We-Fix-U: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis

PETERBOROUGH 1500 Lansdowne St. West Peterborough, ON K9J 2A2

PORT HOPE 125 Toronto Rd. Port Hope, ON L1A 3S6 TEL: 905-885-0024 FAX: 905-885-0084 OSHAWA 1335 Benson Street Oshawa, ON L1K 0W6 TEL: 905-433-7675 FAX: 905-433-7858

COBOURG 727 William St. Cobourg, ON K9A 3A7 TEL: 905-373-7045 FAX: 905-373-7271 BOWMANVILLE 196 King St E Bowmanville, ON L1C 1P1

TEL: 705-270-0606 FAX: 705-270-0605

NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter September, 2018

TEL: 905-233-4374 FAX: 905-248-5188


You may have seen this friendly face around our Bowmanville clinic. Meet Caoimhe (Kee-va)! Caoimhe has been with We-Fix-U Bowmanville since we opened our doors in 2015. Her skill, sensitivity and determination are just a few the attributes that make her an impeccable physiotherapist. Athletics has been a huge part of her life since she was a young child. Caoimhe figure skated competitively from age 3-19 and soccer from 4-19 (rep from 12-19) at which point she was scouted to play University soccer in the US. She received a scholarship and played 4 years at Franklin Pierce College where she graduated with a degree in biology Cum Laude. Being injured and seeing how professionals knew how to fix those injuries is what made her interested in physiotherapy. She went on to Daemen College and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. Caoimhe met her husband and married in 2010. She has 2 young girls who take up most of her time and whom she absolutely adores playing with/being

around. She loves the outdoors, being at the cottage where they do a lot of boating, wakeboarding and water skiing. She still loves soccer (although she hasn’t been able to play as she is awaiting knee surgery) She loves to travel and experience different cultures/places. She loves what she does, meeting new people and assisting them in their recovery to regain their “normal”. Whether that’s playing a sport, caring for their family/child, getting back to work or playing with grandchildren. Caoimhe’s special interests include cervical spine and shoulder repair rehab. She consistently is working on her continuing education and uses a variety of modalities that include cupping, cold laser therapy etc. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, compassionate, fun physiotherapist to help you with your rehabilitation, Caoimhe is available to help you fromhead to toe! You can call the Bowmanville clinic to set up an assessment or a FREE consultation. (905) 233-4374. If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip and knee pain—you might be feeling arthritis. According to the Health Reports, roughly 1.9 million Canadian adults were diagnosed with some form of arthritis in 2008. As we age, our bones wear down. Are yours? If they are, don’t worry. It’s possible to alleviate the symptoms. It’s even possible to eliminate them entirely. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution. (continued inside)


INSIDE: • Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Healthy Recipe • Service Spotlight • Laser Hair Removal • We-Fix-U Physiotherapy Practice News


• Acupuncture • Concussion Program • Chiropractic Care • Dry Needling

• Foot Health (Chiropody) • Laser Therapy • Physiotherapy • Massage Therapy • Pool Therapy Program


September, 2018


Whether you have hurt your back, neck or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physiotherapist, chiropractor or registered Massage therapist at We-Fix-U can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

What Is Arthritis, Exactly? Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, asserts the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by injuries. These injuries degenerate bones, joints and cartilage, resulting in the pain. Arthritis can also be caused by:

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• Infections, such as Lyme disease • An immune system dysfunction • The inheritance of osteoarthritis • An abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout

arthritis—or osteoarthritis—is the most common kind of arthritis.

When the leg’s cartilage—or its slick, cushioned surface—is worn away, bone rubs against bone. This pain, stiffness and swelling requires professional osteoarthritis treatment.

Simply walking can cause arthritis in the lower back, hip and knee. Our legs wear down as they’re used. Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit as use wears away at our joints and bone tissue. This type of arthritis, called degenerative

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Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physiotherapy serves a purpose in most cases. Often, severe arthritis may require medication, hot and cold therapy or even surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, medical intervention may eventually be needed. During physiotherapy, the individual is trained to reach maximum mobility. They may also undergo exercises that reduce the pressure on arthritic spots. If a patient has undergone surgery, post-op physiotherapy can help them reclaim their mobility—as well as their lifestyle. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you still have options. Contact one of our therapists today, and ask about ongoing physiotherapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life. Source: https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/back-pain/causes/back-arthritis.php https://www.arthritis-health.com/blog/7-core-exercises-relieve-back-and-hip-arthritis-pain https://www.arthritis-health.com/blog/4-types-arthritis-cause-sacroiliac-joint-pain

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe

CALL TOL Do More, Feel Better & Save Money This Holiday Season! Have You Met Your Deductible Yet? Have you met your annual insurance deductible or out of pocket maximum? If you have, your therapy may be free or you may have just a small co-payment. How do you check to see if you have met these limits? You can call your insurance and ask them or you can call us and we will gladly check your benefits for you.

