Dispelling the Myths About Bladder Leakage

wfu_saleIt’s NOT normal to have bladder leakage with age. It’s NOT normal to have bladder leakage with pregnancy or post partum.
There ARE treatment options for bladder leakage that don’t include surgery

Bladder leakage is also known as urinary incontinence and this is the involuntary loss of urine.  There are muscles, which are called our pelvic floor muscles, that provide support to our pelvic organs and keep us continent.  These muscles act as a sling that connect our tailbone to our pubic bone and from our sits bone to the other sits bone.

Did you know that more than 3.3 Million Canadians are living with urinary incontinence?  That  means that every 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men have bladder leakage.  Yes men too experience incontinence!  Even teens and athletes can experience leakage, especially with societal demands to look a certain way, and the increased popularity of boot-camps and cross-fit.  These are great forms of exercise but if a woman increases the intensity of her workouts too hard  too fast or if she does not have the proper pelvic floor muscle strength, then she may experience bladder leakage.

Now let’s talk about kegels.  Kegels are the contraction of your pelvic floor muscles and they are used to improve the strength of your pelvic muscles.  Often these muscles are weak which can lead to leakage so it is very important that if you have a weak pelvic floor that you utilize the kegel to keep you continent and keep your inner core strong.  How do I kegel?  Lets start with the core breath…..as you inhale you will expand your belly and ribcage and on the breath out (exhalation) you will visualize gently squeezing and lifting a blueberry up your vagina.  Now don’t squish your blueberries ladies!!  Just a gentle squeeze and lift.  This is the first stage of a kegel.

This must be done correctly to properly work and there are many progressions from this exercise to further improve your inner core strength. If you are unable to feel these pelvic floor muscles contracting or if your symptoms haven’t changed or worsened then please see your pelvic health physiotherapist to help guide you. Kegels may not be appropriate for everyone.
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is very effective and has Grade A level 1 Evidence for the treatment of urinary incontinence.  Don’t be limited by embarrassment or fear and stop living with your leakage.  Take control over your body and achieve the freedom to function.  Call today to book your appointment with your pelvic floor physiotherapist!

Rotator Cuff Injuries Can Be Very Painful: We Can Help

We_Fix_U_April_2017_Rotator_CuffThe Rotator Cuff is a group of four muscles that move and stabilize the shoulder. These muscles include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. When these muscles or their tendons are damaged it can cause pain along the front or side of the arm and neck pain.
Other symptoms include inability to lift the above shoulder level or to reach behind your back.
Treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy includes rest, ice, range of motion and strengthening exercises.
As with most injuries to the arm it is important to limit heavy lifting. With the rotator cuff we also have to avoid overhead activities such as lifting something off a shelf and repetitive activities such as painting.
can be placed on the shoulder to reduce swelling. This is particularly important immediately after you perform an activity that
causes you pain to prevent swelling in the first place.

What is an Ankle Sprain ?

We_Fix_U_April_2017_AnkleAnkle sprains are a common injury often caused by “twisting” or “rolling” the ankle while playing a sport or simply by walking on uneven ground. The result can be sharp pain
on the inside or outside of the ankle, swelling, bruising or inability to walk on that foot.

There are three bones that make up the ankle joint. In order for these bones to hold up the weight of the body they require strong ligaments to hold them together. These
ligaments prevent it from twisting too far inward (inversion) or outward (eversion). When we forcefully bend the ankle in these directions we can tear the ligaments partially or fully.


Immediate treatment includes rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Take the time to relax. Recline with your foot elevated higher then your heart, wrapped in a tensor, with a bag of pees (or cold pack) on it. More severe sprains may require an air cast, splint or crutches.

Further treatment includes strengthening, stretching and proprioceptive exercises to get back on your feet or back to your sport. It is important to slowly progress exercises to avoid further damage to the ligaments. A good rule of thumb is to progress to a new exercise only if it is pain free

We are bringing you the BEST of the BEST in February!

wfu-staff_photos_26Our Chiropractor  has been voted “BEST CHIROPRACTOR” in Northumberland and now he’s coming to Oshawa!

