Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological Physiotherapy: Earlier the Better

Physiotherapy is a spectacular therapy in the field of medicine that is effective to solve most of all health problems. 

Neurological Physiotherapy is a special branch of therapy that exclusively involves your brain (Neuro), spinal cord, and your peripheral nerves. This involves loss of muscular movement, physical disability stimulated by mental disability as well as deterioration of neural (nerve) functioning. 

What conditions require Neurological Physiotherapy? 

  •     Stroke
  •     Head injury caused during accidents 
  •     Traumatic Brain Injury
  •     Spinal Cord Injury 
  •     Parkinson’s Disease
  •     Bell’s Palsy 
  •     Multiple Sclerosis 
  •     Paralysis
  •     Muscle spasms 
  •     Lack of sensation in the limbs

All the above-mentioned medical conditions are connected to the brain, spinal cord, or the nervous system of the body. It is when either of these pathways is damaged, the connection of the brain to the specific hands, legs, or the motor organ is disabled. This results in the brain signals not reaching anywhere else in the body. 

Physiotherapy VS Neurological Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the stimulation of muscles, ligaments, or tendons to activate the movement and sensation of the muscle. In the same way, Neurological Physiotherapy or Neuro Physiotherapy is the stimulation of certain parts of the brain to repair the connection and the pathway between the brain and the motor organ.  

How does Neurological Physiotherapy help

Treatment plans for Neurological Physiotherapy are different depending on the type of injury and the condition of the injury. These include focusing on improving cardiovascular functioning, strength, and agility, movement, balance as well as the overall coordination of the body muscles. 

  •     Improve muscular strength
  •     Develop a better range of motion 
  •     Improve posture
  •     Decrease muscular contractions 
  •     Reduce muscle spasms 
  •     Improve breathing 
  •     Better balance
  •     Relieve pain 
  •     Promote independent movement 
  •     And to achieve maximum potential

At PhysioExperts, we use a combination of different neurological therapies to provide a beneficial approach to the treatment. Neurological malfunctioning often includes difficulties in breathing, swallowing, and trouble in speech. 

Why should you not wait to begin with Neurological Physiotherapy?

When a rehabilitation program is regarding Neuro i.e., brain, it is necessary to understand that all of our body functions and muscle movements are controlled and coordinated by our brain. 

When the connections between our brain and other body functions are disrupted, there are chances the restoration process may have to begin from scratch when put off for a longer period.

The initial assessment of Neurological Physiotherapy is different from that of regular physiotherapy. Neurological physiotherapy requires a complete analysis of the body regarding the area affected. This means, once when the affected painful area is recognized, the neurological physiotherapist must examine other parts of the body that are controlled by the same part of the brain as that of the painful area. This helps to understand the actual CAUSE OF THE PAIN – Brain, Spinal cord, nerves, or the muscles. 

At PhysioExperts, the physiotherapists are trained to provide a customized plan of treatment after a complete evaluation of the problem. This is why the sessions are usually extended ineffectively by the fee. 

The treatment goals set for you are of 2 types: 

  1.   Short-term goals 
  2.   Long-term goals

Short-term goals that aim for you to be able to carry out daily tasks and routines smoothly without discomfort and most importantly pain. 

Long-term goals include for you to attain complete restoration of the movement and promote strength and agility of the muscles.

Why Choose PhysioExperts for Neurological Physiotherapy in Ottawa?

  •  One-on-One treatment.
  • Evidence-based approaches towards Neurological Physiotherapy.
  • In-home services are available as well.
  • No doctor referral is required.
  • Modern and up-to-date equipmentmen clinic.
  • Experienced and Registered Physiotherapists. 
  • Direct Insurance Billing.

Along with specialized treatment with the physiotherapist, we also provide a customized plan of exercises to do so at home for better results. 

Call today at 613-672-6000 or book an appointment with us at PhysioExperts. 

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Best Pediatric physiotherapy treatment in ottawa

“WHAT” “WHYs” & “HOWs” about Pediatric Physiotherapy

It is an extremely undermined topic when it comes to physiotherapy for children, and it has proven to be an equally essential crucial form of therapy for babies, children, and adolescents. 

