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Pelvic Pain with Pregnancy and after Delivery

      Pelvic floor dysfunction with pregnancy and after childbirth   During pregnancy the hormone relaxin helps to relax stabilizing ligaments around your pelvis.  This helps to ease the passing of your baby through the birth canal. In some cases, these relaxed ligaments don’t return to their normal  pre-pregnancy properties.  If they don’t, this […]

How to Self Assess and Manage your Knee Pain

    Book an Appointment   What can I do for my knee pain   Summer outdoor fun can often lead to the occasional aches and pains. Not every pain is worrisome and in non pandemic times you probably knew how to change your exercise routine to manage the occasional pain. But with gyms just […]

Physical Distancing Resources

Book an Appointment     The College of Physiotherapists has now confirmed that physiotherapists can resume non urgent care in clinic effective immediately as long as policies, physical distancing measure and personal protective equipment (PPE) are in place. Video sessions are still encouraged for those that want to reduce their risk of infection. What are […]

My Back Hurts

    Do I have a serious back problem? Fortunately, most low back pain episodes fall under the category of non specific low back pain. As our previously blog post discussed there is a very good chance that you’ll experience back pain at some point in your life. Some conditions can produce back pain that […]


   Ergonomics   Your body wasn’t designed to be sedentary for hours at a time.  But there are more ideal positions for your neck, arms and legs that can reduce the chance of sustaining a repetitive strain injury.  Whether you’re using a sitting desk, standing desk or are getting used to working from home, the […]

Martial Arts

    Our patients know that while we are always available to treat you for injuries that you’ve encountered, we also love seeing people that are trying to achieve a higher level of fitness.  Social distancing has made it difficult for our community that prefers the motivation that one feels from a group setting. I […]

Remote Rotator Cuff

   working from home Are you spending more time on your laptop in the comfort of your home? Many of us now do. With social and physical distancing rules in place, you may be working and studying from home. You probably know that slouching for long periods of time can hurt your neck. It can […]

Neck Pain

Are you noticing that your neck and shoulder muscles have been sore? Have you noticed if you’ve been spending more time in front of a computer or screen?  Poor posture from shortened muscles can be one of the reasons.  In a previous blog post we discussed how these muscles can cause headaches.  Watch the video […]

ACL Tear Treatment

    I had the opportunity to sit down with staff physiotherapist Marven Bani to talk with him about his recent knee surgery experience and how it’s affected his health and fitness goals for the year.     Q: I understand that you had a physically challenging start to the new year recovering from your […]

Outer Core Strength

    Functional Core There’s more to the core than just the deep muscles of the spine. Our previous blog post discussed the inner unit muscles and the role they play on spinal stability. But is that all that you need? Functionally, there are more muscles involved in controlling our movements and improving our sports […]

Inner unit core

    The Inner Core  Deep to our superficial muscles are a group of muscles that are frequently referred to as the deep core or “inner unit”. This unit can be thought of as a can deep within us. It is made of the diaphragm at the top, the pelvic floor at the bottom, the […]

Core Strength

    Your Core If you’ve ever experienced low back pain and looked up any information on how to improve your situation you’ve likely come across the term core. Core weakness can appear as pain with performing seemingly light tasks, difficulty with repetitive tasks or inability to master the complex patterns in sports. Core muscles […]

What is Vision Therapy

    I met with Dr. Kelly Lee who is an optometrist with a special interest in the care of pediatric and traumatic brain injury population, as well as patients with binocular vision anomalies. As a health care professional, treating concussion, we know how important vision is in achieving full recovery. I wanted to find […]

Weight loss tips for the new year

    With the holiday season upon us and a new year on the horizon, the very common new year resolution of weight loss is being considered.  I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Adam Amodeo (ND) for some practical and sustainable weight loss tips. D: We’ve already been hearing the new year’s […]

Low back pain Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

    What are Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis? Spondylolysis is a primary stress fracture of the pars interarticularis of the vertebral arch.  In the image to the right, this region is seen as the middle arrow of the facet joint region. The fifth and fourth lumbar vertebra are most often involved.  The defect itself can occur […]

