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Massage Therapy – Pro-active vs Reactive Treatment

How many of you have used Massage Therapy in the past?  In a room full of people, when this question is posed, chances are that a good number of hands will go up, if not most.  Now, how many of you have used Massage Therapy as a reactive means of dealing with an ache or pain that prevents mobility, activity or generally causes discomfort in the body? Once again, odds are the vast majority of hands that were raised with the initial question, will again go up.
It’s a natural response for individuals to seek out therapy or treatment of some sort once they are unable to maintain their normal activity level or simply function with daily activities when some form of discomfort is present.  Whether created by an acute (new) injury, or due to something secondary or chronic (ongoing) that presents itself in the body, we all want to restore our bodies to functioning pain free with our daily lifestyle or in the activities we enjoy doing.  Therefore, using Massage Therapy as a restorative treatment approach or way of relieving discomfort is quite common and an effective form of treatment for getting us back on track.  However, how many individuals choose to use Massage Therapy as a preventative method of steering clear of injury, or maintaining optimal performance with their daily activities or hobbies?

Through my 17 years of practice and experience, I can tell you the numbers are far less, and I suppose, for relevant reasons.  If we’re not in pain or discomfort, or not limited in doing everything we want to be doing, why would we spend money on a Massage Therapy treatment if we don’t have to, or feel as though we need it?  Well, there’s a simple analogy to answer this question.  Anyone who owns and drives a car can understand the next point I’m […]

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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**)

 

 

The Importance of Hydration During Exercise

The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% and when we exercise it’s extremely important that we replenish the fluids that we use to keep our body working hard. Here is a visual guide as a quick reminder on how much water to consume before, during, and after your workout.

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!

22 Ways To Get More Sleep in 2017

It’s easier said than done, but getting a great night’s sleep is of paramount importance for the body and the mind. Besides the obvious zombie like side effects of not getting enough sleep, your body needs sleep in order to repair the body overnight.
 
While you sleep, your brain triggers the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth. This can help you recover from injuries such as cuts or even sore muscles from your last workout.
 
Heading into the new year, give these sleep tips a try, and who knows, maybe you’ll catch more Z’s in 2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

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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.

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 […]