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09/Jun/2020

Consistent sleep patterns are good for your heart. On the contrary, an irregular sleep routine can be unhealthy for your heart. Irregular sleep patterns are bad for your health. If you fall  asleep early one night and go to bed at 3:00 a.m. the next night, only to fall asleep again the night after, you’re putting yourself at a higher risk of heart attack and heart disease. 

According to a research study conducted by Harvard University last year proved that people who had irregular sleeping routines were at a higher risk of heart related diseases. The study conducted on more than 2,000 adults for 6 years focused on their regular sleep time. According to the researchers, the regular sleep time is falling asleep within the same 30-minute window on average every day. For example, if you fell asleep at 11:00 p.m. one night and 11:27 p.m. the next night, you were still within the limits of your regular sleep routine. But even a slightest delay from your regular sleep schedule can be a threat to your health. The participants who had a 90- minute gap between their regular sleep routine over the course of a week, doubled their risk of cardiovascular disease within the next five years.

Inconsistent sleep durations are harmful for your heart. For every one-hour change in how long you sleep every night, there’s a 27% higher chance of developing metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that increase your risk of heart disease.

Shift workers, smokers and people who suffer from depression tend to have an irregular sleep routine. Inconsistent bedtimes also increases the risk of the following health issues:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure, or hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke

Keeping a consistent sleep routine can be beneficial for your health, mind and heart.

How to improve your sleep schedule

Ensure that you go to bed around the same time each night. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways to follow a disciplined sleep routine.

Know ycour chronotype: To put it simply, it’s your biological clock that defines your daily routine. But it is not necessary that every person has the same biological clock that runs at the same pace. You have your own chronotype, which helps you determine the best time to do your daily activities, including when to eat, rest, exercise and when you go to bed.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol: There is no surprise that caffeine taken a few hours before sleep can ruin your sleep routine. Avoiding these stimulants is advisable during night. Alcohol on the other hand aids in sleeping, but it’s actually not helpful and instead interferes with regular circadian rhythm.

Watch the temperature: Setting your room temperatures cooler at night is the best way to go to sleep at night. By lowering the body temperature before going to bed, you can reach REM sleep faster, which helps your body to recover faster during the night. Comfortable clothing also plays a crucial role for you to fall asleep quickly.

Relax: Before bed, limit your phone usage, which impacts your sleep. Instead take a warm shower before going to bed. A warm bath helps cool down the body faster by improving blood circulation. Reading a book, rather than watching a series, is always better to aid you in falling asleep.

During this COVID-19 outbreak, do whatever you can to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. This will reduce the odds of contracting major health issues, like heart disease or diabetes, while you practice social distancing. Stay safe and stay healthy.


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02/Jun/2020

During COVID-19 pandemic, people are working from home and engaging in online learning and may not follow their normal exercise regime. To practice social distancing gyms, yoga and CrossFit studios are closed at the moment.Staying home is not one of the fun things to do, but staying safe is the need of the hour. But if you are not doing a lot of physical activity, you may tend to put on weight. In order to keep your weight in healthy range, you need to indulge in physical activities for at least 150-300 minutes per week. 

But if you can promise to follow a conscious schedule, it is possible to be in shape by performing daily physical activities at home during self-quarantine. 

  1. While working at home, pace while on phone calls and use a standing desk to reply to your emails or performing any other work on your laptop.
  2. Keep a pair of hand weights of home and just perform simple toning exercises while you are talking on the phone or reading an email.
  3. Take movement breaks every 45 minutes throughout the day. These breaks should be utilized for doing stretches or something more rigorous like a set of push-ups or sit ups for at least 10 minutes. Taking a short walk in your backyard can be beneficial too. Taking these little breaks improves your daily productivity. Lastly, end your day by taking a small stroll around the neighbourhood by following the social distancing norms and wearing a mask when you go out.
  4. If you are helping your kid with their lessons at home, remember to give them short recesses in regular intervals throughout the day and take the opportunity to take your break too. Indulge with your kid by putting on some music and dancing, go outside and play catch. These activity breaks will help your kid release their pent-up energies, stay physically healthy and be more focused on their academic work.
  5. If you have a pet, spend some time and go outside with them and take a walk or throw  a ball in the backyard. Most of the daily house chores are a part of your physical activity like vacuuming your home, dusting and backyard cleaning work. Making more disciplined and following a routine could be helpful. Try doing lunges when vacuuming or sweeping, wash your car by hand, use a push lawn mower rather than a power mover when cleaning your lawn.
  6. During this lockdown, many online apps are offering free workouts. Amazon Prime has shared various exercises like cardiovascular workouts, strength training, and yoga. If you have weights at home, you can follow an online routine while watching tv or a movie. Or you can find substitutes of these weights like bottles of water, canned food and hardback books. Additionally, you can do body weight exercises such as push-ups, planks, squats, and lunges.

