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There’s SNOW time for back pain!

Well Moncton, it’s that time of year again; we just received our first snowfall! Many of us likely dusted off our snow shovels for the first time and got to work getting driveways and walkways clean, but how many of us got a not-so friendly reminder of this activity the next morning in the form…

No Pain = Gain

We’ve all heard the old saying: No pain, no gain. I’ve heard it many times from clients in the clinic when we are doing corrective and therapeutic exercises, thinking that the exercise must be working if it hurts. I’m writing today to challenge the line of reasoning when it comes to “no pain, no gain”When…

Graston Technique; Scar Tissue Treatment

What is Graston? Graston is a non-invasive treatment technique used to break down scar tissue and soft tissue fibrosis. Specially designed stainless steel instruments are used over the surface of the affected area to reduce and eliminate the adhered tissue. This can result in more comfort over a scar that feels tight and sore as…

What is Kinesiotape (KT)?

Many of us have seen the bright coloured tape worn by Olympic athletes in recent years. This is called Kinesiotape. Introduced to the world during the ‘88 Seoul Olympics but invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1975, KT made its way to North America and now exists in many healthcare settings including Physiotherapy & Massage…

Tendinitis… Really?

I’ll start off by setting the record straight on the appropriate use of the word “tendinitis”. It is a word used very commonly to describe aches and pains almost anywhere in the body, but more commonly at the elbow, shoulders, ankles, knees, and hips. The prefix of the word “tendin” indicates we are talking about…

Hot or cold for pain?

This is a question I get frequently from athletes. There are a lot of recommendations when you have an injury or soreness from running. I will try to give you my two cents. Hot- applying heat to any tissues can improve circulation to the area and reduce tension in a tissue. If you have an…

Benefits of Water Running

In this crazy weather, we may need to consider alternatives to running outdoors. Treadmill is always a good choice but be sure to vary the speed and incline during your run to avoid overuse injuries. Repetitive strain of the same tissue is one of the leading causes of running injuries. Especially to the plantarfascia, shins,…

Body positioning during running

We all have a natural and comfortable way of standing and running but there is a preferred form or posture to maximize your efficiency and minimize efforts to your muscles while running. Striving to get close to this can be helpful in speed and injury prevention. You will likely need a mirror beside your treadmill…