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Clinical Reasoning In Manual Therapy

Touch is an important part of human interaction. Pain is an unpleasant human experience. Touch conveys meaning that words often cannot. Pain is often hard, if not impossible to put into words. It is not surprising that touching people in pain is a common ritual, and it has likely been performed for thousands of years of humanity. Touching people in pain…

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Clinical reasoning framework for thoracic spine exercise prescription in sport

As the link between the lumbar and cervical regions, the thoracic spine is a critical component of the kinetic chain during sport. However, it is not well studied in the scientific literature. This systematic review searched the available literature as well as social media to create a compendium of thoracic spine exercises for athletes. The authors categorized the exercises based…

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Weight Training Stunts Growth

Weight Training Stunts Growth – An Evidence-Based Myth Buster There is a widely held belief that weights training, when performed during puberty/adolescence, can stunt ones growth by damaging their growth plates. Because of this, it is suggested that children and adolescents should only perform body weight exercises and not use any external loading (dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells) during this time of…

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If i had a dime for everytime my patients told me

If I had a dime for every time one of my patients told me “I feel like my hip is out of place,” I’d be a rich man. While I can understand why this is such a common notion, I’m here to tell you that your hips simply do NOT go out of place (for the most part). Furthermore, telling…

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Corrective Posture Exercise

Corrective exercise: what are we correcting?     For some reason I keep receiving emails extoling the virtues of ‘corrective exercise’. Whenever I hear the term ‘corrective exercise’ the question that always pops into my head is “what the hell are we correcting?” especially as ‘corrective’ exercise is often touted as alleviating or eliminating pain and preventing injury. Over the…

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ACL Injury Reconstruction

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The harsh reality for individuals who sustain an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is that their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) increases substantially (1). Although quadriceps weakness is a risk factor for developing OA, the relationship between other functional performance tasks and early onset of OA is unknown (2). The primary objective of this study was…

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Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the Achilles tendon that joins your heel bone to your calf muscles. It is thought to be caused by repeated tiny injuries to the Achilles tendon. These may occur for a number of reasons, including overuse of the tendon – for example, in runners. Treatment includes rest, ice…

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Anxiety or Corona Virus: Telling the Difference

Many people suffer from anxiety on a daily basis. And with the general public experiencing anxiety about Covid-19, those regular anxiety sufferers could feel that things have reached a new level of panic – perhaps resulting in a list of symptoms that are similar to those of the corona virus i.e. shivers, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, etc. for this…

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Establishing a Healthy Immune System

In these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in and as we approach the winter months whereby an increase in seasonal colds and flu are expected, it is of no surprise that there is a vast amount of information being circulated regarding the importance of “boosting” one’s immune system.  The truth of the matter is that one should not aim…

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The Importance Of Recovery

The body adapts to the demands imposed on it from exercise and training in general. Whilst a lot of us are adapting to the new conditions and restrictions at the moment, it is crucial to stay physically active. Whatever your choice of activity may be, remember that consistency is the key. As your body adapts, there may come times when…

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