As important as Physiotherapy is for elderly people and is considered a necessity, in the same way, at a growing age of a child, rehabilitation and therapy for the development of the brain, bones, and muscles are crucial.

In this blog, we will give insights on Pediatric physiotherapy and answer the most common questions asked about this therapy.  

What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?

Pediatric physical therapy focuses on children from age 0 to 18 to promote physical and motor growth aiming to achieve optimal development. Our pediatric specialists work with the children to develop a child’s:

  •       Motor function.
  •       Posture.
  •       Enhancing the growth of the bones.
  •       Strength of the muscles.
  •       Flexibility.
  •       Balance.
  •       Coordination.
  •       Sensory understanding. 

These treatments include manual therapy, education, functional playing, understanding the development of the child, and preparing personalized treatment plans for your child that include pediatric physiotherapy exercises. Motivating the growth of the child’s development is crucial for the long run.

Why do children need Pediatric physiotherapy? 

As a child begins its growth and development, the right direction and motivation of each growth are necessary for independence and achievement of self-esteem. Pediatric physiotherapy exercises are capable of providing a safer form of development, strengthening, and developing necessary preventive measures of physical damage, just like sports pre-rehabilitation. 

This majorly addresses muscular weakness, imbalance, and coordination. An individual plan is developed for every child as every child is built differently however, the common programs include activities for balance and coordination, safety and prevention programs, and Motor development activities that include therapeutic playing. 

How does Pediatric Physiotherapy work? 

Children with special needs or normal development problems need Paediatric Physiotherapy. At PhysioExperts, we have a special approach towards children with any needs. For instance, the most common worrisome topic that remains for parents is speech development. Children stuttering in childhood is very common as they have heard you talking, and they register some words in their head. However, there is a complex dance happening in their head as they know the word, they might know the meaning of a few words they have heard, however, they are struggling with how to use it and where to use it. We do not know what is happening in their head nor do they know but they are confused, and they want to speak but they are yet in the Speech development stage and learning how to speak. 

For this reason, Pediatric Physiotherapists at PhysioExperts, focus on each child’s development by understanding their motor development skills by following a plan of pediatric physiotherapy exercises. This engages the child in activities that interest them in development and growth. This eventually helps to prevent a child’s sensory reaction. If this reaction is not assisted, a child can develop a temper and can throw tantrums, and have mental breakdowns

We aim to engage the child and the parent in this process to develop a bond with them and also get the parents used to understand their child’s motor needs. 

Benefits of Pediatric Physiotherapy: 

  •       Stronger joints
  •       Range of motion
  •       Developing muscular strength
  •       Speech development
  •       Working on the reflexes
  •       Creating the right posture
  •       Developing equilibrium skills
  •       Gait training
  •       Building self-esteem
  •       Develop an independent mindset

At PhysioExperts we offer much more than just general physiotherapy treatments to help you restore your mobility and help you make sure to not put yourself in any harm’s way. 

Book an appointment to get a physical assessment done for your condition and get personalized treatment.

For appointments, Call Us: 613-672-6000 or drop us an email: info@physioexperts.ca

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Stiff Upper Back

How a Stiff Upper Back Can Spiral into More Issues and What to Do About It?

Is the work-from-home situation turning you into a couch potato due to lack of physical activity? This could be one reason behind the sturdiness of your thoracic spine leading to an unrecognized disrupted posture. 

The neck and the lower back are usually more prone to injuries and common pain as compared to the upper back which over time can turn into something serious. As unusual as the pain to the upper back is, it is also not easy to distinguish the upper back pain from the neck strains. This is why, by the time you realize the pain, it’s a red flag. 

The upper back is the region that lies below the cervical spine (neck) and above the lumbar spine (low back). The upper back is called the thoracic spine, and it is the most stable part of the spine. The range of motions in the upper back is limited because of the thoracic spine’s attachment to the ribs (rib cage). 

Some of the Upper Back Pain Symptoms are: 

The pain in the upper back region does not solely remain in one spot. There occurs: 

If your upper back pain is related to the bones, nerves, or discs of your thoracic spine, your symptoms may also include:

  • Pain in the lower back
  • Pain down the legs
  • Incontinence (bowel and/or bladder leakage) 
  • Numbness or weakness in your legs

Burning Sensation in the Upper Back Region: 

When the upper back pain becomes serious enough to limit your movement, there is a sharp pain and burning sensation localized to one spot along with pain in the neck, shoulder and elsewhere. This is due to the below mentioned two reasons. 

