Your Health

Advice for Safe Snow Shovelling (PDF 57KB)
While many people recognize that shovelling snow is hard work, physiotherapists caution that shovelling can place severe stress on your heart, and cause stress and strain on your body.

Ankle Sprain Info Sheet (PDF 218KB)
Ankle sprains are a common but painful injury that can happen in sports like running, soccer, basketball or volleyball, or simply by stepping unexpectedly onto an uneven surface.

Backpack Info Sheet (PDF 178KB)
Almost everyone experiences some type of back pain during the course of their lives. The pain may occur suddenly and be gone within a couple of days or weeks, or it may occur repeatedly, never completely going away, and have a major impact on regular daily activities.

Back Pain Info (PDF 82KB)
Backpacks are one of the best ways to carry books, binders, lunch, running shoes and other items, whether for school or recreation. However, carrying an overloaded backpack or wearing one improperly can lead to poor posture, stress on the soft tissue in your neck and back, and unnecessary strain on muscles and joints.

Computer Ergonomics (PDF 80KB)
In this highly computerized world, more and more people of all ages are experiencing aches and pains that come from sitting at a computer for long periods of time. These aches and pains are felt in the neck, shoulder, upper and lower back, wrist and elbow joints.

Fall Prevention for the Elderly (PDF 83KB)
More than one-third of Canada’s elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. It’s estimated that 50 percent of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as sprains, hip fractures, or head traumas that permanently reduce their mobility and independence.

Hot or Cold Therapy (PDF 38KB)
"I’ve injured myself. Should I use hot or cold?" This is one of the questions physiotherapists get asked most frequently.

Knee Injury Info (PDF 231KB)
Anyone can be a victim of a knee injury; whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend fitness buff or someone just busy carrying out your day-to-day activities.

Physical Activity and Arthritis (PDF 3,880KB)
Learning daily living strategies tomanage your arthritis gives you a greater feeling of control and a more positive outlook.

Plantar Fasciitis Info (PDF 230KB)
Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot.

Repetitive Strain (PDF 204KB)
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a blanket term used to describe more than 20 disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis.

Winter Walking Aids (PDF 39KB)
As winter approaches Canadians start thinking about snow and ice and how to protect themselves from falling on icy sidewalks and roads.