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Mechanotherapy: How to promote tissue healing

Mechanotherapy  is the physiological process where cells sense and respond to mechanical loads, such as pressure or exercise, in order to  facilitate healing after an injury.   Loading the tissue, as will be explained later, can be  used therapeutically to stimulate repair and remodelling in tendons, muscles, cartilage and bone. Through mechanotherapy, the body converts mechanical loading into cellular responses. …

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How to heal faster and stronger

If you have an injury (acute or chronic) this weeks blog is for you. Ultimately, your body knows what to do to heal an injury. The classic model of injury healing comprises  four sequential, yet overlapping phases: (1) Hemostasis, (2) Inflammation (3) Proliferation   (4) Remodeling.   Within the first few minutes after the injury, a process of platelet aggregation …

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Down to the CORE

    The core is where your body’s center of gravity is located and all movement originates. A strong core is essential for optimum body mechanics, as it contributes to ideal length-tension relationships of muscles, movement patterns by the nervous system and joint function. A strong and balanced core equates to neuromuscular efficiency,  which allows for efficient acceleration, deceleration, and …

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Meet the Resistance

    Public health exercise guidelines primarily focus on the promotion of  steady-state aerobic exercise, which enhances cardiorespiratory fitness and has some impact on body composition. Unless you are an endurance athlete training for an event, there is a better form  of exercise that not only includes enhanced cardiorespiratory fitness,  but also numerous other benefits. Research demonstrates that resistance exercise …

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Better, Stronger, Faster

Whether you’re a professional, recreational or competitive athlete, you are likely looking for ways to be better, stronger and faster in order to get that competitive edge. In prior blogs I’ve  discussed nutritional  and training factors for sports performance. If you don’t have adequate fuel or an anti-inflammatory diet, this can definitely be a limiting factor in your ability to …

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Juicing or Whole Foods?

  Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. These nutrients can  reduce inflammation, provide energy and help you to feel healthy, young  and energetic. One way to consume fruits and vegetables  is by juicing (i.e.  extracting the liquid from fruits and vegetables). For many busy people, drinking fruits and vegetables is a convenient way to increase …

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Do you have pronation distortion syndrome? (60-80% 0f people do)

Foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, neuromas and bunions can be due to local problems, in addition to   abnormal muscle and joint function at the joints located above, specifically the knee, hip and lumbar spine. Pronation distortion syndrome  is a fancy term to describe  excessive foot pronation (flat feet) with concomitant knee internal rotation and adduction (“knocked-knees”). This …

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Do You Need Protein Powders?

  Protein powders are becoming more popular as a nutritional supplement. They are in every nutrition store, most markets, and all over the Internet. You can even find pre-mixed, ready-to-drink protein shakes in many stores. But are protein powders just for bodybuilders, or can the average, everyday athlete benefit from them as well? With so many options out there, which should …

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Are you at Risk?

There are four key factors that can be used to identify risks for inflammatory based diseases: Insulin Weight and waist size Blood pressure Cholesterol Insulin Insulin’s job is to keep blood sugar at an appropriate level. Carbohydrates generate a rise in blood sugar. The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream, which lowers blood sugar by storing it in cells. A …

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Do you use NSAIDs regularly? If so consider this

A survey of over 9000 patients published in 2005 concluded that over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are widely used frequently by patients who are generally unaware of the potential for dangerous adverse side effects. Given recent concerns about use of acetaminophen products, and the potential that patients will turn to NSAIDs as an alternative, it is important …

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