Pelvic Therapy

    How can pelvic floor problems develop? The pelvic floor muscles can be weakened by childbirth, surgery, heavy lifting, being overweight, menopause or constipation. For other patients, the pelvic floor muscles may be overactive.  Over activity in your pelvic floor muscles can cause difficulty with intercourse, emptying your bladder or bowel, and using a […]

Tennis Injuries

    Tennis Injuries When tennis injuries are discussed, the term tennis elbow usually comes up.  However, at higher levels of the sport, elbow injuries aren’t the most common.  A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reviewed the incidences of injuries and their locations in professional tennis players.  The injury incidence rate […]

Choosing the Right Backpack

  Choosing the right back for you and your child shouldn’t be based on what looks good.  An appropriately sized back pack can prevent shoulder, neck and back pain. Click on the video to find out more.  Contact Us Located in Thornhill we are conveniently located near Markham, Richmond Hill and North York.   2300 […]

Frozen Shoulder

    Anatomy of the Shoulder Your shoulder joint is where the upper arm (humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula) connect.  It is a mobile joint covered in an loose tissue known as capsule.  Capsule is a common feature in most of our joints.  The capsule of the shoulder is a dense, fibrous connective tissue […]

Preventing Injuries When Lifting

    Bend your knees when you lift? What are some of the ways that you can reduce the chance of injury when lifting? Is bending your knees always the best strategy? Check out our video post on a few helpful tips to avoid injuring yourself during the start of gardening season.       […]

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

  Book Online     By: Avie Khalili and Dustin Ng PT Students Overview of the SI joint The point at which the iliac and the sacrum meet is known as the sacroiliac (SI) joint. The SI joint is located in the lower back, just below the level of the hip bones on either side […]

Healthy Eating

    I recently had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Adam Amodeo, ND about the recently released Canada’s Food Guide.  Like many of my patients, Dr. Amodeo has helped me to lose weight and feel healthier by making a few subtle changes to daily routine.  Many have already heard that less emphasis is being […]

How to Improve Sleep Quality

  By: Dr. Adam Amodeo Do you have trouble sleeping? You’re not alone. 1/3 of the population experiences insomnia to some degree. Is Poor Sleep Common? Poor sleep quality is characterized by one or more of the following: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, waking too early, and non-refreshing sleep. It is considered acute if […]

Basketball Sports Injury Clinic

    In a long season, injuries are sure to add up.  Have you ever wondered what the most common basketball injuries are?  We’ve compiled the stats.  If one of these injuries has you off of your game, speak with one of our physiotherapists to get your game back!             […]

Do I Have a Whiplash?

    What is a whiplash? According to the Quebec task force whiplash injuries are defined as bony or soft tissue injuries resulting from rear-end or side impact, predominantly in motor vehicle accidents, and from other mishaps as a result of an acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck. Are car accidents the only […]

Headache Pain Relief

    Neck pain and headaches The cervical spine is the region of the spine that we often refer to as the neck.  It spans the area from the head to slightly above the shoulder blades.  Changes in movement due to poor posture, muscle imbalances and past injuries often have a variety of presentations and […]

Did I Tear My Achilles

    Achilles Tendon Tears By Susan Leung, PT First, Kobe Bryant tears his Achilles tendon in 2013. And just a few months ago, it was announced that Marcus Decousins had done the same. What is happening to all these NBA stars? What is the Achilles tendon? Is there something that can be done to prevent […]

Hip Osteoarthritis

     Osteoarthritis of the Hip By: Devin Blizzard LeBlanc & Jonah Blatt   Overview of Hip Osteoarthritis   Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that affects the bone and cartilage of a joint and is most commonly found in the hip and knee (Lane et al., 2011). Cartilage is known as the elastic material that […]

