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Safe Stretching

SAFE STRETCHING By: Samantha deCastro How do we stretch safely to avoid injury? Follow these guidelines, and talk to your therapist about which stretches are best for you! There is no good or bad stretches-it’s about what is appropriate for YOU! Warm-up: This prepares...

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Types Of Stretching

TYPES OF STRETCHING By: Samantha deCastro If you want to maximize the benefits of stretching, finding the right type and category of stretches is important. Static Stretching:These are stretches that have no movement. Once you’re in the stretch, you stay there for the...

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Benefits Of Stretching

BENEFITS OF STRETCHING By: Samantha deCastro This article is going to dive deeper into the specific benefits of stretching. If you have more specific questions, talk to your provider. Improved Range of Motion: By putting out body in certain positions, we help lengthen...

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Stretching and Flexibility

STRETCHING AND FLEXIBILITY By: Samantha deCastro Many manual therapists will recommend stretching as part of your treatment plan. But why? What’s the purpose? These questions and more will be answered in this article series. What is flexibility? If we’re going basic...

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Shockwave

SHOCKWAVE By: Samantha deCastro Shockwave can be a bit of a misnomer when it comes to this modality. While the name indicates some sort of shock sensation when being used, it actually feels more like being tapped over and over again by a ball pen hammer! Shockwave use...

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Laser Therapy

LASER THERAPY By: Samantha deCastro Laser Therapy Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the use of red and near infra-red light to improve tissue healing, and relieve pain. This is a photochemical affect, and increases circulation and decreases swelling among the other...

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Electrical Modalities

ELECTRICAL MODALITIES By: Samantha deCastro Many physiotherapists and chiropractors integrate different types of electrical modalities into their practice. Why? It can help with deep heat, reduce pain, retrain muscle, and increase circulation. In this article, we will...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS By: Samantha deCastro Whereas Osteoarthritis is a mechanical issue, this kind of arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease. We see symmetrical joint pain and swelling as the disease progresses. We are still learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis,...

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Treatment of Osteoarthritis

TREATMENT OF OSTEOARTHRITIS By: Samantha deCastro When treating conditions that are progressive like osteoarthritis, the main goals include pain reduction and maintaining the ability to function. Treatments can vary, but below are the options you and your practitioner...

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Osteoarthritis

OSTEOARTHRITIS By: Samantha deCastro   This particular arthritis is the most common joint disease worldwide. It usually involves joints that weight bear, such as knees and hips, but can also be seen in the spine and extremities. OA is one of the most common we...

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Plantar Fascitis

PLANTAR FASCITIS By: Samantha deCastro   Heel pain. Plantar Fascitis. These two are almost synonymous is the musculoskeletal world. But what exactly is Plantar Fascitis? I will be honest, the prevalence of this in my office actually surprised me when I first...

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Shin Splints

SHIN SPLINTS By: Samantha deCastro   This is a fun one. I had a period of shin splits when I graduated university. ANY jogging/running at all, it was almost immediate. Pain all along the front of my lower leg. Luckily I did not need treatment, it just went away...

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