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Welcome to the Nepean Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre blog, where we provide lots of helpful tips, news, information and advice about physiotherapy and massage treatments, as well as general health and wellness, in Nepean and Ottawa.


How To Sleep Like a Baby while Carrying One

How To Sleep Like a Baby while Carrying One

Posted Mar 29th, 2019

Since it is that time of year when many babies are born, statistically speaking, we might as well speak of sleeping.  Sleep is a critical element to our health and wellbeing.  It is only fitting that we discuss the difficulties dur...

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Infant Torticollis (& Plagiocephaly)

Infant Torticollis (& Plagiocephaly)

Posted Mar 22nd, 2019

Quick Facts – What is it?

  • Latin ‘Torticollis’ translation: Tortus= twisted and collum= neck.
  • Tightness of a side neck muscle (sternocleidomastoid – SCM).
  • Plagiocephaly, (aka flat head syndro...

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Ski Injury Spotlight: Head Injuries / Concussion

Ski Injury Spotlight: Head Injuries / Concussion

Posted Mar 15th, 2019

Head Injuries - Concussions

What is it?

This can be the most life threatening injury experienced on the slopes. At best, a skier may experience a bump on their head bu...

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Ski Injury Spotlight: Knee Ligament Sprain

Ski Injury Spotlight: Knee Ligament Sprain

Posted Mar 8th, 2019

Ski/Snowboard Injury #4: Knee Ligament Sprains

What is it?

The knee is a hinging joint that straightens and bends with a slight amount of rotation involved. The bones are...

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Ski Injury Spotlight: AC Separation

Ski Injury Spotlight: AC Separation

Posted Mar 1st, 2019

Ski/Snowboard injury #3: Acromio-Clavicular (AC) Separations 

What is it?

An AC joint separation, an acromio-clavicular joint injury, occurs with a fall onto the shou...

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Ski Injury Spotlight: Fall On OutStretched Hand (FOOSH)

Ski Injury Spotlight: Fall On OutStretched Hand (FOOSH)

Posted Feb 22nd, 2019

Here we go ... injury #2 in the top 5 ski/snowboard injuries - FOOSH Injuries. They can occur any day, any time (falling, cycling fall, etc), but is common on the ski hill this time of year, especial...

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Ski Injury Spotlight: Skier's Thumb

Ski Injury Spotlight: Skier's Thumb

Posted Feb 15th, 2019

We are in the thick of winter and many of us have been out on the slopes every weekend, cold weather or not!  As exciting as it is to be back out there, it is often the first few runs that put our bodies at risk of injury. Whether y...

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Why Does My Pelvic Physiotherapist Do An Internal Exam?

Why Does My Pelvic Physiotherapist Do An Internal Exam?

Posted Feb 1st, 2019

Your pelvic floor muscles work silently to support your bowel, bladder, and sexual function; as well as contribute to your core strength.  Although the pelvic floor and internal pelvic muscles are not often considered when evaluatin...

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Sports Injuries in Children

Sports Injuries in Children

Posted Jan 25th, 2019

STATISTICS

In 2012, more than 1.3 million kids went to the ER with sports injuries in the United States. Football injuries were in the lead, followed by basketball, soccer, and baseball, with the most injured...

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Curling Safety

Curling Safety

Posted Jan 18th, 2019

Curling is a great recreational activity enjoyed by many Canadians. It became an official Olympic sport in the Winter Olympic Games of 1998.  t is a great recreational activity for people of all ages.

 Did you know or r...

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Post-partum Recovery: Getting back to physical activity!

Posted Jan 11th, 2019

This blog comes in response to a recent "mommy and baby" presentation Victoria Goodman, our in house Pelvic Physiotherapist, did in the Ottawa area.  It was a great time hanging out with the new moms, seeing so many cute infant smil...

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Six Health Habits to Start the New Year Off Right!

Six Health Habits to Start the New Year Off Right!

Posted Jan 9th, 2019

It is that time of year again ... when people make new years resolutions and aspire to change something in the coming year, 2019.  Though many would say, if you want to make a change you do not need a certain day to do it.  That da...

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Safe Shoveling, This Winter Season.

Safe Shoveling, This Winter Season.

Posted Dec 21st, 2018

With winter officially here, it is time to get that shovel out and ready for action, SAFELY! Before you head out, here are a few things to think about while braving cold and snowy Canadian winters shovel in hand.

Pick the rig...

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Cupping: What is it & how does it work

Cupping: What is it & how does it work

Posted Dec 14th, 2018

Cupping may seem new, since it is finally making its way into mainstream media, noted with media coverage of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics (Michael Phelps’ circular bruises). However, its first recorded practice was ...

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Holiday Seitan (Vegan) Roast

Holiday Seitan (Vegan) Roast

Posted Dec 11th, 2018

Have you recently changed your dietary habits?  Gone Vegan?  Hosting Holiday festivities and meal this year?  Not sure what to serve your vegan guests?  

What is Seitan?  Is it healthy?  


Our regist...

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Understanding Scar Tissue & How to Help Healing

Understanding Scar Tissue & How to Help Healing

Posted Dec 7th, 2018

Did you ever think a cause for lingering shoulder pain could be an old scar, such as from an appendix removal?

Well it could …  just like that childhood song “Dem Bones” (you hip bone’s ...

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Understanding Arthritis

Understanding Arthritis

Posted Nov 30th, 2018

Quick Facts

  • Arthritis (arthro = joint, itis = inflammation) is a term used to describe and group chronic conditions characterized by inflammation in the joints and other body regions.
  • There are around 200 t...

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Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding Chronic Pain

Posted Nov 23rd, 2018

We have all experience pain at some point in our lives, but have you ever wondered what pain is, how we come to feel it?  The key link and element is your brain!  Your brain is your message processing centre, but can...

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Yearly Health Insurance: Use it or lose it

Posted Nov 16th, 2018

We’re coming near the end of 2018, and for many individual’s extended health benefits insurance renewal date is December 31st.   Do you take advantage of allied health services covered under your plan?...

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How Much Fruit is Too Much?

How Much Fruit is Too Much?

Posted Nov 9th, 2018

Did you ever think there could be such a thing as too much fruit, or that we would be debating whether fruit should be part of a diet?  We are told to eat natural, organic, non-processed, and that we should eat more fruits & veg...

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Understanding Whiplash

Understanding Whiplash

Posted Nov 2nd, 2018

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck as a result of an acceleration-deceleration mechanism. This can result in bony or soft tissue damage to the structures in and around your cervical spine (neck).

H...

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Organ Prolapse

Organ Prolapse

Posted Oct 26th, 2018

What is it?

A prolapsed organ is when a pelvic organ drops from its original place and ends up pushing against or into the walls of the vagina. The organs at fault are the bladder, uterus and/or rectum.

How Does th...

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Injury Spotlight: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Injury Spotlight: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted Oct 19th, 2018

Quick Facts

  • Symptoms often start at night, as most people sleep with bent wrists.
  • Don’t normally feel symptoms in the pinky finger, due to the nerve distribution pattern of the hand.
  • The carpal ...

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Massage Therapy Benefits During Pregnancy & Post-partum

Massage Therapy Benefits During Pregnancy & Post-partum

Posted Oct 12th, 2018

What prenatal & postnatal issues can massage therapy treat?

When pregnant your body’s blood volume doubles, which makes you more prone to issues such as swelling or stiffness. Our massage therapist i...

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Fighting Inflammation with Food!

Fighting Inflammation with Food!

Posted Oct 5th, 2018

Do you know "inflammation" means?  Did you every think beyond an ankle sprain?  

Did you know what you eat can influence your body's inflammation management & levels?

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