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Suffering from chronic ankle sprains? Don’t forget to look at this factor

May 14, 2018

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When most sprain their ankle, it happens in what’s called an inversion sprain. Also known as a lateral ankle sprain, In someone with chronic ankle sprains it’s common to, Tie the shoes tighter Wear higher topped shoes Try an ankle brace Play with ankle taping (if available) The above tends to happen in that order. […]

Should you have surgery for arthritis in your knees?

May 11, 2018

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I was recently being diagnosed with a torn meniscus from playing football. Thus, I’ve been looking up a lot of research on various knee surgeries lately. I have a good base of knowledge but I find I tend to go through phases where a specific condition or joint tends to predominate in my life or […]

The problems with cortisone shots

May 11, 2018

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Cortisone shots suck. Unless you are a high level athlete where returning to the playing field is critical, taking cortisone shots for joint pain absolutely, positively sucks. Say your shoulder has been bothering you for 6 months. You walk into your primary care doctor and they do some asinine examination on your shoulder acting like […]

3 common tight muscles

May 11, 2018

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After writing up this post on massage techniques I had a few people ask, “How do I know if a muscle is tight or long?” While there are norms for neutral body alignment, taking out your goniometer or protractor to measure every angle of every joint is a royal pain in the ass. However, knowing […]

Just because a muscle feels tight doesn’t mean it is

May 4, 2018

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In a recent post on different massage techniques, I mentioned it’s crucial to differentiate between tight muscles and lengthened muscles when forming an exercise program or treatment. One of the more common ways people and various fitness professionals (personal trainers, massage therapists, physical therapists, etc.) perform this differentiation is by asking the client/patient, “What feels […]

How muscles are like onion bags

May 4, 2018

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I was listening to an interview with Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains. He used an analogy that really hit home for me. One of relating muscles, and the fascia they are connected to, to onion bags. Picture an onion bag, then picture it in the shape of a diamond: The bag (muscle/fascia) can either be […]

Why laying on your stomach isn’t the best way to regain knee extension

April 30, 2018

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After a knee surgery, such as meniscus, ACL, or joint replacement, the number one initial priority is regaining knee extension range of motion. That is, the ability to straighten the knee. A common way to do this is lay on a table with the leg hanging off. The prone leg hang: This is not a […]

Best exercises for the subscapularis

April 27, 2018

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Compared to some of the other information on this site, this is going to be a nerdy post. For anyone reading this who has shoulder pain there are definitely some important pieces of information. However, there is a lot of anatomy talk in this that I realize not everyone is familiar with (or wants to […]