Remember how your mother told you not to slouch? It’s not just because she wanted you to look smart. It’s because she didn’t want you to have chronic shoulder problems. Posture has a huge impact on the health of your body! Work at a desk all day? Experience shoulder pain? You’re most certainly not alone. Here is Matthew’s take on it:
You may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet around these parts recently. Despite being known as a time for vacations, we’ve been reeeeeaaaaallllllly busy! Mathew especially, and we’re proud to let you know he’s now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy(FCAMPT). Congratulations Matthew!
FCAMPT is the highest orthopaedic designation possible for a physiotherapist (ie. it’s kind of a big deal). Physiotherapists with the FCAMPT designation are all about the highest level of quality, patient-centred care combining clinical experience with evidence-based practice. Exactly what you’d expect from OPTSC. The designation requires extensive post-graduate education in the area of orthopaedics, including internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy.
Orthopaedics doesn’t refer to shoe inserts, but muscle, nerve and joint problems. This means a CAMPT physiotherapist is going to do more than just look at your sore back and treat the area between L4-L5. You can expect an assessment that may measure many things: function, strength testing, analysis of your walking patterns, posture, balance, and joint movement to get a full picture of your condition. It’s about the WHOLE picture, not just localized treatment.
When it comes to treating your issue, a CAMPT physiotherapist will use a combination of common physiotherapy techniques like acupuncture, tailored exercises and ultrasound in addition to manual and manipulative therapy. That might sound a little bit daunting, but it’s nothing of the sort. Manual and manipulative therapy refers to how your physiotherapist uses their hands to diagnose places where your movement is being restricted, and the gentle, hands-on techniques they use to treat you.
Struggling with headaches? Low-back pain? Knee arthritis? Ankle pain? Any muscle, joint or nerve condition: give us a call and Mathew, or any of our physiotherapists, would be more than happy to help get you back to pain-free!
Today we learned: shoulders are complicated things. Here you are thinking it’s just a joint, but it’s actually a complex. Mmm hmmm, there’s a bunch of joints and bits in there, which means shoulder injuries are tricky. Gardening, golfing, swimming, home renovations, working out…now especially with the debut of this gorgeous summer weather, shoulder injuries are starting to flare up. Not so surprising, since it’s essentially impossible to do something with your arm and not move your shoulder. No wonder they end up getting all injured.
The neck joint’s connected to the shoulder joint, the shoulder joint’s connected to the elbow joint…and everything’s connected by nerves! Pain in one place isn’t necessarily indicative of an injury there, so how do you figure out where the issue actually is? Well, we know a few physiotherapists that would be pleased as punch to help you out:
The last of our “ask the expert” segments is scheduled for July 8th, so be sure to start brainstorming.