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Dr. Stevie Newman Szeps!!!!

Chiropractor

Dr. Stevie Newman Szeps

Dr. Stevie holds a firm belief that everyone is an ‘athlete’ whether they are competitive, want to move more, move better or keep moving. Whether you are looking to improve performance, take that hike, or play with your grandkids, Dr. Stevie wants to help you get back to what you love most!

Since childhood, athletics has been an important part of Dr. Stevie’s everyday life, which has included competitive gymnastics, soccer, dance and cheerleading. She understands the demands of sport, the will to return to training and the importance of supporting your team. Chiropractic kept her competing and moving in her developing years while her teammates sat out with injury after injury.

Dr. Stevie’s unique background allows her to focus on the needs of her ‘athletes’ to provide individualized care consisting of manual therapy, functional exercises, and kinesiology taping. Specialized care provides not only immediate results and control over your pain but education regarding your symptoms and your body to help provide long term relief and confidence.

Dr. Stevie Newman Szeps is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College completing her Doctorate of Chiropractic with Honours. Her fascination with human movement has led her to the realization of just how central and important it is to life itself. As such, she continues to learn new ways to incorporate movement into each and every day to maintain and improve quality of life.

Let Dr. Stevie help get movement back in your life!

 

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Compression that cushions

Juzo Power Comfort Socks are designed with a thick padded sole providing all-day cushioning for feet that work and play hard. Broad-ribbed for casual good looks, Power Comfort Socks deliver a therapeutic punch – the compression you need for healthy legs.

The new Power Comfort sock is available in 15-20 & 20-30 mmHg compression classes. With 5 sizes plus two lengths to choose from, the Juzo POWER Comfort Sock is the perfect fit with plenty of comfort.

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The benefits to these compression socks;

Style – Broad ribbed with a classic or retro stripes look Available in 4 options

Arch Support -Provides enhanced fit

Padded Sole – Cushions impact for day long comfort

Seamless Toe – Increased comfort

Moisture Control – Wicks moisture away from skin

Graduated Medical Compression For improved therapeutic effectiveness

 

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Meet Matt Brennan!

Matt Brennan, RMT, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Functional Training Specialist
Matt graduated from Massage Therapy at Georgian College in August of 2018.  Since 2016 Matt has worked as a Personal Trainer, working with clients on various active goals to improve their lifestyle and overall health.

Matt Brennan, RMT, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Functional Training Specialist

 

Matt’s route to massage began when he experienced the benefits of seeing an RMT during the rehabilitation of his own injuries.  Being an active sportsman, Matt has competed in many different sports such as swimming, running, soccer and weightlifting.  He has sprained his ankles and also torn a meniscus in his knee.  Without the help of Registered Massage Therapists, he would not have been able to return to his sport as quickly as he did.Matt’s active lifestyle started at the age of 3, when he started in swimming lessons. He then joined the local competitive swim team aged 5 and at the age of 11 he was approached to swim for the Great Britain Development Squad.  Matt moved to Canada from England in 2010, where he continued competitive swimming with Oakville Aquatics and York University.  Since then Matt has competed in many running and triathlon events, being selected for the Canadian Age Group Triathlon World Championship team in 2019.

While working as a Personal Trainer he has learnt valuable knowledge in the relationship of exercise and recovery.  As a result of this new knowledge, Matt has enabled clients to return to their sport after injury.  He has also helped clients lose upwards of 50lbs, resulting in a healthier lifestyle.  Matt has a desire to continue to learn, grow and work with a clientele of all ages in rehabilitation and body maintenance, who aspire for a healthier lifestyle.

⚠️Lumbar Spinal Stenosis ⚠️ 

⚠️Lumbar Spinal Stenosis ⚠️ 

 

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Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the central spinal canal and/or the lateral recess. 

 

🔎 Did you know ⁉️ 

● The prevalance of lumbar spinal stenosis is on the rise due to the aging population ✔

● Lumbar spinal stenosis is most commonly caused due to degenerative changes within the spine including zygapophyseal joint thickening, loss of  IVD height , and infolding of ligamentum flavum⚡ 

 

This past weekend Dr. Malhotra had the opportunity to attend The Boot Camp Program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. I learned a ton of great clinical techniques to help patients who are dealing with this condition! 👨🏻‍⚕️ 

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BONE STRENGTH

It is well known that we reach our peak bone mineral density (BMD) in our 20’s. As we age our bones can become weaker and this can lead to a condition known as osteoporosis!

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Osteoporosis occurs when there is low bone mass and a deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to a fracture. 💀
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👉🏼 Fortunately, nutrition and exercise can play a significant role in keeping your bones strong and healthy!

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🥛Calcium and Vitamin D are essential nutrients to promote bone health 🐟
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🏋🏽‍♂️ Exercise including weight lifting or resistance training is key to building and maintaining strong bones.

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🤸🏼‍♀️Even if you are young, you can increase your  BMD via exercise and proper nutritional habits, which may help you reduce your risk of fracture down the road! 😉

Dr. Malhotra, DC.