Weight Training and Form

    Form Is King By Chris Chee, PT There’s more to exercise than repetitions Exercising provides us with numerous benefits; they can make us stronger, make us faster, make us more flexible, give us more energy, and help with pain to name a few. But to get the most out of our exercises they […]

Climbing Pain and Your Elbow

    Climbing to the top of your health: Elbow Talk By Susan Leung, PT Rock Climbing Injuries Rock climbing has gained immense popularity over the past few decades. Last year, it was announced that rock climbing will be featured as a new Olympic sport in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This is an […]

Shoveling Tips

    Protect your back! Snow Shoveling Tips By Marven Bani, PT With winter upon us, forecasts says there will be a lot of snow on the ground this year. Snow shoveling requires a lot of work and can lead to many low back injuries if not done properly.  At Family Physiotherapy, we want you […]

Sports Injury Series: meniscal tears

Book an Appointment   id I Tear my Meniscus?  By: Darryl Viegas, PT   Knee pain is a common presentation to physiotherapy clinics.  A common source of knee pathology presenting to physiotherapy clinics is a meniscal injury of the knee.  Injuries can result from sporting events, daily event or can even result from an unknown […]

Should I Ice an Injury?

    Acute Injury An acute sports injury usually occurs suddenly when exercising.  Acute injuries usually are associated with a mechanism of injury.  There is often a sudden and severe pain that is noticed.  Swelling is also often present.  The extent of swelling and how quickly it is seen depends on what type of tissue […]

Foot pain and plantar fasciitis

    Plantar fasciitis By: Marven Bani, PT Have you ever wondered why you were experiencing stabbing pain along your heel when taking the first steps in the morning? One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Approximately 10% of people will have this condition at some point in their lifetime. […]

Plantar Fasciitis

    PLANTAR FASCIITIS BY: MARVEN BANI, PT Have you ever wondered why you were experiencing stabbing pain along your heel when taking the first steps in the morning? One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Approximately 10% of people will have this condition at some point in their lifetime. […]

Sports Injury – Shoulder Pain

    Shoulder pain By Peter Poon, PT   Have you ever experienced jabbing pain in the front of shoulder when reaching up, out or across your body?  Interestingly, between 7%-34% of adults have shoulder pain at some point in their lives and the level of discomfort can range from annoying to debilitating (Diercks et […]

Sports Injuries Hockey Injuries

  Hockey Injuries Happen   Small injuries can lead to compensation that affect timing, accuracy and recovery. Manage the injury to prevent recurrence. If you’re injury is limiting you from being your best in hockey, let us get you back on track! Contact Us  Contact Us Located in Thornhill we are conveniently located near Markham, […]

Ankle Sprains

    Ankle sprains By: Darryl Viegas, PT One of the most common sporting injuries is a sprained ankle. Lateral ankle sprains usually occur with a rolling in (inversion) of the ankle.  Ankle sprains are often sustained during a mis-step, giving out on a pivoting movement or landing on an opponent’s foot during a jump.  […]

weight loss and your naturopathic doctor

    Weight Loss and your Naturopathic doctor By: Adam Amodeo, ND   Why Optimal Body weight is important Quitting smoking, improving your sleep, and achieving your optimal bodyweight are three of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the top three leading […]

Low back pain Thornhill and Markham

    Book an Appointment   Low back pain Incidence of low back pain Low back pain is a common complaint.  A recent study has shown that the incidence of low back pain in the population ranges from 38% to 70% of an adult population. Anatomy of the low back The low back typically refers […]

Fear of Falling

    Fear of falling: Understand it. Beat it. By Sarah Makary, PT New year. New you. Together, we can put an end to your Fear of Falling:   Have you recently cancelled plans because you were worried about falling? Maybe you have already experienced a fall or are consumed by anxious thoughts of possibly […]

Everything you wanted to know about massage therapy but were afraid to ask

    Everything you wanted to know about Massage Therapy but were afraid to ask   Alex is a registered massage therapist and acupuncturist Alex Matyashin, RMT, R.Ac. Registered Massage Therapist Registered Acupuncturist   What happens during a massage therapy session? At your first massage therapy session, your massage therapist will ask you about any […]

