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

The Story of One-legged BMXer: Julian Molina

It is no secret how difficult BMX is, especially on the body. This sport in particular requires an insane amount of resilience, coordination and balance. Most people would assume that this sport is best suited for those who are able-bodied however, Julian Molina has proved us all wrong. Molina can be found cruising around Andes, Colombia,... View Article

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3 Winter Safety Tips for People in Wheelchairs

With winter comes changes – changes in weather, clothing, and even daily routines. Although change is not something we all enjoy, you can’t always escape it, especially if mother nature has full control over it. Now, we know that the transition from fall to winter isn’t always as simple as putting hats and mittens on, some... View Article

Volleyball for people with disabilities with ParaSport Ontario.. This is why Kawartha Prosthetics loves ParaSoirt

Why We Love ParaSport Ontario

ParaSport Ontario helps in providing recreational and competitive sport programs and activities for members of the disability community. Through these programs, ParaSport Ontario encourages active living to improve the physical function and quality of life. Their mission statement speaks to us and because of that, the team at Kawartha Prosthetics and Orthotics are happy to be sharing a blog dedicated... View Article

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The Importance of Proper Footwear

Our feet take us from one place to another. Our feet give us the freedom to jump, run, and dance. Needless to say, we rely heavily on our feet to help us get through the day. Because foot health is not often talked about, many people forget how important it is to take care of our... View Article

example of osseointegration on a patient's leg and man in dress pants standing wiith them. kawartha prosthetics, peterborough

What is Osseointegration?

Established in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was founded by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the integration ability of human bone and titanium metal. This breakthrough discovery played a large role in his career but an even bigger role in the future of prosthetics. Even now, osseointegration is used to attach artificial limbs to the human skeleton permanently. How does osseointegration... View Article

What I’ve learned over 20 years in Prosthetics & Orthotics

As Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist Amedeo Buri celebrates his 20 year anniversary with us, he takes a look back to where it all started- what has changed, and what has remained the same… July 01,1996. It was my first day of work at Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics. I started my internship under the supervision of Rob Gabourie,... View Article

Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being

Located on Lockhart Drive in St. Catharines, the Brock- Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being is like a hidden gem for those with fitness goals that are not as conventional as others. “The Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being is a 5600 square foot gym fully equipped to meet all exercise needs. This includes over... View Article

The “Softer Side” of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Last week I sat down with Certified Orthotist Michael Chouinard C.O. (c). Mike has been with us for over 25 years, and has been in the P & O industry for a total of 36 years.  Looking to receive some insight on a more personal level, I figured who better to provide that than somebody who... View Article

Runway of Dreams

At Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics we are continually amazed by the people, organizations, and causes that have in some way positively changed the lives of those who need it most. The group that was brought to our attention most recently is called “Runway of Dreams”, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to developing adaptive clothing... View Article

Conductive Silicone

Silicone has made a huge impact on the prosthetic community over the last couple of decades. As an interface between the skin of the prosthetic user and the prosthesis, it has proved to be far superior to prosthetic socks in most cases. For upper extremity myoelectric users, conductive silicone is available for fabrication into a... View Article