Reduce Your Health Risks

Your physical health can affect your risk of tripping, slipping and falling. For example, some medications can affect your alertness, judgment and co-ordination. Skipping meals and not drinking enough water can make you lightheaded and unsteady on your feet -especially in the hot summer months and after exercise. Poor eyesight can lead to dangerous stumbles. The good news is there are many simple things you can do to reduce your risk of an injury from falling.

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Prevent Falls in the Home

As we grow older, our risk of falling increases and so does the risk of serious injury from a fall. Most trips, slips and falls happen in and around the home. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure your home doesn’t trip you up.

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Improve your Balance and Strength

Taking a tumble can cause serious injury that affects your everyday life and independence. One of the best ways you can reduce your risk of slipping, tripping and falling is to improve your strength and balance. Almost any kind of physical activity is helpful – but some activities deliver greater benefits than others.

1.     Strong Legs for Stability

Strengthening your leg muscles can reduce the chance of falling if you do lose your balance. Strong legs will stabilize you and can make the difference between staying on your feet and hitting the ground. While any activity that uses your legs is good, it’s important to find something you enjoy. The best exercise plan in the world won’t help if you don’t want to do it. Here are some ideas.

Brisk Walking

Walking requires no special equipment other than a pair of supportive shoes. Make an after-dinner walk part of your routine or leave the car in the driveway and take a walk to pick-up light groceries. There are many simple ways to get moving more often.

Strength Training

Exercises that target specific leg muscles can be easily done at home – there’s no need to join an expensive gym. If you enjoy being with a group, community centres often have exercise programs for different age groups.

 2.     Boost Your Balance

Your sense of balance is what keeps you on your feet – without it you would not be able to stand upright. Poor eyesight, some medications and some health conditions can cause dizziness or other balance problems. Keep these tips in mind:

• Have an annual eye examination.

• Review your medications, vitamins and herbal supplements with your pharmacist or MD.

• If you feel dizzy or faint, see a health professional for an evaluation.

• Eat regularly and ensure you drink enough non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated


Strength and balance work together to keep you steady. There are many activities that contribute to maintaining and improving balance – and help build strength

1)  Swimming is a good choice if you enjoy the water.

2)  Cycling is appropriate for people who feel comfortable on a bike. Wear protective gear such as a helmet.

3)  Tai Chi benefits balance, strength and flexibility. It also encourages mental focus, concentration and calmness.

4)  Yoga can be adapted for any age. It offers benefits similar to Tai Chi.

5)  Golf gets you walking, and using a club requires balance and co-ordination.

6)  Dancing is a great work-out for your legs. Put on your favorite music and practice your steps in the living room.

These are just a few ideas to consider. Remember, anything that gets you on your feet and moving will help maintain strength and balance.

What’s a Good Goal?

Aim for 20 minutes of exercise at least three days a week. Even better – build some activity into every day. Your independence is worth it.

Special Event in Burlington at Crossfit- Low Back Pain #!

Causes, Contributing Factors, and Treatment

May 29, 2012,   7:00 pm

At Crossfit: North Burlington

3523 B Mainway…Behind the Judge and Jury at Walkers and Mainway. Burlington, ON


By Angie Marsman Physiotherapist

Call Burlington Alevia Office – 905-315-9955  to book your seat. Limited Seats available


Neurological Physiotherapy

Several types of physiotherapy are categorized and by particular deficiencies, illnesses, and conditions that cause disabilities. The three main types of physiotherapy are cardiothoracic, musculoskeletal, and neurological. This article will focus on the neurological physiotherapy.

In Physiotherapy, treatment is based on the findings of a patient’s assessment regarding his condition. There are several physiotherapeutic methods that can be facilitated depending on one’s assessment. One of these methods is Neurological Physiotherapy. This type of physiotherapy deals with more serious, nervous-system related medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or stroke.

The primary goal of this type of physiotherapy is on cultivating normal motor functioning or restoring impaired functioning. Cases such as muscle deterioration, stiffness, pain, paralysis, numbness, are often the patients’ neurological setbacks. Therefore, some essential foundations for neurological physiotherapy are muscular stimulation and relaxation.

