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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Physio 101

December 04 | 2023
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common neurological disorder. It  occurs when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed at the wrist. Importantly, the median nerve provides feeling to the thumb, index, and middle finger, and part of the ring finger (but not the little finger). Also, it controls some small muscles at the base of the thumb. Sometimes, thickening from the lining of irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and compresses the median nerve. For example, a common sign is that you might wake up and feel you need to “shake out” your hand or wrist. What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome? Usually, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms start gradually and includes: Tingling or numbness – You may notice tingling and numbness in the fingers or hand. Usually the thumb…

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A Guide to Your Tennis Elbow: Physio 101

November 28 | 2023
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Image by stockking on Freepik Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis/epicondylalgia, is swelling and pain of the tendons that bend your wrist backwards away from your palm. Usually, it is diagnosed in both men and women between the ages of 30 and 50 years. What is tennis elbow? Firstly, tennis elbow is inflammation or, in some cases, micro tearing of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. As a result, the forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse— repeating the same motions again and again. Ultimately, this leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. What are the causes of tennis elbow? 1.  Overuse Recently, studies show that tennis elbow is often due to damage to a specific forearm muscle. The ECRB (extensor carpi radialis brevis) muscle helps stabilize the wrist when the elbow is…

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How Cupping Therapy Can Help You

November 24 | 2023
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Image by Freepik What is cupping? Cupping is one of the techniques that has been used since ancient times. At first, it was used in Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern culture and continues to be used for many years. Cupping Therapy is a technique which uses different sized cups to do suction on a body part by creating negative pressure. Importantly, it helps to increase blood circulation in the area. Additionally, it is beneficial in the treatment of pain like musculoskeletal pain, tension headaches and more. Similarly, \ cupping can also be helpful with muscle tightness and to help reduce areas of inflammation. To create the suction effect, they use cups made of different materials like silicon, glass, bamboo or more. Sometimes, they may combine it with additional techniques like fire, manual pumping or automatic pumping to create a vacuum. How is cupping performed? Dry cupping:…

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Stress and Chronic Pain: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection

November 21 | 2023
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Image by creativeart on Freepik Chronic pain is a complex and pervasive health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. While physical factors like injuries and medical conditions play a significant role in chronic pain, there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that psychological factors, particularly stress, can also contribute to the development and exacerbation of chronic pain. In this blog post, we’ll explore the intricate relationship between stress and chronic pain and how understanding this connection can lead to better management and relief. The Stress Response and Chronic Pain Stress is a natural response to challenging situations, triggering the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. In the short term, this “fight or flight” response can help us cope with immediate threats. However, when stress becomes chronic, as is often the case in our fast-paced modern lives, it can have detrimental effects on…

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Frequent Postural Changes: A Guide to a Healthier You

November 13 | 2023
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Image by jcomp on Freepik In our modern, sedentary lifestyles, many of us find ourselves sitting for prolonged periods at desks, in front of computers, or hunched over smartphones. This can lead to poor posture, discomfort, and even health issues. However, initiating postural changes frequently throughout the day can be a simple yet effective way to mitigate these problems and promote overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why changing your posture is recommended and how it can benefit your health and productivity. 1. Relieves Muscular Tension One of the primary reasons for postural changes is to relieve muscular tension. When you maintain the same posture for an extended period, certain muscles can become overworked and fatigued, while others weaken from underuse. Frequent changes in posture help distribute the load evenly, preventing muscle imbalances and reducing tension. 2. Supports Spinal Health Sitting in one…

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