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regain mobility after a stroke with proper tools like wheelchair and a cane. niagara prosthetics and orthotics share tips on rebuilding strength and balance after a stroke.

Regaining Mobility After a Stroke

Have you ever thought about how complex walking actually is? Think about it: your brain and body must work together to create complex movements involving your legs, arms, and feet, making sure they bend just right and that weight is shifted accordingly. Most people don’t realize how complex this concept is until they lose their... View Article

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Custom Made or Off The Shelf Knee Braces – Which One is Better?

This question is no stranger to us. There has been an on-going debate for years now about whether or not custom made knee braces are better than off the shelf knee braces and vice versa. At Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics, we believe that there are two sides to every debate. Today we are going to... View Article

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What to Expect After Amputation Surgery

The months following amputation surgery are typically broken down in to a few stages. Although these stages are not the same for everyone as age, health, and diagnosis differ and are considered, this is a rough outline as to what one can expect during the recovery process: 1. Hospital recovery During the early stages of... View Article

laptop with crumpled paper and stethoscope. This is a young clinician's story on how she got in to the prosthetics and orthotics industry at Niagara PO.

From Student to Clinician: This is Katie Kalchman’s Story

As a university student it can be very intimidating, and at times scary knowing that you will be entering the “adult” world of work and a career. So, when that fourth and final year comes around, many students panic at the question: “What are you going to do next year?” Some people know the answer... View Article

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How to Prevent and Manage Diabetes

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease which impacts the lives of millions of people around the globe. This condition causes the body to improperly process food for the use of energy. To better grasp the concept, you will first need to understand how insulin impacts your body. Here’s an example: when you eat, your... View Article

one-legged handicap BMX rider Julian Molina warming up with his BMX bike and crutches

Meet One-Legged BMX Rider: Julian Molina

BMX is a sport which requires an incredible amount of balance, coordination, and resilience. It is no secret that this sport is a tough one to pursue and pick up for even able-bodied BMX fans and so, the thought of one taking on BMX without using all their limbs seems nearly impossible. At least that’s... View Article

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Winter Safety Tips for Wheelchair Users

Whether you’re a fan of winter or not, the winter season is inevitable and we all have no choice but to adapt accordingly. Adapting to winter weather can simply include minor changes such as: wearing thicker clothing, sleeping with extra layers of blankets, and ending each day with a mug full of hot cocoa, however,... View Article

Volleyball for people with disabilities with ParaSport Ontario.

Everything You Need to Know About ParaSport Ontario

ParaSport Ontario provides opportunities for members of the disability community to engage and participate in both recreational and competitive sport programs and activities to improve the physical function and quality of life. Encouraging involvement and ensuring everyBODY can take part in active living is their goal. At Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics, we highly support this movement... View Article

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How Proper Footwear Impacts Your Health

Foot health is a topic many people don’t tend to consider when thinking about their overall health. Foot health is very important as many of us rely heavily on our feet to get us from point A to point B and for recreational activities such as dancing and sports. In this article we would like... View Article

Osseointegration

What You Need to Know About Osseointegration

Founded in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was coined by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the ability to integrate human bone with titanium metal. This discovery was a very important breakthrough in his career and the future of prosthetics. To this day, osseointegration is used to permanently anchor artificial limbs to the human skeleton, typically done in... View Article