Stretching is an activity that most of us should be doing more of, regardless of how active we are in our day to day lives. Stretching maintains the health of our joints and reduces the chances of injury. Muscles become tight without stretching, which puts them at risk of tearing.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome or ITBS is common injury among runners and cyclists, which affects the Iliotibial band (IT Band) that runs from the hip to the knee along the lateral side of the thigh. There are a few possible causes, but mostly this injury is related to overuse and repetition. This results in pain onContinue reading “Iliotibial Band Syndrome”
There is significant evidence supporting the inclusion of massage therapy for many important patient health treatments, including those for chronic pain management (such as back pain, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, and hospice care), behavioral health treatment (anxiety and stress, depression, PTSD, and substance use disorder recovery), rehabilitation/physical training (athleticContinue reading “The Scientific Benefits of Massage”
The piriformis is a fairly small muscle found deep within the hip joint, under the gluteus maximus muscle. The piriformis attaches the anterior surface of the sacrum (second to last section of the spine), and the head of the femur (large thigh bone); and it is surrounded by a handful of other small muscles. TogetherContinue reading “Piriformis Syndrome”
Upper Crossed Syndrome and Lower Crossed Syndrome are two surprisingly common postural issues, that are caused by imbalances in muscle function. These issues arise when opposing (antagonistic) muscles are no longer working in harmony, and instead one group of muscles become “short” or “over facilitated” and the other group become “weak” or “inhibited”. Both groupsContinue reading “Crossed Muscle Syndrome”