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Understand more about massage and physiotherapy and how it benefits your health by reading our blog. European Massage & Physiotherapy Center provides facts, tips, and more on our blog, so be sure to check back frequently to see what’s been added. If you would like to learn more about the type of services we offer at our center, contact us. We’re located in Mississauga.
Wednesday, 01 February 2023 13:52

Relieve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Have you ever felt tingling, numbness, electrical currents, burning or a combination of all sensations in your fingers or hands?

Has the feeling persisted over months and is getting worse?

Carpal tunnel starts out slowly and gradually. You may feel numbness and weakness in your fingers and hands. Carpal tunnel is a painful condition that usually get worse overtime if left untreated. Untreated carpal tunnel can lead to permanent nerve damage.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder that affects the hand, wrist, and arm caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. It can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the fingers and thumb, as well as weakness in the hand. Early signs of carpal tunnel   psyndrome can include pain, tingling, or “pins and needles” sensations in the palm, thumb, index and middle fingers, as well as aching, burning, and numbness in the wrist.Physiotherapy is an important part of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. Physiotherapists can assist in the diagnosis and management of carpal tunnel syndrome through patient education, activity modification, and exercise. Education is key to understanding carpal tunnel syndrome and avoiding activities that can worsen symptoms. 

 Activity modification involves changing the way a patient does certain activities to reduce the pressure on the median nerve. For example, a patient may be taught to use ergonomic tools such as wrist splints or ergonomic keyboards to reduce pressure on the median nerve. Exercise is also an important part of carpal tunnel syndrome treatment. Physiotherapists can prescribe exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and flexibility in the wrist, hand, and arm. These exercises can help reduce pain and improve muscle control in the affected area. 
 
In addition to physiotherapy, other treatments may include medication, surgery, or a combination of the two. Medication may include anti-inflammatories, pain medications, or corticosteroids. Surgery can help relieve pressure on the median nerve and is usually recommended for severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.
 
If you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, seek help from a physiotherapist. They can help diagnose and manage the condition, as well as provide guidance on activity modification and exercise. Early treatment can help reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent further damage to the median nerve.
 
Relieve symptoms of Carpal Tunnel with these stretches and exercises
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Try these exercises at home, or ask your physiotherapist to show you how to do them properly. Just remember slow and steady wins the race. Don't push yourself too hard, and listen to your body. If you were unable to do the modality due to increased pain stop immediately. If pain increases contact your physiotherapist or physician. If you have any questions call us for a free consultation with one of our Physiotherapists. 

 
Friday, 20 January 2023 16:50

Prenatal Massage Benefits

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Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body in countless ways, from physical changes to mental tension. Studies show that massage during pregnancy can help manage discomforts from throbbing back pains, swollen feet, morning sickness, depression and make for an easier labor. Fortunately, a prenatal massage is not only safe to enjoy but it is also encouraged!  However it is always recommended that you speak to your doctor beforehand  to  to know that massage therapy is completely safe for your child. Our Registered Massage therapists have received special training in massaging prenatal woman in all stages of pregnancy including the first trimester.

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The difference between a prenatal massage and a Swedish massage

Prenatal massage is a specific type of massage tailored to help relieve the strains and pains caused by pregnancy. Usually, the massage focuses on the areas of the body that are most affected by pregnancy. This includes the lower back, the mid-back, shoulders, neck, calves, feet, and even the stomach. The registered massage therapist will have your comfort in mind every step of the way in their approach. With use of pillows to support you so you can lie down safely and comfortably on your side throughout your massage. You can expect the massage pressure to be softer and gentler, using long and slow strokes and kneading movements in tense areas.  

With our customised approach our registered massage therapists will provide mom and baby ultimate relaxation, having you feel aligned and pain free.

If you are interested in booking a prenatal massage contact us today.

Friday, 13 January 2023 17:04

Text Neck Pain

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Text Neck Pain

Are you constantly hunched over looking down on your phone or other devices and feeling the pains and strains in your neck?

What is Text neck?

Text neck pain is a real symptom. Our head is the heaviest part of the body and the muscles and ligaments are not designed to hold it for long periods of time in a position where you are looking down. 

When you lean forward while using your cell phone  for prolonged periods of time, this is a form of repetitive strain injury that causes neck and shoulder pain that can lead to tension headaches in some cases.

Text neck is a lifestyle problem that can be treated by a physiotherapist.

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Tips and Tricks to prevent text neck pain

Raise the phone. Move the phone (and other devices) up closer to eye level so the head does not have to be tilted forward.

Take frequent breaks. Take frequent breaks from looking down on your phone.

Watch your posture. With your chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back, this keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.

Arch and stretch. Arch the neck and upper back backward periodically to ease muscle pain.