INGREDIENTS • Four medium-sized zucchinis • One 5oz log of goat cheese

• 1-2 cups of marinara sauce • Chopped parsley

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice zucchini lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet. Using 1/2 of the goat cheese, spread small amount into the zucchini and cover with marinara sauce. Drop dots of remaining cheese over the marinara, bake until cheese is soft and marinara is bubbling (about 20 minutes).


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CLINIC HIGHTLIGHTS Peterborough The Peterborough clinic is a Business Excellence Nominee! Oshawa The Oshawa clinic is a Reader’s Choice Award Nominee! Look out for the link to vote us as the winner! COATS FOR KIDS COBOURG & PORT HOPE

Gently used winter coats, boots, hats and scarves could help keep children warm this winter. The 24nd annual Coats for Kids drive gets gently used coats, boots, hats, scarves and mitts to children in the community. Donations are accepted until Oct 5th.

Service Spotlight: Concussion Management

HEADS UP! Here is what parents and coaches need to know when it comes to concussions in their young athletes. • A concussion is a brain injury that affects how your brain works. • A concussion can happen even if you haven’t been knocked unconscious. • There was about a 60% increase in the estimated number of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries seen among young athletes during the past decade. A Pre-Concussion Screening measures an athlete’s memory, attention, concentration, and problem solving abilities. With this testing we are able to determine the level of functionality prior to any brain injury. If an athlete then sustains a head injury, they would be re-evaluated within a few days after the injury and will receive subsequent follow-up testing as necessary. After a concussion happens, it is important to measure how well your brain functions post- injury. Knowing this information can help your athlete get better, faster. We believe that it is an important step to concussion management that starts before the injury actually takes place. As a result, a valid Concussion Screening is the first step to effective concussion management. We-Fix-U has become the hub of pre-concussion testing. Providing screening for Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Rugby players. FREE Baseline concussion testing for the first 25 people to call and mention this newsletter! ASER-RX

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Try this movement if you are experiencing pain in your hip or back. Exercise Essentials

PRONE HIP EXTENSION While lying face down with your knee straight, slowly raise up leg off the ground. Repeat twice.

QUAD SET While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 3 times.

Stretches Lower Back

Strengthens Leg Muscles



Always consult your physiotherapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.


Da Vinci used no codes when he described the human foot as a “masterpiece of engineering, and a work of art” . Indeed, the human foot is a biological masterpiece. It is strong, flexible, adaptable, and its design enables it to do its job well and without complaint (if you take good care of it). The foot can be compared to a finely tuned race car, a vehicle whose function dictates its design and structure. And like that car, the human foot is complex, containing within its relatively small size 26 bones (the two feet contain a quarter of all the bones in the body), 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles, to say nothing of blood vessels and nerves. These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, mobility, and sharing of the tremendous pressures of daily living. An average day of walking, for example, brings anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 steps, with each step putting up to 1.5 times your body weight through each foot. Do the math! That’s 675,000 to 2,250,000 lbs per day for a 150 lb adult! Believe it or not, the human foot is designed to withstand all that stress. However, not all feet are created equal. While some feet seem to take incredible abuse with no complaints, many are not so lucky. Although ill fitting or improper shoes may cause some foot discomfort, the foot itself is usually the problem. A structural flaw or malfunction in any one part can result in the development of problems within the foot and elsewhere in the body. Likewise, abnormalities in other parts of the body can lead to problems in the feet. So heredity, our lifestyle, what shoes we wear, and how active we are, all affect our risk of foot problems. The young foot is typically more resilient, and may easily recover fromminor injuries, or structural abnormalities. Wear and tear eventually take their toll however, and the tissues lose there ability to fully recover. Hence, foot complaints become more prevalent as we age. This was put into words very well through a sign reportedly seen in a Chiropodist’s window: “Time wounds all heals”. There are hundreds of different ailments of the foot, none of which should be ignored. In most cases, pain or excessive foot fatigue will alert you that you may

have a foot problem, although some problems may go unnoticed, particularly if you suffer from diabetes. Indeed, foot pain has amultitude of causes. A Chiropodist can accurately assess your problem, and devise a management plan to treat it appropriately via conservative (cutting nails or shaving callus, for example), pharmaceutical, biomechanical (custom orthotics, braces, custom footwear or footwear recommendations), surgical, or ‘high-tech’ means (like our laser treatment for plantar warts and fungal toe nails). Yes, those of you who suffer with ‘the agony of de-feet’ know that painful feet can affect your ability to enjoy the most basic activities in your daily lives. Thankfully, many foot conditions can be easily prevented or treated. Greek philosopher Socrates summed it up well: “When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” - Mark Smyth, D.Ch. (Chiropodist)

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