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Free Barre Class Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville Mississauga



By: Emily Desmarais, RMT,  Barre Physique Instructor Movati Burlington

Barre Physique is a total body muscular conditioning class that is based on Ballet, Yoga and Pilates. This class is designed for all levels and abilities. We work to tone the muscles by using low weights and high repetitions. Bring your mental toughness to the mat and get ready to feel your body energize and strengthen!

For this class, you will need: light weights (if no weights use: water bottles, soup cans), TheraBand loop (if you want more resistance), a water bottle, countertop to hold on to and a floor mat.

When: Monday March 30th @ 10:00am

30min workout on Zoom


Meeting ID: 767 258 363
Password: 017728

Mental Health Awareness at Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville Mississauga

Raising Awareness about Mental Illness

Yesterday was Bell Let’s Talk day, whereby for every text, call, tweet, Instagram and Facebook post, Bell contributed 5 cents to mental health initiatives. One in five Canadians suffer from mental illness; however, more than two-thirds of these individuals never seek help because of the stigma surrounding mental illness. Bell’s goal was to educate people about mental illness in order to help change the negative stereotypes surrounding it, and hopefully encourage people to seek help.

Physiotherapists may feel more like psychologists as patients tend to develop a positive relationship with their therapist and feel that they can be honest and open about struggles outside of their physical injury. Although it is out of the scope of physiotherapy to treat mental illness, physiotherapists play a vital role in educating patients about different avenues they can explore to seek help, as well as recognizing when someone is a danger to themselves or others around them.

Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic treats a large number of athletes, and one would think that this population is fairly immune to mental illness. Exercise and physical activity have long been shown to help with mood disorders, depression and anxiety. Athletes are generally very driven, goal-oriented individuals, in exceptional shape physically. So it’s understandable that most people assume they are also mentally strong and healthy. However, athletes are still vulnerable to mental illness for many of the same reasons as the general population. Some common risk factors for mental health disorders in athletes include:


 Athletes devout a large amount of their time and energy to their sport. With this comes the pressure to perform and excel, which can lead to stress, anxiety and depression. The heavy training schedule of many sports, combined with school, and in some cases work, can lead to fatigue and burnout in a large number of student athletes. Unfortunately, athletes rarely seek help for their psychological problems, for fear that they will be seen as weak and possibly lose their spot on a team. Athletes who do seek help will often be diagnosed with “overtraining.” The physiological, immunological, hormonal, and metabolic changes of over-training are very similar to those associated with depression. As such, some researchers have debated whether athletes with depression are actually being misdiagnosed with overtraining.

Eating Disorders

Many athletes feel the pressure to maintain a certain weight and body composition in order to be successful in their sport. Studies show that the prevalence of eating disorders in male athletes is roughly 18%, and anywhere from 32-60% in female athletes. Eating disorders are considered to be a mental illness caused by a number of psychological and sociocultural factors. In addition, eating disorders can occur with other mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, OCD and other mood disorders.


An injury can bring a lot of stress and anxiety to athletes. They oftentimes feel pressure from coaches, teammates and parents to return to the game as soon as possible and in tip top shape. If athletes are playing on a scholarship or looking to get scouted to the next level, an injury can make them feel like their chances are at stake. They occasionally are unable to train/practice at the same level of their teammates and the longer the injury takes to heal, the more an athlete starts to feel they are slipping behind mentally and physically. Whether an injury is career ending or a minor sprain it will bring a host of negative emotions and can lead to further psychological issues.


Since athletes commit all of their time and energy to training, their social circle and identity becomes strongly interconnected with their sport. As such, once their career is over they have lost their outlet, friends and identity. Retirement for athletes can be a time of great psychological distress, whether it is a decision made by the athlete or they are forced to retire due to aging, competitive failure or career ending injuries. Most athletes are not prepared for this life transition of entering into a world without extensive hours of practice, strict daily schedules and the adrenaline of competition. Athletes can feel a sense of emptiness, leading to depression and other mental health issues. Furthermore, retirement also shrinks your social support network, as athletes are no longer part of a team or group to which they can turn to for help.

Whether you are an elite athlete or an average Joe, we are all susceptible to mental health disorders. Keep in mind that mental illness can be treated and that you do not have to live through it alone. If you or someone you know may be suffering from a mental illness, please seek the appropriate assistance. If you’re not sure who to turn to, talk to a family member, friend, therapist or someone you trust that can help guide you in the right direction. Acknowledging that there is an issue is the first step to recovery.

Hughes et al., (2012). Setting the bar: athletes and vulnerability to mental illness. British Journal of Psychiatry. (2) 95-96.


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Giving back to community Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville Mississauga

Giving Back to the Oakville Community

Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic (SPSC) has been a member of the Oakville community for over 10 years. During that time we’ve developed relationships with several local businesses, organizations and teams. As such, SPSC strongly believes in being involved within the Oakville community and giving back to those who have supported us throughout the years, as well as helping those who are less fortunate.

SPSC continues to work with Kerr Street Mission, Pioneer Camp, and most recently, GENEius Girls Biotechnology Camp. GENEius Girls is a new science outreach organization, starting up locally in Oakville, to inspire and support high school girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through the lens of genetics and biotechnology. Unfortunately, girls need more support and encouragement in STEM subjects, and this camp was developed to do just that. If you would like to know more about this exciting new initiative, you can find more information here.