Stretch and Exercise regularly. A strong, flexible back and neck are more able to handle extra stress.

 

Best Stretches for Neck Pain

You may not be able to completely eliminate looking down at your phone or other devises but we have comprised exercises you can perform that will help relieve some of the pain and tension placed on your neck, back and shoulders.

CHIN TUCK

Chin tucks are typically one of the key exercises recommended for keeping the head aligned above the spine, rather than drifting forward into poor posture. When done regularly and with proper form, chin tucks can help improve the neck’s strength, flexibility, and function.

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BENEFITS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR TEXT NECK PAIN

 If you’re struggling with neck pain from using your computer or smartphone, it may be time to book an appointment with a physiotherapist to help you develop an individualised treatment plan that aims to improve pain and prevent recurrences. 

Physiotherapy treatment for text neck pain comprises of joint mobilization, massage therapy, stretches, and exercises.The physiotherapist would teach you postural techniques to reduce the pain and strains and tightness of muscles and help your body to move freely.

Friday, 06 January 2023 13:40

Beating Winter Back Pain

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‘Tis the season when the temperature starts to drop causing muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine to contract and become stiff. For those with bone and joint related issues, winter weather causes an increase in pain, stiffness, muscle fatigue and inflammation that are harder to control if not treated.

Most common causes of winter back pain?

Decreased activity. Cold weather often mean less exercise and movement that lead to tight muscles, muscle weakness and poor posture.

Winter-related injuries. Such as slip and falls and strenuous tasks as snow shoveling, holiday preparations and winter sports injuries.

Shivering- the body’s natural response to cold that cause muscles to tense up in the cold causing muscle tension in the back leading to pain.

 

Beat Winter Back Pain with these exercises:

Bird Dog

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McGill Curl up 

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If you find that your winter back pain does not go away, various modalities such as hot and cold therapy, warm Epson salt baths, massage therapy and physiotherapy can help relieve your pain.

A physiotherapist plays a significant role in the management of lower back pain, designing a personalised exercise program to improve flexibility, strengthening, improve range of motion and strengthening the core: to maintain your body’s stability and prevent injuries.

If these tip do not help, contact us for a free consultation to determine what treatment would be best beneficial for you.

Monday, 19 December 2022 19:41

What is P-DTR Physiotherapy?

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P-DTR or Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex is a system that identifies and treats dysfunctional muscles, sensory nerve pathways, and receptors. P-DTR was developed by Dr. J. Pollmer, an orthopedic surgeon. P-DTR is based on the latest neuroscience achievements.

P-DTR Physiotherapy treats those with chronic and stubborn recurring pain that have not responded to traditional treatments.

Before explaining further what P-DTR is, we first must understand how pain works. Pain is an important defence mechanism; it warns the body about potential or actual injuries or diseases so that protective actions can be taken.

When you touch a hot stove, receptors called noxious signals send impulses to the spinal cord, which relate the information to the brain. The brain interprets the information as pain, localizes it, and sends back instructions through their receptors for the body to react. These receptors can become sensitized over stimulated or subject to some trauma causing dysfunctions in our nervous system. Dysfunctions cause inaccurate information to be transmitted to the brain, for example, once you injure your knee. Once that issue or injury heals, the receptors may stay sensitive to stimuli like to stretches and pressure because they are trying to protect from future problems. The brain at that point senses any danger it has to create an output leading to pain and weakness.    

No matter how active or inactive your lifestyle, at some point in time, you will have experienced conditions such as a crick in your neck, a sprain in the foot or a pulled back muscle. While your first response may be to pop a painkiller or wait it out, some aches and pains may continue to nag for a long time and impede your regular activities and lifestyle. During such times, have you felt confused about whether to seek physiotherapy or a relaxing massage?

Friday, 28 September 2018 04:42

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

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If you’re suffering from dizziness, vertigo or imbalance as a result of a viral infection, sports-related injury, inner ear disorder, neurological disorder or head injury or and you’re searching for relief, you may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation.

Monday, 23 July 2018 05:32

Why Do I Have Back Pain?

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Back pain occurs for many reasons. Many times, the lifestyle choices we make directly impact the alignment of the spinal column, the function of muscles, and the aches and pains we have. Everyday lower back pain can occur for reasons such as the following.

Friday, 13 July 2018 05:05

Whiplash Injury: How We Can Help

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Whiplash is something of a catch-all term for a range of injuries involving the neck, which happens to include neck strain. For the most part, whiplash shows up in sufferers as neck pain, reduced range of motion, and tightness of the muscles.

Having a knee replacement surgery is a huge decision. The potential relief you will experience afterward is a powerful incentive, but there are always risks and costs associated with surgery. The best way to make a decision is first to be as informed as possible on the subject. Here are four questions you should ask your physiotherapist before you make any decisions.

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