Nordic Pole Walking

Nordic pole walking originated in Finland dating back to the early 20th century. Cross country skiers simply wanted to maintain their physical conditioning all year long. And so they continued to train with their poles during the warmer snow free months. In the mid 1980′s, rubber tips were placed on the ends of ski poles to allow for the same upper body conditioning benefits while walking, as a cross county skier would in skiing. Cross country skiing is one of the most effective physical exercise for cardiovascular improvement and total body muscle strengthening. Now the same health benefits are gained by Nordic Pole Walkers. In 1997, a Finnish ski equipment manufacturer, in collaboration with athletes and sports medicine experts, developed […]


Functional Movement Screening (FMS)

“Why do I keep getting injured even though I’ve been going to the gym for years?” “I’d like to take up yoga but I’m afraid of hurting myself.” “I want to increase my running intensity and distance but I want to make sure I do it safely.” Cornell Physiotherapy is now utilizing the Functional Movement Systems approach to help answer questions like these. One of the tools of this approach is called the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). The FMS is made up of a series of functional tests that are performed by the client. The tests are observed and scored by a physiotherapist. The results enable us to identify problem areas in your body’s movement and recommend corrective exercises to […]


Pregnancy & Lumbopelvic Pain

During pregnancy, the pelvic girdle has shown to exhibit excessive mobility secondary to relaxation of the ligaments in the sacroiliac joints and the pubic symphysis. This is the result of the hormone, relaxin that affects the collagen in the ligaments allowing it to become more elastic in preparation for birth. This sounds like a good thing but occasionally some pregnant women develop joint problems in the sacroiliac and/or pubic symphysis secondary to loss of kinetic function. This results in pelvic pain that may occur as early as the 12th week and can continue post partum while breastfeeding. A patient with an unstable pelvis would present with the following: Pain localized to the sacroiliac joint or pubic symphysis. Pain may radiate […]


Low Energy Photonic Therapy (LEPT)

Low Energy Photon Therapy is the application of specific forms of monochromatic light with selected optical parameters. There are different probes for providing infrared and red light over large or small sites of injury or pain. This technology is available at Cornell Physiotherapy in East Markham. The light emitting diodes create a 3 dimensional or reverse pyramid distribution of photon energy in the tissue. The resultant larger area of energy absorption is advantageous in the treatment of multiple sites of pain and/or soft tissue injury. Physiological effects of LEPT include photochemical changes in cell metabolism, cell proliferation, cell motility and enzyme secretion and trans membrane transport with increased vascularization of the tissues. Improved soft tissue healing is the benefit of […]

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