The Pain of Working from Home

We have all modified our activities since the COVID-19 quarantine started back in March.

Our team has been looking after many patients who have injured themselves from poor home office ergonomics, unsupportive chairs, prolonged bad postures and changed exercise habits (mostly less exercise).

If you feel that you have new symptoms that are not recovering over a week or two, or if you have an old injury that has flared up, we would love to help you stop suffering.

We’re here to help you achieve your personal goals, and live your best life!

Guess What? We’re Reopening Our Doors on June 1!

Here’s some information on what to expect since you last saw us. As always, safety is our top priority!

VIRTUAL CARE Available!

Use our Jane booking system via our Book Online tab on the Homepage https://clarksonphysio.ca/ of the website. Or go directly to https://clarksonphysio.janeapp.com/ to book.

We can still be contacted by telephone as we check messages daily 905-855-8372.

Please keep up with your spatial distancing! Every day is one day closer to being back to normal.

CoVid-19 and Clinic Offerings

As many of you are aware, we had to make the difficult, but critical decision to close our doors, starting on Tuesday morning. We did this out of an abundance of caution, and based on what our colleges and associations were starting to recommend at that time.

We realize that this is having a profound impact on your pain, range of motion, stress levels and progress.

With that in mind, we are offering critical/urgent care for those in need!

You will need to email the clinic at clarksonphysio@gmail.com or leave a voicemail 905-855-8372. When we contact you our staff will screen you for any exposure to, or symptoms of the novel corona virus.

If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past few weeks, you should be quarantining for 14 days, and then practicing social distancing afterwards.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to the virus, remember that this isn’t about your individual immunity. You will most likely survive this and recover quickly. Your elderly grandmother, or immunocompromised neighbour who has had cancer treatments might not!

We can do this together, and flatten the curve!

ALSO: Our practitioners are happy to email or call you in response to your questions and concerns

STAY TUNED FOR A VIRTUAL PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE OFFERING NEXT WEEK!

Here is something to distract you from the news:

SUFFERING WITH SPINAL STENOSIS?

Imagine lifting your grandchild or walking to the store without debilitating pain!

Dr Sheila Hubscher, one of our Chiropractors, and our Co-Owner is excited to announce that she has become a trained practitioner with SpineMobility!

Spinal stenosis can be one of the most challenging conditions we see in our patients.

However, with this treatment program that is research-based, it can provide hope to those who have been suffering from the pain and disability associated with progressive stenosis.

Dr Hubscher will guide you to restoring your quality of life, maintaining your independence and returning to the activities you love.

https://www.spinemobility.com/

Chiro, Physio or Massage? Who Should I See?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions, both by new patients to the clinic, and by our repeat patients.

It can even be more confusing if you have seen your Family Doctor and they have recommended coming to see us for all three services.

Because this is very individualized, based on your preferences and symptoms, the best way to decide is to call and ask to speak with one of our Physiotherapists or Chiropractors. The Registered Massage Therapists are equally able to answer any questions, but are not as available, due to the nature of their treatments.

You are also welcome to drop by and have a few minutes in a private consultation with any of us!

Our mission is to help you get better, enjoy your life, live life’s adventure, regain/retain your independence, and to maximize your performance!

To that end, we will help you decide, based on your symptoms and concerns, which practitioner to start with. We can even help guide you to the person who has the skillset for your particular problems or goals.

And if we feel that you would benefit from seeing someone else, we will refer you to that practitioner, with your consent.

In general, if you have any numbness or tingling start with Physio or Chiro. If you have really tight muscles, and are stressed, start with Massage. The majority of our patients see two types of practitioners because they find the complementary treatments maximize their recovery.

We look forward to helping you!

There are other clinics, such as Pillars of Wellness in Burlington that can help you if you do not live locally.

Siân Midgley is now an RMT!

We are thrilled that Siân has passed her practical exams and is now registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario!

She has worked hard as our PT Assistant while attending massage therapy school these past few years.

Her patients all rave about her massages, as she is able to adapt her techniques for the injury or area of muscle tension. She is capable of deep massages, but will not go beyond your ability to tolerate this.

