WHAT IS ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS? Your rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles that act to stabilize the shoulder joint. The 4 rotator cuff muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis With rotator cuff tendinitis, one (or multiple) of the rotator cuff tendons gets inflamed. Repetitive strain, overhead movements, and increased stress on the…

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WHAT IS ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY? Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body? With Achilles Tendinitis, the Achilles tendon, also known as the common plantar flexor tendon, gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. You might hear…

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WHAT IS JUMPER’S KNEE? With jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis), the quadriceps tendon/ligament structure gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tissues, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures leads to pain. It is more common in younger, athletic populations, especially in sports that involve a lot of jumping and explosive movements. HOW DO I KNOW…

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WHAT IS GOLFER’S ELBOW? Golfer’s elbow is the common term for medial epicondylitis. It is not as common as lateral epicondylitis. With medial epicondylitis, the common flexor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW? Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylitis. It is the most common elbow injury. With lateral epicondylitis, the common extensor tendon of muscles – responsible for movements of the forearm, wrist, and fingers – gets inflamed and irritated. Overloading the tendons, repetitive strain, and increased stress on the structures…

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WHAT IS TENDINOPATHY (OR TENDINITIS)? Tendons are structures that attach muscle to bone. They act as springs (mainly for recoil) and shock-absorbers. Tendinopathy (also sometimes referred to as tendinitis) is a failed healing response of the tendon leading to disrepair and weakening of the tendon. Too much stress or overuse of the tendons can result…

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Anytime your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, or naturopath are investigating your dizziness or vertigo – they are running through a list of differential diagnoses in their head. A list of differentials is simply all the conditions or causes of the symptom (dizziness/vertigo) which may be the root cause. It is important to understand how and where…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are both forms of psychotherapy. During these sessions, people talk to a mental health professional about their issues and are taught skills to help them cope. So What’s the Difference? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on talking about your problems to help you view your thoughts…

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DBT was founded in 1970 by Marsha Linehan. It was first used with borderline personality disorder, but has also proven successful for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more. Dialectical is defined as “acting through opposing forces”. In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), you are taught 2 contrasting strategies: Acceptance (i.e. that your experiences and…

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When our muscles are healthy and strong, they work silently, allowing us to function without thinking about it. Our pelvic floor muscles are no different; for a more in-depth look at pelvic floor function and anatomy, click here. Until recently, we believed it was normal to have leakage (also known as incontinence) after childbirth or…

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