Setting daily physical activity goals can keep you active during this lockdown. It may be frustrating that you can’t do your normal exercise routine at the gym or yoga class, but you can perform new activities at home such as dancing, participating in online cardio classes or yoga. You may just find something that you really enjoy and want to incorporate into your routine even after our days of social distancing are over.


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14/Mar/2020

Every athlete fears the common “pop” associated with ACL injury. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important ligaments supporting your knee. ACL injury is commonly observed in sports that include sudden jumping, change in direction, or landing, such as basketball, football, and soccer. 

According to the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), a quarter of a million ACL injuries occur every year in Canada. The good news is, with adequate prevention methods, this injury can be mitigated. 

Let’s have a look at ACL injury some ways to prevent it.

What is ACL injury?

Your knee is supported by four rope like structures, also known as ligaments. These ligaments provide stability and strength to the knee joint. ACL is responsible for rotation of the knee and forward movement of the shin bone. 

Injury of this ligament is often associated with buckling of knee, a distinct pop, swelling and pain, and inability to stand on the affected leg.

The Best Ways to Prevent ACL Injuries

Although ACL tear can happen anytime and to anyone, certain precautions will help to prevent it. Some techniques to prevent ACL injuries include:

Nourish Your Ligament

Adequate hydration and nutrition will keep your ligaments strong and healthy. Include colourful vegetables and fruits in your diet, as well as nuts, lean protein, and legumes. This will help to provide adequate calcium and proteins required to sustain any form of injury. 

Strengthening Exercises

Hamstrings, a group of muscles in the upper part of your leg, play an important role in ACL injuries. Strengthening exercises, such as stability ball hamstring curls, squats and lunges, and deadlifts are some great options to make your hamstrings sturdy. 

Lower the Impact

Individuals with a history of knee injury or older adults are at an increased risk of ACL tear. Training exercises, such as pool training, helps to lower the impact of movement on your knee. 

Practice Safe Landing Techniques

Improper landing technique is the commonest cause of ACL tear. A good landing technique involves:

  • Bending the knees
  • Landing on both feet
  • Keeping knees at shoulder distance when you land

Focus on Improving Balance

ACL injuries are often associated with a sudden change of direction or faulty landing techniques. Improving balance can prevent abnormal pivots and twists responsible for ACL tear. Improved balance can also improve your reaction time and resilience.

Wear Proper Footwear

Ill-fitting footwear can alter your balance and increase the risk of twists and movements that can cause ACL tear. Wear a proper fitting pair of shoes to prevent any risk of injury.

Consult a Physiotherapist

A physiotherapist will help you to understand any musculoskeletal vulnerabilities. You may be recommended some exercises to improve the strength of those weak parts. They can also help you understand if the range of movement of your joint is normal or any underlying disorder is hampering it. In case the joints are not moving properly, you may be advised therapies and exercise to improve them, which will help to prevent injuries. 

Of note, consult a doctor immediately in case of an ACL tear. Anterior cruciate ligament injury treatment includes surgery and physiotherapy. 

Know more about ACL injury treatment options in Ottawa.

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18/Feb/2020

You are experiencing some problems with your balance or equilibrium. Do not be afraid of your dizziness. With the help of expert vestibular therapy advice, only you can build up the tolerance in your brain to overcome your dizziness. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises help with muscle strength and flexibility, reduced joint stiffness, and increased stamina.

