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Chronic Back Pain

Why do some people experience repeated bouts of back pain?  This is a very large question with many variables to consider.  An interesting paper published in the journal Pain shed some light on this topic, investigating the role of the lumbar multifidus muscle and the effect back pain has on it. Without question the muscles…


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…

Fascia Stretch

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…