Falls Prevention Program

What is Falls Prevention Program, and can it help me?

Our falls prevention program assesses and treats individuals who are having falls or are at risk of falling. This group or individualize program run twice a week over 6 weeks, and involve components of the following:

  • Assessment with your physiotherapist
  • Group exercise program designed to improve overall strength, balance and gait
  • Home safety information session
  • Home exercise information session
  • Information session about safe medication practices
  • Ongoing consultation with your physiotherapist

This program is for you if you have any of the following risk factors for falls:

  • Feeling unsteady when walking
  • Problems with balance
  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired cognition
  • Personal hazards (personal footwear or clothing)
  • Environmental hazards (loose rugs, uneven ground)
  • Use of multiple medications
  • Previous history of falls
  • Alcohol consumption

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who experiences falls, or is at a high risk of falls
  • People who are able to safely take part in a supervised exercise program
  • People who are able to walk 25 metres

Why should I attend?

  • 1 in 3 seniors will suffer a fall this year
  • Falls can result in serious injury and hospitalization
  • Fear of falling can lead many seniors to withdraw from activities
  • Many falls are preventable
  • Intervention by a health care team has been shown to reduce falls

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLife falls prevention program with a physiotherapist can help you achieve your personal best!

Chronic Disease Management

Diabetes

People with diabetes are unable or are inefficient in producing insulin, a hormone that converts glucose into energy). When food with high levels of glucose in consumed by a person with diabetes, the glucose remains in the blood stream. This is why a diabetic person has high blood glucose levels.

There is no cure for diabetes at this stage. However diabetes can be easily managed by effectively controlling blood glucose, blood pressure and lipids to minimize the risk of long-term consequences associated with diabetes. This can be done by taking prescribed diabetes medication, carefully managing diet, maintaining proper circulation to the extremities and most importantly exercise.

Exercise can help control your weight and lower your blood sugar level. It also lowers your risk of heart disease, a condition that is common in people who have diabetes. Exercise can also help you feel better about yourself and improve your overall health.

What we can do for you

The physiotherapists at our clinic have the specialised diagnostic skills needed to provide a range of interventions such as exercise programs in individual or group settings, to improve the quality of life for people managing their diabetes. In addition, we are able to help with an additional complications, often experienced for instance by older or more fragile patients, and we are able to specifically tailor programs to accommodate these complications.

Our chiropodists can also teach you how to care for your legs and feet appropriately.

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLifeChronic Disease Management program can help you achieve your personal best!

Arthritis

Arthritis is the condition of inflammation to the joint/s. There are several types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Gout. Physiotherapy plays a major role with osteoarthritis, while RA and Gout will require physiotherapy and medications.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, usually involving damage to the surfaces or a joint.  This causes an abnormality in movement, resulting in pain and poor mobility. With physiotherapy, we will aim towards restoring normal movement, joint alignment as well as help pain management. Maintaining mobility is also very important to avoid loss of range and contractures. Here at Smartlife, we will be able to provide specific exercises to improve movement and decrease pain
Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLife Chronic Disease Management program can help you achieve your personal best!

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease or heart disease is a term used to cover all diseases and conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. The incidence of cardiovascular disease is on the rise, however people diagnosed with CVD are living longer due to medical advances and improved medical care. Research have shown that early intervention that focus on diet and lifestyle changes are effective in managing and even reversing CVD.

Rehabilitation of the cardiac patient is now a standard medical procedure. And in accordance with all illnesses, physiotherapy for cardiac patients are tailored to the needs and physical condition. The goals of rehab would be to restore health and promote optimum functioning as well as reduce the recurrence of CV incidences.

What we can do for you

As your physiotherapist in Smart Life, we will be able to help provide you with all the tools you need to improve your lifestyle, thus preventing recurrence of cardiovascular incidences. We will assess your condition and physical health to tailor a rehabilitation program to meet your specific needs. Your physiotherapist will monitor your response to the rehab program closely and modify it as needed. We will also be able to educate you on your condition and advise you on any lifestyle changes that you may need to make in order to improve your quality of life.

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLife Chronic Disease Management program can help you achieve your personal best!

Pulmonary respiratory disease

Chronic pulmonary respiratory disease is a term used to encompass long standing conditions that affect the organs that make gas exchange possible. This includes the respiratory tract, lungs, nerves and muscles of breathing. Common conditions include asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) etc. The major symptom of respiratory disease is difficulty breathing and breathlessness

People with respiratory disease tend to avoid activities or exercise because it makes them breathless. However, it is important to know that regular physical activity can actually improve lung function and make breathing easier.  Breathing exercises often helps with breathlessness.