What are the signs that you need vestibular Therapy?

Some of the clear indications for vestibular rehabilitation referrals:

  • Clients suffering from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • One-sided loss, such as for vestibular neuritis or acoustic neuroma
  • Dual-sided loss, such as for gentamicin toxicity and related conditions
  • General situations where the diagnosis is unclear
  • Post-traumatic vertigo
  • Multifactorial disequilibrium of the elderly

What are the vestibular rehabilitation exercises?

Vestibular exercises aim to improve the brain’s compensation mechanism for injuries or peculiarities. It results in the normal neural signal flow throughout the body.

Following are the exercise techniques:

Cawthorne-Cooksey Exercises for dizziness

The vestibular rehabilitation therapy includes the following exercises:

  1. Eye and head movement in bed or sitting position
  • Moving the Eye movements—Up and down, From side to side, finger focusing technique
  • Head movements—Flexing forwards and backward, moving from side to side
  • Shrug and circle shoulders
  • Move forward and pick up objects from the ground
  • Move side to side and pick up objects from the ground
  1. Eye, head and shoulder movement in the standing position
  • Changing from a sitting to a standing position with eyes open, then closed
  • Throwing an object from hand to hand above eye level
  • Tossing an object from hand to hand under the knee
  • Changing from a sitting to a standing position, turning around in between
  1. Walking exercises
  • Walking up and down a slope
  • Walking up and down steps
  • Throwing and catch an object
  • Any game that involves kneeling, stretching and aiming (for example, bowling)

Gaze stabilization rehabilitation therapy

The vestibular rehabilitation therapy improves vision and the capacity to focus on a stationary object while the head is on the move.

Our vestibular physiotherapist will assess your case and say which exercises are suitable for you.

Below are the steps for gaze stabilization vestibular rehabilitation exercises:

  • Glazing straight ahead and focusing on an English alphabet held at eye level
  • Practicing focus on the target letter and building up the movement speed while turning your head horizontally.
  • Doing the exercise for a considerable length of time that brings on mild to moderate symptoms. Building up gradually to repeat three to five times a day.
  • Progressions with the therapy include placing the target letter on a busy background.

Repositioning procedures (RPs) for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Repositioning procedures involve a sequence of specific head and upper body movements that may be able to move the crystals, which is the cause of dizziness back to their correct place in the ear.

Brandt-Daroff exercises for vertigo

Some cases of BPPV do not respond well to RPs and are better handled by Brandt-Daroff exercise therapy or vestibular compensation.

The vestibular exercise therapy involves exposure to movements that provoke dizziness symptoms, and teaches your brain not to listen to the signals it is receiving from the ears as much.

Below are the common positions but may include variations for Brandt-Daroff  exercises:

  • Sitting on the edge of the bed and turning the head 45 degrees to one side.
  • Quickly lying down on your opposite side (to the left if you turned your head to the right, and vice versa) so that the back of your head behind your ear touches the bed.
  • Holding on to this position for about 30 seconds or until the dizziness symptoms stop.
  • Returning to the sitting position.

Conclusion

Many times, vestibular rehabilitation therapy is likely to be the only treatment required. Other times, it is a part of other therapies such as presurgery/postsurgery treatment plan. Let’s get in touch to understand more about your specific requirements.


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11/Feb/2020

Staying physically active is indispensable, and sports provide a fun and engaging method of exercise. However, it is necessary to be cautious about the possibility of a sports injury.  You may be better prepared to both checks and cure any damage that may occur.

In this article, we’ will take about the most common sports injuries and the techniques we use for recovery.

Sports Injuries

Common overuse injuries experienced by the athlete are plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, IT band syndrome, sciatica, knee pain, and other painful overuse injuries.

Sports Injuries Therapies

Below are the four most common sports injuries therapies to deal with sports injuries:

Therapeutic Bracing

A well-fitted brace supports the injured area with proper joint alignment. Braces gently impede the range of movement in injured joints, which minimizes stress and pressure on affected joints.

A sports injury often requires a specific type of sports brace, which will offer the most stability over other types of braces.

