Currently, over 100,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Canada. Parkinson’s disease is defined as progressive degeneration of “dopamine producing neurons” leading to both physical and neuro-cognitive symptoms in an individual. Physical signs involve resting tremors, slow and stiff movements. Neuro-cognitive signs can range from memory loss, slow thinking process, visual – spatial disorders to severe dementia.
New research studies have shown that exercises not only improve physical health, it also has a positive impact on overall “Brain health”. When you begin with a new exercises program like dual task training, Taichi or yoga, the brain is actively involved in the learning process. A proper exercises program helps neurons in effectively using “dopamine”. Physical exercises also aides in development of new blood vessels and neural circuits which improves the brain health and neurological network. This is often termed as “Neuroplasticity”.
Our team member – Mayank (physiotherapist) has completed his M.Sc (Rehabilitation) from University of Manitoba with focus on neuroscience. His area of thesis included – impact of dual task (DT) and DT-training on patients with Parkinson’s disease. If you or your family member is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you can make an appointment with Mayank. We offer Dual task training rehabilitation programs which include- walking while performing some interesting multimedia games, tracing visual cues and auditory cues.
With every step, around 1 ½ times your body's entire weight lands on each foot so is it any wonder that around 75% of us will have some foot related problems? Orthotics are prescription custom made devices that correct or accommodate your specific foot irregularities, and will comfortably restore normal balance and movement. Who Should Use Orthotics? You may be a candidate for orthotics if • you frequently sprain your ankle • you have difficulty balancing or experience frequent falls • you have chronic heel, knee or lower back pain • your shins hurt • your toes are not straight • your feet point inward or excessively outward when you walk • your feet hurt in general.
How Do Orthotics Work? Orthotics can realign the structures of the foot and leg to correct or support poor alignment as well as muscle, tendon, and ligament fatigue that can result with inappropriate foot mechanics.
A Physiotherapist can help! Not only can a physiotherapist complete a thorough assessment of your feet, ankles, knees, hips and low back to determine alignment, movement, stability, flexibility and strength, but as movement specialists, we also assess how you use your body. If custom orthotics are appropriate for you, in conjunction with a customized home based exercise program, a physiotherapist can teach you how to maximize your function and get you back to your activity.
Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the joint. While joint pain may sound like a reason to avoid physical activity, the opposite is true! In addition to the numerous health benefits, being physically active can actually help manage arthritis pain. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
Begin slowly and progress gradually. Increases in duration, intensity or complexity of movements should follow a gradual progression
Avoid rapid or harmful movements of affected joints. Choose activities that protect your joints and avoid activities with jumping, rapid twisting, turning or sudden stops. You may want to consider special shoes or orthotics for extra support and shock absorption.
Flexibility activities are particularly important for people with arthritis, because they help maintain or restore normal joint movement and relieve stiffness.
Popular endurance activities for people with arthritis include the following: Walking – Walking is a great activity for people with arthritis because it doesn’t put a lot of stress on your joints.
Water activities – Water supports your body weight and adds resistance, which also enhances muscle strength and endurance.
Cycling – Cycling is a great indoor or outdoor activity for people with arthritis. For those with back pain, try a recumbent bicycle.
Listen to your body, and moving more can become your best medicine. If you have any questions, we are here to help! Ask a Physiotherapist how!