What we can do

The role of physiotherapy in chronic lung disease is to improve ventilation for people with respiratory disease. We can help by educating you on your condition and the importance of maintaining a good level of activity. We will work with you to get you moving again in order to improve ventilation to your lungs. We can provide a therapy programmes tailored to suit your needs. Before we set you off on your exercise programme, we will equip you with strategies to overcome breathlessness and difficulty getting air into your lungs to help with any anxiety you have associated with exercise.

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLife Chronic Disease Management program can help you achieve your personal best!

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Weight management

Are you concerned about your weight? Come see our weight loss team for an individualized program for weight loss! Depending on your needs, your weight loss program may be between 4-10 sessions over the course of 1-2 months. Each session will be one-on-one and between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

There are no contracts to sign, and all services are delivered by qualified staff members. We aim to help you get started on a weight-loss strategy that is sustainable and that you can carry on long-term on your own. This comprehensive weight management program approaches weight loss from a total body and holistic approach and is second to none in the Scarborough area.

Exercise

No weight loss program is complete without a tailored aerobic exercise program! On your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will assess your fitness level in order to help create a customized exercise program. We will also help you set S.M.A.R.T goals and provide strategies to help you adhere to your exercise program. Ongoing sessions will be a combination of consultations and in-clinic strength and aerobic exercises.

You will be provided with a log book to record all your measurements, exercise program, nutritional intake and your personal goals. Your physiotherapist will review your log book with you on a regular basis.

Nutritional consultations

Our naturopathic doctor will help you with designing a menu that is suitable for your lifestyle, easy to follow, tailored to your likes/dislikes and dietary restrictions, as well as balanced in nutritional groups.

Slimming massage

Your massage session will include a combination of heat therapy, body wrapping, massage and mechanical vibrations to help improve fat metabolism.

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLifeweight management program can help you achieve your personal best!

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program tailored towards those who is diagnosed or are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) or heart disease. Research have shown that early intervention that focus on diet and lifestyle changes are effective in managing and even reversing CVD.

Rehabilitation of the cardiac patient is now a standard medical procedure. The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help restore health, promote optimum functioning, reduce the recurrence of CV incidences, as well as to attain the patient’s own personal goals.

What we can do for you

Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists will be able to help provide you with all the tools you need to improve your lifestyle, thus preventing recurrence of cardiovascular incidences. Upon assessment of your condition and physical health, your cardiac rehabilitation may include any of the following:

  • Goal-setting
  • Customized aerobic exercise program
  • In-clinic, monitored, individual or group exercise sessions
  • Advice on lifestyle changes, exercise adherence
  • Ongoing monitoring of your progress

Visit us or call us today to ask how Town Centre Rehab cardiac rehabilitation can help you achieve your personal best!

Work Injuries (WSIB)

If you have been injured at the workplace, Town Centre Rehab  physiotherapists, chiropractors and massage therapists can help. Town Centre Rehab works with Workplace Safetyand Insurance Board (WSIB) to help injured workers to return to work safely and in a timely manner.

Town Centre Rehab Clinic accepts cases arising from all work injuries, including and not limited to low back, shoulder, knee, foot/ankle and brain injuries. Treatment will focus on education, pain management, as well as functional training.

Visit us or call us today to ask how Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists can help you achieve your personal best!

What should I do right away if I get injured at work?

WSIB requires for your injury to be reported to the employer. Your employer must complete an Employee Accident Report and submit this form to WSIB.Upon approval of the first report, WSIB will provide insurance coverage for rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy or chiropractic care, for your injuries.

What should I bring to my first visit to Town Center Rehab Clinic?
In order to us to help you process paperwork required for WSIB, we ask that you bring the following information/documents with you:

  • Any letters received from WSIB
  • Your claim number
  • Name and contact number for your case manager

Motor Vehicle Accident

At Town Centre Rehab Clinic, our experienced professionals work together to customize a treatment plan to rehabilitate you from motor vehicle accident (MVA) injuries. Our team can provide acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, nutritional support, physical therapy modalities and rehabilitation exercises. The goals of these therapies are to first to determine the extent of your MVA injuries, relieve your pain, then restore function so you can get back to your pre-injury status. Whether the injury involves whiplash, muscle pain, neurological symptoms, other musculoskeletal injuries, or loss of function, we can help.

After you get into an accident, contact your auto insurance provider to file the report and get the claim started. At this point, your assessment can begin. Here we will evaluate your function, pain, severity of injury, and prescribe the appropriate treatment program. We will help with all aspects of treatment, including filling out paper work and claim submission.
If you have been injured in an accident in Toronto, turn to us for reliable quality care.