At prime physio plus, the physiotherapist helps you find and fit the correct brace that can benefit you the most.

Apart from the physical benefits, a well-fitted brace can also have a positive influence on your confidence, which allows you free movement without anxiety.

Besides, wearing a brace can provide extra input to your sensory system, which helps your body respond positively to the additional support, remove joint stability, load distribution, increased movement.

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program

As a part of sports injury physiotherapy, an exercise conditioning program will help you return to the game quickly and safely.

To get started, physical therapists will design a comprehensive exercise program tailored to your rehabilitation goals.

Following are most likely to be part of sports injuries therapy:

Strength training: 

Strengthening the muscles supporting the shoulders helps to fix the shoulder joint stable. As it turns out, keeping these muscles intact can relieve shoulder pain and prevent further injury.

Flexibility Exercises: 

Stretching of the muscles plays a vital role in restoring range of motion and preventing injury as well. As a technique, if you stretch your muscles gently after strengthening exercises,  it can help reduce muscle soreness and keep your muscles long and flexible.

Use of Protective Pads

Therapy pads provide the facility for a smooth covering and are intended to absorb the force of landing. The protective pad is ideal for gross motor activities in the clinical care facilities for rehabilitation or occupational therapy. Our Sports physiotherapists will assist you in selecting the proper depths and sizes for our adaptive equipment.

Endurance Training

In our Sports Injury Clinic, the sports physiotherapists will take a comprehensive past medical history. That includes learning about your previous injuries, discussing your present health status, the medications you may be on. Further, we will help you understand how these things have affected your body.

After having done an initial assessment of your current health, and while collaborating with you, we will create the endurance program.

The next most crucial characteristic of your sports rehabilitation program is starting at a level that’s suitable for you, and progressing with the sports injury physiotherapy program safely.

Once you have completed these first two steps, we can determine the intensity with which you can safely exercise, and the intensity level helps to determine the duration of the activity. There are lots of factors involved to determine the intensity, which includes monitoring current the heart rate, target heart rate (calculated through age).

Other Endurance Rehabilitation Services

  • Physical Therapy
  • Free Assessments
  • Gait Analysis
  • Onsite Consultation and Injury Evaluation
  • Training and Event Coverage
  • Training on Injury Prevention and Other Advanced Topics
  • Personal Training
  • Massage Therapy
  • Customized Exercise Prescription
  • Physician Referral
  • Fitness Center Memberships
  • Personalized Return-to-Run Program

Conclusion

The list of positive benefits is endless, and now you have the formula to get started.  For more information on sports physiotherapy, head to Prime physio plus so that we allot our best physiotherapist for you.


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18/Nov/2019

Guess what? Health is a full-time job, and it’s linked to happiness and productivity. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedules, health is not able to make up as a priority. Nowadays, there are loads of stresses that we have to carry on our minds. There are things, which add up to the imbalance of the energy inside the body. That’s where acupuncture therapy comes to play.

Acupuncture therapy is a type of treatment where experts use a set of thin needles to pierce the skin at specific acupuncture points.

Who needs acupuncture therapy?

The goal of any acupuncture therapy is to restore the balance of energy flow inside the body and reduce pain and inflammation. Based on that, there are numerous fields in physiotherapy where acupuncture therapy finds usage.

People with conditions for emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, and irritable bowel syndrome) can find permanent relief.

Besides, if you are someone with some chronic diseases like arthritis or neurological issues like migraines, acupuncture therapy could help you get rid of the pain syndromes.

What are the health benefits of acupuncture?

Some of the prominent health benefits of acupuncture are:

    1. Reduction of stress
    2. Lessening of Back Pain, Neck Tension and alleviation of Joint Pain in the Hands and Arms 
    3. Relief from Headaches
    4. Reduced Eye Strain
    5. Enhanced Mental Clarity and Increased Energy
    6. Allergy Relief
    7. Improved Immune System and Reduced Sick Days
    8. Reduced Cigarette Craving 
    9. Fewer Injuries on the Body Due to Repetitive Strain

The science behind acupuncture that makes it a boon to your health

There are almost 365 accessible acupuncture points, and experts insert the needle according to the situation requirements.