Dance injuries prevention and treatment

    What role can physiotherapy play for dancers and dance related injuries? Dancer’s life It’s hard to be a dancer. Dance takes hours of devoted dedication and focus, working on, sometimes simply grinding through routine exercises in order to achieve automatic and effortless perfection that’s so coveted in professional dancers. Many dancers, whether professional or recreational, are […]

Sports Injury – Hamstring Strains

Book an Appointment     Getting you back into the game after a Hamstring Strain By Sarah Makary, PT The seasons of hockey and football are upon us. But whether your sport is hockey, football, basketball, soccer or rugby, you are more susceptible to getting a hamstring strain from these sports. Hamstring strains are the […]

Sports Injuries and pitching pain

    Sports injuries series: pitching and arm pain By Darryl Viegas, PT Injury and Sports Physiotherapy Sports injuries vary in severity as well as their underlying causes. One of the most common non traumatic sports injuries that we see in the clinic is shoulder and elbow pain in baseball players, especially pitchers. In major […]

Office Ergonomics

    Eat, sleep and work.  Unfortunately for most of us that seems to be our daily routine.  While most of us take the time to adjust our car seat or a bicycle to make sure that it fits properly, why do so few people think about properly setting up their work station? Why are […]

Manual Therapy and your physiotherapist

    What is Manual and Manipulative Therapy? Manual therapy is the skilled use of the hands to assist with the treatment of pain and stiffness.  Physiotherapists are licensed to perform manual therapy techniques in patient care.  Manual therapy techniques that may be described by your practitioner include the following terms: Mobilization: A small amplitude low […]

Kinesiotape and your Massage Therapist

    Alex Matyashin RMT, R.Ac Registered Massage Therapist Registered Acupuncturist Kinesio Tape is used by massage therapists and physiotherapists The word Kinesio Tape is comprised of two words: “Kinesio” that was derived from Kinesiology which is the scientific study of human movement (also known as human kinetics) and tape (the long, narrow strip of […]

How can Physiotherapy help?

    What is Physiotherapy Physiotherapy in Canada is a regulated health profession.  The terms Physical Therapist and Physiotherapist are used interchangeably in Canada and recognizes that the therapist is a registered member of their provincial regulatory body, in Ontario the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.  You can recognize a physiotherapist by the use of […]

How To Run Injury Free

    How to Run Injury-Free By Peter Poon, PT Running injuries Now that summer is in full swing, many of us will want to enjoy the sunshine by going for a casual jog or more vigorous run around the neighbourhood. Some may think running is not an exact science: just pick up a pair […]

Safe return to exercise after pregnancy and during lactation

    How to know when you’re ready for safe exercise after having a baby? By Tanya Kestenberg, PT   Gentle exercise, such as walking, stretching and pelvic floor exercises can be started as soon as comfortable after uncomplicated delivery If your baby was delivered by C-Section, wait 6-8 weeks to resume exercises, and do […]


    What is Shockwave?               Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) uses acoustic pulses to help to improve tissue healing and reduce pain. Pressure waves inside the shockwave unit are generated inside the unit balistically.   Compressed air rapidly speeds up a projectile in the transmitter of the unit.  The projectile […]

Breaking the Cycle of Injury: Treatment for Tendinopathies

    Breaking the Cycle of Injury: Treatment for Tendinopathies By Brianne Burton, PT   What is a tendon? A tendon is a tissue that connects muscle to bone. Unlike muscle, it does not contract, but it is connected to a muscle   that contracts so it sustains loading forces every time that muscle tightens. […]

Temporomandibular Disorder

    Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder By Jerrick Yao, PT Temporomandibular Disorder (aka Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMD/TMJD) is not as terrifying, but it can be a real pain. TMD affects about 20-30% of the adult population to some degree1, is more common among younger persons aged 20-40s1, and affects more females than males2.   […]

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