Category Archive for: ‘Chiropractic’

More on Fascia

    Fascia is a three dimensional sheet of firm tissue, that spreads throughout the body from head to toe. It has numerous forms, and essentially envelops the body beneath the skin, enclosing muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves, arteries and organs. Fascia has the consistency of a trash bag or mesh, with both elastic and plastic properties. It can stretch, …

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Myofascial Release

             Some of my prior blogs have discussed the use of Foam Rollers and more recently, the use of Trigger Point Performance tools,  for Self Myofascial Release (SMR) Self myofascial release techniques have become increasingly popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Therapists from many disciplines have embraced the use of myofascial release massage to reduce chronic pain …

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Is your Low Back, Hip or Knee pain caused by Gluteal Amnesia?

If you suffer from lower back, hip, knee or shoulder injuries, you could have Gluteal Amnesia. Gluteal Amnesia occurs when your body forgets how to properly activate the gluteal muscles. As a result, you lose the ability to move your hips through their full range of motion and compensatory recruitment of other muscles, such as the hamstrings and erector spinae …

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Is the pain in your back pain coming from your front?

    Pain is a signal from your nervous system that something is wrong, however, where you feel pain isn’t necessarily where that something  is. In General, there are 3 types of pain: Nociceptive- e.g. Irritation to nerve endings by a  burn  or a cut Inflammatory- e.g.   A sprain/strain injury causing tissue damage Myofascial – structural and functional changes in the nerves, …

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Have you Been Screened for Regular Movements?

    Many of us go for a physical each year, where a screening exam is performed on the various systems in our body. The purpose of a screen is generally three-fold: Identify risk factors; Identify dysfunction or pathology; and Monitor the course of disease. Screens serve to give healthcare providers information upon which to act. An action may be …

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Confession of a Myofasciaist

I confess. I am a myofasciaist. I am dedicated to evaluating my patient’s myofascia in order to relieve their pain, or if they are an athlete, enhance their performance. Before you judge me, read this week’s blog to learn about fascia and how it may be the answer to one or more of your health problems. If you are an …

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The Foot Bone’s connected to the Head Bone

  Your body is susceptible to movement dysfunctions and neuro-musculo-skeletal imbalances. This may be due to: Repetitive movements Overuse Sedentary living Improper movement techniques. As a result, these dysfunctions can result in many of the common injuries that are prevalent both in athletes and the general population. The foot and ankle complex is a region of the body with great …

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Should You Stretch?

      People generally stretch for three reasons: Increase range of motion Strength enhancement Performance enhancement Despite all the research surrounding stretching, this topic remains controversial. Some research show that static stretching done prior to strength activity can decrease strength for up to two hours post stretch. There is also evidence that static stretching negatively influences performance based on …

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Regional Interdependence

  Regional interdependence is a model of musculoskeletal examination and therapeutic intervention that identifies the source of pain through a series of general and specific movement observations, muscle testing and palpation. Often times, the contributors of musculoskeletal disorders may not be as straight-forward as they appear. Treating the site of pain, when it is not necessarily the source, would be …

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Are you Relatively Flexible?

Relative Flexibility is the tendency of the body to seek the path of least resistance during functional movement. Relative flexibility can result when one or more segments of the Kinetic Chain (Your muscles, joints and nervous system) are misaligned or not functioning properly and is often the result of Postural Distortion Patterns. In postural distortion patterns, when a muscle is …

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