04 Sep

What is shoulder impingement?

Shoulder impingement occurs when tendons within the shoulder joint are compressed and become irritated. Symptoms of impingement include shoulder stiffness, weakness, and pain. Shoulder pain can often be aggravated by reaching overhead or behind the back. The shoulder is a unique ball-and-socket joint. lt is important that the ball component stays centered within the socket […]

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21 Mar

Exercise for Life

  I read an interesting article the other day about muscle weakness with aging. Scientists from the Manchester Metropolitan University have discovered by the age of 75, people normally have between 30 and 50 per cent fewer nerves controlling muscles in their legs. This leaves large areas in the muscle where it is disconnected from […]

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20 Sep

Concussions

Football is here and hockey soon to follow. With any contact sport, there are risk of injuries, and concussions are just one type. A concussion is “a form of traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces (e.g. blow to head) that result in signs and symptoms that typically resolve within 1-4 weeks of injury.” (Parachute: […]

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20 Sep

Wash Those Smelly Clothes

Does your teen come home with a smelly bag of athletic gear that makes you want to drop? Not only is the odour unpleasant, but it is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is a resistant form of bacteria that lives on the skin, and in some studies, is prevalent […]

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12 Sep

Don’t be a VOMIT

Victim of Medical Imaging Technology The following is a summary of an article from the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). Medical imaging such as x-rays, ultrasounds and MRI’s, are a common and valuable procedures to rule out “serious” medical conditions such as fractures, tumours, dislocations, etc. Once any serious problem has been ruled out, […]

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12 Sep

TYPES OF PAIN

The following is a description of the types of pain that our clients experience. The information is from a summary by Dr. Erson Religioso DPT, MS MTC. (Modern Manual Therapy) Hyperalgesia: Increased sensitivity to painful or noxious stimuli. Primary: this is where there is increased sensitivity to painful or noxious stimuli. An example of this […]

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10 Aug

Should You Strengthen The Muscle Instead Of Stretching It?

Current evidence suggests that static stretching for injury prevention such as stretching for tight hamstrings is not effective for preventing hamstring strains. A better method is eccentric strengthening to reduce risk of injury. An example of this would be Nordic hamstring exercises. Further, this concept can be extrapolated to muscles such as upper trapezius tightness. […]

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18 May

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

When there is a soft tissue injury, the body immediately delivers platelet cells to the area. Platelets have the healing factors that activate the tissue repair mechanisms. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is done by taking a small sample of the patient’s blood, then spinning it around in a centrifuge until the plasma, the platelets […]

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18 May

Weight Loss for Knee OA

A study involved over 150 obese individuals with knee OA where they were put on a 4 month special weight loss diet. After 4 months, the average weight loss was 14kg (30lbs) which resulted in 7% reduction in knee joint compression forces during gait. They calculated that for every 1 kg in weight loss, the […]

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18 May

THE PAIN TRUTH

Here are some facts on pain: All pain is real. Imagined pain does not exit. Pain is an alarm system that warns the body of actual or perceived The brain and spinal cord can magnify pain as long as the brain believes the body is in danger. Increased nerve hypersensitivity may explain why some pain […]

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