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Low-Intensity Exercise: Is It Beneficial?

  •  April 9, 2021
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Whether you are new to exercise, trying to increase your activity level in general, or simply looking for ways to change-up your current routine, you may be wondering what qualifies as low-, moderate- or high- intensity exercise, and whether there’s any point in participating in a low-intensity exercise program. While low-intensity exercise is sometimes dismissed as being “too easy,” there are some reasons to consider this type of activity.

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COVID-19 Safety Measures in Physiotherapy Clinics

  •  March 5, 2021
  •  Leanne Loranger, PT

Since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, daily life has changed in immeasurable ways. In response, Albertans have adopted public health measures to slow the spread of the virus, as shown by the recent decreases in active cases and hospitalizations.

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Hands Tingling at Night? Physiotherapy Can Help

  •  February 5, 2021

Do you wake up in the middle of the night with pins and needles or pain in one or both of your hands? This is a common experience for many. Physiotherapists can assist you getting the restful, pain free sleep you desire.

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Working from Home: How to Design a Healthy Workspace

  •  January 7, 2021
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting government mandates to work from home to stop the spread of the disease have resulted in many Canadians working from home. By the last week of March 2020, the Statistics Canada Perspectives Survey Series reported that 39.1% of Canadian workers were working from home in response to the pandemic.

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Exercise Can Help Combat Those Winter Blues

  •  December 7, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

As fall and winter arrive in Alberta, Albertan’s experience shorter daylight hours, colder temperatures, and frequent cloudy, grey skies causing many of us to live, work, and play indoors more often. This may cause a portion of the population to feel a little more tired, lethargic and less energetic during the winter.

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Strength Training after 60? Absolutely!

  •  November 5, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

As the number of Albertans over 65 increases, the question of how to prevent or minimize the effects of aging on our muscles becomes an important one to answer. Along with recommendations to live an active lifestyle, the addition of strength training is something that research has shown to help prevent or decrease muscle weakness in older adults and should be added to our weekly exercise routines.

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Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

  •  October 9, 2020

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects an estimated 77,000 Canadians. A significant amount of the disability experienced by people with MS is due to symptoms of fatigue and weakness that can result in decreased activity, and not to the disease process itself.

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Arthritis: Not Just an Old Person’s Disease

  •  September 4, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Arthritis is not only a disease that affects your grandmother or elderly uncle. Approximately 1 in 5 adult Canadians (about 6 million people) live with arthritis, making it the most common chronic health condition in Canada.

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Sport Specialization: Should My Child Focus on a Single Sport?

  •  August 7, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

The pressure to participate in a single sport may come from parents who want their child to excel at a sport and go on to more competitive leagues, receive post-secondary scholarships or be recruited to high-level teams. Parents with children in formal sport programs are often faced with the decision “should my child focus on one sport year-round or play multiple sports?”

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Staying Active with Parkinson’s Disease

  •  July 6, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

If you have been diagnosed with PD it is important to stay active. The 2019 Canadian Guidelines for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease recommend starting an exercise routine as early as possible to help manage the disease. PD cannot be cured but regular physical activity helps maintain physical health and can improve the mental well-being of those living with the disease.

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My Physiotherapy Clinic is Reopening: Is it Safe to Go?

  •  May 21, 2020

Physiotherapy Alberta has provided direction to physiotherapists regarding the measures that need to be in place for you to receive the care you need in a safe environment. We keep hearing about the new normal and you probably want to know what that looks like for physiotherapy clinics and other community physiotherapy services. Let us look at what you can expect when you go to see your physiotherapist.

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Telerehabilitation: What Patients Should Know

  •  May 7, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

In an effort to flatten the curve, Albertan’s access to in-person health-care services, including physiotherapy, have been limited. In an effort to provide much needed physiotherapy, many clinics and physiotherapists have turned to technology, adding telerehabilitation to their clinic services. Even as the province begins to re-open, it is expected that the option to receive services via telerehabilitation will continue.

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Urgent Care and Telerehabilitation: Information for Patients

  •  April 8, 2020
  •  Leanne Loranger, PT

On March 27, 2020, Premier Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hinshaw announced new restrictions. As a result, private practice physiotherapy clinics and other physiotherapy businesses were directed to close except when providing emergency and urgent services. So, what is considered urgent care?

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4 Common Conditions That are Highly Treatable With Physiotherapy

  •  March 9, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Many people, old and young alike experience pain, stiffness, or balance problems that limit their daily activities or independence. While some may think these problems are typical of the aging process, no one should expect that they must simply live with limited function because they are getting older. Although a physiotherapist may not reverse the underlying condition leading to these symptoms, they can help you manage your condition and limit any loss of function you may experience.

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What is a Passive Physiotherapy Treatment and Does it Work?

  •  February 11, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Most treatments provided by physiotherapists are supported by research that identifies when they are effective, who should receive them, and how they should be provided. However, some treatments used by physiotherapists have limited evidence supporting their effectiveness. When do you need to ask questions about what you are paying for?

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6 Tips for Starting and Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

  •  January 10, 2020
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

It seems you can’t go a day without seeing an article, advertisement or social media post proclaiming the virtues of exercise. In addition to other benefits of exercise, the evidence shows that most chronic conditions are improved through regular physical activity. So, if exercise is good for us, why do many of us struggle to achieve our recommended daily dose?

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Injured in a Collision? How Physiotherapy Can Help

  •  December 6, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

Car collisions are a common occurrence in Alberta with 133,124 collisions reported in 2016 (the last year for which data is available). While the severity of these crashes can vary widely, with some leading to serious, life-changing injury or death, most injuries from car collisions are considered “minor.” How can a physiotherapist help?

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7 Signs It’s Time to See Your Physiotherapist

  •  November 7, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

When symptoms such as pain, weakness, unsteadiness, or a general decline in function start to become bothersome and affect your ability to live your life as you want to, it’s worth asking for professional help.

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Low Back Health for Life

  •  October 10, 2019
  •  Nancy Littke, PT

If you have ever had low back pain (LBP), you are not alone. Over 80% of Canadians have experienced back pain at some point in their life. Approximately 62% of Albertans have had an episode of back pain within the last year and over three quarters will have a recurrence of LBP in the future. Close to 40% of these individuals will have visited a health-care provider about their back pain.

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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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