Physiomed https://www.physiomed.ca Healthier Starts Here Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:35:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.physiomed.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/cropped-blog-single-dummy-3-32x32.jpg Physiomed https://www.physiomed.ca 32 32 7 Tips for Back-to-School Shoe Shopping https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/foot-health-tips/7-tips-for-back-to-school-shoe-shopping/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:28:24 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10573 Imagine how uncomfortable you feel when walking around in a bad pair of shoes. Not only do your feet hurt, but it’s hard to stay engaged in your activities when you’re scowling in pain. Now think of how children must feel when they’re forced to play, study and interact with other kids while wearing shoes …

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Imagine how uncomfortable you feel when walking around in a bad pair of shoes. Not only do your feet hurt, but it’s hard to stay engaged in your activities when you’re scowling in pain. Now think of how children must feel when they’re forced to play, study and interact with other kids while wearing shoes that aren’t ideal. 

That’s why back-to-school shoe shopping is just as important as buying stationary and educational supplies. Children’s feet change rapidly, so you may feel like you’re buying new shoes all the time. But high-quality shoes are well worth the investment since they can have a tremendous impact on the way that kids walk, run and play. 

So check out our tips on finding footwear that’s not only comfortable but also live up to your child’s picky standards!

 

#1: Always buy new

To accommodate quickly-growing feet, it may seem more economical to buy used shoes. But even though sizing is standard, a shoe that fits one child comfortably may not fit another so well. Footwear that’s been worn for a while will also conform to the individual’s feet. So when you buy a used pair, you’re purchasing something that’s no longer in its original shape. 

Also, sharing shoes, even amongst siblings, can spread foot fungi. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. Signs include a scaly rash that causes itching, burning and stinging. Investing in new shoes each season can help your child avoid painful infections.

 

#2: Go shopping together

A fussy or screaming child in a shopping mall is a nightmare for any parent. But going together will spare you a lot of unnecessary guesswork. This will also let your son or daughter give you their personal opinion. Not only can they tell you whether a pair is comfortable, but also let you know if it’s up to their stylistic tastes. 

 

#3: Test the shoe first

Before letting your child try things on, gauge the quality of a shoe’s heel by pressing on both sides at the same time. It should never collapse under pressure. Also, try bending the shoe to ensure it’ll bend with your child’s toes. Footwear that’s too stiff can cause pain, especially when running. However, shoes should always be rigid across the middle. So make sure it doesn’t twist in this particular area. 

 

#4: Shop later in the day

Feet tend to be smaller in the morning, then slowly swell as the day goes on. Shop for shoes later in the day to ensure your child’s feet are at their largest. They can also be slightly different sizes, so always buy for the bigger foot. When going shopping, your child should be wearing the socks they’ll likely wear with that shoe. 

 

#5: Avoid footwear that requires ‘breaking in’

Your child will recognize good shoes right away since they should feel good from the get-go. Never buy footwear in the hopes that they’ll get comfortable after a ‘breaking in’ period. Low-quality shoes are made with stiff materials that will never soften up over time. Even if the shoes do ‘break-in’, they may not be in the most ideal places. Ask your child if the shoes feel great off the bat. If the answer is ‘no’, avoid them altogether. 

 

#6: Keep an eye on the shoe

Get into the habit of regularly examining your child’s footwear. Kids tend to wear out shoes much faster than adults. Check for damaged heels or skidded toes. And keep an eye on your child’s behaviour. If they’re constantly taking their shoes off or trying to avoid that particular pair entirely, it could be a sign of severe discomfort.

 

#7: Seek professional care if foot conditions appear 

Corns, bunions and swollen feet aren’t just conditions you see in adults — many children can experience foot problems, too. Because the feet are the body’s foundation, it’s incredibly important to address issues immediately…no matter how minor they may seem.

If your child is experiencing foot discomfort, visit us at Physiomed. Our teams are highly experienced in providing foot care for children. Our chiropodists, chiropractors and physiotherapists can conduct a thorough assessment and provide corrective stretches and exercises to reduce pain and increase strength and range of motion. We also offer custom orthotics to address common conditions such as fallen arches and plantar fasciitis. These devices are specially designed to conform to the unique shape of your child’s feet and will provide the support their growing bodies need. 

 

Don’t let foot problems get in the way of your child’s health. Rely on Physiomed to keep your young ones happy, active and full of life! 

For more information on foot problems in children or to book an assessment, contact us here.

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5 Things You May Notice Physically After a Car Accident https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/5-things-you-may-notice-physically-after-a-car-accident/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 12:19:56 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10569 Car accidents in Canada have declined slightly over the past two decades. Despite this decline, there are still more than 100,000 motor vehicle collisions happening on our roads each year. While injuries can range from minor to severe — many victims may not understand the full extent of those injuries until several days or even …

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Car accidents in Canada have declined slightly over the past two decades. Despite this decline, there are still more than 100,000 motor vehicle collisions happening on our roads each year. While injuries can range from minor to severe — many victims may not understand the full extent of those injuries until several days or even months after the accident. 

