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Yoga and back pain

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Yoga!

Yoga was developed in India nearly 4000 years ago. Making this form of exercise an ancient practice that is now very popular around the world. There are many different types of yoga styles. These styles incorporate various breathing techniques with basic and complex body postures. It is designed to provide a number of physical and mental benefits. Some of these include: improved cardiovascular, digestive, lymphatic and nervous systems, increased joint mobility, enhanced sleep quality and reduced stress and anxiety.

Yoga is also...

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Hamstring Injury

Did you know that this common sports injury can be treated by your chiropractor? A hamstring injury is a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh. It is one of the most common muscle injuries and can be very sore and painful. It is typically caused by rapid acceleration activities when running or initiating running activity and strikes athletes of all sorts – including runners, skaters, football, rugby, and basketball players.

What is a hamstring?

The hamstrings are tendons (strong bands of tissue) at the back of the...

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Plantar Fasciitis

What is it?

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common problems of Heel Pain. Your foot is made up of a thick, fibrous band of tissue (Fascia) that runs under the foot from the heel bone to the toes. These tissues support the muscles and the arch of your foot. When the tissues are overly stretched, tiny tears can occur on the surface and cause pain under the heel and inflammation.  Some people may experience pain under the arch of the foot as well.

Having poor foot 

Inflammatory and anti-inflammatory nutrition

Inflammation is your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you are injured or sick. It stimulates the healing process and helps your body defend itself against any foreign invaders. These intermittent bouts of inflammation are your body’s own immune response designed to protect your health. This type of inflammation is classified as acute and short term and would arise alongside a sprained ankle, appendicitis, tonsillitis or an infected ingrown nail.

However, there are some medical conditions that cause a long term and persistent inflammatory response referred to as chronic low-grade inflammation. It occurs...

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Sleep Positions for Back pain

Sleep Positions for Back pain

Sleep is important for maintaining good health. It allows our bodies to heal as well as rejuvenation of the spine. One of the leading causes of pain we will suffer from in our lives is back pain. Back pain is often brought on by stress or strain. It can be from an injury, bad posture, awkward sleeping positions and many other lifestyle habits.

Sometimes changing your sleeping position according to your back issue can help relieve pain. Below are some tips if you...

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High Intensity Interval training is an extremely effective form of exercise. It uses various intervals of high intensity work while alternating with lower intensity work for recovery in between. This style of workout is much shorter in duration than steady state cardio. This is perfect for those with limited time to exercise. For those who travel frequently, and for people who wish to burn fat or anyone wanting a challenge.

You can do this type of training anywhere, in the gym, at a...

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Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease – OSD

What is it?

Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is one of the most common causes of knee pain in adolescents. Swelling, pain and tenderness can be felt on the shin bone (tibial tuberosity) just below the kneecap. The pain may be mild after activity or in some cases can be severe enough during all activity. It occurs in activities that require jumping, running, squatting, or lifting. It is more common in active boys aged 10 -14, but as more girls participate in sports, this is changing. The pain usually goes away within...

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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

 

Where are your Rotator Cuff Muscles?

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles. They are the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the teres minor, and the subscapularis. These four muscles work together to stabilise and control your shoulder during movement.

Above the rotator cuff muscles sits the acromion, the front of the shoulder blade (scapula), as well as ligaments and the bursa (a fluid filled sac). The bursa allows for a smooth surface for the rotator cuff tendons to glide over. These structures protect your shoulder from injuries such as impingement and...

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Piriformis Syndrome

 

Piriformis Syndrome is a condition caused by the compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. The Piriformis muscle is located in the buttock region, and the sciatic nerve runs below it. As the muscle tightens and spasms it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. The pressure causes irritation of the sciatic nerve sending tenderness, pain, tingling, or numbness through your butt, and sometimes in the back and down your leg, calf and into your foot. You’ll feel the sensations...

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Back Rehabilitation Post Injury

 

Why You Need to Strengthen Your Back

 

The back and abdominal muscles are not exercised enough through normal daily activities. They require regular work to develop and maintain strength. You may otherwise become prone to injury if these muscles are weak or tight. After a back injury has occurred, it is vital to start a back strengthening and stretching routine to rehabilitate the back. Your deep core stability muscles automatically turn off when there is pain, leaving your spine vulnerable to further...

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Core Activation and Back Pain

Your core muscles are the most important muscle group in your body. A strong core helps support your spine and promotes good posture. The muscular system relates to both local and global muscle groups. Local muscles, being our core, are the deep stabilizers and global muscles are the larger, superficial muscles that generate movement. Every move you make originates in your core. These muscles are vital to many common movements, such as lifting, twisting, reaching, and bending. Normal, everyday life requires almost constant use of the core muscles.

It is important to strengthen both...

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Weak Glute Muscles and your back

Weak Glute Muscles and back pain

The Gluteal muscle (butt Muscle) is most important of all the skeletal muscles in your body. They consist of the gluteus minimus, medius and maximus. Maximus is the largest muscle of the three. The glute muscles stabilize your pelvis during running and walking. You need strong glutes to help with hip extension and forward propulsion. It helps move your thigh in different directions. Every time you take a step, you’re using your glute muscles.

When the glutes aren’t doing their job, muscle function and movement mechanics in...

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