DRAM in Pregnancy & the Postpartum Period
DRAM, or Diastasis of the Rectus Abdominus Muscle, is a common phenomenon that occurs during pregnancy. As a pregnancy progresses, the mother’s abdominal skin, organs, muscle, and soft tissues have to stretch to accommodate the growing uterus and baby within it. Most prominently, the rectus abdominus muscle, or the ‘6-pack’ muscle starts to separate along […]
What is adductor tendinopathy? Adductor tendinopathy is a condition affecting the adductor tendon which typically follows a pattern of pain and stiffness in the groin and inner thigh. The adductor muscles are a group of five muscles located on the inside of the thigh that act to move the hip inwards or control hip movements […]
What is plyometric exercise?
While strength training primarily develops the nervous system and muscular adaptations to become stronger, plyometric exercises improve explosiveness which is the ability to generate maximum force in the shortest amount of time. Plyometrics, which focuses on the “speed” component of power, is essential for most professional sports performance training. Athletes often use plyometrics as part […]
Tips for beating the excuses to exercise this winter!
As the days get shorter and temperatures continue to drop it can be easy to give in to the cold and lose exercise habits that were gained over the warmer months. It can be tough to get up early and find the motivation to venture outside when it’s cold and dark. Although its challenging we […]
Our joint range of motion is variable within the population. When we describe hypermobility (which is known has more movement than “normal”) of a joint, this is measured against what we know is average for a persons age and gender and this is shown on a bell curve. Some people have a “normal” range for them […]
Focus: Can Stress Affect My Pain?
A common fear for patients when discussing pain is the idea that their symptoms are ‘all in their head’ or that they won’t be believed either by friends, family, therapists or workplace. This fear can be worse when there appears to be no obvious cause for their pain or it has been present for a […]
Many common wrist injuries occur due to a fall on an outstretched hand. This mechanism can cause numerous types of injuries including fractures, ligament sprains and cartilage injuries. One of the most important types of injuries to diagnose is a scaphoid fracture. Scaphoid injuries make up 15% of acute wrist injuries and 60% of all carpal […]
Recovery During the Sporting Season
Most high-level and elite athletes understand the need to ensure they get adequate recovery each training week to compliment the load in which they are currently training at. However, those of us who compete or play in more recreational sport often miss out on that optimal recovery period. Recovery is becoming an increasingly important aspect […]
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo BPPV
What is BPPV? Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo also known as BPPV is a common cause of vertigo which usually gives the brief sensation of spinning or dizziness associated with moving the head. BPPV is a mechanical problem in the inner ear. It occurs when some of the calcium carbonate crystals called “otoconia” that are normally […]