Because everyone reacts differently to trauma, it may be difficult to know what to expect physically. If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, here are 5 things you should look out for.

 

1) Back pain 

Back pain is one of the most reported injuries following a collision. Although the discomfort may go away on its own, persistent back pain could be a symptom of soft tissue injury, a sprain, or herniated disc. Not only are these conditions painful, but they could also cause mobility issues that hinder your daily activities. 

If you’re experiencing back pain after an accident, seek treatment immediately to rule out more serious damage. In many cases, making a full recovery may require a combination of physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. 

 

2) Neck or shoulder pain

Pain in these areas is a common symptom of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when your head and neck jerk forward and backward very quickly due to impact or rapid braking. If the cervical vertebrae have been fractured, the spinal cord may also be damaged. Because these areas are interconnected, victims will often experience chronic pain in the neck and shoulders. Sometimes the pain is so severe, it may spread down your arms or legs. 

 

3) Headaches

You may feel alright immediately after a collision but could wake up to a severe headache the next day. These headaches can be caused by whiplash, tension, or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Some car accident victims also experience traumatic brain injuries. A mild case could have a temporary effect on your brain cells. More serious cases, however, can result in bleeding, bruising, and other physical damage to the brain. 

Monitor your headaches closely, but seek treatment immediately if they’re accompanied by these symptoms:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Persistent lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Loss of speech, vision, or hearing
  • Struggling to read or write

 

4) Numbness or tingling

Nerve damage is common during a collision and can cause numbness or tingling throughout the body. Whiplash, for example, can pinch a nerve due to intense pressure. Alternatively, blunt force trauma can cause the nerves to become compressed. 

If left untreated, this issue could cause serious complications. Treatment usually includes physiotherapy to reduce numbness or tingling sensations. If these problems are also accompanied by severe back pain, spinal decompression is an effective way to relieve pressure from the spinal discs. 

 

5) Swelling

Swelling is very common after trauma to the body, and can cause certain areas to increase in size. It usually occurs after a sprain, pulled muscles, or tissue damage. Swelling can be unexpected because it may not appear until days after the collision. 

Although you can ice the affected area at home, it’s best to seek professional care if you experience prolonged pain. Your physiotherapist may recommend range-of-motion exercises or massage therapy to speed up recovery. 

 

How Physiomed can help after a car accident

Our teams are trained to look beyond the obvious trauma to create a long-term recovery plan for accident victims. Physiomed is made up of many healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, medical doctors, and psychotherapists. Our team members work together to provide a well-rounded approach to healing that addresses both physical and emotional impact. 

And remember: Most of our services are covered by car insurance policies. As always, Physiomed is happy to help patients navigate the paperwork, so you can focus on recovery.  

For more information on car accident injuries or to book an assessment, contact us here.

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Back-to-School: 5 Ways to Reduce Back and Neck Pain Caused by Studying & Screen Time https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/back-to-school-5-ways-to-reduce-back-neck-pain-caused-by-studying-screen-time/ Sat, 15 Aug 2020 13:04:43 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10529   If your kids are complaining about back & neck pain, it could be due to poor posture. Do you often find your child hunched over a tablet, or lying awkwardly on the couch while watching TV? There’s no doubt that the summer months have meant a lot of screen time, especially with the COVID-19 …

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If your kids are complaining about back & neck pain, it could be due to poor posture. Do you often find your child hunched over a tablet, or lying awkwardly on the couch while watching TV? There’s no doubt that the summer months have meant a lot of screen time, especially with the COVID-19 lockdown that kept so many families indoors. But with the return of school this fall, you might find your child spending just as much time hunched over a computer for homework and e-learning. 

The good news is there are several ways to encourage better posture, which can help reduce chronic pain. And of course, these tips are also helpful for adults struggling with less-than-ergonomic setups while working from home. 

 

1) Avoid unsupported surfaces

Floppy couches, bean bag chairs and even floors are bad news. Many of us spend long amounts of screen time in non-ideal areas. Although convenient, these unsupported surfaces can twist our bodies into odd positions as we struggle to stay upright.

Try to create a setup in your child’s bedroom or living room that supports their neck and back. To help straighten up their posture, Invest in a well-supported chair or use firm pillows instead. You’d be surprised at the difference a few minor adjustments can make.

 

2) Encourage breaks

Whether your child is watching a movie or playing video games, it’s easy to lose track of time. That’s why small breaks are critical. Use a timer to remind kids that they should stand up and move around after 30 minutes of screen time. This doesn’t mean they have to stop everything they’re doing — just change up their position. 

 

3) Consider a sit-stand setup to reduce back & neck pain

A sit-stand accessory is a cheap way to convert any desk into an ergonomic one. Working on the computer while standing is a good strategy to force better posture. By raising the screen and keyboard to eye-level, it forces the user to straighten their back and relax their shoulders. Kids can also avoid carpal tunnel by keeping their arms at a 90-degree angle while typing.

