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Tendinopathy and Eccentric Exercise

A tendon is a non-contractile tissue at the end of a muscle.  Basically, it’s the junction between a muscle and a bone. The purpose of a tendon is to transmit muscular forces to bone so that we can move.  We have tendons in our knees, elbows, ankles, shoulders, spine…you name it.  Unfortunately, tendons are commonly…

Running Injury and Minimalist Shoes

Our clinic sees lots of running injuries. Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle pain, foot pain, calf strains, IT band syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome…the list goes on and on. These injuries are relatively common among runners and there are many different causes. Given that many of these injuries are related to impact, for some people, the finger…

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Upper Back Pain – An Often Ignored Cause…

At a recent active release technique seminar I attended, an interesting study was discussed.  A 2013 paper published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation investigated the nature of upper back pain (between the shoulder blades) and nerve entrapment.  For many people, muscular pain and spasm located between the shoulder blades is an unrelenting problem.  This recent publication may assist in…

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Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis has been the topic of several blog entries on our site. This is because it is common, it can be stubborn and lots of patients ask us about it. Thanks to some interesting new literature, our understanding of this condition is improving and we’re better able to help our patients with plantar fasciitis.…