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ISSUE NUMBER 24

During this past Fall, I went on an incredible trip to Japan. I visited three main cities: Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto – each having their own personalities! My absolute favorite thing to do when I travel is to experience the culture by way of food. : ) Osaka is known for its variety of street foods. Of course, I tried as much as I could! Firstly, I had a dish called “okonomiyaki” – which is a Japanese savoury pancake. This dish contains KONICHIWA!

I have had many different ramen and udon dishes before, but going to Tokyo and eating noodles there was a completely different experience! Of course, I couldn’t go to Japan without visiting shrines and temples. These were located all over Japan and all the ones I visited were breathtaking. One of the most memorable shrines I had gone to was in Kyoto. It was called the Fushimi-Inari, where I hiked about 5km under “torri gates.” These gates are known as sacred gates that separate the human world to the sacred world. I also had the opportunity to visit a fantastic temple called the Todaiji Temple. Here, houses one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Japan – sitting at 15 meters tall! Visiting these shrines and temples was absolutely breathtaking! Overall, Japan has been one of my favorite countries I have visited and I will definitely go back soon! - Coco

a variety of different ingredients mixed together in a wheat- flour-based batter and then cooked on hotplate in front of you. I had a mixture of pork, shrimp, noodle with an egg on top. Of course, it was delicious! Another popular food item in Osaka is called “takoyaki,” which also uses a wheat-flour-based batter. This batter is shaped in into a ball and inside has octopus tentacles! Another must-try in Japan! “Kushikatsu” is another great dish in Osaka. Simply put, it is fried anything; meat and vegetables. Everything from quail eggs to pork to asparagus to cheese and even okra! This was probably one of my favorite foods in Osaka and I would highly recommend it to everyone going to Osaka! My next food stop was Tokyo. In Tokyo, my goal was to eat lots of different noodle dishes. I had as much udon and ramen as possible! Whether it had been stir-fried, soup-based dishes or even dipping-style noodles, it was all delicious. My favorite style was the dipping noodles, otherwise known as “tsukemen-style.” With this, you get fresh noodles with a thick broth on the side. You pick up the noodles, dip it in the super fragrant broth and then slurp. This was my absolute favorite food I had in Japan.

INSIDE: • How To Recover Quickly from a Rotator Cuff Injury • How Do I Know If Physiotherapy Is Needed?

• My PT Story • New and Upcoming! • Sleeping With Shoulder Pain?

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HOW TO RECOVER QUICKLY FROM A ROTATOR CUFF INJURY

Your rotator cuff is comprised of the muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint. Sometimes, the rotator cuff can become torn or injured, due to repetitive overhead motions performed in sports (such as tennis) or jobs (such as carpentry.) Athletes are also at risk of developing a rotator cuff injury if they participate in rigorous activities, such as weightlifting, swimming, or tennis. The active movements associated with sports and laborious work are undoubtedly important factors to keep in mind; however, passive movements can also be contributing factors to an injury. Continuous poor posture and improper positioning of the shoulders can make your scapula, or shoulder blade, much more vulnerable to pain and rotator cuff injuries. Those who experience rotator cuff injuries or “torn shoulders” generally report a dull ache deep in their shoulder, arm weakness, difficulty reaching behind their back, and disturbed sleep due to pain. At SOS Physiotherapy, our natural and non-invasive methods can help relieve your shoulder pain and heal your rotator cuff injury. How can physiotherapy help a rotator cuff injury? While rotator cuff injuries sometimes require surgery if they are severe enough, there are several cases where physiotherapy treatments can work just as well (if not better) than surgery.

According to the American Physiotherapy Association, “A recent study from Finland asserts that when it comes to treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physiotherapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair.” In this same study, a follow-up on 167 patients receiving physiotherapy alone for their rotator cuff injuries, demonstrated that conservative treatment, such as physiotherapy, should be considered as the primary treatment for this condition.

HOW DO I KNOW IF PHYSIOTHERAPY IS NEEDED?