  1. Muscular irritation.

The shoulder girdle is the area where more than 1 bones attach. It is here that a large muscle attaches on our shoulder blade and the back of the rib cage. These large upper back muscles are prone to developing strains or tightness that can be painful and difficult to alleviate. Muscular irritation in the upper back is typically due to either de-conditioning (lack of strength) or overuse injuries (such as repetitive motions).

  1. Joint dysfunction. 

It is either from a sudden injury or a natural degeneration due to ageing, joints in the upper back can dysfunction and cause pain. 

However, you could yourself examine the stage of your pain. There are 3 stages to the pain: 

  1. Stage One: 

It is the pain in the centre of your back though aiming in the upper middle part. There is mild pain and on stretching a little you feel relaxed. 

  1. Stage Two: 

Now, the pain has elevated and you will feel it when you move quickly or even sneeze. If you are not sure if the pain associated with it is regarding the same issue, you can test so by taking a deep breath. 

  1. Stage Three: 

By this point, you are going to feel the pain so intense just as if it were a burning sensation by doing the simplest of the tasks or even by doing nothing! 


Exercises to Relieve Upper Back Pain:

To relieve upper back pain, try these simple home remedies: 

  • Gentle stretches
  • Ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Heat to improve mobility and ease stiffness 


Exercises to improve posture and pain:

  • Imagery. 

Imagine there’s a cord passing through your body from ceiling to floor. Now imagine someone pulling that cord upward, slightly lifting your chest and ribcage.

  • Chin tuck.

Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Your shoulders should be relaxed and down. Now pull your chin in toward your neck. Count to five, then relax. Repeat 10 times.

  • Shoulder blade squeeze.

Put your hands on your thighs and keep your shoulders down, roughly at chin level. Slowly squeeze your shoulder blades together. Count to five, then relax. Repeat three or four times.

  • Upper back stretch.

Raise your right arm to shoulder level, directly in front of you. Bend your arm at the elbow and grasp that elbow with your left hand. Now gently pull it across your chest and hold for it 20 seconds. Repeat three times on each side. 

How Serious is an Upper Back Pain? 

Most cases of the upper back are not due to a serious underlying cause, but in some cases, it may be caused by an infection or from the compression of the spinal nerves further leading to spinal instability. With serious upper back pain, comes serious underlying symptoms. These may include, radiating pain or pins-and-needles tingling in the chest or abdomen, fever or chills, reduced coordination, problems walking, or severe headache. 

This brings us to conclude that DO NOT unsee or neglect any pain in the back as with time, the condition may get serious which might as well not be related to muscles or bones. 

Get an analysis as to what is causing you back pain and get a permanent solution to it at PysioExperts, Kanata. 

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The Best Ways to Prevent ACL Injuries

Does your knee go *POP* when you elevate or you walk or bend your knee? If yes, that’s a red flag right there! It is a serious setback that could make you undergo surgery and lead to chronic conditions. 

WHAT IS ACL?

An Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL is a ligament in the knee joint that keeps the shinbone (tibia) connected to the thigh bone and contributes to movement control. When this ligament tears or wears off, an audible *pop* sound is heard which is further followed by swelling in the knee, joint pain and failing to put any kind of weight on the affected limb. 

WHAT CAUSES ACL? 

ACL most commonly affects sports individuals. The number rounds off to 200,000 people a year that tear their ACL. However, ACL injury could also happen to individuals who do not play sports but have vigorous physical activity, especially women. 

The main cause of ACL is off jumping and improper landing actions, imbalance in the leg muscles and unexpected falls or accidents. 

However, this all can be prevented if precautions are taken beforehand to prevent ACL. 

5 EASY STEPS TO PREVENT ACL

  1. Warm-Up on Waking-up!

For sports players, going on the field with cold muscles and ligaments is highly risky not only for ACL injury but also for any kind of orthopaedic injury. This applies to everyone! The harsh winters of Ottawa freeze your muscles and tend to risk your balance and you may fall. Warming up before getting on the field or on waking up, loosens your muscles and ensures proper blood and oxygen flow to them preventing cramps and any further damage. 

