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Healthy Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year when we’re all out getting some last minute shopping in for our friends and loved ones.  For this weeks blog, we thought we would help out with some gift ideas for the health conscious… Dual Purpose Hot and Cold Packs – These are always good to have around the house. …

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Knee Pain from Jumping

Jumpers knee is a common term used to describe an overuse injury to the patellar tendon.  The technical term for this tendon injury is patellar tendinosis or patellar tendinopathy and is estimated to affect 45% of elite volleyball players.  The symptoms of this condition can often be similar to patellofemoral syndrome, patellar tendinitis, quadricep tendinitis, patellar maltracking…

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How To Tie a Shoe

Most experienced runners have a preferred brand of running shoe. Mizuno, Asics, New Balance and Saucony seem to be common choices among our patients, but the jury is still out as to which manufacturer truly makes the best shoe. Since there are no objective, scientific guidelines to direct your purchase, it seems to boil down…

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Chronic Ankle Sprain

Like the various musicians in a symphony orchestra, athletic movements require different muscles to activate and deactivate in a very co-ordinated fashion.  When disrupted, this orchestra of muscular activity can not only affect athletic performance, but can also lead to different injuries. Chronic Ankle Sprain and FAI Functional instability of the ankle (FAI) is an…

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Hip Exercises

This past July, an interesting paper was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy which investigated gluteal muscle activation during different exercises. Gluteal exercises can play a role in rehabilitating many different hip injuries, including hip bursitis, hip arthritis, general hip pain and lower back pain. Whether you’re a rehabilitation professional looking…

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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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Running Injuries

Overuse injuries are very common among distance runners and are frequently seen at our Burlington Physiotherapy clinic. The repeated tissue stress can lead to such conditions as achilles tendinopathy, achilles “tendinitis”, achilles tendinosis, patellar tendinopathy, patellar tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis and shin splints to name a few. Once present, these injuries often require extensive…

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Exercise and Arthritis

Recently we came across an interesting paper published in the well known journal “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” which investigated the loads imposed on our joints when using an elliptical exercise machine. Some of the more interesting results were as follows… Elliptical Machine, Stairclimber or Treadmill? In terms of cardiovascular exercise, an elliptical…

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Turf Toe

Turf toe is a slang term used to describe a common yet frustrating injury that affects athletes like football players and soccer players. In technical terms, it describes a sprain of the plantar capsule and plantar ligaments of the first metatarsophalangeal joint.  In simple terms, you likely pushed your big toe too far and the…