It is natural to experience an occasional ache or pain from overexertion. However, it is when the pain becomes chronic or unbearable that the condition becomes serious. Chronic pain, or pain persisting for three months or longer, is an indication that PT intervention is needed. There are some additional symptoms to consider that may also be telling signs that treatment is needed, such as:

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to contact a physiotherapist for treatment.

How can I begin treatments? At SOS Physiotherapy, we will conduct a physical evaluation and diagnostic tests to determine if you do indeed have a rotator cuff tear, and we will design a personalized treatment plan based on the needs of your diagnosis. Specialized manual therapy techniques, ultrasound, and/or laser may be used to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and enhance function. Gentle stretches and exercises will also be prescribed to improve your posture, strength, and range of motion of your shoulder. If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, contact us today. Our dedicated physiotherapists will provide you with some much-needed relief and get you started on your path toward recovery!

• Sharp or stinging pains.

• Uncomfortable “clicking” sounds with movement.

• Dull pain that runs alongside your arm.

• Sudden arm weakness.

Belmont Clinic Belmont Professional Centre 564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301 Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6 TEL: (519) 743-4355

Elmira Clinic Behind Wellness Centre (Clock Tower) 3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2 Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4 TEL: (519) 669-1212 Celebrating Over 25 Years of Healthcare Services!

Northfield Clinic (**Opening February 2020**) Waterloo Corporate Campus (Sobeys Plaza)

595 Parkside Drive, Suite 5A Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0C7 TEL: (226) 476-1600

New & Upcoming!

New Website!

Northfield Clinic Opening February 2020!

Our Northfield Clinic will officially be open and accepting new clients starting February 10th, 2020! Physiotherapist Jessica Clancy will be transitioning from Belmont to Northfield and will be full-time at Northfield by the end of February. Physiotherapist Adam Dafoe will also be transitioning to Northfield in the Spring.

Here is a sneak peak of our upcoming new website. Visit us at www.sosphysiotherapy.ca!

Jessica Clancy

Pelvic Physio Now Available at SOS Physiotherapy

Hello! My name is Jessica and I have been working at SOS Physiotherapy since November, 2019. I’m so excited to transition my physiotherapy practice toour new Northfield clinic throughout the month of February. We have a great new space, and I look forward to meeting you and moving you to better health from SOS Northfield! I grew up just around the corner from our Northfield location, so moving my practice here feels like coming home! I am passionate

Nimmy was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in India. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physiotherapy from Mahatma Gandhi University in India. Nimmy began her vocation, treating patients at a neurological rehabilitation center. She thenworkedatamultinationalhospital, wherehercareerencompassedvarious fields of physiotherapy; including neurology, orthopedics, cardio- pulmonary, geriatrics and pediatrics.

about empowering individuals to achieve their optimal daily function through physiotherapy, and I have completed my Level 1 Manual Therapy Certificate to better serve my patients. I am rostered to provide pelvic physiotherapy, and I look forward to integrating pelvic health into my practice. I’d love to chat with you about pelvic floor physiotherapy, and how this treatment might just change your life! I love to meet new people, and I am thrilled to be a part of the SOS team that serves the Kitchener-Waterloo community so well. I enjoy fitness, volleyball, cooking, hiking, trying new foods and exploring new places. I married my wonderful husbandTim just a few months ago, and I’ve enjoyed building our life together in KW.

In2006,Nimmyobtainedher license to practiceasaphysiotherapist inCanada. Nimmy’s interest inpelvichealthbegan

while working with the geriatric population where she noticed that the majority of falls was a result of incontinence. Shortly after, Nimmy undertook her post- graduate specialization in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Since then, she has been committed to helping both the female and male population, of all ages, with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. Nimmy believes that rehabilitation is all about improving one's quality of life at any stage of their life. Her interest in pelvic health includes, and is not limited to, incontinence, pain during sex, pelvic pain, prenatal and post-natal physiotherapy.

Laser Therapy Now Available At Belmont SOS

The wait is over!

Laser therapy will now be available at our Belmont location. Please speak to your physiotherapist to see if this is right for you.

