Author: Tracy Witty

A tennis ball can be used as a simple self-management strategy to reduce muscular tension in those little annoying “knots” in your muscles.  When you apply just the right amount of pressure to the area, you should be able to relax onto the tennis ball and feel a “release” of tension within ten seconds to […]

We have implemented formal COVID-19 screening of our OTs, staff and clients.  We have increased frequency of disinfecting the clinic, hand-washing and will adhere to social distancing during any in-person appointments. Use of facial coverings aligned with WorkSafeBC and COTBC guidelines. To adhere to OT professional guidelines, we will be working with clients and fee payers […]

Troubles Sleeping?

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene  Learning how to practice good sleep hygiene may help you find a restorative sleep once again.  What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is defined by Oxford as, “habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis.”  Sleep is the foundation that allows us to function in our […]

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Navigating through the medical system can be very challenging for parents who care for a child who has a disability of any kind.  At Turning Point Rehab we have OTs with extensive pediatric experience as who can assist you with navigating the medical system to ensure optimal care. Once a child receives a health designation […]

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Standards of care to manage chronic pain includes the development of self management skills, but for many people, professional guidance is helpful to know what questions to ask, where to go for support and little things you can do to reduce your pain intensity and improve daily functioning.   Much of the educational information we […]

Ergonomics refers to good design intended to provide optimum comfort and to avoid stress or injury.  There are many great resources to determine if your work station is ergonomically sound including from the Cornell University http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/DEA6510/dea6512k/ergo12tips.html which provides a picture and 12 great tips to follow. Another website from Stanford University http://web.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/general/ergo/microbreaks.html, provides information on the importance of breaks, […]

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At a recent conference, many treatments were discussed including use of medications, injections and supplements such as Q10 and Magnesium which should each be discussed with your physician.  Behavioural interventions which your OT can educate you further on included: biofeedback, keeping a diary for triggers, wearable technology to keep track of exercise and sleep as […]

As simple as it sounds, research has shown that proper breathing can reduce stress, pain perception and anxiety.  There are many resources your OT can guide your through, but here is a educational link for Diaphragmatic Breathing. At a recent conference, breathing applications (apps) were also discussed and here are two to try: 1)  Breath 2 […]

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Integrative medicine includes yoga which is compromised of breathing, meditation and physical postures.  Research has show Yoga results in many positive health effects including:  pain reduction, improved mood and anxiety, reduced functional disability and use of medications.  Don’t know how or where to start?  Your OT is familiar with local resources and recommend an appropriate rehabilitative-type yoga class, so you […]

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The American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), leader in exercise science, recommends exercising 30 minutes per day for 5 days per week, noting exercise is medicine!  Especially for individuals recovering from injury, exercise can be initially seen as a threat by your body and sporadic exercise continues the threat.  To avoid a threat response, start slow, […]

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