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30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder

Every Wednesday for the past 30 weeks, we’ve been spreading #wednesdaywisdom love on our social channels with weekly Physio tips. Some just for fun, some informative & inspirational. If you’ve been missing out, well, let’s catch you up!

In no particular order, here are our 30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder.

The Dave Kervin Report: The Therapist/Athlete Relationship.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about sports and all that encompasses them. From learning new skills on skates with the puck, to seeing how far I can push my body into the red zone on the bike, all the way to the ongoing battle of mastering those first 25 meters out of the starting blocks in the sprints. It’s what fuels my interest in sport and how we put our bodies to the test. It’s been an incredible driving force behind learning not only how my own body functions, but how the bodies of each athlete I’ve worked with over the years and continue to work with today, operates and maintains optimal performance. I consider myself lucky to be working in a profession, where not only do I get to assess and study the biomechanics of the human body and how it manages itself, but I get to see how individuals push it to its’ limits, demanding the very most from it, often day in and day out, time after time again. The really cool part is, I get to be a part in maintaining that optimal performance they seek from it, or in rehabilitating or repairing it when it breaks down on them. Either way, whether it’s maintaining or rehabilitating, as a Massage Therapist, I get to play an integral part of it all coming together, and personally I think it’s the greatest job in the world! I’ve decided to share a few general pieces of information for not just other therapists looking to work within the sport community, but for athletes looking for further gains or tips to help in […]

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    Posture Power And Back Burning Exercises In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Posture Power And Back Burning Exercises In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Sitting at a desk all day, many of us catch ourselves slouching – correct our posture – then slouch again. It’s a vicious cycle that can get harder and harder to correct over time. We also realize, it’s difficult to find time to dedicate to an exercise routine to help the battle against posture and back strength.
 
Lead The Way to the rescue! All you need is 5 minutes, and you’ll be correcting your posture, and targeting those all important upper back muscles, in no time!
 
Simply follow along with Reanna, one of our talented registered physiotherapists at Trent Health In Motion!
 
Posture Power
 
Stand tall looking straight ahead with your elbows bent to 90 degrees at your sides, and hold a resistance with both hands.  Next, squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull the resistance band apart, keeping your elbows in at your sides.  Hold 5 seconds, then slowly release.  Perform 10 repetitions of this to help improve your posture and strengthen your shoulders and upper back.
 

 

 
Back Burner
 
Start laying on your stomach, with a rolled towel under your forehead if needed to keep your neck straight.  Bend your elbows to place your hands under your shoulders.  Engage your abdominal muscles first to protect your low back, then squeeze your shoulder blades together to open your chest, and slowly lift your head and chest up to feel the muscles your upper back engage.  Hold for 3 seconds, then slowly lower back down and relax.  Perform 10 repetitions of this exercise to help improve your posture and strengthen the muscles in your upper back.
 

 

 

LOVE Your Spine! [Infographic]

Happy Valentines Day! Wether you have plans to spend this special day with a loved one, or maybe you’re flying solo. Whatever the case may be it’s always important never to forget to take care of yourself too! Often times we get so caught up in our day to day of looking after everyone else, we forget to take care of ourself.

That’s why on this day of love, we bring you LOVE Your Spine! . These quick visual tips will help you strengthen your spine, and keep it happy and healthy for years to come. Just like any relationship, good spine health takes consistent work so try these mini exercises everyday!

(**reminder: please consult a registered physiotherapist before attempting these exercises**)

 

 

Slip & Fall Accidents: Stats & Prevention

Slip and fall accidents are associated most with the elderly population, but in fact they effect every age group. From a slip off a ladder, to tripping over baby toys, nobody is safe from accidents around the home. As physiotherapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors, our clinics see a large scope of injuries but slip and fall are one of the most common.

This infographic contains lots of great stats and ways to prevent these injuries from happening. We hope it helps you avoid the next possible household accident!

Strength Training & Injury Prevention: [video tutorials]

We pride ourselves, at all of our lead the way clinics, at not only injury therapy but injury prevention. The key ingredient in injury prevention is strengthening the joints and muscles so when a trip, fall or pull takes place, your body can better handle what’s thrown at it.
 
To help people get a handle on these techniques, the team over at Trent Health In Motion have been creating strengthening videos – most of which you can do from home or at the gym. To kick the new year off on the right foot, we’ve combined 6 months worth of strength building content into one nice neat blog. Give them a try and your body will thank you! Happy New Year!
 
Crank Up The Current

 
Stair Master

 
Dead Bug

 
Walk-Out That Bridge

 
Stir The Pot

 
Swing Strengthening

 
Shoulder Strengthening

 
Functional Core Stability

 
Side Pull

 
Y On the Ball

 
Underwater Treadmill Walking

Physio Tips 1-10 [infographic]

We’ve had fun over the past 10 weeks creating our #WednesdayWisdom physio tips. For those of you who have missed them on our social feeds, we’ve taken the liberty of putting them together in one nice neat infographic for your viewing pleasure.

If you need treatment, we have clinics all over the Kawarthas. Every member of our clinic staff is passionate about what they do and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Use our contact us page if you would like anymore information. Be well, and we hope this tips come in handy!

10 Ways To De-Stress Your Mind & Body

At all of our clinics, we recognize that good health is much more than just your physical body. Mental health and stress can directly impact how you heal and even prevent injury. If you are stressed, sleep deprived, and over worked – taking little time for yourself, your body has to work harder to function properly.

Here is a quick infographic outlining 10 ways to de-stress your mind and body.  Practice these on a regular basis and you’ll feel more of a difference in mind and body than you realize.

Leading A Healthy Lifestyle. [Infographic]

What if we told you, “listen, we don’t really want to see you walk through our clinic doors”. Sounds a little strange, right? Well, the truth is, if you aren’t walking into one of our clinics it means you aren’t in need of treatment – and that’s a good thing!

The reality is, injuries happen – people get hurt, and massage, physio, and/or chiropractic care is required. That’s where we come in. We’re passionate about assisting our clients in their rehabilitation, and really, there is no better feeling than helping someone down the path of wellness.

But let’s go back to basics for a minute – injury prevention starts with some simple health and wellness practices anyone can do! Often times, not eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water, or getting enough daily exercise can lead to injury.

We’ve put together a fun infographic you can look over, and even share to spread the good word on wellness. ENJOY!

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Introduction To Injury-Free Gardening!

Unfortunately, every time you water the garden, you also water the weeds!  While many people garden for the pure pleasure of it many others garden out of pure necessity.  Whatever your reasoning, gardening can be a fun but formidable recreational activity that can certainly result in injury.  There are several tips you should wisely heed regarding the best equipment to use, along with using the proper technique in order to make your gardening experience both pleasurable and injury-free.

The links below will guide you through areas of our website designed to assist you in preventing injuries while gardening. We’ll help you choose the best gardening equipment, assist you in preparing your body for the task, and make you aware of the most common injuries that might occur. No need to be laid up in pain when you should be out skipping through your daisies!

Click on a link below to learn more:

Be sure to stretch
Enjoy yourself but don’t strain-yourself
Use the right tools the right way