These sit-stand contraptions can be purchased easily online. Check out Amazon or any office supply retailer. The only issue is that this accessory cannot be moved easily from one desk to another. If you have multiple studying areas in your home, you may need to invest in a couple of these. 

 

4) Use a therapy ball

There are fun ways to encourage good posture, even when the kids are engrossed in their screens. Sitting on a large therapy ball will allow your child to work critical trunk muscles while studying or playing video games. These balls will not only reduce pain, but also release pent-up tension and address structural issues. Your kids will also enjoy trying to balance themselves as they bounce around. 

 

5) Seek professional advice to reduce back & neck pain

If your child is still complaining of pain, consider seeking help from an expert. Many health care professionals work with kids and adolescents to address chronic discomfort caused by too much screen time. The overall process will also encourage your children to make healthier lifestyle choices early on.

Physiotherapy is an effective way to improve your child’s body function, without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. Chiropractic treatments can also alleviate chronic pain. The process is so safe that even babies can receive this kind of care.

Whether you’re a teen or middle-aged parent, rely on Physiomed to care for the whole family. Don’t let back & neck pain keep you from doing the things you love. With a bit of advice from our friendly team, plus a few small adjustments at home — your child can be on their way to a happier, healthier lifestyle!

 

For more information on managing chronic pain or to book an assessment, contact us here.

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Countdown to September: Making the Most of What’s Left of Summer https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/countdown-to-september-making-the-most-of-whats-left-of-summer/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 12:48:38 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10524 We’d all agree that ‘Summer 2020’ has been like no other. For families across the country, we’ve certainly had a grueling trek through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the return of school this fall and the slow reopening of the economy, most of us are keen on taking advantage of what’s left …

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We’d all agree that ‘Summer 2020’ has been like no other. For families across the country, we’ve certainly had a grueling trek through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the return of school this fall and the slow reopening of the economy, most of us are keen on taking advantage of what’s left of summer. 

Ontario, for example, is in the 3rd and final stage of its reopening strategy. This means the return of family attractions, indoor dining, and all the other little luxuries. From road trips to family BBQs, check out our tips on making this month one to remember!

 

Hit the road

Although many airlines have expanded their list of summer flights, hopping on a plane just isn’t an option for most of us at this time. So if you’re got a car, the next best thing is a road trip. Canada is full of unique discoveries. And we bet you don’t have to drive out of province to find them!

If you live in Toronto, for example, consider taking a drive to Ottawa — the long way. Ontario’s famous Algonquin Park is a lovely detour as you head to the nation’s capital. Surround yourself in wilderness with a long hike through one of the park’s extensive trails. Or stop in for a family picnic along the beach. 

If you love wine, why not take a drive out to Ontario’s Prince Edward County? Instead of heading to the usual Niagara region (which can get crowded), book a charming B&B along the St. Lawrence or reserve a campsite at nearby Sandbanks instead. Stunning vineyards and sparkling beaches are the perfect last-minute getaway. 

 

Visit the zoo

A family outing to your local zoo is a wonderful physical distancing activity. Your children will love waving to the animals, and will also appreciate the wide-open spaces to run around. 

The Toronto Zoo, for example, offers pre-booked tickets to ensure everyone’s safety. Book your time slot online as tickets are not sold on-site at this time. Face masks are mandatory at all indoor exhibits and certain outdoor viewing areas.

For families who are more comfortable touring around in their car, the Toronto Zoo also offers the Scenic Safari. Just keep in mind that on really hot days, the animals will be in shady areas — so it could be harder to spot them. 

 

Plan intimate gatherings

Ontario currently allows 10 people within your decided social circle. So this means you could hold a small gathering at your home with those dedicated members. Since we have no idea what the fall will bring, spend as much time with those closest to you. 

If you’re not comfortable letting non-family members inside your home, make the most of the outdoors. Backyard BBQs, marshmallows by the fire pit, and patio playdates for the kids are all excellent ways to spend these last few weeks of summer.

 

Take a digital vacation

We often sacrifice precious time with the person right in front of us for a distant person we’ll never see. Challenge yourself to limit smartphone and laptop use to what’s absolutely necessary, especially if you’re taking time off work. 

Some families will put all their devices into a basket before dinnertime, so everyone can be fully engaged at the end of a long day. You can also instill good habits in your children by encouraging those ‘old-fashioned’ activities, such as boardgames, craft kits, and backyard sports. 

 

Get your health back on track

Battling year-long burnout? Try working out instead. There’s certainly a proven link between exercise and mood positivity. Make a conscious effort to get active for even just a week, and you’ll quickly notice a difference.

Most exercise is free, especially when you’ve got great summer weather. So take a morning bike ride before the workday begins, or bring the kids out for a brisk walk after dinner. If you’re comfortable heading back to the gym, most are now open with capacity restrictions in place.

