Tag Archives: Massage

Lumbar Sprain and Strain

What is it? Muscular or ligamentous injuries to the lumbar spine can cause significant pain and or disability in the individual which could lead to pain in the legs. Understanding the extent of tissue damage depends on the grade to which damage has occurred. Grade 1: can take approximately 7days to 4 weeks for full […]

Rotator Cuff Strain

What is It? A rotator cuff strain is a sudden traumatic injury to one or a combination of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis muscles and or tendons. prior history of impingement syndrome may be present, and can often be difficult to diagnose. injury to the rotator cuff musculature, typically follows a traumatic incident, […]

Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow)

What is it? Lateral elbow tendinopathy is the most common cause of elbow pain, 7 times more than medial. Pain on the lateral aspect of the elbow, typically known as tennis elbow, has an insidious onset with early presentations of pain only posing a problem with aggravating activity. despite the term tennis elbow, research has […]

Cervicogenic Headache

What is it? A cervicogenic headache is head pain which originates from the cervical spine. A complex musculoskeletal syndrome thought to be caused by abnormalities in the joints, muscles, fascia and nerves. Research suggests that this type of headache often goes untreated due to its often intermittent nature. Causes Prior neck trauma: any previous injury […]

Foam Rolling during the warm up: an added benefit or waste of workout time?

Over the last decade self myofascial release has become a popular modality to relieve muscle soreness following exercise. Recently it has begun to appear in the warm up, with individuals postulating the potential benefits following the restoration of the normal length tension relationships. Despite the increase in popularity there appears to be a lack of […]

The Humble Foam Roller

Soft tissue injury is a common presentation to the sports injury clinic, with studies reporting high percentages of athletic injury involving soft tissue. Dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system has been though to be initiated by acute and chronic mechanisms including: Physical Trauma Overuse Structural Imbalance Inflammatory processes Soft tissue injury can lead to pain and […]

Core exercises

A strong core is essential to optimal performance and the reduction of injury. Attached is a beginners program to strengthen the core. Core training program

Initial Management of an Acute Injury

Once an injury occurs, whether to muscle, bone or ligament, it is imperative that you seek the most appropriate treatment for this. Injury often varies in severity, and therefore symptoms will differ. The most common signs of inflammation are heat, redness, swelling, pain and loss of function, not all of these symptoms may be present […]

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: Common Cause of Shin Pain What is it? Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), commonly referred to as “shin splints” has received a lot of attention within the literature, often found to be a difficult condition to manage. Shin Splints is a term which has been used to encompass all causes of […]

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis What is it? The plantar fascia is a broad band of connective tissue, which not only supports the arch of the foot, but also plays an important role in normal foot biomechanics. The fascia is designed to support the longitudinal arch of the foot. It attaches at the base of the heel bone […]