There have been studies that prove that during acupuncture therapy, our brains start releasing some chemicals, such as endorphins. These are the natural painkillers. Acupuncture also has an anti-inflammatory effect to reduce pain and inflammation.

What is the therapy procedure?

Choosing the needle

The designs of the needle as such that they could penetrate inside the muscles only, ignoring the arteries and veins. The structure of the needle is like the shape of a pine pointer type.

After the penetration to the desired depth through the muscles, an electronic pulse device stimulates the movement to stay for some time. 

Checking the medical History

Typically, if this is the first time you are doing acupuncture, make sure you have the medical history with you for a detailed study.

The treatment phase

To begin with, initially, the acupuncturist starts the session by searching convenient acupuncture points to press the needle inside. The process is similar to the search for correct veins.

The needles typically stay on the acupuncture point for half an hour. The duration, again, depends on the patient’s condition. It may be made to remain longer for active conditions.

The treatment session also includes providing massage with herbal medicines. 

After a few sessions, the acupuncturist will reassess the situation to prescribe for future actions. 

The number of sessions depends on various modalities in acupuncture therapy.

Acute symptoms may need only two or three sessions, whereas chronic issues may demand ten weeks or many sessions.

Tracking of the results

Experts track the result through the energy flow status and whole-body interaction to diagnose all physical diseases. 

One big advantage is that it’s a painless process. However, there might be a feeling of heaviness in the muscles. 

Conclusion

Acupuncture therapy is certainly the best choice for stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, joint conditions, low back pain, and asthma. If you are someone in need of acupuncture therapy, we have the best acupuncturists working with us to help get the full health benefits.


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11/Nov/2019

Therapeutic massage is one of the kinds of healing and relaxation techniques. The holistic health care involves tweaking various tissues and muscles with techniques like pressure, rubbing, stroking.

What is a massage?

We use various types of massage techniques that focus on various parts of the body. 

During a massage regime, a registered massage therapist applies gentle or considerable pressure to the muscles and joints of the body. 

As a result, this holistic health care therapy puts intense pressure on the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore the motion.   

Why do you need massage therapy?

From rehabilitation to relaxation, there are many reasons why people prefer it. Some of the main pointers are:

  • Relieve lower back pain
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Boost your immunity
  • Stability in adults
  • Reduce depression and increase quality life.

Holistic health care is the same for all types. In this therapy session, a registered massage therapist finds a tender and painful spot and applies pressure to relieve this pain. 

Main Benefits of Massages

Here are some of the benefits of therapeutic massage:

  • Fatigue
  • Back pain and stiffness
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Post-operative recovery 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome relief
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Immune system function
  • Less headache
  • Blood pressure
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Major Types of Massages

Today, there are more than 80 types of massage therapy styles for a myofascial release

Myofascial Release Therapy

Among all the massage therapies, myofascial release is the most basic one. During the therapeutic massage tenure, a registered massage therapist breaks down the tight fascia. Fascia is the fibrous layer of connective tissue above the muscle and under the skin, which makes the body move and holds different positions.

Active Release Therapy (ART)

ART is mainly for athletes who want a quick recovery after a full-fledged therapeutic massage. It treats minor soft tissue disorders within various parts of the body. 

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Fascia
  • Nerves

The holistic health care approach release built-up scar tissue within the deep muscle. Muscle scar tissue built up occurs during long bouts of exercise, also carrying on usual activities like walking, grocery shopping, cooking.

Medical Massage

Otherwise known as decongestive therapy, the medical massage helps with breast cancer; pain alleviation; and palliative care. Apart from that, this type of massage therapy helps to treat initial trauma healing. The typical method focuses on surrounding pain and not the issue itself.

Trigger Point Therapy

Often called as pressure point therapy, this therapeutic massage deactivates trigger points anywhere along the body that may cause mild or severe pain. One of the differences, among all types of massage therapies, trigger point delves deep into the fascial layer to release tension at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ).

Reflexology

Also known as, zone therapy, this nontraditional method of massage therapy uses the body’s natural reflexes to get the trigger points. 

