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How to choose the right Physiotherapist for you?

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How do you, as a patient, choose the right physiotherapist for your injury?

When your doctor or health professional refers your for physiotherapy, it is often hard to know where to go and what to expect. It is always a good idea to ask your friends or family, as they may have good advice for you. If they have a particular facility they recommend, you can call that clinic and ask if they have a physiotherapist who works with people with similar problems to yours. For example: if you are feeling dizzy, there are physiotherapists who specialize in vestibular problems. If you have pelvic floor pain, or are incontinent after delivering your baby, you would be better suited with a pelvic floor physiotherapist. The clinic receptionist should be able to refer you to the physiotherapist who will be able to handle your problem the best.

What do all those letters mean after the physiotherapists name?

Typically the first set of letters are indicating the type of degree that the therapist has obtained that allows them to practice physiotherapy. An Example of these letters is CAMPT.

CAMPT stands for Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. A CAMPT physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who has completed an extensive post – graduate program specializing in hands on therapy treatment techniques. These clinicians utilize very detailed, specific techniques; that help improve pain control, abnormal biomechanics and functional activities. This is achieved by finding and targeting the root of the problem with focused treatment.

CAMPT – certified therapist base their focused treatment on research – guided techniques that help with patient recovery. They will educate you on your condition and reduce the risk of reinjure. FCAMPT is an internationally recognized standard, and those physiotherapists who hold this title, have additional training in assessment and clinical reasoning with an expertise in manual therapy.

CAMPT is part of the international Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapist (IFOMPT). The IFOMPT is a subsection of the world health organization (WHO) with the mandate to develop and monitor a standardized, high- level of orthopaedic manual physical therapy worldwide.

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 Manual and manipulative therapy is safe and effective technique that the highly trained physiotherapist, CAMPT are certified to do. Research demonstrates that manipulative techniques are effective to help to restore normal mobility, reduce muscle pain, muscle tension and can help you recover faster and better.

FCAMPTS display this logo on their website, business cars and in their offices.

 
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You can find a FCAMPT on the FCAMPT website or at this address:

https://manippt.org/directory-dashboard/

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@quinteortho.com

Source: CAMPT website, http://manippt.org

Originally Published: July 2, 2018

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Genevieve Bouchard, Contributor and Physiotherapist at Quinte Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Specialists

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Bringing Home the Spa - Recreating the benefits of hydrotherapy spas at home

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When you think of a trip to the spa, it conjures up images of facials, nail treatments, body wraps and massages. But spas weren’t always havens for simply the beautification of the physical body.

Traditionally, they were places people would go to “take the waters”; to immerse, cleanse and bathe themselves in healing waters meant to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The use of water in this healing way is called hydrotherapy.

And this is how we can bring hydrotherapy home. There are many ways to use water in your own home that will bring about the same responses in the body, and effectively stimulate the same healing and relaxation.

Hydrotherapy has been shown in recent years to benefit a vast number of conditions including: improving cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, promoting quality and duration of sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, pain management (especially osteoarthritis), improving immune function, boosting metabolism, and supporting overall feelings of wellbeing, among others.

Given the wide range of possible benefits, it’s easy to see why the therapy is enjoying a resurgence with the success of such hydrotherapy- focused spas and resorts as Nordik, Body Blitz and Scandinave Spa. 

Typically located in beautiful, outdoor, natural settings, spa-goers are encouraged to spend long hours languidly transitioning through a series of pools, saunas, and rest stations of varying temperatures.

This simple transition from very warm (some steam rooms can be close to 100 degrees Celsius) to very cold water (often just a few degrees above freezing) is the true secret behind hydrotherapy; the drastic temperature change creates a number of complex physiological and biochemical changes within the body. Cycling through alternating hot and cold water stimulates these cellular and chemical changes, which are responsible for the benefits that we expect from hydrotherapy.

And this is how we can bring hydrotherapy home. There are many ways to use water in your own home that will bring about the same responses in the body, and effectively stimulate the same healing and relaxation.

One of the simplest and most effective home practices is the alternating shower. For this treatment all you need is your standard home shower. Simply turn the water temperature up so that it feels very warm to hot (but not so hot that it is uncomfortable). Stand in the water for up to three minutes, and then abruptly change the temperature to as cold as you can tolerate (this will feel like a bit of a shock!) Stand under the cold water for no more than one minute, and then return the temperature to hot. Repeat this cycle three to five times, ending with a cold stream.