For those seeking more personalized support, a physiotherapist or fitness specialist can offer sound advice. And don’t forget that a good diet is key to long-term success. Cut out the sugary treats and processed meals. Instead, focus on whole foods that are rich in vitamins and good fats. 

 

Practice self-care

Take advantage of lazy summer days to tend to your emotional health. If that means knitting a hat or watching Netflix all evening, so be it. One of the best ways to practice self-care is to waste some time doing what you love — and not feel guilty about it. 

A lot of personal care services are also open under provincial reopening guidelines. Get a haircut, treat yourself to a massage, or enjoy an outdoor brunch at one of your favourite restaurants. After months of stress over the COVID-19 pandemic, the least you could do is pamper yourself. After all, you deserve it! 

 

For more information on healthier living or to book an assessment, contact us here.

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Sleep Science: How to Choose the Right Mattress and Pillows https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/sleep-science-how-to-choose-the-right-mattress-and-pillows/ Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:56:17 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10505 The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly sucked the life right out of us, hasn’t it? With our children not in school and millions of Canadians working from home, we’ve all had to make some big adjustments in our day-to-day lives. That’s why getting a good night’s sleep is now more important than ever before.  But when …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly sucked the life right out of us, hasn’t it? With our children not in school and millions of Canadians working from home, we’ve all had to make some big adjustments in our day-to-day lives. That’s why getting a good night’s sleep is now more important than ever before. 

But when it comes to choosing the right mattress and pillows, most people would agree this isn’t such an easy task. From latex to memory foam, there are so many options out there — all promising the best sleep you’ve had in years.

That’s why we’ve broken down everything you need to consider when choosing these two important sleep accessories!

 

Finding the right mattress

Determine your budget

There used to be a time when you could expect to drop at least $2,000 for a good mattress. But now you can find much cheaper options online, without having to sacrifice on quality. The general thinking is that the more you pay, the better the product. But more money doesn’t necessarily equal better quality. Many mattress stores tend to inflate their prices, so check what’s available online first. With a bit of research, you’ll see it’s possible to find a great mattress without breaking the bank. 

Choose your material

Memory foam, latex and innerspring mattresses are the most popular options out there. Each one has its own benefits, so it really comes down to personal preference. Here’s a quick breakdown of each:

Memory foam: If good support is your top priority, then memory foam is your best bet. This material conforms to every inch of the body that’s pressed into it. The mattress will slowly return to its original state once you get up, making it suitable for every body type. 

Latex: Known for its fantastic cooling capabilities, latex has a comfortable bounce and good responsiveness, too. Authentic latex is directly harvested from a tree, so you won’t get the gas-like odours as with memory foam products.

Innerspring: More popularly known as coiled, this type of mattress is the most traditional. Not only is it one of the more affordable options on the market, spring beds are also very durable. There won’t be any surprises either. You’ll recognize and understand exactly what you’re getting with an innerspring mattress.

Consider your sleeping position

Whether you like lying on your stomach or snoozing on your back, all of us have a unique way of sleeping. Think about your favourite position because that will determine your ideal firmness.

Back sleepers should go for a mattress that’s on the harder side. Memory foam is often said to provide the best support for back sleepers. Side sleepers, on the other hand, should go with a softer alternative. A softer mattress can help distribute pressure more evenly. Unless you’re purchasing online, test out a few different models at the store before committing. 

 

Finding the right pillow

Choosing the perfect pillow isn’t nearly as difficult as finding the right mattress. But there are still a few broad guidelines to keep in mind.

If you have allergies, look for a model that shuts out dust and mites. And be sure to purchase a cover at the same time. Meanwhile, snorers should consider a pillow that positions their head in a way that prevents the airways from becoming compressed. 

When it comes to sleep position, size snoozers should look for a firmer pillow. Look for one that’s as thick as the distance between your ear and outside shoulder. Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, should opt for a softer version. Consider putting another pillow under your pelvis to prevent back pain.

 

The Physiomed Difference

Although good sleep can improve many health conditions, sometimes a great mattress and pillow just aren’t enough. If you continue to experience fatigue and chronic pain, Physiomed can help.

From massage therapy to chiropractic care, ask our team how we can get your health back on track. This COVID-19 pandemic may be temporary, but our services are here to stay!

For more information on healthy eating or to book an assessment, contact us here.

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Food for Thought: How the Foods You Eat Can Affect Your Brain https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/food-for-thought-how-the-foods-you-eat-can-affect-your-brain/ Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:43:29 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10501 Despite Canada’s cautious economic restart, it’s clear that our country still remains in a pandemic. COVID-19 has not only threatened our health, but it has made a tremendous impact on the way we interact with others. It will certainly be quite some time before things return (if ever) to the way we once knew. There’s no …

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Despite Canada’s cautious economic restart, it’s clear that our country still remains in a pandemic. COVID-19 has not only threatened our health, but it has made a tremendous impact on the way we interact with others. It will certainly be quite some time before things return (if ever) to the way we once knew. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has left many of us feeling anxious, isolated and uncertain about the future. Aside from getting some fresh air and exercise though, one of the best ways to care for our emotional health is through the foods we eat.

