Iliotibial band syndrome

Iliotibial band syndrome With the warmer weather finally upon us, our activity levels tend to be on the rise, which sometimes leads to a higher incidence in training injuries or repetitive strains. One of those injuries I have come across as of late is Iliotibial band syndrome. Iliotibial band syndrome results in pain on the outside of the knee which is caused by friction of the iliotibial band on the side of the knee. It is also known as ITB syndrome or ITBFS and sometimes referred to as... Read More

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Better proprioception for steadier ankles!

We know that ankle mobility is important for preventing injuries as we discussed here. Appropriate mobility (specifically the up and down motions) at the ankle means that the knee doesn’t have to make up for the difference, hence avoiding excess strain on the knee and helping to avoid injury. But, what if we have too much motion at the ankle? This can happen - especially for those who have previously sprained or rolled their ankle. When we sprain our ankle we strain or stretch the... Read More

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7 Stress-Busting Tips – Reduce Stress

I have been silent for the last little while, and have not written any entries in my blog. Much of which was due to my stress level, as of late. Indeed things have been nuts on my end, with re-designing my website, resolving countless web development issues, work, training, nagging injuries.. and the list goes on! We all experience stress, one way or an other. We need to learn how to deal with our daily stresses, before 'they deal with us' (that's a Chanty-ism) so to speak! Granted, what works... Read More

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Dealing with persistent injuries and pain, once and for all!

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of people with persistent chronic pain which has generally resulted from past injury or a seemingly innocuous event. The stories vary (thank goodness, or my job would be an uber boring one, with likeness to the movie " Groundhog Day"), but the common thread is that this pain has been treated beforehand, without much success. Before I go any further, let me clarify that this post is NOT in any way going to be about how think I am "better than everyone else who... Read More

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5 Stretches For Your Plantar Fasciitis

This nasty little cycle may cause the patient to be 'in pain at least somewhere' nearly constantly (read: don't be surprised if your hips start to hurt, your Piriformis starts flaring, your shoulders become impinged and your neck hurts constantly!) This is bad, yes.. but the good news is that this can all be changed gradually by having a professional perform Deep Tissue Massage, or ART to break-up the adhesions and forming scar tissue in the Fascia, as a means to restore the appropriate length... Read More

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5 common mistakes you are may be making while foam rolling

Foam rolling can be useful to help minimize the amount of adhesions in your connective tissue between massage sessions. These adhesions can eventually create points of weakness in the tissue, as tissue that isn't contracting uniformly from one end to the other, could lead to muscular imbalances, injuries and pain. Foam rolling can also lead to better mobility by increasing blood flow in your tissues, and may help with recovery after a tough workout. Indeed, foam rolling has a tremendous... Read More

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5 Awesome stretches to increase your hip mobility (and may decrease your back pain)

Great hip mobility is necessary in allowing your body move thru a 'normal' range of motion. Indeed, if your hips aren't able to move in the ways and in the range of motion they were intended to, they may not become as useful and muscle compensations will eventually occur, which may lead to low back or neck pain. Your hips are designed to generate a ton of power, and the following stretches are 5 of my favourite stretches that will open up your hips, groin and legs, and will allow you to move... Read More

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