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!

Welcome to our NEW PTA Shuta Kojima!

We would like to extend a huge welcome to our Physiotherapy Assistant, Shuta!

He is a Japanese-trained Physiotherapist from Niigata University of Health and Welfare.

Shuta enjoys sports, especially soccer and snowboarding!

He is hoping to become a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada in the future.

Siân Midgley is now an RMT!

Headshot of Sian Midgley

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

WELCOME to our Co-Op Student!

My name is Massimo Brasca. I am a co-op student at Port Credit Secondary School. I have started my placement at Clarkson Sports & Physiotherapy and so far I love it. I have chosen this placement because I’ve always been interested in sports and Kinesiology and hope to be a Physiotherapist in the Canadian Armed Forces. My reasons for being in the Armed Forces is because it ensures that I stay active and develop important skills such as discipline. There are also many jobs for veterans.
Throughout my life I’ve been involved with sports and athletics such as football, soccer, swimming, fencing, cross country, track and field and bodybuilding. My love for physical activity has transformed into an interest of how the body works. Physiotherapy would be a great field for me because I also love helping people and teaching.

Please Welcome Jane Booking App!

Our online booking is now active!

Patients can register at Jane Online Booking if they want to book, change or cancel an appointment online.

Our practitioners are thrilled to be able to see their schedules online and know who is coming in for the week.

Be assured that this is a trusted and secure site that will protect your healthcare information and privacy.

We welcome your feedback.

Sheila and Ruth

Exciting News! Online Booking Available in January 2019

 

Since nobody likes to spend 10 minutes negotiating with the receptionist for an appointment we have decided to introduce online booking!

We expect a few growing pains and appreciate your patience.

All new patients will receive a follow-up call to ensure they don’t have other paperwork, or billing methods, if the injuries are sustained in a car accident (MVA) or at work (WSIB).

We look forward to helping you regain your quality of life and making you feel welcome.

Sheila and Ruth