We all know eating whole foods packed with vitamins is key to a healthy lifestyle. But did you know what you put in your mouth can also affect your brain? Let’s explore this correlation.

 

Understanding the digestive system

Our gastrointestinal tract does a lot more than just break down what we eat. There’s a direct link between its overall efficiency and the way we feel. Our bodies produce an important hormone known as serotonin. This chemical helps regulate sleep and appetite — it’s also an important contributor to feelings of happiness. 95% of serotonin is actually produced in our gastrointestinal tract, which explains why it’s incredibly important to keep this part of our body in good shape. 

One of the best ways to maintain a strong digestive system is by nourishing it with wholesome foods. Greasy meals and sugary treats can cause inflammation and affect the way our bodies absorb nutrients. When you feel sluggish and unenergized, your gastrointestinal tracts can’t produce the serotonin you need.

 

The importance of a high-quality diet

Nutritious foods can certainly improve your overall quality of life. Our brains function best when we eat foods that are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. That’s because they protect the brain from oxidative stress — the waste that’s produced when the body uses oxygen. Too much oxygen can actually damage brain cells.

This is why processed and refined foods are always bad news, even in small doses. Because they’re usually low in fibre, these foods are digested very quickly — causing major upswings in blood sugar levels. The body is then forced to work harder to regulate itself, making it difficult to fight off diabetes, high blood pressure and blood disease.

 

Brain foods

Cooking with a high-quality olive oil is a good way to get the fatty acids you need. And if you’re looking for a healthy snack, consider dark chocolate. Cacao contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that’s good for memory and learning. 

Here are some other foods that can improve your overall emotional state:

  • Fatty fish, including salmon, trout and sardines
  • Blueberries
  • Kale, broccoli, and garlic
  • Almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds
  • Whole-grains, including brown rice, barley and bulgur wheat

 

Making the transition to healthier eating

When you cut out the processed foods — you’ll quickly notice an improvement in not just your physical health, but also your mood. It’s never too late to identify the foods that make you feel down. It will usually take a few weeks using a process of elimination.  

Start with a ‘clean’ diet

Cut out processed and sugary foods for 2 weeks. You may also go dairy-free or nut-free to pinpoint food sensitivities. 

Reintroduce foods

Slowly bring back the foods you love into your diet. Keep a food journal to take note of any changes in your mood. When reintroducing more nutritious options, pay close attention to any emotional improvements. You may see some patterns emerge.

Keep your goals realistic

Cutting out fast food entirely for the next year may not be realistic. Despite our best intentions, we all have slip-ups once in a while. Instead of beating yourself up, keep your goals realistic from the outset. By taking this approach, you’ll be much more successful in maintaining success long-term. 

Physiomed: Healthier starts here

Everyone could use a bit of motivation and guidance on their quest to emotional well-being. At Physiomed, we can help you get off on the right foot. Nutritional counselling is just one of the many services we offer. Our healthcare practitioners can introduce you to a nutritious diet that addresses your unique concerns. We can also help you with:

During these uncertain times, it’s important to take care of your emotional health. 

Let Physiomed help you navigate this COVID-19 pandemic with our knowledgeable, friendly advice. So connect with us in-person or anytime through our virtual care services

For more information on healthy eating or to book an assessment, contact us here.

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Top 5 Things to Expect as Healthcare Clinics Reopen https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/virtual-care/top-5-things-to-expect-as-healthcare-clinics-reopen/ https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/virtual-care/top-5-things-to-expect-as-healthcare-clinics-reopen/#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 12:00:48 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10468 As Ontario continues with its cautious economic reboot, healthcare providers across the province are excited to be back in business. The Ford government has announced that dozens of practitioners, including physiotherapists and chiropractors, are now allowed to reopen. As healthcare workers reconnect with their patients, physical distancing will be top priority. Here are some of …

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As Ontario continues with its cautious economic reboot, healthcare providers across the province are excited to be back in business. The Ford government has announced that dozens of practitioners, including physiotherapists and chiropractors, are now allowed to reopen.

As healthcare workers reconnect with their patients, physical distancing will be top priority. Here are some of the safety measures you can expect as clinics open their doors for in-person services. 

1) Stop-and-wait policy

Gone are the days when you could just breeze through the front doors, at least for now. Most clinics are implementing a ‘stop-and-wait’ policy to ensure distancing requirements are met. This likely means you’ll have to walk inside cautiously, and wait for a staff member to greet you.