Visit us or call us today to ask how SmartLifephysiotherapists can help you achieve your personal best!

What should I bring to my first visit to TownCenter Rehab Clinic?

In order to us to help you process paperwork required from your insurance company, we ask that you bring the following information/documents with you if you have them:

  • Contact name and number of your case manager
  • Claim number (if you have one)
  • Police report (if you have one)
  • Your driver’s license
  • Your automobile insurance policy

Neurological Rehabilitation

Acquired brain injury

Brain injury happens when the brain tissue suffers an acute injury resulting in temporary, long-term or permanent damage. Each year, about 5,000 people in Ontario suffer a traumatic head injury while another 5,000 suffer brain injuries from non-traumatic causes like disease or health difficulties.

Causes of brain injury

The brain is a very complex organ and can be injured in many ways. Common traumatic causes include falls, motor vehicle collisions, assaults, being struck by an object, sporting accidents, drowning, seizure disorders, and poisonings. Stroke and aneurysm are the two most common causes of non-traumatic injuries. Brain injuries can have many effects and range in severity from a mild concussion to very severe.

Areas affected can include:

  • Memory and thinking skills
  • Personality
  • Speech and communication
  • Mobility (limb paralysis, decreased balance, loss of co-ordination)

How Town Centre Rehab Physiotherapists help

Physiotherapists at Town Centre Rehab are a key part of the brain injury rehabilitation team because of their skill in assessing how the brain injury has affected coordination, strength, balance, the ability to walk, and to do other mobility skills. Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists help brain injured patients restore or maximize function and learn new ways of doing everyday tasks. Each physiotherapy program is tailored to the patient’s injury and situation.

Your Town Centre Rehab physiotherapist will:

  • Assess specific physical problems such as weakness, poor balance or decreased co-ordination as it affects mobility and function
  • Set goals for recovery in collaboration with you and your family
  • Design a therapeutic exercise and movement retraining program to treat functional limitations
  • Work closely with other rehabilitation team members to coordinate and provide follow-up arrangements or assistive devices (walking aids, splints) if needed to promote continued activity

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury is most commonly caused by trauma like car accidents, falls, work/industrial incidents, and sporting activities like diving into shallow water. However, some spinal cord injuries are caused by medical conditions like tumors or cysts on the spine or viral/bacterial infections (e.g., polio). In Canada, there are about 4,300 new spinal cord injuries each year and an estimated 86,000 Canadians are living with the effects of a spinal cord injury.

Causes of spinal cord injury

A spinal cord is a bundle of nerves about 18 inches long that runs from the base of the brain down the back. It is protected by vertebrae (bones that make up the spine) and is a body’s communication superhighway. It sends messages back and forth from the brain to control movement and feel sensation. When the spinal cord is injured, messages can no longer get through, resulting in loss of feeling and paralysis below the injured part of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injury can also affect how some internal organs work.

How Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists help

Physiotherapists at Town Centre Rehab can assess how the injury has affected your ability to move then develop strategies to help optimize movement and function. Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists help by:

  • Determining if some recovery is possible in paralyzed limbs. If so, they help regain or maximize the ability to use affected limbs
  • Teaching new ways to move
  • Teaching long-term movement skills like walking with mobility aids or wheelchair skill training
  • Providing education and exercises to prevent future mobility problems

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable and often disabling neurological condition. Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world-with 133 out of every 100,000 people affected. The disease is commonly first diagnosed in younger adults and woman are three times more likely to develop MS than men. Symptoms are unpredictable and vary from person to person. MS symptoms can be confusing and can include vision problems, dizziness, tremors, muscle-related symptoms, pain, fatigue, sensory symptoms and cognitive problems. People with MS could have one or many symptoms and these symptoms can improve and relapse many times over.

MS is not contagious and while not inherited, there seems to be a higher incidence of MS for those who have MS in the family. The closer the family relation (e.g., sister vs. cousin), the higher the incidence.

Causes of MS

The disease attacks the protective covering of the nerves in your brain and spinal cord. The nerve’s protective outer coating (called myelin) insulates them and allows impulses/messages to run from your brain, along your nerves, to the muscles that control movement. MS attacks the myelin coating causing inflammation and damage. The damaged areas, called lesions or plaques, interrupt, distort or prevent nerve impulses getting through, thus producing the symptoms of MS. The exact cause of MS is not known, however, current research increasingly points to a complex interplay of environmental and possibly genetic risk factors. Research also shows the tissue damage experienced by those with MS is caused by an abnormal immune response. While there is no cure, there
are treatments to help manage most MS symptoms.

How Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists help:

MS affects your ability to move as well as your balance, muscle strength and flexibility. A physiotherapist will first assess how MS is affecting you and your movement. They can then help you maximize your physical movement and functional abilities and teach you compensation strategies like how to move differently and discuss aids/equipment that could help.

Your physiotherapist can also help you find an appropriate exercise classes or a facility where you can connect with others with MS and practice these exercises.

Post Stroke Rehabilitation

A stoke is a sudden loss of brain function caused by the interruption of blood to the brain. Nationally about 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year and another 300,000 are living with the effects of stroke. The physical results depend on how much damage is done and where. Your ability to speak, move, walk, balance, and perform normal daily activities can be severely affected or even lost. After a stroke about 75% of sufferers live with physical problems limiting their ability to live independently or return to normal activities.

Causes of stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to part of the brain is cut off by a blocked or burst blood vessel in the brain. Your brain then loses oxygen. If your brain cells don\’t get enough oxygen, they die. Family history of stroke or heart disease can increase your stroke risk as can lifestyle factors like diet, being overweight, smoking, and lack of exercise. In some cases there is no obvious cause.

How Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists help

As key players in stroke rehabilitation, physiotherapists assess how the stroke has affected you, your ability to move, sit, stand, and walk. Right after the stroke, your physiotherapist will:

  • Work with you to regain movement and mobility
  • Help you recover movement in the affected limbs
  • Work to retrain basic mobility like getting out-of-bed, sitting-up
  • Provide exercises and specific movement retraining

Town Centre Rehab physiotherapists will work with you (and your family) to set longer-term recovery goals to become as physically independent as possible. Treatment may include:

  • Progression to standing, walking, stair climbing
  • Limb and trunk strengthening exercises
  • Help with finding assistive devices (e.g., walkers, bath rails, lifts) to achieve safe and independent function

Throughout your recovery, your physiotherapist will continually monitor progress and adjust the rehabilitation program to your recovery goals.

Visit us or call us today to ask how Town Centre Rehab neurological rehabilitation can help you achieve your personal best!

Pre / Post-natal Rehabilitation

So you’re pregnant? Congratulations! While pregnancy is an exciting time you may be feeling overwhelmed by the many choices concerning nutrition, exercise, and treatment options for the aches and pains of pregnancy. Let us help you navigate the choices and challenges of pregnancy with our individualized programs and treatment.

At Town Centre Rehab we offer a holistic, well-rounded approach to help you with the challenges and concerns commonly experienced before, during and after your pregnancy. Whether you want to ensure you have a great pregnancy or you’re looking for post-partum support for you or your baby, we can help.

Our team approach to your care ensures that all aspects of your health can be addressed. Our pre/postnatal team of practitioners includes physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and naturopathic doctor.

Before/during pregnancy…

Individualized program of 3-10 education and treatment sessions are catered towards your specific needs and expectations. Small-group education classes include a combination of lectures and practical exercises. Treatment sessions are one-on-one sessions with any one member of the pre/postnatal team of practitioners, depending on your needs.

Education Program includes:

  • Process of labour and birth – signs of labour, when to go to hospital, breathing, exercises and relaxation techniques.
  • Comfort measures – pain management (all options presented), birthing, and relaxation techniques.
  • When things don’t go as planned – information on inductions, caesareans, forceps, vacuum, breech, episiotomy, and laceration.
  • Immediate care of mom and baby following birth – includes the baby’s bath, post-partum blues, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding.

Treatment program include:

  • Treatment for sciatica, back pain and other pregnancy related pain.
  • Nutritional advice.
  • Treatment to reduce general pregnancy aches & pains.
  • Exercise programs to help during your pregnancy and prepare for labor.
  • Exercise programs to help prepare your body for the physical demands after baby arrives.
  • Treatment to reduce fluid retention.
  • Labor preparation.

After baby arrives…

The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be a little stressful for you if you don’t take proper care of your body. Our postnatal programs are tailored to help you stay healthy, centered and energized while meeting the demands of being a mom.

Education/Treatment Programs include:

  • Treatment for aches and pains.
  • Exercises to reduce the physical strains placed on your body from feeding, carrying and lifting your baby.
  • Regaining your core strength…safely.
  • Nutritional advice.
  • Strategies to de-stress.
  • Breastfeeding support and nutrition.
  • Pelvic floor training

Visit us or call us today to ask how Town Centre Rehab pre- / post-natal program can help you achieve your personal best!

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