Showing posts from July, 2017

INSYNC PHYSIO in Machu Picchu

InSync Physiotherapy's Joy Uemoto, RMT, recently returned from her amazing trip to Machu Picchu, Peru:

"We recently got the chance to visit a bit of the beautiful country of Peru. It was such an amazing experience! We got to see alpacas and llamas, and learn how all the beautiful weaving and knitting work is done. Including how they use natural ingredients to create all the colourful dyes. We also got to explore many ruins including beautiful Machu Picchu. Pictures really don't do it justice!"

Check out the the breathtaking photos below:

Top 5 Tips for Hiking

If you live in beautiful British Columbia or in any other place with mountains and forests, then hiking up to a stunning view of the city is simply inevitable. Regardless of the varying distances and level of difficulty for each location, it is always ideal to be prepared out in the nature. Here are a few tips to get you started and ready for your next big adventure!

Photo: Cailtyn Dunphy at Garibaldi Lake, Physiotherapist, InSync Physiotherapy Tip #1: RESEARCH THE HIKING TRAIL  Know the distance, duration, accessibility, and current conditions of the trail. A particular trail may not be open to the public or might be susceptible to more dangerous conditions during a certain time of the year. Some trails in the Pacific North West are covered with snow well into June-July. Reading reviews made by previous hikers is always helpful in getting first-hand information on what to expect, what equipment to bring, and how to navigate through a difficult trail. Check out https://www.vancouvertra…

5 Effective Exercises for Tennis Elbow

What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)?
Tennis elbow is a widely common soft tissue condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the lateral and outer aspect of the elbow. It is typically due to overuse of the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon through repetitive actions such as improperly playing tennis, operating machinery, typing or other gripping activities. Symptoms may include weakness in the arm, stiffness in the elbow, and difficulty performing common hand actions such as holding an object. While ice packs and braces can assist with pain control in the early stages of tennis elbow, improving one's fitness is very important in the long-term management and prevention of this elbow condition. Try these five exercises to strengthen the arm:

BALL SQUEEZE (to improve grip strength) 1) Hold a tennis ball (rolled up sock or towel can also be used) in your hand.
2) Squeeze the ball for 5 seconds and then relax the hand for 10 seconds.
3) Repeat 8 - 12 times for 3 se…

Shoulder Mobility Exercises - Pendular Circles

This exercise assists in maintaining and increasing mobility in the initial stages of a shoulder injury such as a strain in the rotator cuff or cartilage called the labrum or in persistent stiff shoulder conditions and frozen shoulder. Start by holding onto something for support with your non affected side. In a bent over position, holding for support let the arm of the affected shoulder swing with momentum in a circular motion across the body in a clock wise or counter clock wise direction. Do this for 30 seconds for 3 sets 4-5 times per day.

Step Up Your Beach Volleyball Game

Beach volleyball is an intense sport that requires good stamina and strength. Training various muscles of the body (core, lower body, upper body) to become stronger will allow you to hit harder and jump higher. Easily train on the sand using medicine balls, sand bags, kettle bells, or resistance bands with these specific exercises below.
CORE: 1)Scissor kick: Lie down flat on your back with your arms extended straight out to the side, palms faced down. Raise one leg from the ground and then back down. Switch to the other leg. Do 16 reps for 3 sets with 1 minute rest in between each set. Variation: increase the difficulty of this move by placing a resistance band over your thigh area.

2)Extended plank: start in a plank position withour elbows a few inches in front of your shoulders. Straighten your trunk and legs so that they are in line. Hold your abs tightly for 45 seconds to 1 minute. One set.

3)Medicine ball slam: Hold a medicine ball with both hands and stand with your feet shoulder …