One way to do so is by stretching every morning before beginning any chores. This helps to loosen your ligaments of the major muscle groups of your leg below.  

  1. Strengthen Your Knee Muscles. 

If the muscles or ligaments connecting the three bones at the knee joint are weak, then you have an increased risk of developing ACL injuries. Strength training that increases knee stability includes:

  • Plyometrics 
  • High-intensity jumping
  • Exercises for the hamstrings and quadriceps

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  1. Concentrate on Balance! 

Your main body balance is held by the knee but also by the ankle! ACL tears can occur at your ankles due to simple sprains as well. Focus on improving balance by strengthening the small muscles at your knee and ankle which will further help assist you in avoiding unnatural pivots and twists around your ankle. Improving balance prevents ACL injuries from a collision, sudden stop or faulty landing.

At PhysioExperts, we can help you not only cure ACL but also help you guide with basic exercises daily to prevent ACL. 

  1. Check Your Footwear.

Improperly fitting shoes could impair your balance and increase the risks of knee and ankle damage by spraining and twisting your ankle. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes with good quality souls and proper cushioning. 

Consult your coach for proper sports footwear and experts for assistance over your regular footwear.  

  1. Regular Physical Examination.

The way health check-ups are essential once-a-year, a physical examination of every individual is also very crucial. Though you may not be concerned about your minor joint or muscular pain, it never takes long for it to become a chronic illness. 

PhysioExperts is your physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre in Ottawa.

We provide solutions for various causes of musculoskeletal pain (jerking movements, auto accidents, falls, fractures, sprains, dislocations, and direct blows to the muscle).

Our focus on the multi-disciplinary approach for our patients helps us to give our patients every possible treatment and to help them recover from pain rapidly and effectively. We specialize in sports injury physiotherapy.

We not only help relieve your pain and trauma but also, assist you with the love and affection you deserve. 

Want to know more about ACL injury in Ottawa? Book an appointment with us at PhysioExperts in Kanata. 

For any concerns, Call Us: 613-672-6000 or drop us an email: info@physioexperts.ca

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Rookie Weight-Training Mistakes That Lead to Injury

Keeping an active life and working out regularly is good for your health. But exercising with correct technique, posture and intensity is important to avoid injuries. As a sports physiotherapist in Ottawa, we treat all sorts of aches, pains and injuries caused due to wrong posture techniques  or missing out on warm-ups. But we always recommend working out the right way. 

If you are a beginner and do not know how to work out right, then this article is perfect to understand the most common mistakes people make at the gym.

  1. Exercising without proper warmup

Do not skip a warmup! The reason why warmup is an essential part of your workout because you need to charge up your body to get ready for the heavyweight workout regime. It’s tempting to skip the warmup and save time, but increasing speed or intensity before your body is warm can lead to injury. Body warmup increases blood circulation, loosens your joints, and keeps the muscles warm and loose preventing acute injuries like muscle spasms or joint pains.

  1. Working out when you are unwell

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather or didn’t get enough sleep, working out will only worsen it. Your mind-body connection is important when you work out. If you feel well enough to exercise, but not 100%, don’t do strenuous exercises, rather stick to walking or yoga. 

  1. Working out too soon after injury

If you’re recovering from a sports injury, you need to take it slow and gradually resume your activity.  Just because the pain is gone, doesn’t mean your injury is healed, Get back in active mode can re-aggravate the pain and it may cause a re-injury. Pro-tip: the best way to know if you’re ready for physical activity is to consult a physical therapist.

  1. Not getting an injury treated right away

A common mistake many people make when they have a minor muscle related pain is to avoid getting a treatment for it. This often worsens the condition over time and you may risk an injury. Getting physiotherapy treatment in Ottawa when you experience a slight pain can reduce the impact of the injury. PhysioExperts gives you guidance and education on when and how to return to activity

PhysioExperts lets you experience the right muscle injury treatment in Kanata through the right physiotherapy techniques.

Book an appointment to get a physical assessment done for your condition and get personalized treatment.

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