Dr. Karam, Our  We-Fix-U Chiropractor  is excited work with the patients at We-Fix-U Physiotherapy and Foot Health Centre. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in different chiropractic techniques to our team. Dr. Karam is a firm believer in a patient centered approach to health. He appreciates the individuality of patients and works hard to address causes of pain and dysfunction. Please feel free to come by and meet Dr. Karam. He is available across from the pool at We-Fix-U Physiotherapy and Foot Health Centre, Oshawa.

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Five Things You Should Know About  Chiropractic Care

Did you know? There is no age limit when it comes to chiropractic care.
Getting great results with chiropractic care? Excellent! You join the millions who have benefited from an all-natural approach to better health. But there’s a lot more that’s possible. Here are a few things you might not know about chiropractic care.

1. There are no age limits.
Chiropractic care isn’t just for adults-it’s for everyone who wants to live and feel better, from newborn infants to seniors and everyone in between. Adjusting techniques are tailored to the size, weight and each individual’s specific spinal issue.

2. The first sign of a problem isn’t always pain.
A lot of patients come to us because they’re in pain. But even if your pain is relatively new, the root cause of it could be weeks, months or even years old. Why? Because your body is so adaptive it can take a long time before it runs out of adaptive capacity and symptoms appear.

3. We’re not magic-your body is.
While we love it when our patients call our techniques “magic,” you should know that our methods are simply tools to help your body express true health and wellness. Our job is to get your nervous system functioning optimally so that your body can heal and self-regulate itself without the need for drugs or surgery.

4. Adjustments are unique, just like you.
The beauty of chiropractic care is that we’re able to tailor and create an individual care plan just for your specific needs. This helps us target your problem areas and work on uncovering the root cause of the issue.

5. Optimal results are a team effort.
If you feel great after being adjusted, that’s wonderful. But our hope for patients is that their quest for health doesn’t stop there. The best results seem to occur when we do our job (locate and reduce nervous system interference) and you do your job (better nutrition, proper rest and exercise, reducing stress and keeping your visits).

Our collaborative team of multidisciplinary health care practitioners use a holistic approach to your well being. This allows us to consult with various experts on our team, to ensure we aim to give you the best and most comprehensive approach to getting you better.

Call us TODAY to set up an assessment with Roger
Let us help you to live the best years possible.

Are Aches and Pains Ruining Your Day? Discover Why You Hurt and How You Can Lessen the Pain

As people age, many develop aches and pains that become progressively worse and begin to interfere with their normal work requirements, daily activities and even healthy sleep patterns. In many cases these aches and pains are worse upon awakening in the morning and ease as the person arises and begins to move about. Although this type of pain can have a number of causes, some of the most common ones are those related to a decrease in the level of overall health or activity, an illness or injury, a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate or improper exercise and poor nutrition.


Why Are Aches and Pains More Prevalent Upon Awakening?

Although general pain and aching can be attributed to many causes, inflammation is one of the most common. As you move about throughout the day, the tissues of the body often become irritated, resulting in chronic inflammation. If the irritation is not severe, you may not be aware that anything is happening inside your muscles and joints but as you sleep, the inflammation becomes thickened, making your body’s tissues less elastic. This inelasticity increases the irritant level in the tissues of the body and the results are felt as stiff or aching muscles and joints upon awakening.

As you arise and begin to move about, the inflammation in the tissues becomes less thick, allowing the tissues, muscles and joints to begin to move more freely and the pain recedes.

When this constant cycle of building and receding inflammation repeats again and again, chronic tissue degeneration occurs and permanent damage can result. This is why it is important to take morning aches and pains seriously and find proven ways to relieve the discomfort.


What Are Some Effective Ways to Help Relieve Common Aches and Pains?

Some of the best ways to help reduce the occurrence of morning aches and pains and the damage they cause is to take better care of your body and work to improve your overall health. This includes making sure that you:

  • eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on anti-oxidant rich fruits, vegetables and nuts, such as peppers, carrots, broccoli, berries, grapes, citrus and walnuts
  • drink plenty of water to ensure proper hydration of body tissues, including muscles and joints
  • get regular, low impact exercise to make your body’s metabolism more efficient and help to remove waste materials that can build up and inflame body tissues
  • get enough restful sleep to maintain body chemistry and help promote normal function
  • improve sitting and standing posture to alleviate pressure points and help to prevent stress on muscles, joints and bones that can promote unhealthy inflammation
  • learn to manage stress to prevent involuntary tensing of muscles that can result in inflamed muscles and joints

Can Physiotherapy Be Effective for Aches and Pains?

