- Donald Physiotherapy Prof. Corp. was created in October 2006.
- The first physical location of Donald Physiotherapy was in Davidson, Sask. We have operated in Davidson since January 2013.
- Donald Physiotherapy works closely with 3 Saskatoon dance groups – Dance Elements, River City School of Irish Dance, and Free Flow Dance Theatre Company.
- Each year in October, Donald Physiotherapy does an on-air cheque presentation to the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer.
- Since May 2016 Donald Physiotherapy has been a dealer of Sigvaris compression socks. We currently have 4 (soon to be 6) certified fitters on staff.
- Donald Physiotherapy has consultants available in the areas of Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Paediatrics, and Mental Health & Behaviour.
- Donald Physiotherapy once had a piece of pie locked in a microwave for over a week!
- Donald Physiotherapy is a Finalist for the 2019 SABEX Awards. This is the third year in a row of being a finalist, for 3 different awards.
- In 2019, Donald Physiotherapy will be a major sponsor, for the third year in a row, for the Arthritis Society – Saskatchewan Walk For Arthritis.
- Santa visits Donald Physiotherapy every year in early December for pictures. Donations are collected for the Saskatoon Food Bank as part of Rock 102’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
We would love to hear your comments about these 10 facts or any others you feel should have made the list!
Donald Physiotherapy has been open in Saskatoon since November 2014. We have developed a fantastic group of clients since then and we thought we would like to share some facts that you may or may not know about our business. So in the spirit of David Letterman’s famed Top Ten list, we present Trevor’s Top Ten: Donald Physio Facts:
Sharp. Throbbing. Pressure. Pounding Sparks. Squeezing. Burning. Numbing. Blinding.
These are just some of the words people use to describe headaches. 50% of the general population have headaches during any given year, and more than 90% report a lifetime history of headache (International Association for the study of Pain, 2011).
Headaches can be classified into many different subgroups and each of these has its own causes and effects. These subgroups include migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, exertional headaches, hypnic headaches, medication-overuse headaches, sinus headaches, caffeine-related headaches, head injury headaches, menstrual headaches, and of course, hangover headaches.
Let's go a bit deeper into a couple of these subgroups, starting with migraines. Symptoms of a migraine will typically include an intense throbbing pain on just one side of the head. The person may experience increased sensitivity to light, sound, and smell. Nausea and vomiting are also common. Approximately 1/3 of people will experience an aura before the onset of a migraine. These are visual and sensory disturbances that can last between 5 and 60 minutes.
Cause of migraines are not fully understood yet but they are more common in females than males and they tend to run in families. Triggers for migraines are variable and they can occur several times a week or as infrequently as once per year.
There are different options available for treatment and some of these include medication, dietary supplements, meditation, and acupuncture. Migraine attacks can often be eased by resting in a quiet, dark place, placing a cold cloth on your forehead, or drinking water.
The most common type of headaches seen in physiotherapy offices is tension headaches. These are very common and are usually felt as dull, constant pain at the back, sides, or front of the head. Again, the triggers can vary but often will include stress, anxiety, lack of exercise, poor sleep, poor posture, or eye strain.
Good management options include stretching, heat, acupuncture, massage, dry needling, meditation, and limiting screen time on computers, phones, and television. Physiotherapists will also address contributing factors by discussing posture correction strategies, workplace ergonomic changes, and how exercise can be incorporated into day to day routines. The neck and upper back can have a very large impact on headaches and should also be assessed when seeking treatment.
Most types of headaches are preventable by understanding the background and behaviour of the headache. With this knowledge, a plan can be developed to manage the signs and symptoms and more importantly, prevent the occurrences.
~ Trevor, Physiotherapist
Jumping ability is critical to many sports. The first sports that often come to mind are basketball and volleyball. However, it is an important skill in many other sports including dance, gymnastics, and baseball – yes baseball. I’ll explain shortly.
We often get asked by young athletes or parents how to increase an athlete’s vertical jump. One of the common misconceptions out there is that this can just be achieved through calf muscle strengthening. Although stronger calf muscles can assist with jumping, there are more important areas to address.
Consider this – if we could strengthen the largest muscle in our body and use it to jump, do you think our vertical would increase? The answer is yes. Gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body and it works alongside its 2 partners, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, to form the muscle group commonly known as the glutes. The glutes work with the hamstring muscles to create a significant impact on our vertical jump due to the tremendous force they can produce to extend (straighten) the hips. Variations of squats and deadlifts are great options for exercises to strengthen the glutes.
