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Have you set your 2019 goals yet?

Thrive is so grateful to be a part of your health goals and wants to help you feel your absolute best! Our practitioners are here to help you optimize your health and well-being all year long.

And with January already coming to a close, it’s a great time to create your S.M.A.R.T. Goals to set you up for success in 2019.

S is for SPECIFIC - Describe your goal as much as possible, with a clear vision and description of what you would like to achieve.
M is for MEASURABLE - It’s important to be able to measure your goal, so be sure to include a metric system with a target that you are wanting to reach.
A is for ATTAINABLE - Your goal should be challenging, but ensure it is also realistic.
R is for RELEVANT - Is your goal consistent with other goals you have achieved or set for yourself? Does it align with your current and long-term plans?
T is for TIMELY - Set a start and end date for when you’d like to have your goal achieved by. This will help you with time management and give yourself a little bit of urgency.
From the entire team at Thrive, we wish you a happy and healthy year ahead!

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Staying Pain Free During Summer Activity

By Dr. Kristin Heins
 
Summer weather allows us all to  spend more time outdoors. We are encouraged to increase outdoor activity and many of us prefer to take in some time outdoors while being active anyway. With increased walking, running, hiking or swimming you may end up with new injuries or even aggravating old injuries or conditions.

It is always best to see a licensed health care practitioner to attend to your case specifics and format an individualized plan; but, below are some quick tips to help you make the most of the increased activity potential that summer affords while reducing the chance of injury or body strain.

  1. Know your limits: gradually increase endurance activities and take rest days after increased exertion.
  2. Stretch: Be sure to follow a stretching routine that addresses targeted areas to help prevent strain injuries.
  3. Attend to your symptoms: If your body is sending you messages it is hurt – listen. See your doctor, naturopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor to have an assessment to see what needs to be done to best heal and resolve the issue.
  4. Stay hydrated: Lactic acid builds in muscles after exertion and causes stiffness and soreness. It requires proper hydration to be best eliminated so make sure to drink before and after activity.
  5. Supplementation: If you have inflammatory conditions it may be useful to get on a supplementation regime to assist in optimizing you management of it. This way you can stay as active as possible in a non detrimental way.
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Introducing: Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

By Amy Gildner

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a holistic healthcare profession that aims to help those affected by injury, illness or disability.  Physiotherapists specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of neurological, orthopedic, and cardiorespiratory conditions.  In Ontario, individuals can see physiotherapists without a doctor’s referral.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of various conditions including, but not limited to, conditions of the muscles, bones, connective tissues, and ligaments surrounding the pelvis.  This is a specialty within the physiotherapy profession, and is conducted by registered physiotherapists who have also undergone further education.

A typical initial appointment will include a detailed internal and external examination of your pelvis, a discussion of the findings as well as a possible treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs.  This treatment may include additional internal pelvic floor therapy, bladder retraining, stretching, and strengthening techniques.

Why is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy so important?

As women, our bodies can end up going through a lot. In addition to the maintenance of overall health and strength, pelvic floor health is equally as important, especially pre- & postpartum. Some conditions that can be treated through pelvic floor physiotherapy include:

  • Vaginal pain
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pain during sex
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Low back pain
  • Sacroiliac pain
  • Piriformis syndrome/sciatica

Contact the clinic to find out more information!

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