Patients can also expect:

  • Circles on the floor indicating where to stand
  • Plexiglas shields installed at reception desks
  • Waiting room seats spaced out
  • Lineups to restrict the number of patients inside

Many grocery stores and retail shops have been operating under these same guidelines. When visiting a healthcare setting, the key is to wait your turn and keep interactions to a minimum. 

2) Mandatory questionnaire

If you want service, you’ll have to fill out a survey. Most practitioners will want to know whether you’ve travelled out of the country or have flu-like symptoms. It’s important to be honest as we all have a responsibility to protect our fellow citizens. 

Community transmission is a serious concern. Ontario, for example, is pushing back its date to expand social gatherings as the province sees a spike in cases of COVID-19. The Premier has said reopening initiatives will be scaled back if the province continues on this path. The best way to ensure your physiotherapist or massage therapist continues to  operate is by doing your part. 

3) Masks

There are mixed reviews on the effectiveness of masks. But Canada’s top doctor says non-surgical masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19. That’s why more people are wearing them while out for walks, visiting the grocery store, and taking public transit. 

Many clinics are making masks mandatory for staff and patients. Before heading to your appointment, purchase a pack of disposables online or try out a DIY version instead. Just make sure your hands are clean before putting it on. For extra protection, wear gloves to avoid bacterial transfer. 

4) No wandering allowed

Pre-pandemic, your massage therapist may have let you relax in the clinic lounge. Or maybe your chiropractor let you use the bathroom in the back. That kind of access and flexibility will be rare going forward. 

As more businesses reopen, employees will try to stay diligent about disinfecting. That’s why practitioners will try to limit access to certain areas, and keep track of clinic activity. Under new safety protocols, patients will be asked to stay with a staff member at all times. And only with permission will you be allowed to wander out of sight. 

5) Physical contact only when necessary

Some healthcare providers may not be comfortable with physical contact during patient sessions. So unless you’re booked for hands-on services like a massage, expect a lot less contact. Although masks and gloves can greatly reduce the chance of infection, COVID-19 can still spread through droplets elsewhere. 

If you are in physical contact with your practitioner, keep your hands away from your face. Bacteria from dirty surfaces can transfer to your hands, then enter your body through the eyes, nose or mouth. Public health officials say the best way to avoid COVID-19 is to stop face-touching altogether.

Healthier Starts Here

At Physiomed, we’re relying on the advice of regulatory colleges to guide our safety protocols. Because the country remains in a state of pandemic, our clinics won’t be ‘business as usual’ for quite some time. But, patients can still expect the high level of service Physiomed has come to represent. 

And of course — if you still prefer virtual visits, we continue to offer online care. Simply book an appointment on our website, and have confidence knowing our practitioners are still just a click away. 

For more information or to schedule an in-person session, please contact us here

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Healthcare from a Distance: 7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Virtual Care Visits https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/healthcare-from-a-distance-7-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-virtual-care-visits/ https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/healthcare-from-a-distance-7-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-virtual-care-visits/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:10:33 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10242 Connecting with healthcare professionals can be a rewarding experience. If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy the valuable insight and look forward to finding solutions to your unique health problems.  In this era of COVID-19, there’s an overwhelming demand from Canadians to connect with their healthcare providers. And that’s understandable, given the complex nature …

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Connecting with healthcare professionals can be a rewarding experience. If you’re like most people, you probably enjoy the valuable insight and look forward to finding solutions to your unique health problems. 

In this era of COVID-19, there’s an overwhelming demand from Canadians to connect with their healthcare providers. And that’s understandable, given the complex nature of this infectious disease. To meet this need, many clinics are offering Virtual Care — a safe way to deliver services while maintaining physical distancing requirements. 

Although online sessions lack physical interaction, they can still be very effective in addressing patient needs. So here are some tips to ensure you get the most out of your online visit.

Before the Appointment

Think about your talking points

Coming up with a short list of issues to discuss is helpful for in-person visits. But for online sessions, it can be even more important. When appointments are conducted through phone or video-chat, it’s easy to lose your train of thought. Before your Virtual Care visit, ask yourself the following:

  • What is my reason for being seen?
  • What are my symptoms?
  • In which areas do I feel pain?
  • What is it that I want to accomplish in the upcoming session?

In the days leading up to your appointment, take note of when your symptoms started or if they’ve changed. Keep a record in your smartphone or notepad of what triggers those symptoms, as well as what aggravates and relieves them. 

Send a photo if possible

If you’re suffering from discomfort that’s actually visible, send a picture to your practitioner. Bruises, rashes and swelling are especially well-suited to telehealth services. 

Whether your virtual visit is with a physiotherapist or fitness expert, a clear photo will help them understand the severity of your problem or challenge. And don’t forget to describe any sensations associated with your symptoms, such as tingling, numbness or sharp pain. 

Address routine issues

Too often, time is wasted taking care of administrative details. Ask your practitioner if there’s anything that can be discussed beforehand. Doctor’s notes, insurance paperwork and billing inquiries can usually be addressed outside of the Virtual Care session. Send a quick email a few days prior to sort out these details, so you’re not wasting valuable treatment time on the day of. 

