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A 30-SECOND SCIATICA SELF-TEST Do you have back pain or leg pain with standing or walking? Do you have a shooting pain in your leg when you stand up? Do you need to sit down for a minute for the pain to go away? Take this 30-second self-test to see if you might have sciatica:


If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue. Your minor aches and pinched nerves could be symptomatic of sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. What Is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain that radiates alongside the sciatic nerve. This nerve, which branches from your lower back — spanning across your hips, buttocks and legs — can be injured or stressed in several ways. The most common cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. Whilesciaticapaincanbe intense, it is treatable. A lot of sciatica cases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and within just a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. What Causes Sciatica? In most cases, sciatica occurs when one of the back’s discs are herniated. It can also happen if the spine narrows — an effect called spinal stenosis. As we age, our backs undergo a lot of stress. This stress takes a toll, causing inflammation in several areas. If this inflammation reaches a certain point, it may compress these nerves — resulting in pain. What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? Sciatica back pain is normally noticed as a pain radiating from

the lower back. Often, this pain extends to the buttock, spiraling down the leg and extending to the calf. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway. The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressed nerve may feel like it burns. In other cases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, itcanhindermobility altogether. How Physiotherapy Can Help with Sciatica If you’re experiencing sciatica, contact a physician immediately. Over-the-counter painkillers may alleviate pain, but in-depth physiotherapy is often needed. Physiotherapy can reduce sciatica compression by carefully introducingexercisesandrelaxing treatments. These treatments, hand-pickedbyprofessionals,can completelyeliminatesciaticaover time. Call us today at (613) 425-7700 or visit and learn more about our physiotherapy options. Your mobility is important, and your back can be healed.

1. Sit on a chair and keep good posture. 2 . Straighten one of your legs out in front of you, while pointing your toes to the sky. Pay attention to how high your leg can go and if you have any pain, numbness, or tingling. 3. Place your leg back down to resting position, and repeat the same movement with the opposite leg. What Your Results Mean: If the leg with pain, numbness or tingling does not go up as high as the other leg, you likely have Sciatica. Give us a call today at (613) 425-7700 and find out how we can help.


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What is Shockwave Therapy? Shockwave therapy (SWT) isamultidisciplinarydevice used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy & sports medicine.Theshockwave is an acoustic wave, carrying highenergytopainfulspots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic

We Offer the Following Services: • Physiotherapy • Chiropractic • Massage Therapy • Face & Scalp Therapy • Acupuncture/Dry Needling • Shockwave Therapy

• Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy • Custom Orthotics • Braces & Custom Knee Braces • Spinal Manipulation • Cupping • Youth Injury Prevention • Return to Sports • Kinesiotaping

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and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparativeprocessesofthebones,tendonsandothersofttissues. What Are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy? ShockwaveTherapy’smainassetsare fastpainreliefandmobility restoration. Ithasbeenshowntobeagreatalternativetosurgeries as an ideal treatment to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain. Literature has shown thatSWTcanhelpwithmanychronicandacuteconditionssuchas Jumper’sKnee,PainfulShoulder,TennisElbow,HeelSpur,Plantar Fasciitis, Insertional Pain, Chronic Tendinopathy (Tendonitis), Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints), Calcifications, Hip Pain, and Stress Fractures!

How Can We Help You? Our one focus is you. Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre prides itselfonourrehabsystem.Thissystem focusesonhelping each individual reach their full potential of living a healthy, pain- free life through movement. Movement is the keystone of our effort, and we strive to educate each person on the importance of being in-touch with their body. We are committed to getting you back to being active, achieving your goals and providing you with the best experience on your road to wellness. AllofourexpertVitalityTherapistscomefromoneofthree licensed professional backgrounds: either physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massagetherapy. Inadditiontotheirprofessionaltraining,theyare required to go through a rigorous internal training on the Vitality Method and System when they join our team of therapists. Our therapists are also encouraged to take continuing education to ensure we always offer the most up-to-date rehabilitation plans.

Want to know if SWT can be helpful during your recovery? Call (613) 425-7700 today to speak with your therapist and book an appointment!

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S U C C E S S S T O RY Thank You, Andrew and Team at Vitality Wellness Centre. The patience, kindness, caring and knowledge you have given me personally has improved my well being tremendously. I recommend to anyone in need of physiotherapy to come to Vitality Physiotherapy &Wellness Centre. They will help you with any issues and make your life better. Do the work, have fun and

� Moving without pain � Bending &moving freely � Balancing confidently & securely

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EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE Brace Marching While lying on your back with your knees bent, tighten your stomach by drawing in your belly button close to your spine. Slowly raise up one foot a few inches and then set it back down, and continue as if marching for two minutes. Try not to move your pelvis or back while moving your legs. Drawing in your stomach helps to keep your spine frommoving. Next, perform the same exercise with your other leg. Repeat 10 times.


“Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Design a preparation that motivates you to optimize your potentials. Do it because you love it!” – Israelmore Ayivor Like many, it took me a while to find my passion but I eventually found what I was looking for. After studying

Psychology at Carleton University, I began an intensive program at the International Academy of Health and Science. Becoming a massage therapist has opened so many doors for me and has made me the person I am today. My goal is to change people’s lives, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Being in pain can often cause people to get into a bad state of mind, which untreated can become harmful. Massage therapy can have such an impact on someone suffering from pain, stress, and anxiety. I want to be that person that someone can look back and be grateful for how I impacted their life. My style of treatment is geared towards Deep Tissue. Favoring a style that is both technical and intense, using deep tissue myofascial release, trigger point therapy and active release. To request an appointment with Janice, contact Vitality Physiotherapy & Wellness Centre at (613) 425-7700 or visit us at

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



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