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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.

Staff Spotlight: Get To Know Reanna Montopoli

Reanna grew up in Peterborough, but has spent the majority of her post-secondary education and working years in downtown Toronto. She recently moved back to Peterborough and is thoroughly enjoying it.

Reanna is a compassionate physiotherapist who loves working with clients to help them achieve their goals. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto in 2008. She then completed her Master’s of Physical Therapy at Queen’s University in 2010. After practicing for five years in orthopaedic physiotherapy, Reanna went on to complete her Master’s of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2016. With this, Reanna achieved the designation as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), which is the highest level of education in manual orthopaedic physiotherapy. She is registered and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Reanna has been actively pursuing continuing education opportunities to further advance her skills and to optimize outcomes for her clients. She has completed a one-year Discover Physio Series through which she learned how to assess and treat clients using the Integrated Systems Model (ISM). The ISM is an approach in which the therapist looks at the whole person to find the driving cause of their meaningful complaint rather than just assessing the painful area. Reanna has also taken many other courses to develop her skills set in soft tissue release techniques, therapeutic taping, and acupuncture.

Reanna takes a client-centered approach to treatment, where she involves the client in goal-setting right from the beginning. She explains each step of her assessment and treatment to ensure the client understands what is […]

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

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy.

The term ‘hydrotherapy’ is derived from the Greek words ‘hydro’ and ‘therapeia’, meaning ‘water’ and ‘healing’, and it refers to the use of water for therapeutic purposes.

There are a few key features which make exercise in the water different from exercise on land, and we can use these features to our advantage in hydrotherapy. Firstly, the buoyancy of water provides a relative weightlessness and joint unloading. This is especially great for any type of joint disease such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, or for injuries in weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips, ankles and spine. The viscosity of water is another unique feature which allows for added resistance to movement in any direction, with faster movements being met by increased resistance. This makes water a great medium for strength-building exercises. A third feature of water is hydrostatic pressure, which is the pressure exerted by a fluid due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure allows for immersion in water to assist in promoting circulation and alleviating peripheral edema.

The features outlined above make water an optimal enviroment for rehabilitative and therapeutic exercise. Water can be used to reduce weight-bearing stress on joints, and provide added resistance as well as proprioceptive input to help improve strength and balance.

Individuals with a wide variety of injuries and health conditions can benefit from hydrotherapy. Below is a list of many different conditions and injuries which may benfit from hydrotherapy:

• Osteoarthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Overweight/Obese Individuals
• Fibromyalgia
• Low back pain
• Joint injury or ligamentous instability
• Post-operative (ie: post joint replacement or ACL repair)
• Pregnancy
• Exercise-induced asthma
• Neurological conditions

At Trent Health in Motion, we are fortunate to have access to a state of the art Swimex pool, which allows us to provide an enhanced […]