Are Your Hamstrings Weak or Tight?

ByTom Feeney DC, ART

Tight Hamstrings

There are a few different reasons why a hamstring can feel tight. Sometimes your hamstrings don’t stretch because your brain senses instability and it “tightens ” your hamstrings. This is easy to test for and fix. Researchers have found some new approaches which are quite effective for helping weak, tight, and/or sore hamstrings. Read more

A Movement-Based Chiropractic Approach for CrossFit Athletes

By Trevor Vander Doelen, BSC(Hon), DC,

Dr. Trevor Vander Doelen was recently interviewed by a CrossFit athlete about his approach to care for CrossFit athletes, injury prevention, and improving performance.

To what do you attribute your success in treating CrossFit athletes and getting them back to their sport both pain free and performing at a higher level?

CrossFit is an incredible sport that combines strength, stamina, and skill and every athlete has their own particular strengths and weaknesses. Similarly, all CrossFit athletes need an individualized approach to their care when they are injured.  Every athlete is at a different level of movement quality, strength, and body awareness and as such needs to be treated differently.

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The Road to Sochi

By Christopher Klachan, DC, BSc, CSCS,

It was early October and I was on my way to the airport, looking forward to 7 days of sun and surfing in Brazil. As per the usual arrangement, I presented my passport at the Air Canada desk, only to hear, we don’t have a ticket for you Mr. Klachan. As it turns out, the travel agent made the ticket for Christopher David, not Christopher David Klachan, which in the eyes of Air Canada is a different person. After an hour of trying to keep my calm while ‘politely discussing’ with the Air Canada staff, I realized I wasn’t going anywhere. It would have been useful to know at the time, that this would ultimately take me to the Winter Olympics in Sochi to work with a number of the US bobsled and skeleton team.

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Balance and Proprioception: Improving rehabilitation outcomes and preventing injury

By Dr. Peter Hrkal. D.C.  RCCSS (c), MSC RS, BKin,

Balance and proprioception consists basically of the conscious and subconscious awareness of our body’s position in relation to the space around it and the maintenance of stability of our centre of gravity. Our body uses this sensory feedback information to orient itself in order to complete everything from simple daily tasks like walking to more complex movements in athletics like jumping and landing, yoga or hitting a tennis ball with a racquet. Read more

Plantar Fasciitis/Plantar Fasciosis

By Stephanie Canestraro, BSC, (HON), D.C., AP.

Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation at the insertion of the plantar fascia – a fibrous band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. With weight bearing, your arch stretches causing tension on the plantar fascia, when your toes are pointed or in a non-weight bearing position the plantar fascia is shortened taking tension off the insertion.

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Using Ice for Injuries

By Dr. James Ho BHSc, DC

A recurring question asked by patients is whether they should ice and how. Until recently, the efficacy and common use of ice (cryotherapy) was rarely questioned. However, with the popularity of the Crossfit workout program and movement, a physiotherapist, Kelly Starrett, on his well followed website and blog, MobilityWOD, boldly stated that icing was no longer recommended and in fact, argued that icing not only reduces, but can prevent the recovery from injury.

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Sticking to New Year Resolutions

By Melissa Givelos, DC

For many people the start of the new year, signals the start of a “New You”. Resolutions are made January 1st with high hopes of maintaining good new habits for the year to come but for the majority of people, those resolutions have been forgotten by the time Groundhog Day rolls around. The easiest way to avoid disappointment with resolutions regarding personal fitness is to keep them realistic and safe. Here are some key steps to help achieve and maintain your fitness goals for the whole year.

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New Knee Ligament Found: Implications on Your Rehab and Recovery

By Dr. Matthew McGrath, BKin (Hons.), DC

While science is constantly making new discoveries, we tend to think of the science of gross anatomy as pretty well wrapped up. The body is the body, it hasn’t changed much over the last 40,000 years or so, and anatomists had long ago identified every structure there is to identify, right? Well, two surgeons from Belgium would argue differently.

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