Health Articles2019-02-07T19:42:01+00:00

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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 |November 11th, 2019|

Community Physiotherapy in Pickering

Propel Physiotherapy offers community physiotherapy in Pickering and surrounding areas. Community physiotherapy is the practice of providing physiotherapy assessment and treatment to clients outside of the clinic-based setting. We can treat clients in their homes, in the gym, a community pool, their residence, hospitals, schools or any community setting where they might find themselves. Community physiotherapy allows for access to physiotherapy services for individuals who are unable to come into the clinic for a variety of reasons like work or school schedules. Although, it is particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty accessing our services in the clinic. For [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|

Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training in Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurorehabilitation encompasses a wide range of medical interventions aimed at helping people recover from a nervous system injury, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, or spinal cord injury. The goal of neurorehabilitation is to optimize recovery, minimize compensations, and increase the intensity of skill practice¹. The human brain and body are extremely efficient at finding ways to accomplish tasks after an injury. However, even though the task gets accomplished, it might not be the best for your recovery. For example, if someone is trying to walk after a stroke, they will often lean to their stronger side and then [...]

By |October 28th, 2019|

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 |October 14th, 2019|

Developing Meaningful Goals for SCI Rehabilitation

At Propel Physiotherapy, we take an evidence informed approach to our rehabilitation programs incorporating current understanding of neurophysiology, motor learning and neuroplasticity principles to enhance therapeutic outcomes. While knowing how and where a spinal cord injury occurred is a key indicator of what level of recovery is expected, two clients with the same diagnosis may have very different needs and lifestyles. In order to develop meaningful goals for SCI rehabilitation, it is equally important to tailor the program to the individual. Determining the Level of SCI Recovery Expected The spinal cord is thick bundle of nerves that starts at [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|

Vestibular System and Balance

This week, we are examining the relationship between the vestibular system and balance in recognition of Balance Awareness Week – a week where we try to grow awareness of the impact balance disorders have on millions of people around the world. Did you know that up to 35% of adults 40 years and older – over six million Canadians – have a vestibular problem at some point in their lives¹? As physiotherapists and movement specialists, we are focusing our efforts on education around vestibular disorders that can affect a person’s balance at home, work, school, and the community and [...]

By |September 16th, 2019|

Let Us Bring Our Services To You

We recognize that not everyone is readily able to access one of our two physiotherapy clinics in Etobicoke and Pickering. For that reason, all of our services are mobile. Enjoy the benefits of our professional services in the comfort of your home, office or any suitable setting in your community.

After a full assessment of your needs and surroundings, one of our registered professionals will develop a program with your specific goals in mind to help you get to where you want in your physical health and wellness.

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