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Ice vs. Heat

Ice vs. Heat: Which should I use for my injury?

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“I was using heat but I don’t think it was helping.” Or “I have been icing it for weeks, but it’s not healing.” These are questions/statements I hear multiple times a week. Many individuals remain confused as to whether they should use heat or ice for their injury. And when using the wrong one can worsen your pain or delay your healing, it helps to know which is best for you!

 

What does ice do? 

Ice can help decease pain, swelling and inflammation. Contrary to what many people believe, ice will not help heal an injury. In fact, it can actually delay healing because it decreases oxygen delivery to the area. 

 

What does heat do? 

Heat can help to decrease pain, muscle tone and muscle spasm, as well as increase muscle extensibility. Heat can also promote tissue repair by increasing metabolic rate, oxygen availability and cell and mediator concentration.

 

When to use Ice vs. Heat

Though it can be more complicated, I generally advise clients to use ice when the injury first happens, and switch to heat when the signs of acute injury (i.e. swelling, bruising, redness) have subsided. 

To elaborate, heat can be used for pain, muscle spasms, sub-acute tissue injuries (i.e. after the swelling, bruising and redness have gone down), joint stiffness, and for fibrosis or scar tissue. Heat should not be used for acute injuries or right before strengthening exercise. If you use heat and find it increases pain or causes throbbing, switch to ice. 

Ice can be used for acute injuries, sharp pain, and muscles spasms. Ice should not be used in conditions with fibrosis, joint stiffness, in the later stages of tissue healing or right before strength training. 

When in doubt as to whether heat or ice is best for you, ask a physiotherapist! 

Important tips for safety! 

You should always do the following to prevent injury when applying heat or ice:

– Ensure that your sense of temperature is normal before applying the heat or ice

– Do not leave the heat or ice on one area for longer than 20 minutes

– Do not apply the heat or ice directly to your skin – wrap it in a towel (see pictures)

– Do not lie on the heat or ice – rest it on top of you

– Do not heat an area with known or suspected infection – it can promote the growth of bacteria 

– Always check the area for a thermal injury after the application of heat or ice

 

If you are experiencing pain and ice or heat is not helping, book an initial physiotherapy assessment at The Massage Clinic Health Centres today. 

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Do you have knee pain while running or walking?

Do you have knee pain while running or walking? How physiotherapy can help!

 

Runner’s Knee (aka patellofemoral syndrome, chondromalacia patellae, or iliotibial band syndrome) is a broad term used to describe a few different knee ailments that commonly impact runners. Though it can be caused by a sudden hit to the knee or fall; most frequently, runner’s knee is the result of repetitive microtraumas. Poor biomechanics leads to excessive joint stress, couple this with too little recovery time, and failure in the tissues around the knee results. It is also possible, though again less frequent, that runner’s knee is linked to an inflammatory disease or other tissue pathology. 

 

Runner’s Knee Pain

The pain associated with runner’s knee is caused by increased strain on the tissues around the knee and/or shearing of bone within the knee joint. The pain is often located at the front of the knee joint, beside the kneecap or right behind it. The pain is usually aggravated by an activity requiring repetitive knee stress, such as running or walking. There may also be pain with squatting, kneeling, and/or walking up or down stairs. Additionally, swelling around the knee joint and/or feeling a grinding in the joint may be present.  

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How to Prevent Runner’s Knee: The 3 F’s of Running and the 10% Rule

  1. How frequently you run – inadequate rest between runs prevents proper tissue recovery
  2. How far you run – increased distance causes prolonged strain on the knee tissues and joint
  3. How fast you run – increased speed causes excessive strain on the knee joint and tissues

When training for a race, only increase one F at a time. Ideally, first focus on increasing how frequently you are training (e.g. twice per week for three weeks, then three times per week for three weeks, etc.). Once you are happy with the number of runs per week (three to four is usually good), slowly begin to increase how far you are running. To prevent runner’s knee you should not increase your total distance (i.e. the sum of all running distances) by more than 10% per week. Finally, speed should be the last thing you attempt to increase. Again, do not increase speed by more than 10% per week. Attempting to speed up too quickly is directly proportional to injury risk.

 

Physiotherapy for Runner’s Knee

If you already have runner’s knee or develop pain during your training, I can help get you back to your training. First, I will ensure that your knee pain is actually caused by runner’s knee, and is not some other condition. Next, following a comprehensive subjective and objective assessment, I will determine which factors contributed to your development of runner’s knee. Among other things, the joint stress can be due to overuse, bone misalignment, muscle weakness, and/or muscle tightness. Determining which factors contributed to your development of runner’s knee can help with the creation of a treatment plan that is tailored to you. Your personalized treatment plan will include a home exercise program to strengthen the weakened muscles, and stretches to lengthen the tight muscles. Treatment will also likely include manual therapy techniques to promote proper joint mechanics, and electrophysical agents to decrease pain. 

If you have knee pain while running or walking, book an initial physiotherapy assessment at The Massage Clinic Health Centres today. 

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Sprained Ankle?!