She starts every new patient with a thorough assessment to ensure she is providing the best care for you, and to determine your goals for massage therapy.

Please call us at 905-855-8372 or book online through http://clarksonphysio.janeapp.com

Massimo’s Blog #2

Massimo’s Blog #2
May 16, 2019

Why Overtraining is Unhealthy

There is a very common misconception that the longer you train, the better your results. Unfortunately it’s not that simple. Training requires balance and is dependent on the work you put in while in the gym with the time you have. Workouts do not need to be over one hour and a half including warm up. At that point you are setting yourself up for injury and hardship. Full disclosure, this blog focus on specifically weight training because that is often the form of training that is most prone to injury.

A lot of the time I hear the question, how long should I spend in the gym? The answer isn’t as simple as one would think because it varies from person to person. My general rule is keep it to about an hour and a half including warm up. If you are really pushing yourself and trying to be better then an hour and a half should be plenty of time for you to improve. Six time Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates, stated that his workouts would be as short as 45 minutes because he would push his muscles to absolute failure every set. But this still doesn’t fully answer the question. According to an article on bodybuilding.com, Joe Franco (certified personal trainer with a degree in exercise physiology) wrote that for beginners appropriate training time is about 30-45 minutes if you are training hard and properly. “If you weight train for more than 60 minutes you’re probably doing one of two things, over-training or talking too much.”

Another major factor is diet. If you aren’t eating right, you won’t get the results you need and you will be less capable of training… If you don’t fuel your body you won’t be able to perform at your full potential. You will be tired, sore and won’t improve. It’s all about calories in and calories out. If you want to lose weight or shred you want a caloric deficit; if you want to gain weight then you need a caloric surplus.

Now, what about protein? Protein is essential when training and needs to be in your diet if you want to improve and stay healthy. Protein is used to rebuild and strengthen tissues which is crucial when recovering from a workout. It also helps create enzymes and hormones that are important for bodily health. It is said that the average sedentary man needs about 56g (0.8g per pound of body weight) and 46g for a sedentary women. For those who train and are constantly active they need significantly more protein to build and sustain muscle mass and be able to recover properly. For weight lifters 1.5-2g of protein is needed per pound of body weight. This is a lot of protein, which is why you see all these athletes eating more than 3 meals a day. With carbs, you should have about 55-60 percent of your caloric intake in carbs. So if you consume 2000 calories you should have about 225-325g of carbs per day. It would be more for weight lifters and bodybuilders. Other vitamins are available through healthy foods, and for those who are concerned, take a multivitamin to ensure you are getting enough.

So, we still haven’t answered the question on why overtraining is unhealthy. Overtraining is essentially pushing your body past the point when it can recover. If you can’t recover then you won’t grow or get stronger. Think of it this way, working out is an adaptation for stress. n your daily life you have a lot of daily stresses that weigh on you but usually you can overcome them and your tolerance for stress increases. But, if you have so much stress that you break down and cry frequently then you’re not improving; same with working out. You train so hard that you’re sore the next day but not so hard that you’re in constant pain or injury. Overtraining can cause loss of size and strength, elevated blood pressure, general tiredness, decrease in sex drive and impaired immune system function.

I used to train for two and a half hours a day and I found I was just losing weight and getting extremely tired even though I was eating massive amounts of food. It was until I cut my workouts down to maximum an hour and a half until I saw results, I gained over 10 pounds of muscle and dropped 3% body fat, helping me reach my goal. So to all the weight lifters out there, train smart. The time you train has no effect on your results, it’s the work you put in that time. Push yourself to your limit and reach your goals.

References

Franco, J. (2018, December 13). Important Factors For Weight Training! Retrieved from https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/franco4.htm
Gunnars, K. (2018, January 09). How Many Carbs Should You Eat Per Day to Lose Weight? Retrieved April 18, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-many-carbs-per-day-to-lose-weight
Nilsson, N. (n.d.). Why Is Overtraining So Bad? Retrieved from http://www.fitstep.com/2/2-how-to-build-muscle/muscle-and-strength-questions/miscellaneous-questions/is-overtraining-bad.htm
Protein Intake – How Much Protein Should You Eat Per Day? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-protein-per-day