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With the arrival of winter season, many people will be at risk of all kinds of injuries, from slips and falls, to sprains and strains, to serious back injuries when shovelling snow. It is important to take safety precautions to prevent injury, because even light fluffy snow can sustain serious back injuries if shovelled improperly. Here are a few tips to help you avoid low back pain and injuries when shovelling snow: Choose the right snow shovel Choosing an ergonomic shovel with an adjustable handle length or curved handle can eliminate the risk of painful bending. With the right shovel, you only need to bend your knees slightly and arch your back slightly as well to keep the shovel blade on the ground. You may also consider switching to a small plastic blade, instead of a metallic one. A lightweight shovel will reduce each load, making the task less strenuous.…

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Custom-made foot orthotics or shoe inserts are molded directly to your feet and arches to help alleviate pain and discomfort. Owing to their individual design, these corrective devices effectively control foot function by addressing imbalances, and adjust areas of weight-bearing on the foot by adding corrective wedges and covers. Essentially, custom orthotics can help the tendons, muscles, and bones of your feet and lower legs to function optimally. When used as a prescription to aid in the management of a…

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Undergoing massage therapy is like having a warm blanket of positive emotions draped over you. It relieves tension, gives you a relaxing environment to decompress in, and aids in relieving the physical and mental symptoms of depression. Many mental health professionals recommend a visit to a clinic staffed with registered massage therapists because of the numerous benefits it can produce for their patients. Why do mental health professionals recommend massage therapy? Physicians, psychologists and other mental health professionals often recommend…

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Foot orthotics are common practice if you’ve been in an accident, had surgery or have trouble with gait and stability. To fully get the benefits of orthotics, they need to be customized to your feet. Custom orthotics play an integral role in rehabilitation and they may be covered by your private insurance plan or through OHIP. First, let’s understand what custom foot orthotics do and why they’re important. What are custom foot orthotics? Custom orthotics are corrective footwear devices that…

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Following a car accident, physical therapy is the most important step you can take. Whether you have undergone surgery for major injuries, or only sustained minor injuries, it’s important to seek the help of a registered physiotherapist who can help you overcome the damage your body has sustained. You can only recover so much on your own After a car accident you will probably experience headaches, pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. Your body does have a natural healing…

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