Sports Specialization Is Making Youth Less Athletic: The 10,000 hour ‘practice’ myth

Tim Rees’s (lead author of The Great British Medallists Project) research rejects the idea that anyone can become an expert at anything simply by putting in enough time. “Practice doesn’t make perfect,” Rees said, which undermines another popular notion: That 10,000 hours, a number based on research by Anders Ericsson and popularized by author Malcolm Gladwell […]

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Summer Exercise Tips: How to Avoid an Achilles Injury and Low Back Pain

So I received this question recently from a friend just back from a three week trip to Spain: “Nick… about half way through my trip I noticed a horrendous pain in my Achilles that seemed to be worse in the morning, getting worse as the days went on… it was so painful I was contemplating […]

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Slipped Disc vs. Disc Herniation vs. Disc Bulge By Dr. Liv Chiarelli

Slipped Disc vs. Disc Herniation vs. Disc Bulge We’ve all heard talk about the above terms but what is the difference and which one do you have?   First let’s talk about what a disc actually is.  Discs act as cushions that sit between the spinal vertebrae (bones of the spine) to help absorb shock.  They […]

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Back Pain and Breathing Dysfunction by Nejin Chacko

  The ability to breath in (inspiration) and out (expiration) is driven by the pressure difference between the lungs and the atmosphere. This requires contraction and relaxation of the diaphragm and the muscles in the thorax.  During normal relaxed breathing, contraction and relaxation of the diaphragm and the intercostals muscles (found between the ribs) cause […]

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Communication is the Key by Jordan Katz

Communication is the key! When working with a physiotherapist, there are many factors that will help a patient in accelerating recovery.  The type of injury or condition, the skill of the therapist, and the amount of time and effort put into rehabilitation exercises, are a few of the key factors. By far, however, the most […]

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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Massage by Sean Li (RMT)

Have you ever worked out, went to sleep, and felt sore the next day? Or the day after that? That was because of something called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Massage can help increase the circulation to the area and decrease the overall recovery time! What is DOMS? DOMS is a dull, achy pain that takes a […]

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Osteopathy and Headaches – can it help? by Sarah Shaw, RMT

As discussed in a previous blog post, it is estimated that 47% of the world’s population has a headache at least once a year. For many of my patients, headaches are something that happen either a few times a month, week or even daily in some cases. Although massage therapy treatment, chiropractic, athletic therapy and […]

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What is Kinesiology Tape? by Stephanie Loy Son, CAT(C)

You’ve probably seen it everywhere – at the Olympics, at your child’s track meet and/or even on your best friend. It’s that long piece of sometimes fluorescent coloured tape that sits on an athlete’s shoulder, leg or even abdomen. What is it, you ask? It’s kinesiology tape or more commonly referred to as KT Tape […]

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Knee Pain and Glute Med

Hey Guys, So lately I have been seeing a lot of knee pain and I need to address it. Most of the time the knee pain that I see is coming from weak muscles of the hip, especially when the knee pain “comes from nowhere” or “I never did anything”. The lateral hip muscles (gluteus […]

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Core Fundamentals -Jeannette Quach

Whether it is back, knee or shoulder pain, the other common question I get is “how do I get rid of this pain and prevent it from occurring again?”. If you look back to my previous article about Repetitive Stress Injuries – Why & How, I discuss the 3 main reasons why these injuries occur. […]

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