One of the next largest muscle groups in our bodies is the quadriceps. The quadriceps work to extend (straighten) the knees. Squats, lunges, and step ups can be used to strengthen the quadriceps and thus work on improving the vertical jump.
Now we can go back to the calf muscles. Calf muscles work to extend the ankle, also called plantarflexion. Variations of heel raises are generally the most common exercises used for strengthening the calf muscles.
If we look at the 3 joints we just discussed and find what happens with a vertical jump we notice that all 3 of the joints must extend or straighten. This is called triple extension of the lower body and the timing of this extension at each joint needs to be coordinated to maximize the vertical force produced. When optimal timing of triple extension is combined with great strength of the glutes/hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf muscles, then a good vertical jump will result.
Strength training of these muscle groups should involve different types of training to optimize the muscle force produced. Strength is important to improve but an element of speed is essential as well. Power training combines strength and speed to create the explosiveness required for a great vertical jump.
But hang on, we can do more. We can use the physiology of the muscles to our advantage as well. Muscles are essentially a specialized group of elastics. When we stretch an elastic and then let go, it will snap back with quite a bit of force. We can use this mechanism to further improve our vertical jump. Instead of jumping from a still position, we can create something called a counter-movement. A counter-movement is a relatively small movement in the opposite direction of the direction we want to move. This counter-movement uses the elastic energy in the muscles to produce a recoil effect which unleashes greater force yet in the jumping muscles. For example, before we jump up, we can drop into a bit of a squat and then quickly change direction to explode up into our jump.
Guess what? Yep, there is even more yet we can use to jump higher. Let’s not forget about the upper body. We can use arm swing to create upward force that will assist our body to lift off the ground. As we drop into the partial squat we want to swing our arms down. Then as we quickly change direction to jump up, we also quickly change our arm direction and swing them up as high as we can and this will assist the lift-off from the ground.
These concepts not only apply to vertical jumping but also distance jumping. A dancer may not only need to jump high as part of his or her routine but may also need to jump forward, backward, or sideways just like a baseball infielder does when diving for a ball (see I told you we would come back to baseball). Some sports such as volleyball will require the upper and lower body movements to create the jump whereas other sports such as Irish Dance may rely solely on the lower body.
Our experienced team at Donald Physiotherapy can help guide you through jump training. From choosing appropriate exercises to combining strength and power training to improving timing and coordination, we would be happy to assist any level of athlete. To book an appointment or ask any questions, call us at (306) 933-3372 or send us an email at email@example.com
I’d like to share some thoughts that I recorded last year following the passing of my good friend, Chris. Chris taught me a lot of things in life and I'd like to share with you some of the catch phrases that Chris used to use which I think apply not only in physiotherapy practice, but also in life.
The first of these is “Be better.” Sometimes we think that we've achieved the pinnacle and we're doing well in work, in sports, and in life but we can always be better and can always strive to be better.
The next phrase I would like to share is “you're all a bunch of the lollygaggers” which is from one of Chris’s favourite movies, Bull Durham. What Chris meant by this is that there is no excuse to be outworked by anyone. Ever.
Another favourite movie reference is from The Lion King, “Hakuna Matata”. This translates to “No Worries”. Sometimes things happen and it’s important to never get too high when things are going well and never get too low when things seem like they're going bad.
Chris used to carry himself with fantastic confidence and swagger, but never cocky and I think this is very important in life. We need confidence because confidence helps us succeed and get to that next level in whatever endeavors we might be doing.
One of my favourite phrases that Chris used to say, and he would use this in a variety of situations, was “if you're not improving then one of us isn't doing their job.” I think it really speaks to teamwork in that many things we do in life are not individual feats and they require the work of another partner or a team. It is very important that everyone is pulling their weight to achieve the desired end result.
Chris was an extremely smart guy and a phenomenal athlete and a great thing I learned from him was that winning isn't everything. Sometimes it's the process, sometimes it’s the game, that matters the most, not the end result. Chris was a really competitive guy and he was very good at almost everything he did, but he also understood the big picture. Sometimes it doesn't matter if you win. It’s about whether you have fun and the friendships and the bonds you form along the way.
~ Trevor, PT
The Team at Donald Physiotherapy!