Muscle Imbalance

Morning Stiffness

“We conclude that when the fluids of the body are stopped in the fascia, organs and other parts of the system, stagnation, fermentation, heat and general confusion will follow …” Dr. A.T. Still, D.O. (Founder of Osteopathy) 1874 Do you find it unbearable to get out of the bed the first thing in the morning because of the pain which you feel? – be it a stiff neck, sore back, or other issues.

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Neck Arthritis - Chronic Neck Pain – Cervical Spondylosis

“For people with acute and subacute neck pain, Spinal Manipulation was more effective than medication in both the short and long term” Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan 2012 Cervical spondylosis is an age-related degeneration (‘wear and tear’) of the bones (vertebrae) and discs in the neck. As we get older the discs become thinner and the vertebrae move closer together. Further degeneration due to poor posture, trauma and inappropriate exercise will cause mechanical loading (compression) of one vertebra (neck bone) on another vertebrae which will increase the rate of joint damage.

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Thoracic outlet syndrome

“Recent studies have shown that, in general, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is more common in women than men, particularly among those with poor muscular development, poor posture or both.” Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when there is compression, injury, or irritation of the nerves (brachial plexus) and/or blood vessels (subclavian artery or vein) as they pass from the neck toward the armpit or upper arm through a space in the upper chest between the collar bone (clavicle) and the first rib.

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Hip Osteoarthritis

Research shows that manual therapy such as osteopathy can relievepain, increase flexibility and improve quality of life for peoplewith osteoarthritis As a weight bearing joint the hip is also commonly affected by hiposteoarthritis. Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hip include localpain and stiffness (particularly in the morning) that may refer tothe groin, thigh, buttocks, or knee. Pain is worse with activityand better with rest. The hip becomes more inflamed and mobility inthe joint is lost.

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Back Pain - Horse riding - Dressage rider- Equestrian Athlete

I have been competing as a professional Dressage rider for over 15 years and have represented WC province on several occasions. I ride an estimate of 5 to 7 horses every day and for years I have been having problems with tightness and stiffness through my back and neck. In the past I had been for regular physio as well as massages but after a few days my body would tighten up again and it affected my entire posture as well as the aids (signals) that I would then pass onto the horse.

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You’re only as young as your spine

“If your spine is inflexible and stiff at 30, you’re old. If it is flexible at 60, you’re young. A man is as young as his spine.” Joseph Pilates A key difference between a youthful individual and an aged individual is the ability to move correctly. Mobility is a vital ingredient to spinal and bodily health. The spine contains the spinal cord, which is part of the central nervous system which conveys vital information from the brain to all body parts via the peripheral nervous system.

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Can trampolines hurt your spine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that trampolines should not be used by any child except for training programs and certain sports – and only then when supervised by a trained adult. Some of the fun and benefits listed by trampoline enthusiasts may make trampolines and rebounders rather an enticing form of play and therapy for children and adults. But, as with everything that goes up, there has to be a down…

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Upright Rowing - Shoulder Impingement - Rotator Cuff Injury

Uprightrows (a high pull with a narrow grip) are tightly correlated with shoulder impingement. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: April 2014 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 1081–1089 The barbell upright row is an exercise done to develop strength in the front and side shoulder muscles (deltoids) and trapezius as well as biceps, rotator cuff muscles. Holding a barbell or dumbells in front of you with a close, overhand grip, you pull the weight up to your chest, keeping it close to your body, leading with your elbows.

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Curtsy Lunges

‘Keeping your knees healthy and symptom free begins with developing a functional understanding of how this unique joint is constructed (anatomy) and how it does and doesn’t function (biomechanics)’ Lunges are excellent dynamic strength exercises for the lower body but can cause pain if not performed properly. The curtsy lunge is like the standard lunge, but your rear foot moves backward, crossing it behind the front leg, planting the ball of your rear foot about half a metre across the midline as though you were about to curtsy.

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Plantar Fasciitis

The arch of the foot functions like a bow (as in a bow and arrow), and the plantar fascia is like the string of the bow. The tension in the “bow string” holds the shape of the arch. But every time you step, the “bow string” stretches. and when stretched too hard and too often, it gets irritated, and then it’s like a bow shooting you in the foot!” Anon Plantar fasciitis sufferers feel a sharp stab or deep ache and stiffness on the bottom of the foot especially near the inside edge or center of the heel and along the inside arch in the mid-foot area.

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