During the Session

Be ready on time

Chances are your healthcare professional has other Virtual Care visits lined up for the day. Be on time to ensure your window doesn’t get cut short. If you’re scheduled for a video-chat, make sure the conferencing link works by logging in 10 minutes early. This will give you time to troubleshoot. 

Make sure you’re in a quiet place

Because this pandemic means everyone stays indoors — your spouse is likely working from home or your children are participating in online classrooms. Be sure to conduct this virtual visit from a quiet space that’s free of distractions. Your room should have a solid Internet connection, too. 

Have your gear close by

If you’ve been using a Thera-Band or small dumbbells for exercises with your physiotherapist, have them nearby for your online appointment. If you need to ask your practitioner the correct way to use a blood pressure monitor or glucometer, have this equipment on standby as well.

After Your Appointment

Reassess, make adjustments if needed

After each Virtual Care session, it’s helpful to play back how it went and re-jig for next time if necessary. Ask yourself the following:

  • Did Virtual Care meet my short-term needs?
  • What can my practitioner and I do differently to make our next session even better?
  • What am I looking to accomplish in the long-term? 

Until we meet again…

Technological advances have allowed for seamless Virtual Care sessions. And that’s fortunate considering the uncertainty as to how long this pandemic will last — especially in Ontario where a reopening plan has been unveiled, but no hard dates have been set. Although telehealth services are effective, returning to regular in-clinic visits is necessary to receive optimal care. 

Physiomed strives to offer the same level of care our patients came to expect before COVID-19. The only difference now is that we’re armed with new tools to continue delivering service amid this new pandemic reality. Virtual Care is just one way to stay connected, until we meet again in-person.
For more information or to book an appointment for Virtual Care, please visit us here.

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Virtual Care 101: 5 Things to Know About Online Visits https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/virtual-care-101-5-things-to-know-about-online-visits/ https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/general-category/virtual-care-101-5-things-to-know-about-online-visits/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:46:19 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=10235 The COVID-19 pandemic means many patients aren’t able to receive care in ways they normally would. Physical distancing measures are keeping people from walking into clinics and meeting with healthcare professionals face-to-face. But at Physiomed, that hasn’t stopped us from putting your needs first.  New advances in technology are allowing us to look after patients …

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The COVID-19 pandemic means many patients aren’t able to receive care in ways they normally would. Physical distancing measures are keeping people from walking into clinics and meeting with healthcare professionals face-to-face. But at Physiomed, that hasn’t stopped us from putting your needs first. 

New advances in technology are allowing us to look after patients through Virtual Care. This means we’re using secure video conferencing software to connect remotely, so you can receive individualized treatment in the comfort of your own home.

Because no one is certain how long this pandemic will last, deferring health treatments indefinitely is not only inconvenient — but could also be dangerous. Virtual Care allows you to get the attention you need while still respecting federal guidelines on physical distancing.  

So if you’re wondering exactly what Virtual Care looks like, this helpful guide has everything you need to know about online visits. 

1) What you’ll need to get started

Connecting to one of our practitioners is easy: All you need is a laptop or PC. A smartphone or tablet is perfectly fine, too. As long as the device has a camera and microphone, Virtual Care is an option for you. You’ll also need a strong Internet connection, whether it be through wifi or landline. The best part is no software installation is required, nor will you need to configure any accounts. 

2) How you’ll connect

Once you book an appointment for Virtual Care, our team will assess your needs and make sure we can deliver the service you require effectively. We’ll then email you a weblink to your video conferencing session. 

There may be instances where a phone consultation would be equally effective. Or, some patients may have concerns about being on video. If this is the case, one of our practitioners will set up a time for a telephone appointment instead. 

3) How the session will play out

After receiving your consent to participate through a digital platform, you can expect the appointment to continue the same way as an in-person visit. Although there will be some key differences, your practitioner will still have the ability to:

  • Assess your condition and underlying symptoms
  • Offer a diagnosis; make treatment recommendations
  • Conduct exercises and monitor your form and balance
  • Monitor your progress and update your treatment plan as needed
  • Provide on-going guidance & support until we can return to in-person care

Despite the lack of hands-on treatment, there are still many ways to improve your condition. Your clinician should be able to provide ongoing guidance during each Virtual Care appointment, until you can return to regular in-person visits. 

4) Types of services available

Naturally, some treatments lend themselves better to Virtual Care than others. For example, physiotherapy, chiropractic and clinical conditioning can be delivered effectively in a remote setting. Consultative services, such as naturopathy and nutritional counselling can also be provided through Virtual Care.

Ask your healthcare expert beforehand if online visits are an option for your condition. You may be surprised as to how much can be achieved remotely. 