Aches and pains that do not respond to your efforts to relieve them, those that seem to worsen or those that are related to some type of recent or past injury, can often be helped with the assistance of a professional physiotherapy team, like ours. By using our skills and knowledge of the human anatomy, we can help patients reduce aches and pains and strengthen muscles, joints and bones to help ward off the inflammation that causes this type of discomfort.

To find out more about how physical therapy can help you deal with your aches and pains, contact us now. We can help you determine the cause for your discomfort and work out a convenient physiotherapy plan to help you become stronger and enjoy better mobility at any stage of life.

Neck Pain and Headaches from Stress

Stress is nothing more than our reaction to a provocation that upsets our physical and/or mental equilibrium. Accordingly, stress is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. Nevertheless, when we are faced with stress, our “fight or flight” response can be triggered; this causes the production of hormones including adrenaline and cortisol to increase and rush through your body.


About Your Neck Pain and Headaches


Simultaneously, muscles in our neck and scalp may contract. These muscle contractions occur when you are faced with stress, anxiety, or depression. When these muscles contract they often cause dull, nagging, headaches that often turn into full-blown migraine headaches. So, let’s explore the links between neck pain and headaches.

Robert Gotlin, DO, director of Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City says this about neck pain:

“As stress goes up I definitely see more patients with neck pain. Every year around tax time the number of patients with neck pain increases, especially among Wall Street types here in New York.”

Another cause of neck pain is structural and results from a neck joint issue. This type of a headache is known as a neck headache or more properly as a cervicogenic headache. But, research shows that fixing the neck can end a headache. The joints usually implicated in a neck headache are:

  • Atlanto-occipital joint (O-C1);
  • Atlanto-axial joint (C1/2); and
  • C2/3 cervical spine joints.

When your neck joints are too tight a headache can result in just a few minutes. Not all stress is bad, though. Stress within your comfort level helps you to perform under pressure, keep you motivated to try to excel and can keep you safe when danger is evident.


How Many Types of Headaches Are There?

Headaches come in many sizes and pain levels, but there are four distinct types of a headache; they are:

  • Tension;
  • Sinus;
  • A migraine; and
  • Cluster

Tension headaches are the most common of all headaches and can occur simply because you hold your head in one position for too long. Some of the activities that can lead to a tension headache from this source are:

  • Computer work,
  • Working with a microscope; and
  • Fine work with one’s hands

Other causes of tension headaches include:

  • Physical or emotional stress;
  • Caffeine (too little [withdrawal] or too much;
  • Sinus infections from a cold or the flu;
  • Alcohol drinking;
  • Eye strain;
  • Fatigue; and
  • Tobacco use

Serious debilitating headaches are a warning that you should seek medical attention; tension headaches, though, are most often just a nagging annoyance, though some can be painful enough to disrupt your activities. Nevertheless, they are the most common type of headache.


How Do I Deal with a Tension Headache?

Since tension headaches are the most common of all headaches, following are some tips on how to deal with a tension headache.

Relax – Tension headaches are called this for a reason; relaxation and stress relief can help put them out of your head. While stress is an undeniable part of life, an overabundance of stress can lead to more serious diseases such as high blood pressure or heart disorders. Activities that strain your neck and back should be curtailed and stretching breaks should be a regular part of your work day – more than once a day.

Apply hot or cold to your head and neck – Headaches are unlike most pain you feel in your body. While warmth is the usual prescription for aches and pains, in the case of headaches, things are not as certain. Sometimes, a hot compress or pad actually makes your headache worse, so use whichever works best for you, heat or ice packs.

Fix Your Workplace Ergonomics – a headset for your telephone, proper monitor positioning for your computer, a desktop riser that lets you work while standing. In addition, make sure your eyeglasses and contacts are current.

Stretch Your Muscles – Stretching is a great way to release tense muscles in the neck and scalp. Do your stretching with a general exercise program designed by a trainer or physical therapist for your specific needs. Just remember to tell the trainer or therapist about your headaches.

Headaches can be beastly, but you can tame them by reducing neck pain and stress and dealing with headaches as soon as they come to you.