We strongly encourage our clients to give back to the community in any way that they can. Whether you donate your time, money or expertise, investing in your community helps support and strengthen your local neighborhood.

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Understanding Pain: Is it all in your head?

You’ve been having pain for years and it just doesn’t seem to go away, no matter what you do. You finally go see your doctor and imaging results show everything is normal… WHAT?!? Your doctor’s diagnosis is simply, “It must be in your head!” The last thing you want to hear is that your pain is in your head; it makes you wonder if you are making up the symptoms and negates what you are truly feeling. However, scientifically speaking, all pain is actually felt in your brain and not in the injured body part. It is commonly believed that the amount of tissue damage should dictate the amount of pain experienced. Furthermore, once the tissue is healed, the pain should disappear. Unfortunately, it is not that simple, and it is possible that once the body has healed, that some people will continue to have pain.

How do you feel pain?

Pain begins with an injury that activates pain receptors called nociceptors. These receptors send a message up your spinal cord to an area in your brain called the thalamus. From the thalamus different areas of the brain are activated to help understand the pain. How you eventually perceive the pain will be based on your emotions at the time, the memory of having a similar pain and your attitude and behaviour following the painful experience. Because so many different aspects of the brain are involved, no two people will experience pain in the same way following the exact same injury. Furthermore, people will vary on time of recovery above and beyond the normal physiological healing time of the tissue.

How does chronic pain develop?

Chronic pain lasts longer than 3 months, and well after the injury should have healed. It is still not fully understood as to why some people continue to have long-standing pain. However, research has demonstrated that individuals with chronic pain have differences in brain activity that could be causing their long-term symptoms. More specifically, it has been shown that individuals who attach strong emotional reactions to the initial injury and over-monitor their symptoms afterwards can amplify the experience of pain. This may cause the brain to become more sensitive, so that even non-painful stimulus can be perceived as painful. For example, if you get into a minor fender bender on the way home from winning the lottery, you will likely attribute less negative emotions to the accident versus coming home from losing your job and getting into the same accident. If you are already in a negative state of mind at the time of accident, you will attribute more negative feelings around the accident, which may create a stronger emotional connection, and likely cause you more anxiety and distress. Studies have shown that anger, anxiety, depression and fear are all related to increased pain and symptoms following an injury.

Can chronic pain be prevented?

Chronic pain costs the health industry millions of dollars a year, so finding ways to prevent and treat chronic pain has been a hot research topic. One theory that is receiving a lot of attention is a behavioural strategy called fear avoidance. It has been demonstrated that people who develop chronic pain are more likely to over-monitor their painful sensations, avoid activities that they think may cause pain and have a higher fear of pain or re-injury. This heightened anxiety and fear towards pain creates a vicious cycle, whereby the individual avoids activity, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle, which could create more disability.

One of the main treatment strategies for health care professionals to help prevent chronic pain is to identify patients early on, that have the attitudes and behaviours that will put them at risk for chronic pain.

In addition, because chronic pain is closely associated with anxiety and fear, providing re-assurance and education at the onset of injury can provide positive reinforcement that the injury will heal. If the patient can change their negative thoughts surrounding pain and their injury, then they are less likely to catastrophize about it.

Furthermore, patients need to get mobile as soon as possible (within pain-free range) in order to prevent fear towards activity and exercise. The sooner the patient can see that movement will not be painful, the higher chance that they will resume normal activities in a timely fashion.

Take home message:

  • Yes, all pain is in your head, but it is still very real and can be treated. You do NOT need to live with chronic pain.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. Lots of research has been developed to show that people who are positive and optimistic about recovery will get better faster than those who are negative.


Quick Injury Recovery Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville Mississauga

The Secret to a Quicker Recovery

There is a secret to healing faster and returning to sport quicker post injury, and it doesn’t involve controversial therapy or loads of money. It’s simple, effective and one of the main reasons professional athletes recover much more quickly than the Average Joe. Here’s the secret:

Get your injuries assessed and treated ASAP!

Research has shown that early intervention for an injury will help prevent it from getting worse, prevent muscle loss, weakening and compensation, as well as result in a quicker return to sport and activity.

Supporting Research:

  • Karlsson et al., (2007) showed that early functional treatment (during the first week) following an acute ankle sprain resulted in a significantly earlier return to sport, compared to a group of subjects given crutches and compression wrapping until pain subsided;
  • Studies have shown that following a concussion, athletes who were seen for an assessment by a therapist within the first week had a significantly quicker recovery and return to play, compared to athletes who delayed their initial post-injury evaluation (Bock et al., 2015);
  • Early intervention following lower back injuries has also been heavily researched and showed that treatment soon after injury helps prevent lower back pain from becoming a chronic issue, resulting in less time loss off work, and decreased medication use (Gatchel et al., 2003).

Whether you twisted your ankle or hit your head, being assessed and treated early on has been associated with a quicker recovery and return to sport. At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, between our team of physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic therapists and sports medicine doctors, there is no reason for an injury to be left unattended.

Bock et al., (2015). Factors associated with delayed recovery in atheltes with concussion treated at a pediatric neurology concussion clinic. Childs Nervous System. 2111-2116.

Gatchel et al., (2003). Treatment and cost effectiveness of early intervention for acute low back pain patients: A one year propective study. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 1-9.

Karlsson et al., (2007). Early functional treatment for acute ligament injuries of the ankle joint. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 341-345.