5) Helpful tips

Although a reliable device and strong Internet connection are key, you may still run into a few hiccups along the way. To make your Virtual Care session as smooth as possible, here are some pro tips:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows for flexibility and movement
  • If you have injuries or swelling, be sure these areas can be easily visible to your practitioner
  • Consider having a family member nearby, in case you need help holding the camera for visual examinations

The Physiomed Difference

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Physiomed continues to offer the same level of care you’ve come to expect from our team. As we began to realize the full scope of this pandemic, our company took immediate action to ensure we were there for our patients. We believe it’s important, now more than ever, to take care of your physical and emotional well-being. 

You can expect our practitioners to offer the same quality services and professionalism you’d find at an in-person visit. Aside from the absence of physical interaction, nothing else changes. 

During Virtual Care, our Physiomed staff will continue to:

  • Meet the same regulatory requirements for healthcare professionals
  • Adhere to the company’s Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct
  • Offer a safe space where patients can feel comfortable and encouraged to meet their long-term goals

We look forward to serving you during this difficult time. Virtual Care is just one way for us to stay connected, until we can meet in-person once again.

For more information or to book an appointment for Virtual Care, please visit us here.

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Social Distancing & Your Health: How to Stay Active While Still Following the Rules https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/daily-exercises/social-distancing-your-health-how-to-stay-active-while-still-following-the-rules/ https://www.physiomed.ca/blog/daily-exercises/social-distancing-your-health-how-to-stay-active-while-still-following-the-rules/#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 04:00:24 +0000 https://www.physiomed.ca/?p=9932 In recent weeks, millions of Canadians have been forced into a life that goes against our relatively social nature. With schools closed, restaurants shuttered and all gatherings banned — so many of us are wondering ‘what’s next’ in this coronavirus pandemic.  The WHO stresses that social distancing is the key to stemming COVID-19. That means …

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In recent weeks, millions of Canadians have been forced into a life that goes against our relatively social nature. With schools closed, restaurants shuttered and all gatherings banned — so many of us are wondering ‘what’s next’ in this coronavirus pandemic. 

The WHO stresses that social distancing is the key to stemming COVID-19. That means staying at least three feet away from anyone who’s coughing or sneezing. But other health officials, including the CDC, say best practice requires maintaining at least six feet between you and others at all times. So that would explain why this critically important health intervention has so many of us staying indoors altogether. 

So how do you find ways to stay active as we isolate ourselves for the good of the country? It’s especially difficult if you’re relatively healthy and enjoy being outdoors no matter the weather. Take a look at our tips on how to keep your body moving, while still following social distancing guidelines. 

Step outside

One thing to understand is that social distancing is very different from being in quarantine. Although provinces like Ontario and Alberta have declared states of emergency, you don’t have to be in a full lockdown indoors. This doesn’t mean hit up the malls and host playdates for your son’s friends. But it does mean you can still step outside, as long as contact with others is limited. 

If working from home, take scheduled breaks from your laptop to get some fresh air. A simple walk around the block or an hour of yard work can have tremendous benefits, both physically and emotionally. 

Go for long walks

According to infectious disease experts, you can still keep up your workout routine as long as you maintain some distance. A stroll through the park or long hikes on a nature trail are certainly allowed, since these activities usually take place in wide open spaces. Walking is perfect because you can scale up or down depending on your fitness level. If for whatever reason you can’t get outside, indoor walking is just as effective, especially if you have stairs. 

Tune in to an online fitness class

Many yoga teachers, aerobics instructors and other fitness professionals are still holding classes. But now they’re doing it on social media platforms like Facebook Live. A popular gym in Australia, for example, has been hosting virtual workouts multiple times a day amid the coronavirus outbreak. If you have a fitness class you regularly attend, ask your instructor if they have sessions online.

An alternative to live classes are YouTube workouts. The Fitness Marshall and Pop Sugar Fitness are popular channels that merge physical activity with music and dance. Tuning in for a quick workout will not only tone your muscles, but give you something to look forward to during the day. 

Play tennis

Because participants are already spaced out, tennis is the perfect social distancing sport. Although some parks remain closed, there are outdoor courts still available for public use. If you want to play doubles but don’t feel you can adhere to social distancing rules, then play in the singles format instead. Avoid shaking hands or giving high-fives during games, and remember to sit far apart when resting.

Spend time with your pets

Dogs and cats crave physical activity, too. Whether they need a walk or a few moments of playtime, spending time with your pets will keep you stimulated. You can also stay social when walking your dog by inviting a neighbour to come along. Just be sure to keep yourself and all animals at least two metres apart. 

Reframe your perspective

Instead of focusing on what you can’t do during this pandemic, ask yourself what you can do to stay active. Explore a new hiking trail with your kids, get started on your garden bed or simply practice some self-care. Use this downtime as an opportunity to focus on your physical and mental well-being, and get back to what really matters. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Physiomed community for guidance, motivation or general support. As always, we’re committed to keeping our patients healthy during this difficult time.

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