At Propel Physiotherapy, we treat clients with a range of back problems, from acute injuries like lower back strain to more chronic issues like degenerative disc disorder or facet joint osteoarthritis. As effective as physiotherapy can be in managing [...]

Foot Pain: Types, Causes and Physiotherapy Treatment

Our feet do so much for us. They take us places. They ground us. But we likely don’t think about them very much until they hurt. Foot pain is a common occurrence that left untreated can lead to permanent structural changes and disability. Injury, overuse or other conditions can cause inflammation to any of the areas of the foot. It is estimated that 75 percent of Canadians will experience foot problems of varying severity at one point in their life.[i] In this article, we explore the common types and causes of foot pain, discuss the effect of footwear on [...]

Physiotherapy Supports Healthy Aging

Physiotherapy supports healthy aging in many ways, “from helping Canadians recover from illness to helping improve the flexibility, strength, and balance older adults need to remain independent and mobile.”[i] In this article, we highlight some commonly asked questions about our profession and the many ways our profession can enable and support healthy aging. What is the Role of a Physiotherapist? The role of a physiotherapist is to assist patients and clients recover and rehabilitate from an injury to the musculoskeletal, neurological, or cardiorespiratory systems. Physiotherapists are also able to provide guidance, education, and instruction for community health as well. The [...]

Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation in Gait Training for Parkinson’s

Gait impairment is common in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), affecting mobility, independence and increasing falls risk. Over the past few decades, research and clinical studies supporting the effects of using music clinically in rehabilitation have been developed and replicated. One of the most powerful and well-documented elements of music on non-music functions is rhythm. In this blog, we will look at how rhythmic auditory stimulation can help improve walking and function for those living with PD. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.[i] The disease is caused by loss of cells in [...]

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