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Diverticulosis and diverticulitis

The colon (or large Intestine) can develop small pouches, which bulge outward through the colon’s muscular wall (see diagram below). These pouches develop in areas where blood vessels are entering the muscular wall, which is a weaker spot that allows these pouches to form. Each pouch is called a diverticulum. Pouches are called diverticula. The condition of having diverticula is called diverticulosis. When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis. This occurs in 10 to 25 in

Sports Specific Warm up Tips

Warming up before exercise can increase blood flow to muscles and other soft tissues gradually, which is an important factor in avoiding damage to ligaments, muscles, joints and tendons. A general warm up should include five to ten minutes of light cardiovascular activity, such as fast walking or slow jogging, to increase your heart rate gradually, promote blood flow to your muscles and supply them with more oxygen. To properly prepare your muscles and increase your mobility, physiotherapists suggest any

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction is the inability to correctly relax and coordinate your pelvic floor muscles to have a bowel movement. Symptoms include constipation, straining to defecate, having urine or stool leakage, and experiencing a frequent need to pee. Initial treatments include biofeedback, pelvic floor physical therapy and medications. What is pelvic floor dysfunction? Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common condition where you are unable to correctly relax and coordinate the muscles in your pelvic floor to urinate or to have a bowel

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a collection of painful symptoms affecting the jaw joints. These two joints are formed by the temporal bone of the skull, the jawbone, and the jaw muscles. Think of the temporomandibular joint as a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. This joint lets you chew and talk. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction has several possible causes: Injury to or dislocation of the jointProblems with the jaw muscles, particularly stress on jaw muscles from gum chewing or tooth grindingJoint

Maitland’s Mobilization Concept

The Maitland Concept of Manipulative Physiotherapy, emphasizes a specific way of thinking, continuous evaluation and assessment and the art of manipulative physiotherapy (“know when, how and which techniques to perform, and adapt these to the individual Patient”) and a total commitment to the patient. The application of the Maitland concept can be on the peripheral or spinal joints, both require technical explanation and differ in technical terms and effects; however the main theoretical approach is similar to both.The concept is named

ACL Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) = major stabilizing ligament of the knee. ACL tear does not heal and can result in an unstable knee.  It can be surgically repaired with excellent results – in most cases it will be performed arthroscopically. If wanting to return to sports involving twisting/stepping/change of direction, if you have a physically demanding job or want to maintain an active lifestyle you will have it repaired in most cases. ACL injuries can occur from stepping, twisting, a blow to

Diet during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Tips for maintaining a healthy diet: 1. Eat a variety of food, including

Pandemics can be Stressful

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Not surprisingly, playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition. However, several other sports and activities besides sports can also put you at risk. Tennis elbow is inflammation or, in some cases, microtearing of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads

Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is an injury to the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that surround and connect the bones around the ankle joint. It typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the ligaments but can also affect tendons and blood vessels in the surrounding areas. Sprained Ankle Causes Anything that stretches your ankle more than it’s used to can hurt a ligament. This usually happens when your foot is turned inward