IMS - or intramuscular stimulation - is a form of 'dry needling' treatment where a physiotherapist places small, sterile acupuncture needles into the muscles of a patient in order to release tension, alleviate strains and help injury recovery. Here our Nepean physical therapists explain when IMS may be right for you.
The Nepean Sports Medicine Blog
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.
Joint pain is very common in Canadians, especially when associated with age. Often, joint pain will fall under the umbrella of "arthritis," but things are rarely that simple! Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain the kinds of joint pain treatments we can offer to our clients at our clinic.
You may have heard that there are two different varieties of injury that a person can sustain - acute and chronic. Each of these kinds of injuries work very differently, and each takes a different amount of time and rehabilitation to heal. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain more.
Are you finding yourself getting stuck when it comes to handling stressful situations, especially when they have to do with a project or activity you are passionate about? This is a very common issue, and one that the mental performance consultant at our Nepean physiotherapy centre will be able to work with you to overcome. Here, we explain more.
Whether you are looking to achieve a high level of performance in your sport of choice, or simply looking to better yourself when it comes to your physical health and fitness more is required of you than just physical fitness. A healthy and positive mindset is critical to your success. Because of this, the mental performance consultant at our Nepean physical therapy centre is here to help.
Osteoarthritis is an exceedingly common condition that affects up to 1 in 5 people at some point in their life - causing pain, discomfort and a loss of mobility in the joints. Our Nepean physiotherapists are able to treat osteoarthritis through a number of treatments and, here, we explain more.
While you may commonly associate the phrase 'no pain, no gain' with being physically active, this isn't necessarily true when it comes to participating in sports and staying active. The team of physiotherapists at our clinic serving Nepean and Ottawa are here to explain how we provide sports physiotherapy to our clients.
While it may not be at the top of your mind when it comes to your muscular health, your pelvis hosts a number of important muscles. These 'pelvic floor' muscles support your internal organs, control urination and more. Here, our Nepean physical therapists explain how these muscles can be impacted by pelvic floor dysfunction, its symptoms, its treatments and how you can prevent its development.
Do you love hitting the links or playing catch with your family? Both of these activities may contribute to a condition called 'golfer's elbow' or 'thrower's elbow,' where you experience pain caused by damage to the tendons on the inside of your elbow. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain how they can help with your golfer's elbow, including treatments to aid your recovery and how to prevent this condition in the future.
You may have been told recently that the pain in your elbow or discomfort when gripping objects is lateral epicondylitis - commonly known as 'tennis elbow.' Believe it or not, playing tennis isn't a prerequisite for this common condition, it can arise from repeated actions that cause inflammation in your tendons. Here, our Nepean physiotherapy team explains what tennis elbow is and how physical therapy can help.
Knee pain and injuries are incredibly common, whether they occur gradually from physical activity such as running, or from acute injuries such as slips and falls, or tweaking a tendon or connective tissue. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain how physical therapy is able to help improve your knee health and get you back to your normal movement and function.
Physiotherapy is capable of helping our Nepean patients address physical injuries and conditions affecting their balance, motion and mobility. The trained therapists at our physical therapy center are able to offer a whole range of treatments for our patients in order to help them recover and return to their normal, functional level of physical ability. Here, we explain more.
For those of us living active lives, whether that be through routine gym sessions, weekly team sports or running, injuries (especially minor ones) are an inevitability. However, not all sports injuries have to require weeks or even months of downtime to recover and this recovery time can be helped by our Nepean physiotherapists. Here, we explain more.
Upper back pain is an incredibly common source of discomfort that is often caused by muscle strain or bad posture. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain what kinds of physical therapy treatment we prescribe to our patients in order to reduce their pain, alleviate discomfort and improve mobility in their upper back.
One of the most common impacts of sitting for long periods of time (such as for working at a computer), is discomfort and limited mobility in the mid-back, also called the thoracic spine. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain what kinds of activate physiotherapy treatment we prescribe to patients in order to improve the mobility of their thoracic spine.
Pain affecting the neck is one of the most common kinds of discomfort reported to us by our Nepean clients. There are a whole host of reasons someone may be feeling discomfort or pain in their neck, including poor posture, injuries or other underlying health issues. Here, our Nepean physical therapists explain some of the common exercises and treatments we use to alleviate neck pain.
Aching or pained feet are an incredibly common issue facing many Canadians. Our Nepean physical therapists are able to offer treatment to not only alleviate the discomfort in your feet, but treat its source and ensure that the same issues don't arise again in the future.
Snacking can be an important way of maintaining your energy throughout the day and preventing your sweet tooth from emerging in late-night snacking. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain why snacking is important and give some examples of healthy snacks you could incorporate into your day.
Sciatica is a relatively common and quite painful inflammatory condition that affects the sciatic nerve running from base of the spine down both legs. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain what kinds of treatment we can offer to patients suffering from pain caused by sciatica to alleviate its symptoms and help prevent it from flaring up again in the future.
Have you found yourself opting out of activities like hikes, games of golf or dances because you're worried about what might happen if you fell over? You aren't alone, but that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to your fear! Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain how we can help improve your balance and ensure that worries about falling don't hold you back.
In a given year in Canada, there are 160,000 or more car accidents across the country. These collisions can not only be costly in repairs, but come with serious health risks. Even if you aren't severely injured in a car accident, even a small collision at speed can result in long-lasting health consequences. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain how physical therapy can help to rehabilitate injuries from accidents, especially car accidents.
It may have been difficult to think of anything but the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the last year and a half. This goes doubly if you happened to contract the disease. While there is still research being done on its long-term effects, there are a number of ways that physiotherapy can assist with recovery from pulmonary infections. Here, our Nepean physical therapists explain how we can help with your long-term recovery from COVID-19.
At Nepean Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy Centre, we practice acupuncture as a therapeutic treatment for alleviating pain, encouraging healing and improving chronic conditions alongside other treatments. Here, our Nepean physiotherapists explain what acupuncture is and how it works.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of your muscles and other soft tissues to help loosen tense muscles, help with recovery from injuries and manage stress levels. At our Nepean physiotherapy center, our Registered Massage Therapists are able to provide massage treatments to our patients that can help to manage a wide range of issues, including abnormal levels of stress.