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10 Questions You Need Answered Before Leaving the Hospital

  •  September 6, 2019
  •  By: Nancy Littke, PT

In today’s health-care environment, hospital stays are shorter, and patients are being discharged sooner than they may expect. Discharge planning often starts at admission; however, discharges may come up suddenly. This can result in patients and their caregivers feeling overwhelmed with information and concerned about their readiness for discharge. There may be little opportunity to think of and ask questions.

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Backpacks 101: Tips for Parents

  •  August 8, 2019
  •  By: Nancy Littke, PT

Along with buying the required books, calculators and pens, parents and children are looking to buy cool, new backpacks to carry all these supplies to school. However, it is important that, as parents, you consider the overall design and size of the backpack to ensure your child is able to wear the backpack comfortably and without experiencing injury.

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Foam Rollers: Not Just for the Gym

  •  July 4, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

You might also have seen these foam rolls for sale in the exercise equipment section of your local department store or on the internet and wondered why something that looks like an oversized pool noodle is considered an exercise tool. Welcome to the foam roller craze! Do they really work?

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Frequently Asked Needling Questions - Answered

  •  June 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Over the years an increasing proportion of physiotherapists have incorporated the use of needles into their practice. As with any other type of treatment, it is important that you have a good understanding of these treatment approaches, so you can make an informed decision if your physiotherapist suggests needling as a part of your treatment.

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Spotting Fake Health News and Misinformation

  •  May 2, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

The internet, and especially social media, also allows for the wide-spread and rapid dissemination of information regardless of its accuracy or the evidence behind the information provided.

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Golf: A Great Way to Get Active

  •  April 3, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Did you know that more Canadians participate in golf than any other sport? While this means Canadians can take advantage of the health benefits associated with golf all year, more time on the course may also increase the risk for injuries associated with the sport.

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Senior’s Health: Can Exercise Improve Memory?

  •  March 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Physical exercise and a more active lifestyle can help older adults maintain or improve memory, word finding and problem solving, and may even reverse some of these changes often associated with aging.

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Cancer: Survive and Thrive

  •  February 6, 2019

Although, cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada, advances in earlier detection and screening, as well as new, more effective treatment, mean that more people are surviving cancer than ever before. The five-year cancer survival rate has improved to 60% today with some cancers having much better five-year survival rates. This should be a good news story, but how good this news is depends on what survival looks like. Unfortunately, many survivors are left with lifelong impairments because of their cancer treatment. Common problems include fatigue, memory problems, pain, muscle wasting, and changes to the heart, lungs and bones.

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Falls Are Not a Normal Part of Aging

  •  December 21, 2018
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

As we get older it is easy to put issues with mobility or health down to simply being a “normal part of aging” and feel that nothing can be done to change the inevitable. However, though the risk of falling does increase with age for a variety of reasons, falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

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Are you Sedentary?

  •  December 5, 2018
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

We've all spent a day on the couch at some point or another. And we've all parked ourselves in front of the TV after work without a second thought. But when does all that time on the couch become a problem? Add that to the time you spend sitting at work or commuting and you may find that you've become sedentary, a lifestyle that may come with a variety of health risks.

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