Hamstring Strain

Hamstring injuries are very common and can be frustrating for athletes.  They have a reputation for being rather stubborn to heal and recurrence is common.  Before proceeding, let’s review the anatomy. The hamstring muscles are located on the back of your femur (the thigh).  They extend from the bone that we sit on (the ischial…

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Breathing and Back Pain

As we know, various muscles play a role in lumbar stability.  That is why we do lots of strengthening exercises for the abdomen and lower back.  Curl-ups, planks, bird-dogs are all examples of common exercises that are usually beneficial.  They target muscles like the multifidus, the transversus abdominus, rectus abdominis and obliques, quadratus lumborum and…

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Fascial Stretch Therapy

Stretching is an activity that most people dread doing and is regularly the first thing dropped from a workout routine. People find it uncomfortable, awkward and sometimes painful. Very commonly I am asked does stretching work? Much of the current research that is out there is contradicting with certain studies stating stretches should be held…

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Kinesiotape Burlington

Taping has been used in athletic therapy and rehabilitation for many years.  The concept of taping isn’t new.  Traditionally, athletic taping has been primarily used for supporting a dysfunctional area.  Perhaps the most common application would be taping an ankle to prevent sprain (or another sprain) similar to what an ankle brace is trying to…

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Pain in the Front of the Knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a type of knee pain that affects the front of the knee.  The patellofemoral joint is the small space between our knee cap and the thigh underneath it.  “Patellofemoral” is a general term, similar to saying “knee pain”.  It doesn’t really tell us everything that is happening with the injury, but…

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Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is an overuse bone injury that typically affects active people.  In fact, it affects approximately 20% of runners!  80-95% of stress fractures occur in the lower limbs and the tibia is the most commonly affected bone. Suspicion of stress fracture is usually determined during the patient interview.  Factors such as training schedule,…

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Diagnosing Leg Pain

As we learned in our last blog, medial tibial stress syndrome is a common condition that affects active people. In particular, it’s common among runners and recreational walkers.  (For further information, we recommend you check out our last blog entry).  This week’s blog is going to continue from last week, reviewing two clinical tests that assist in…

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