pain & injuries

Spring is finally here! Well, at least in theory. Winter clothes get banished to the back of the closet and our favorite summer t shirts, shorts and flipflops emerge to see the light of day. Unfortunately, your beloved flimsy, airy, and innocent looking footwear has been darkly scheming and conspiring all winter against you.

Thousands of knee and shoulder surgeries are performed every year at an enormous and multi-layered cost to our health care system as well as to us individually. But are these surgeries all necessary? Recent research on the surgical outcomes of specific types of knee and shoulder vs "sham" surgery or conservative (non-surgical) treatment may have you second guessing going under the knife.

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book above for some time now, and am happy to write that it doesn't disappoint. Don't let the tongue-in-cheek title throw you.

As a massage therapist, I am continually looking for ways for people to maintain and further improve the quality of their soft-tissue outside of my treatment room.



"All right, stop, collaborate and listen" - Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby" 1990.

For a very long time we've been sold on the notion of our ill-matched shoes being the root of our running injuries. Chronic calf or achilles strain? You need more motion control for those pronating feet. Stress fractures? Your shoes aren't cushioning your feet enough. For many people, these are only band aid solutions for problems possibly not originating from their footwear so much as problems stemming from their running technique/movement patterns.

Variety is not only the spice of life, it is necessary with regard to functional training and "fascial fitness". When we train our muscles we concurrently train our fascial system. If we train the same systems using the same movement patterns with the same levels of effort, intensity, duration etc, we train our tissues in a very narrow and limited range. For example, someone who's sole exercise is running will place a narrow range of demands on their myofascial system. They may be "fit", but they are fit for running only.

Running on softer surfaces is helpful in preventing injuries, right? Well, it appears that this commonly held belief may not be true. According to a couple of American doctors in the article to follow, there are no articles supporting the idea that soft ground is better than harder surfaces for running health. Our bodies are amazingly adaptive when it comes to picking up on terrain input into the nervous system and adjusting muscle tension to both deliver power and absorb running impact forces.


 I just came across a great article on the YinOva facebook page called "Acupuncture: Sticking it to injuries" and I wanted to share a few words about it.  The author is an MD who explains why he stopped prescribing anti-inflammatories and now recommends treating injuries with acupuncture instead.

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