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Bracing: When is it needed? Do I really need a brace? What kind of brace do I need? Are they expensive? How long do I have to wear this? FOREVER?! Will it make you reliant on the brace if you start to use it? Braces can be an effective addition to treatments but should not be the sole means of rehabilitation that a person utilizes. A brace is most effective is in stabilizing a joint that has become unstable due to stretching of the supporting ligaments. A brace can help to stabilize t...
Posted on 2020-03-24
Sit to stand workstations seems to be the go to solution for companies to deal with prolonged sitting. Although there is merit to this approach, we need to understand that prolonged sitting or standing is both bad for the body and that the key solution is to make our bodies move throughout the day.  Unfortunately, sit to stand stations are being used improperly. Rather than using it to take a break from sitting, many employees are now spending a fair amount of time standing as well. Yes,...
Posted on 2020-03-24
Spider Tape, Kinesiology Tape, Rock Tape, Zinc oxide tape, bandaids, no matter what tape is being applied and for whatever reason, it is important to effectively prepare the skin before application. In most applications, the tape will be on for a prolonged period of time (several hours to several days) and it is critical to properly prepare the skin before applying it.  First and foremost you need to determine if there is an allergy or sensitivity to adhesive. Not all adhesives are equal ...
Posted on 2020-03-24
Shoulder pain is a very common problem, sometimes due to acute injury but very often insidious and secondary to factors such as poor posture and our modern lifestyle. This is not an exhaustive list but here are 9 exercises that can help you avoid shoulder pain. Note: Shoulder pain can be complex and often challenging to treat so prevention is the best approach. If you already have shoulder pain you should seek medical advice and have a thorough biomechanical exam, followed by a personalized tre...
Posted on 2020-03-24
Effective breathing and proper diaphragm functioning is too often taken for granted.  We all know that proper breathing is essential for life, but it also affects how we respond to stimuli. We use our diaphragm EVERY DAY to breathe! If it is not utilized efficiently, this muscle can cause back pain, neck pain, digestive ailments, sleep apnea and TMJ issues. Like every other muscle, it must be strengthened in order to function properly. I recently had a recreational swimmer complain of lat...
Posted on 2020-03-24
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