Why timely physiotherapy is necessary after an ankle sprain

While ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries for athletes, they are also frequent during every day activities. The majority of ankle sprains happen when your foot rolls inward, resulting in an inversion sprain. This causes the ligaments of your ankle to be stretched and/or torn. Inversion ankle sprains will injure the ligaments on the outside of your ankle. There are three main ligaments on the outside of your ankle joint, with the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) being the most commonly injured. However, the other two ligaments, the calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) and posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL), can also be involved.

 

Inversion Ankle SprainAlternatively, eversion sprains involve the ligaments on the inside of your ankle and high ankle sprains involve the ligaments between your two lower leg bones. These types of sprains can occur when your ankle rolls outward and/or is excessively bent upward. Though eversion sprains and high ankle sprains are not as common as inversion sprains, and are more likely to include an associated bone fracture.

 

Regardless of the type of sprain, most of them result in pain, swelling, and bruising. Seeing a physiotherapist as soon as possible will help limit the pain and swelling, usually advising ice, elevation, and gentle compression. My examination will also determine whether you should have an x-ray for a possible fracture, the severity of the sprain, and which ligaments are involved. Following the assessment, I will advise you on which activities should be avoided and provide a set of safe exercises that will promote proper healing.

Sprained Ankle Rehab

Your ankle sprain physiotherapy is not done after the pain and swelling have gone away. Failing to adequately strengthen the ankle after a sprain will cause lasting weakness. This will increase the possibility of a recurrent sprain, which is highest in the first year following an initial sprain. Almost half of all repeat sprains result in chronic pain and disability, emphasizing the importance of properly rehabbing an ankle sprain.

Ankle Sprain Rehab

If you have sprained your ankle recently or feel as though you did not adequately rehab an old ankle sprain, book an initial physiotherapy assessment at The Massage Clinic Health Centres today.

Alyson Schwichtenberg

Registered Physiotherapist

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Challenge your limits with compression sportswear!

Medi CEP – Challenge your limits

We are loving the Medi CEP line! Ultra light, which is great for when you are working out or playing sports, but still giving you a 20-30mmHg compression.

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Scientifically proven, CEP compression sportswear is proven to enhance circulation allowing athletes to reach greater physical performances. CEP provides faster recovery while offering stabilization of the muscles and joints and therefore reducing the risk of injury. Offered in 4 sizes with a compression of 22mmHg at the ankle.

Features;

  • Ultra-light material for a perfect, wrinkle-free fit and direct contact with the ski boot, hockey stake etc.
  • optimum recovery and performance thanks to targeted medi compression.
  • Metatarsal compression for noticeable arch activation in ski boot, hockey skate etc.
  • Washer and dryer friendly!

From the time we order your Ultralight socks, to the time that they are in your hands is typically one day! How convenient is that?!

Book a fitting with one of our certified fitters;

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Shoulder Impingement

Is your shoulder pain caused by impingement syndrome? Read more to find out and learn how physiotherapy can help.

 

Designed for mobility rather than stability, the shoulder joint is prone to pain. One of the most common conditions of the shoulder is impingement syndrome. Shoulder impingement syndrome is the result of the compression of the soft tissue structures by the bony structures of the shoulder. This compression usually involves the rotator cuff tendons and/or the bursa, the fluid filled sacs within the joint. Therefore, impingement syndrome is often seen in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis or bursitis.

 

While the exact cause of the condition is not known, generally shoulder impingement is associated with repetitive overhead movements. For this reason, impingement syndrome is common in those whose sports (e.g. swimming) or jobs (e.g. painting) require overhead movements. Because impingement syndrome is an overuse condition, it usually comes on slowly over time, worsening with increased use. Most frequently the pain is felt in the front of the shoulder joint, possibly radiating down the upper arm. Overhead movements, backwards reaching or lying on the affected side triggers the pain, which is often described as “sharp” with a “catching” sensation when lifting the arm.

 

What can you do at home?

  1. Prone Ys: Lie face down with your arms up and at a 45-degree angle and thumbs pointed up towards the ceiling. Slowly lift your arms upward, squeezing your shoulder blades down and together. Repeat for 10 reps and 3 sets.

 

  1. Pizza Carry: With your back against the wall, bend both elbows to 90-degrees with your palms up. Rotate your arms outward as far as you can while keeping your elbows tucked into your side. You should feel your shoulder blades squeeze down and together. Hold for 5 seconds, for 10 reps and 3 sets.

Why should you see a physiotherapist?

The first thing I can do for you is determine if your shoulder pain is, in fact, caused by impingement syndrome. I will do this by taking a thorough history of your shoulder pain, and then examining your shoulder movements and strength, as well as performing additional tests. Should I confirm a diagnosis of impingement syndrome, I will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your exact symptoms. The treatment plan will likely including stretches and strengthening exercises to help restore full, pain-free shoulder movement. Additionally, I will use manual therapy techniques and modalities during treatment sessions to further promote the return of pain-free shoulder functioning.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain and want relief book an initial physiotherapy assessment at The Massage Clinic Health Centres today

 

Alyson Schwichtenburg

Registered Physiotherapist

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