OT Tips

Tennis Ball Release

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 a couple minutes.  The tennis ball can be applied to various parts of the body where you feel muscle tension while standing against a wall, seated at your desk or laying on the floor.  The OTs at Turning Point are happy to provide individualized instruction to learn this inexpensive and effective technique to help relieve tension and pain.  A good article on the topic is available at no cost here:  https://www.painscience.com/articles/tennis-ball.php

COVID-19 POLICY

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 appointments.  Read More

Can't Sleep?

Get you on your way to finding that refreshed morning feeling

Learning how to practice good sleep hygiene may help you find a restorative sleep once again.  What is sleep hygiene? Read More

 

Troubles Sleeping?

Mindfulness

A new way of relating to pain

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement (Kabat-Zinn, 2011). We learn to step out of automatic pilot, which in turn affects how we make decisions and react to situations in our lives…  Read More

Strategies after Concussion or Mild TBI

Help to manage your thinking difficulties

Some people who have sustained a concussion may experience a change in their thinking (cognitive skills) and may have trouble with…  Read More

Take Control of Your Health: Senior Yoga

By: Sally Writes

As we get older, certain things that we once took for granted become more and more in focus. Perhaps the most striking example of this is our health and well-being; as we reach our senior years, it becomes ever more important to look after both body and mind in order to maintain a good quality of life.  Read More

Do you have a child with a disability?

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. Read More

Manage Chronic Pain

Development of self management skills

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.  Of all the educating the OTs at Turning Point Rehab do for our individuals clients experiencing chronic pain…  Read More

Managing Return to Activities

Concussion, Recognition, Rest, Recovery

Recovery following concussion is a balance between activity and rest while managing stress.  Without proper rest and management, concussion recovery can become prolonged with symptoms increasing over time.  The Centre of Disease Control, has guidelines to help gauge return to activity as well as direct medical care paying close attention to risk factors such as previous concussions, diagnosis of depression and anxiety… Read More

Office Ergonomics

Ensure your work environment is safe

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 which provides a picture and 12 great tips… Read More

Migraine Relief

Migraine treatment and studies

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… Read More

Breathing……exhale….

Proper breathing can reduce stress, pain perception and anxiety

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. At a recent conference, breathing applications (apps) were also discussed and here are two to try… Read More

What about Yoga?

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…  Read More

Exercise Recommendations

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… Read More

Brain Injury Basics

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC), provides useful information on Brain Injury including monitoring, prevention and links… Read More