Simple Summer Habits to Keep Even the Most Indulgent Holiday on Track

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Summer is the perfect time to slow down and relax. The warm weather and longer days beckon you to linger at parks or enjoy time with friends outside.    Summer can also be a season of indulgence. A cold beer on a hot afternoon, decadent bbqs and life at a slower pace. While all of these are well deserved celebrated … Read More

3 Stretches Your Body Can’t Live Without

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To stretch or not to stretch. You may have recently read, Jordan Fortuna’s recent blog where he discussed the science behind stretching and whether or not it has an impact on performance. Spoiler alert, the evidence doesn’t say so. So should you give it up completely? Heck no. Flexibility is important and is critical in maintaining good posture and proper … Read More

Compression Socks: Are They For You?

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As summer approaches, the temperature rises and travelling is at an all-time high, it’s important to make sure you’re staying on top of your health. We’ve been told about the importance of wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated and avoiding prolonged exertion in the heat, but did you know that compression socks are one of the best things you can do for … Read More

Tendinopathy: How to Deal With Chronic Tendon Pain

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Tendinopathy, tendinosis, tendinitis… three terms to describe basically the same injury. Confusing right? It should be! Part of the confusion around naming this injury is the fact that for the longest time we didn’t really know much around the SCIENCE behind the injury. Since then, we have made steps in deciphering this problem. The current theory of WHAT HAPPENS when … Read More

Do You Really Need to Stretch? The Science Behind the Controversy

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Is Stretching Effective for Injury Prevention?   There was a recent social media buzz surrounding a research article that came out in 2014 comparing the risk reduction of different rehabilitation interventions on sports injuries (see reference below). This research article gained quite a lot of interest, primarily due to a staggering benefit from strengthening over stretching. According to the results, … Read More

How to Conquer your First Spring Run Safely

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It was ugly, dirty and it hurt but oh my, it was glorious.   It was my first run of the Spring season.   I used to run all winter, pre-kids, pre-business, pre-paranoia of slipping on icy sidewalks. Now I elect to do something inside, and let’s face it, warmer and safer, in the winter. That means come spring, I … Read More

Get One Step Ahead of Plantar Fascia Pain

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Plantar fasciitis is an all-too-common pathology that orthopaedic physiotherapists assess and treat regularly. This condition has a variety of causes that include, but are not limited too: Biomechanical issues such as over-pronation or a ‘flat foot’, restricted ankle and toe dorsiflexion (bringing your toes towards you), and tension in the achilles tendon (1,2) Repetitive strain (over-use and/or training errors) (1,2) … Read More

This Year, Start to Exercise BEFORE the New Year

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I hate to say it, but we are less than two months out before the start of 2019! It might be cliché to have a resolution around getting back to exercise, or increasing the frequency of your weekly exercise routine, but I think it’s a great one, to be honest! Why not spend time working on yourself? Why not work … Read More

Running Mistakes to Avoid

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While August is often dominated with back to school excitement, there is another group of people giddy with anticipation for September……..runners!   With the height of Fall race season being October, many runners start to prepare towards the end of August for upcoming races. Whether you are running your first race or are a veteran runner aiming for a personal … Read More