To get the trigger point, the registered massage therapist breaks down the body in ten different zones: five on the left and five on the right. 

After putting pressure, the nerve signal travels from the feet through the body to alleviate muscle tension and pain.

Which Massage Styles Are Best?

The massage styles vary from long, smooth strokes to short, percussive strokes. 

To get results, the registered massage therapists, usually, use oils and lotions; but sometimes they use bare hands.

However, before deciding on the best massage styles, you need to make sure why you need massage therapy.

There are various reasons:

  • Relaxation and stress control
  • Symptom relief 
  • Help with a certain health condition

Conclusion:

If you are thinking to book a therapeutic massage session, we would be happy to help you out. We will have your customized plan, based on age, and the goals. Get in touch soon.


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20/Oct/2019

Do you suffer from that lingering injury resulting in high pain?  Shockwave therapy finds a place in a number of scientific studies for the treatment of such chronic conditions.

 According to facts, shock therapy for pain is a non-invasive treatment. The therapy creates a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations. The wave pulsations, being splashed directly over the injury, start the healing process quick. 

What are the conditions that require shock wave therapy?

The chronic pain that lasts for more than six weeks is a serious one. You need to make sure you consult an expert. These could be due to sports, overuse, or repetitive strain.

 Extracorporeal shock wave therapy treats the following part of the body showing the following symptoms:

  • Feet – Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis
  • Elbow – Tennis and golfers elbow
  • Shoulder – Calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles
  • Knee – Patellar tendonitis
  • Hip – Bursitis
  • Lower leg – Shin splints
  • Upper leg – Iliotibial band friction syndrome
  • Back pain – Lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain

 The advantage is that you do not need painkillers. The shock therapy for pain triggers the body’s natural healing power. As per records, many people were of positive opinion and have shown improved, the ability after initial treatment. 

What are the benefits of shock wave therapy?

In our shockwave therapy service center in Ottawa, we have experts who do a great job. Some of the benefits that the client’s report are:

  • Shock therapy for pain has a reasonable cost
  • Shockwave Therapy shows a quick result for chronic pain. The areas are shoulders, backs, heels, knees, or elbows.
  • The best part is there is no requirement of anesthesia.
  • Main fields of application: orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sport medicine
  • It can have a positive effect on acute pain 

How does shockwave therapy work?

The origin of the technology states that sound waves could break down the kidney and gallstones. It is all about the maneuver of energy. The shockwave therapy brings high energy to painful spots. The spots could be connective tissues and chronic conditions.  The extracorporeal shock wave therapy holds good for connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.

The science involves the fluctuation of the pressure that affects the area. The kinetic energy of the compressed air transmits at a high intensity and focus to the tissue. In return, this improves tissue repair with cell growth.

As an effective physiotherapy solution, Shockwave therapy could treat acute, sub-acute conditions as well.

Conclusion

First thing first, our physiotherapists will take an assessment on your first visit. We confirm if you are the right candidate for extracorporeal shock wave therapy. 

Apart from that, the experts will ensure you know about your condition. The facts make it easy for you to match the Shockwave Therapy treatment.

 The therapy involves- modification, specific exercises, assessing any other related issues. The issue may involve rectifying the body posture, improve the weakness of the muscle groups.

At the shockwave therapy service in Ottawa, we conduct the shockwave therapy once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on results. 

In fact, we adjust the intensity to make it comfortable for you. Let us speak details over a visit to our shock wave therapy center in Ottawa.


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27/Sep/2019

Balance issues can make you feel dizzy. You might be standing but you will feel like the room’s spinning. You might feel that you’ll fall. Various systems and organs like eyes, ears, motors and touch sensors send series of sensors. Balance issues occur when there’s a problem with the signals sent by the ear to the brain. The vestibular systems lay a major role in controlling our senses of balance and spatial awareness.

A person suffering from this condition may feel confused or disoriented. This may make them lose a sense of where they are. There are certain symptoms which will help us identify this issue. They are:

  • Blurry vision
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty in walking

Loss of balance can occur due to various reasons. Certain conditions can make the patient lose his sense of spatial orientation and make him feel disoriented. Some of them are:

  • Inner ear problems
  • Ear infection
  • Effect of a certain medication
  • Age
  • Low blood pressure

Apart from the above-mentioned reasons, there are certain conditions as a result of which one might face balancing issues.