As said beforehand, there are three main types of physiotherapy — cardiothoracic, musculoskeletal, and neurological. The first type deals with malfunctions caused by heart and lung problems like asthma and any chest surgeries. The second one, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, provides wellness against inflammatory and trauma conditions in the skeletal and muscular regions. Neurological physiotherapy, on the other hand, deals with disabilities that root in the brain or the nervous system.

One of the first things to consider before administering neurological physiotherapy is the patient’s muscle tone. Evaluation is done thoroughly before treatment and muscle tone is to be determined to make sure that the patient is capable of certain exercises required for this type of treatment. Balance and cognitive abilities of the patient is also determined. Based upon the patient’s capacity, the physiotherapist will administer the appropriate treatment activities.

Programs in neurological physiotherapy revolve in working the muscles through strength exercises and helping the patient with his range of motion. The therapist will help the patient in moving body parts in a calculated approach. The therapist will facilitate the patient in carrying out normal daily motions until such time when the patient’s muscles are strong enough while the brain acquires and get used to the movements.

Neurological physiotherapy takes time and patience before seeing success in treatments. Neurological deficits are chronic in many cases because often, they don’t cause physical damage. With perseverance and determination, individuals have a good chance in improving or even regaining their abilities back from a neurological deficiency.

Not only does this yield positive results physically, patients with successful treatments are also reported to gain positive psychological effects. On a deeper level, positive mental and psychological health are enhanced as the patient increases normal motor functioning — thus positive outlook, independence, and boost in self-esteem follows. Neurological physiotherapy, just like other methods are developed and innovated as new evidences emerge from studies.

Alevia Health and Wellness Center provides patients with holistic health care services in the best type of environment a patient could imagine. Alevia caters to individuals who seek health and wellness through services like chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, reflexology, naturopathy, homeopathy, custom orthotics, compression stockings, and Pilates. Feel free to contact us to find out more on how you can benefit from physiotherapy.


A Closer Look at Aquatic Physiotherapy

Starting with assessment of the patient’s condition, Physiotherapy involves evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a range of diseases. One type of physiotherapy is aquatic physiotherapy or hydrotherapy. Aquatic physiotherapy or hydrotherapy is a type of physiotherapy that involves water during the treatment for a low to zero impact on joints which leads to a more comfortable exercise. Another reason why aquatic physiotherapy is essential to some patients is because water provides a good amount of resistance for some exercises. At the same time, body weight is reduced when in water.

Aquatic physiotherapy can be performed in tubs or pools that are comfortable for patients who require special needs due to limited mobility or immobility. Patients who can no longer walk due to injuries in their legs can highly benefit from aquatic physiotherapy. It reduces the amount of stress on patients with leg injuries when performing exercises in water. It also strengthens weak muscles when done accordingly. People who benefit from this type of physiotherapy are the ones with heart or circulation problems, people with diabetes, heart attack, stroke, or those who are obese.

You may wonder what types of exercises are done in aquatic physiotherapy. Many of the movements are almost the same as the regular physical therapy exercise movements done out of water. Stretching and exercises are customized to suit every patient’s condition. Men and women of all ages can benefit from aquatic physiotherapy. Children who acquired disabilities or are late in developing motor and locomotor skills highly benefit from water physiotherapy. This type of physiotherapy can also be customized to help children achieve balance and walking abilities.

Aquatic physiotherapy does not only treat patients, but it can also be utilized to help an individual achieve skills in swimming. The exercises done in water physiotherapy can be used to develop and hone body movement and coordination in water thus the development of swimming skills. It can also teach disabled patients how to swim when modified in a way that suits the patient.

Remember that not all patients are suited for water physiotherapy. However, it can be highly effective and beneficial to people with special cases that require low impact exercises, or people that require the resistance water provides. Not everyone is suited for aquatic physiotherapy. People with fever, infection, open wounds, or people who may be sensitive to water temperature are not the best candidates for aqua physiotherapy. This may also be dangerous to some patients who are under special medication like those with high blood pressure. To be on the safe side, the licensed physical therapist should know the medical history and current medical condition of the patient to avoid untoward things from happening.

Alevia Health and Wellness Center provides patients with holistic health care services in the best type of environment a patient could imagine. Alevia caters to individuals who seek health and wellness through services like chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, reflexology, naturopathy, homeopathy, custom orthotics, compression stockings, and pilates. Feel free to contact us to find out more on how you can benefit from physiotherapy.

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