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These posts will help you understand a condition that's causing you physical pain or discomfort, and to learn about the basics steps to treatment and how physiotherapy, massage or other services can help.


Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?

Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?

Because physiotherapists are considered primary health care providers and are able to diagnose conditions, you can contact us directly for an assessment and treatment.

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When do I use a hot pack or heating pad vs a cold pack for pain?

When do I use a hot pack or heating pad vs a cold pack for pain?

Ice packs and heating pads are among the most commonly used treatments for sore muscles, inflammation or an injury. But when should you use heat and when is it better to use cold?

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Raking Leaves: Back Injury Prevention & Treatment

Raking Leaves: Back Injury Prevention & Treatment

If you're experiencing back pain or injury from raking, our Stittsville physiotherapists offer treatment advice and tips for prevention.

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Back to School: Can carrying a backpack hurt your kids back?

Back to School: Can carrying a backpack hurt your kids back?

Yes. There is a risk. The size, shape and weight of your childrens' backpacks can all contribute to sore joints or muscles and back pain. 

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What is Plantar Fasciitis... and how do I get it?

What is Plantar Fasciitis... and how do I get it?

One of the most common forms of heal pain is form Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis). Although it's most common in runners, there are other potential causes, as well.

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What is Tennis Elbow? And what can I do about it?

What is Tennis Elbow? And what can I do about it?

We help Stittsville and Ottawa area patients who have Tennis Elbow treat the pain in the elbow or forearm, and the inflammation associated with it.

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Can gardening or yardwork lead to injury?

Can gardening or yardwork lead to injury?

We hear it all the time – complaints of a sore shoulder or knee or back after gardening or doing summer yardwork. And we have some tips to share.

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Can I get a massage if I have a sunburn?

Can I get a massage if I have a sunburn?

Unfortunately, massage therapy is not a good idea if you have a fresh or peeling sunburn – a massage too soon after a sunburn can be a risk for further damage.

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Fast Facts About Tennis Elbow (a.k.a lateral epicondylalgia)

Fast Facts About Tennis Elbow (a.k.a lateral epicondylalgia)

Lateral epicondylalgia, also known as Tennis Elbow (TE) is a soft tissue condition where the extensor tendons (attaching from forearms to elbow region) become overused, creating pain and tenderness symptoms upon movement.

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Understanding Arthritis

Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis is a term used to describe a group of chronic diseases characterized by inflammation in the joints or other areas of the body.

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Understanding Chronic Pain

Understanding Chronic Pain

We have all experience pain at some point in our lives, but have you ever wondered what pain is, how we come to feel it?  The key link and element is your brain!

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Understanding Scar Tissue & How to Help Healing

Understanding Scar Tissue & How to Help Healing

Did you ever think a cause for lingering shoulder pain could be an old scar, such as from an appendix removal? Read on to further your understanding of scar tissue and how to help healing.

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Should I Use Heat or Ice?

Should I Use Heat or Ice?

One of the most common questions asked to physiotherapists following an injury or during a rehab program is should I use heat or ice.

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Understanding Whiplash

Understanding Whiplash

Our experienced Ottawa area physiotherapists work with you and other health professionals if needed to treat your whiplash injury.

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Injury Spotlight: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Injury Spotlight: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. This occurs when a nerve is compressed as it travels through the wrist.

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