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Shoulder Rehab

Shoulder pain is very common among active individuals.  Although there are many different causes of shoulder pain, many studies have been published in recent years which link scapular (shoulder blade) position and the activity patterns of the muscles around the scapula to many types of shoulder injury. Among the evidence is the consistent finding of…

Shoulder Exercises

Recently I was lucky enough to go to Costa Rica for a week of surfing. Needless to say it was a great time, but as I’ve experienced in the past, my shoulders are now paying the price.  For this week’s blog I thought I’d suggest a few exercises for any fellow novice / occasional surfers…

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Bench Press Shoulder Pain

There is no question that the bench press is a very popular exercise for strengthening the pectorals. Although effective, this exercise can prove painful for many people so attention needs to be given to proper technique. Here are a few tips that are supported by published research… Shoulder Tendons and Lifting Too Low… That burning stretch…

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Shoulder Pain

As mentioned in previous posts, certain sports are associated with certain injuries.  As baseball season is upon us, it may be a good time to introduce you to some of the newer concepts associated with dysfunction in the throwing shoulder.  Repeatedly throwing (as with baseball) places an enormous demand on the different tissues of the…

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Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder pain attributed to swimming is very common and there are many different causes. Listing all of these causes and conditions is beyond the scope of any blog as it is a very complex topic.  Nevertheless, this article will address one of the more common scenario’s; impingement of the shoulder. Impingement Although there are different…

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Tendinosis, Tendinopathy or Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a very common term used to describe injuries affecting various tendons in the body. Specific examples include achilles tendonitis, bicipital tendonitis, extensor tendonitis (tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis) and flexor tendonitis (golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis). There is now ample peer reviewed published research which tells us that it is an inaccurate term…