Nimmy's work as a licensed physiotherapist is both fulfilling and rewarding to her. She continues to expand her treatment tool box by updating herself on the latest research, and attends continuing education programs.

An open house for laser therapy is right around the corner.

Nimmy also enjoys reading books on fiction, cooking, travelling, hiking and spending time with her husband and their young daughter.

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Staff Spotlight

My PT Story

"My name is Anna Karpets I am 21 years old. I am currently in my 3rd year at the University of Waterloo studying Kinesiology. My goal for the future is to get my masters in Physiotherapy and become a Physiotherapist and work in an awesome clinic, just like SOS. I have lived in Kitchener my whole life. I have worked as a lifeguard for the past 6 years with the City of Kitchener. I am able to speak two languages fluently- Ukrainian and English. For the first 5 years of my life I only spoke Ukrainian, until I went off to kinder-garden. My favourite thing to do is spend time with my tuxedo cat Masha."

Welcome Back Andrew Woelk “I came to start physio after about a year injury to my knee. I wasn't able to play hockey, ski or any sport without paying for it afterwards. It was painful. Now after physio, I have no more pain or stiffness in my knee. I am back on the ice and back on the slopes with no pain or stiffness! Yay! Thank you Melissa & SOS Physiotherapy!” - Jan 15, 2020, Janae M.

Welcome Anna Karpet, Patient Experience Coordinator to SOS Belmont!

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Healthcare Services!

Belmont Clinic Belmont Professional Centre 564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301 Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6 TEL: (519) 743-4355 Elmira Clinic Behind Wellness Centre (Clock Tower) 3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2 Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4 TEL: (519) 669-1212

Northfield Clinic (**Opening February 2020**) Waterloo Corporate Campus (Sobeys Plaza)

Andrew is excited to be returning to our Belmont location in early February. His road to recovery has given him an even deeper appreciation of the patient experience. He hopes to use those new insights to benefit those he treats.

595 Parkside Drive, Suite 5A Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0C7 TEL: (226) 476-1600

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HEALTHY RECIPE The Detoxifier Juice Recipe

FUN & GAMES: SUDOKU

INGREDIENTS • 2-3 med-lg Beets • 6 Carrots

• 2 medium Apples • 1/2 Lemon • 1-2 inch Ginger

INSTRUCTIONS Wash, prep, and chop produce. Add produce to juicer one at a time. Serve cold over ice. May store in tightly sealed jars or glasses in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Shake or stir well before drinking.

NEW WORKSHOP COMING UP SOON!

ROTATOR CUFF WORKSHOP!

New Northfield Clinic Location // Saturday, Feb. 22nd @ 10:00am

Workshops are free but seats are limited. Don’t delay, register today by calling now!

New Northfield Clinic Location: (226) 476-1600

Belmont Clinic Belmont Centre for Physical Medicine 564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301 Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6 TEL: (519) 743-4355 Elmira Clinic Behind Wellness Centre (Clock Tower) 3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2 Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4 TEL: (519) 669-1212

LASER DAY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH

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SEE HOW LASER THERAPY CAN HELP YOUR PAIN!

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SLEEPING WITH SHOULDER PAIN?

Trying to find a comfortable position with shoulder pain can be a frustrating and tiring process. Here are some tips on how to sleep with shoulder pain. Avoid sleeping on your sore shoulder. Instead, sleep on your opposite side and make sure you have a pillow to help support your sore shoulder.

When sleeping on your back, don’t let your sore arm drop below the level of your body. Instead, hold a pillow to keep your sore shoulder supported.

Belmont Clinic Belmont Professional Centre 564 Belmont Avenue West, Suite 301 Kitchener, Ontario N2M 5N6 TEL: (519) 743-4355

Elmira Clinic Behind Wellness Centre (Clock Tower) 3 Wyatt Street East, Suite 2 Elmira, Ontario N3B 2H4 TEL: (519) 669-1212

Northfield Clinic (**Opening February 2020**) Waterloo Corporate Campus (Sobeys Plaza)

595 Parkside Drive, Suite 5A Waterloo, Ontario N2L 0C7 TEL: (226) 476-1600

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