Fascia supports arch of foot (normal functions of arch involve efficient distribution of load and propulsive forces) and is made up of tissue known as collagen; as we get older collagen is less elastic and more prone to tearing...
Ankle mortise consists of talus bone rocking between ends, or 'malleoli', of tibia (major weight bearing bone of lower leg) and fibula (slender 'strut' or outrigger bone of lower leg). Anterior talofibular ligment is most commonly injured ankle ligament due to anatomical configuration of bones at ankle...
Lateral epicondyle is very focal point of insertion of wrist, hand, and finger extensor muscles (non-contractile tendons couple muscles to bone) concentrating stresses of contraction of these muscles at this small area with use of hand...
The shoulder girdle is most mobile 'functional unit' in body; comprised of a number of articulations (joints) including glenohumeral (scapula-upper arm), scapulothoracic (scapula-rib cage), acromioclavicular (scapula-collarbone), sternoclavicular (sternum-collarbone), spinal articulations with ribs and of neck and upper back. All articulations of shoulder functional unit must be able to move and do so in a coordinated manner to permit full dynamic range of motion of arm...
Rotator Cuff comprised of four muscles acting together with larger shoulder muscles to power movement of arm, each in specific directions (shoulder is most complex functional unit in body and permits extensive, multidimensional range of motion) and to provide dynamic shoulder joint stability by way of soft tissue versus bony support (very shallow socket): ...
Shoulder girdle (upper arm, shoulder blade or 'scapula', and collarbone), most mobile 'functional unit' in body, comprised of a number of articulations (joints): scapula-upper arm, scapula-rib cage, scapula-collarbone, sternum-collarbone, spine-ribs, and spinal articulations of neck and upper back ...
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint between clavicle (collar bone) and scapula (shoulder blade) is a fibrous union and is stabilized by strong ligaments. Shoulder Separation is defined according to three grades ...
Hockey is truly Canada’s passion, NHL or no NHL. Before you (or your child) even step on to the ice make sure you are well equipped. Wear a mouth guard and a good quality helmet that fits you and is adjusted properly. Getting fitted with the right equipment will help prevent injury from muscle imbalance, flying pucks, body contact and accidental collisions.
The 2010 Winter Olympics catapulted winter sports into the forefront of people’s awareness, especially here in BC. As more and more British Columbians hit the slopes, it’s important to make sure participants have fun and remain pain and injury free. Always wear a helmet and ensure your equipment has been checked and tuned for the season. Whether you’re cruising a green run or racing through the gates, your physiotherapist can create a ski fit program that’s right for you.
Approximately 30% of older adults will fall at lease once each year. An injury, such as a fracture or sprain, will occur in 50% of those who fall. This in turn can result in a new disability or loss of independence. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. The risk of falling in older adults can be reduced when a physiotherapist prescribes specific exercises, activities or interventions
You may not think of it this way, but your heart is a muscle and can be trained just like any other muscle. And, like other muscles, it works better and more efficiently if it is exercised and trained on a regular basis. As with any new exercise program, getting advice from a trained, registered physiotherapist is a great first step.
Running and walking are both great ways to stay in shape and keep fit. If you are new to running or are starting to walk for exercise after an illness, it’s best to work with your physiotherapist to develop a program suited for you that includes warm up and cool down stretches to help prevent injury.
Spring is here. And, if you’ve got the urge to Spring clean and you’re getting ready to clear out your attic, garage, basement or house, below are a few tips on how to lift objects without injuring yourself. By following these tips you can help minimize your risk of injury and still get everything to the curb on time.
If you like to garden but want to avoid common gardening injuries and sore muscles, it’s best to start and finish your day in the garden with a gentle warm up and some stretching. By following the tips below you can minimize injury, alleviate pain and get the most enjoyment out of your day in the garden.
Cycling is a terrific exercise for British Columbians of all ages. Cycling builds toned muscles, reduces joint pain and stiffness, increases stamina, alleviates stress and is a great weight management tool. It’s important to remember that cycling should be about enjoyment not pain. Unfortunately, some cyclists experience pain in the neck, back, saddle region, wrists, hands, knees and feet.
Golf is a sport that British Columbians of all ages enjoy. Plus, the mild climate in many parts of BC allows golf enthusiasts to hit the links year round. Like any sport, it’s possible to become injured while golfing. This is especially true if players don’t take the time for a proper warm up. A dynamic warm up allows golfers to gradually warm up the body’s tissues in preparation for swinging activities. This can improve performance and help to prevent muscle strains and joint sprains.
Compared to other sports, swimming has a relatively low risk of injury. However, the most common body part injured while swimming is the shoulder. Shoulder pain can be caused by muscle overuse, incorrect technique or swimming only one stroke during every workout. Whatever the reason, these factors can lead to shoulder discomfort and injury, most commonly rotator cuff tendinitis.
Summer holidays are over. The long trek back to school and work is beginning. Here are a few tips to consider when carrying a heavy load to and from work or when selecting a backpack for your child. By following these simple tips you can help minimize injury and alleviate the pain of carrying a heavy load.
Pregnancy and early motherhood can be hard on your body. Seek advice early on from your physiotherapist for tools to reduce pain during and after pregnancy. Exercising while pregnant will help strengthen and prepare your body for the birth. Continuing to exercise after your baby is born will help ensure you are able to care for your newborn and regain your fitness. Your physiotherapist can help create an exercise program that meets your individual goals.
Physiotherapists are the rehabilitation specialists recommended most by physicians. They are university-educated health professionals who work with patients of all ages to diagnose and treat virtually any mobility issue. Physiotherapists provide care for orthopaedic issues such as sport and workplace injuries, as well as cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. As Canada's most physically active health professionals, BC's physiotherapists know how to keep British Columbians moving for life
Respiratory diseases (like:asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia) are disorders affecting the lungs and their ability to take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. Cardiovascular disease refers to the narrowing or blocking of the coronary arteries causing cardiac or heart disease; this causes the heart to not pump as well and can lead to heart failure or a heart attack. Cardiac disease is a leading of death in Canada; approximately 90% of Canadians have
Whatever the mode of travel, there are a number of problems that may arise from sitting in a confined space. Sitting immobile for prolonged periods of time can put considerable stress on muscles and joints. This can lead to feeling stiff, cramped and sore with a sense of fatigue after the journey.
It’s summertime, and time to get out on your bike. Bicycle riding is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, promote cardiovascular health and improve muscular endurance. It’s a relatively inexpensive exercise that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The secret to a healthy garden is a healthy gardener. Gardening is an active pursuit that can cause muscle strain to the lower back, shoulders, knees and arms, especially if you are out of shape and do not move properly.