Conditions Profile: Achilles Tendonopathy

September 19, 2014

The Achilles’ tendon is a large tendon that connects the calf to the heel bone. Sudden or profound increases in volume, intensity, and duration of work activities or exercises that stress the posterior leg and calf muscles can cause tiny injuries and micro-tears to the Achilles’ tendon resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness. Weakness of the Achilles’ tendon may also occur as a result of the micro-tears created by chronically tight and tense posterior leg muscles. Those with chronic, untreated Achilles tendonopathy may be more susceptible to Achilles’ tendon tearing or rupture.

Treatment Options:
IMS (needling) and Active Release Techniques can assist in repairing strained and inflamed tissue in the posterior leg. Taping can be used to relieve pain at the achilles tendon insertion. In the long term, postural corrections and rehabilitation are required to strengthen the gastrocs, soleus, and glute muscles to prevent undue strain on the achilles tendon.

Conditions Profile: Plantar Fasciitis

September 15, 2014

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in active individuals. Typically, sharp pain presents at the heel and arch of the foot and it tends to be more intense on the first few steps out of bed in the morning. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fibrous connective tissue at the arch of the foot becomes irritated, inflamed, injured, and begins to thicken or degenerate. This process of irritation and injury at the plantar fascia is caused by chronic overuse and repetitive strain of the structures and posterior leg and foot.

Treatment Options:
Plantar fasciitis responds well to Graston Technique, Active Release Techniques, Shockwave Therapy, and rehabilitation. Our physiotherapist is trained in taping, which can help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis. Home care, including specific stretches and footwear recommendations, are very important in not only fixing plantar fasciitis but preventing it from recurring.

Dominic Volunteers at the Kidney March

September 8, 2014

On the 5th and 6th of September, Dominic Young RMT had the opportunity to volunteer his massage therapy skills at the Kidney Foundation’s 5th annual Kidney March. This year, 300 marchers walked 100 km over three days through Alberta’s K-Country and Foothills region. Each marcher had committed to raising a minimum of $2200 in the fight against kidney disease. This year’s march raised over $650000!

Dominic and other volunteer massage therapists provided 20-minute on-site massages to marchers as they arrived at their camp at the end of their first and second days of walking. Approximately 150 marchers per day received massage treatments! Dominic looks forward to volunteering at the Kidney March in 2015 as well.

Conditions Profile: Tennis Elbow

September 2, 2014

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the wrist extensors. Pain is felt either at rest, while gripping, twisting, lifting, or when extending the wrist. It can be caused by racket sports, or strenuous everyday activities that involve twisting the forearm repetitively. Tennis elbow is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 30 and 60, and is equally common between men and women. Micro tears in the extensor muscles near their insertion is the underlying cause of pain, and the tears can take over a year to heal without treatment.

Treatment Options:
There are a variety of treatment options for tennis elbow. On the chiropractic side, Active Release Techniques, Graston, and IMS (needling) are often enough to fix tennis elbow within a couple of weeks. For cases where that therapy falls short of completely resolving the issue, Shockwave Therapy has also been shown to effectively treat tennis elbow.

Physiotherapy is another effective avenue for tennis elbow sufferers. Manual therapy combined with specific stretching and strengthening protocols can be of great benefit in resolving tough cases. As with the chiropractic course of treatment, Shockwave can also be helpful.