You can use a similar technique to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy at home in a number of different ways, such as a simple foot bath, or (carefully) jumping in and out of the backyard hot tub to get sprayed down with the garden hose.

However you choose to practice hydrotherapy at home, there are a few key principles to keep in mind to maximize your hydrotherapeutic benefit. The first is that the warm phase should always be longer than the cold phase by a ratio of about 3:1; for example, if your hot phase only lasts one minute, the cold should last no longer than 20 seconds. The second is to always end on cold - this leaves the body a little bit cool, which then demands that it warm itself once again, increasing metabolic rate and blood flow. And, as with any new practice, don’t overdo it, especially at the beginning. If the extremes of temperature seem like too much to tolerate, work your way up to it by starting with warm-cool transitions, and build up to hot-cold.

 

Originally Published: September 30, 2017

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Kelly Gillis, ND, Contributor and naturopathic doctor practicing in her hometown of Belleville, Ontario at the Belleville Integrative Health Centre

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Dr. Kelly is a naturopathic doctor practicing in her hometown of Belleville, Ontario at the Belleville Integrative Health Centre. She trained as a naturopath at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario and prior to that, completed an honours undergraduate degree in Health Promotion at Laurentian University. She is licensed and registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, and is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.



Massage Therapy: Essential for today’s workload

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We spend eight- plus hours a day working hard at our jobs and careers. Most of our workloads don’t cater to proper biomechanics of the human body. Whether we are simply sitting at a desk for eight hours, standing at a production line performing repetitive movements, performing manual labour, building houses, working construction sites, or delivering heavy packages all day, our bodies aren’t naturally designed to perform many of these activities.

When we force our physical bodies to operate in ways it was not meant to, we start to develop imbalances and compensations within our muscle system. These compensations and imbalanced muscles can produce compression of nerves, deviations of structures, such as your vertebrae, and on-going conditions causing pain. Some of these, if not treated properly, can prevent you from performing at your job and even become life altering, such as carpal tunnel, migraines, and herniated discs through your spine.

Because we cannot always change what we have to do for our workload, we need to make sure we are taking care of our bodies and compensating for the damage we are creating.

Registered massage therapy is a very effective treatment for muscles, soft tissues and joints. By performing different techniques as needed, the soft tissues release the tension built over many hours of hard work. Creating proper blood flow to the areas, breaking up restrictive fibres in the tissues, decompressing pressure through joints and the spine, and mobilizing joints are just some of the outcomes of registered massage therapy that will help combat the workload strain on the body. When you give your body these treatments regularly, your nervous system responds properly and your muscles will stay balanced and relaxed for longer periods of time and resist the pressure of the workload.

It provides improved response to stretches and other modalities you can use to combat the strain such as heat and rest.

Registered massage therapy can also help prevent conditions in the body that are subject to workload strain. These are conditions such as arthritis, wear and tear on joints, degenerative disc disease, and frozen shoulder. If the body undergoes regular treatment or even treatment when there is a concern, the body recognizes how to heal faster and will function at a healthier level, therefore slowing down the process of these conditions developing or progressing.

Massage therapy is essential to your health with any physical workload. Think of it as a component to your health care system. If your body does not move properly without discomfort, or if you are feeling pain through your average daily activities, then this is your body telling you it needs attention. Make sure you are listening and giving your body what it needs to function at its highest potential.

You should be able to perform your daily lifestyle activities and workload without any pain or discomfort. Most companies provide coverage for their employees to receive therapy such as registered massage therapy. Look into your benefits package if you have one and take advantage of this! If you don’t treat your body properly, you’ll feel the negative effects in the long run.

 

Originally Published: May 15, 2017

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Dana Goodfellow, RMT, Contributor and D.Ac., Meditation Teacher, Owner – Quinte Mind & Body

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Dana is the owner of Quinte Mind & Body, and has been a practicing Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for many years in the Belleville area. Through Dana’s love of learning and providing superior results for her patients, she has added modalities from her knowledge of the body and medical treatment. Two modalities are Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and becoming a Certified Meditation Teacher and Facilitator. As a graduate of an advanced course of Massage Therapy at Georgian College, Dana takes great pride in treating patients with many different manual techniques. After a year in practice, Dana received her certification from McMaster University for Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.