Labyrinthitis

It is the infection or inflammation of the inner ear known as the labyrinth. The labyrinth helps people stay balanced. Dizziness and loss of balance develop as a result of Labyrinthitis. People may also dizzy nauseated.

Meniere’s disease

It affects the inner ear and results in the disruption of signals being sent to the brain. Fluid builds up in the labyrinth which in turn affects the patient’s ability to hear and balance.

Vertigo

Vertigo causes dizziness when you move your head. It is usually seen when one turns to look behind or looks up to reach an item positioned above their head.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Visiting an otolaryngologist could help us deal with this condition easily. For the physician to examine and understand the condition thoroughly we might have to undergo a blood test, hearing and eye movement test, specialized tests that measure brain activity and a few balancing and posture assessments.

Treatment depends on the larger problem that the patient is facing. Balance issues develop as a side effect of major issues. If a certain type of medication causes a balance issue, the doctor may have to reduce the dosage or look for any alternative medication. The physician may prescribe a set of activities that can be done at home or under the guidance of a therapist.

Prime Physio Plus has a group of well-trained therapists who keep their patients at most ease. The comfort and well-being of their patients are at the center of their aim.

 


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14/Sep/2019

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized therapy provided by vestibular therapists to treat dizziness, balance problems and other related issues. It is an exercise-based program used to treat both primary and secondary problems. People with vestibular issues often experience problems like vertigo, imbalance, dizziness. The vestibular disorder often has an impact on the performance of day to day activities and affects the overall quality of life. Depression and anxiety are often seen as an emotional impact of the disease.

The vestibular system is a sensory system consisting of various tracts and canals but the main components of these systems are present in the inner ear. The vestibular system is responsible for providing information to our brain for movement and spatial orientation. Information regarding maintaining balance is received by three peripheral sources: the eyes, ears, muscles and joints. It is also involved in motor functions like balancing, maintain posture and body movements.

Often these patients resort to a stationery lifestyle to avoid pain, discomfort and injury due to dizziness. The chances of complete recovery and restoration of functions after vestibular system damage are very little. The condition is improved only by compensation. Compensation meaning, the brain tries to increase the efficiency of working of the other systems to cope up with loss/ reduction of vestibular functions. Sometimes compensation does not happen on its own. It requires external support, this is where Vestibular rehabilitation comes into the picture.

Rehabilitation can help treat:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Imbalance and difficulty in walking independently
  • Vertigo
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Rehabilitation uses a customized way of dealing with each patient’s problems. The vestibular rehabilitation exercises are designed and allotted after thoroughly understanding the patient’s status. Hence, every patient has to undergo a comprehensive test and depending on their problem, they can be into one of the three types of vestibular therapy.

  1. Habituation, as an exercise is prescribed to the ones who experience dizziness because of motion or visual stimulus. It is used for patients who complain of dizziness when they move around, bend or lift their head or make quick head movements. It is used to reduce dizziness by exposing them to similar situations again and again until they get habituated to it.
  2. The gaze stabilization technique is used for people who complain of not being able to see clearly because things around them jump or appear to be moving. This method is used to control eye movements during head movement.
  3. Balance training exercises are introduced to the patients to help them carry out their day to day activities. These are done to improve steadiness. Routine is designed specifically for patients to deal with their problems. The routine has to be challenging enough for the patient to improve.

Prime Physio Plus has a class of specialists who conduct comprehensive assessments of the patients. They also study the patient’s history of medical records and design a therapy plan accordingly. Prime Physio Plus ensures the first-class quality of treatment.


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We aim to improve your pain and develop personalized treatments while maintaining up-to date practices provided by our qualified experts. It is through dedication and a cohesive team of energetic and educated individuals that we will continue to uphold this vision.

Initial assessment

We will start with identifying the cause of the problem, not only the symptoms. We can then design a tailor-made treatment plan that will help you recover in the shortest period of time, so you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest.

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