Contrast Baths for Recovery

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If you’re a weightlifter, runner, or any type of athlete, you’ve probably looked for ways to prevent muscle soreness. You may have heard of cold water immersion, hot water immersion or even contrast baths themselves. Athletes and therapists have used ice baths and hot baths for recovery post-workout and have found them effective for relieving soreness.  If you haven’t heard … Read More

Scraping for Low Back Pain

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Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to a health professional. A systematic review has shown that up to 60-80% of people experience low back pain in their lifetime1.  Conservative therapy such as stretching and strengthening is effective for treating low back pain, but muscle scraping may be the missing piece that elevates and accelerates … Read More

When should I use cold therapy?

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For some, it’s almost instinctual to use ice when they get injured or whenever they are in pain. In the past, icing or cold therapy has been used to reduce pain and inflammation in muscles and joints. However, new research has suggested that we reconsider the traditional uses of cold therapy.  So when should we actually use cold therapy? The … Read More

Can Plantar Fasciitis Cause Calf Pain?

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Both calf pain and plantar fasciitis are common injuries for runners and those participating in constant weight-bearing and/or high-impact activities. The two are highly related, but is one a cause of the other? Causes of Plantar Fasciitis The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue running along the sole of your foot, providing arch support and shock absorption. Plantar fasciitis … Read More

Does walking barefoot help plantar fasciitis?

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The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue structure that supports the foot arches and helps absorb shock upon impact. Repetitive impact and overuse of this structure lead to degeneration and pain known as plantar fasciitis.  There has been speculation that walking barefoot can help with symptoms of plantar fasciitis, but is this true? We have read through the research … Read More

How to Relieve Tennis Elbow

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Lateral epicondylitis, nicknamed “Tennis Elbow”, is a common injury in the forearm and elbow. Pain often occurs during and after activity and can even progress to weaken your grip strength.  As this injury can become debilitating, usually to your dominant hand, an effective recovery plan is definitely needed. You have likely tried stretching out your wrist and elbow, but have … Read More

Conservative Therapy for Hallux Limitus

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Hallux Limitus is a condition that causes a reduced range of motion in the big toe. Degeneration of the cartilage between bones breaks down until the articulation is bone-on-bone and the joint cannot glide properly. Small floating bones may shift out of place, and excess bony deposits can form, further reducing motion of the big toe1. The main goal of … Read More

Can I Run with Plantar Fasciitis?

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Plantar fasciitis is a very common injury for runners or anyone who is constantly on their feet. The pain usually starts on the inside of your heel but can spread throughout the foot and potentially become debilitating.  For those who are dedicated runners, it can be hard to take a day off, even when experiencing pain.  The short answer is … Read More

At-Home Remedies for Peroneal Tendonitis

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With the constant impact of running, you may start to experience the pain of peroneal tendonitis. Why do you have this pain around your ankles and what can you do to get rid of it? Stretching and strengthening are the common treatment techniques among most soft tissue injuries, but muscle scraping may be the missing piece to your recovery. This … Read More

How to: Scraping for Neck Tension

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Neck tension, the dreaded and the inevitable. Whether you experienced an injury or are stuck staring at your computer all day, falling into the tech neck trap, pain in your neck can take a toll on your everyday life. We’ve all tried stretching to relieve tension but a comprehensive plan may be what we really need, starting with muscle scraping.  … Read More