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Anterior Hip Pain: Iliopsoas & Iliocppsularis Muscle Strengthening

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Anterior Hip Pain: Iliopsoas & Iliocppsularis Muscle Strengthening 

Anterior hip pain could be the result of a weak hip flexor causing the joint to be impinged and move out of its dynamic stability in everyday use such as walking, running or sport. Begin by slouching forward on a bench or chair grabbing the back of your thigh with both hands. As you sit straight up again lift the knee towards your chest with the help of your hands. With your core stability muscles engaged, slowly lower the thigh to allow the foot to reach the floor as you release your hands. Repeat this 5 times on the affected hip for 3 sets. If you have pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing. 

Inspiring Inside Look into Vancouver Physio & Burnaby Physio: Lynita White

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Inspiring Inside Look into Vancouver Physio & Burnaby Physio: Lynita White

So Lynita, what do you like most about being a Physiotherapist?” The thing I like most about being a Physio, the most rewarding part about being a Physio I would say is helping people achieve their goals and fostering independence. So when people come to the clinic and we work together and talk about what they want to achieve, whether it’s like climbing the Grouse Grind, running a 5 km, returning to sport or work, ball room dancing, keeping their back healthy, walking around their neighbourhood without pain, whatever that is. Figuring that out with the person and working together to build a treatment plan for them and getting through that treatment plan and then them coming into the clinic one day telling me, “You what, I’m where I want to be and I think I’ve achieved my goal and I don’t need to come anymore.” I’d say the most reward day for me is actually the day that people say they don’t need Physio anymo…

Whole-Body Partner Workout

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Looking to try something new for your next workout? Try these fun and challenging exercises with a partner at the gym or at home. 
1) Medicine Ball Pass:  Lie on your back with a mat with your feet planted next to each others. Begin with one person holding the medicine ball, then both sit up by engaging the core, and pass the ball to the other person. Repeat back-and-forth passes by performing simultaneous sit-ups for 20 to 30 repetitions. 
                                                                                                                                  credit: Kami Price 2) Squat Seesaw: Grab a resistance band with a handle on each end and stand face to face. Begin with one person performing a squat to bring the resistance band downwards, while the other person stands tall and brings the resistance band overhead by extending their arms. Remember to keep an upright body position through out the movement and engage the core. Repeat for 20 repetitions. 
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Shoulder Rotator Cuff Strain: Scapular Muscle Strengthening

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After straining your rotator cuff, retraining the muscles of the scapula is an important aspect towards full functional recovery with any activities or sports at or above shoulder height. You can do this without a weight at first to practice your technique, and if you are feeling confident with this then you can start with a 3 to 5 pound dumbbell. Start lying down on your back with your knees bent and your low back core stability muscles engaged. Straightening up the arm, begin to raise the dumbbell up towards the ceiling. Then at the end of the movement protract and lift your scapula up off of the floor with a focus on the posterior muscles doing the work and not your pectorals muscles. Do 15 lifts of the scapula for 3 sets daily. If you are unsure about your shoulder pain or about this exercise please consult your local physiotherapist before continuing.

Elbow Pain: Biceps Stretch

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Place the thumb side of your hand facing forward firmly against a door frame or corner at the level of your hips. Keep the elbow bent to start. Then straighten the elbow and hold for 30 seconds doing 3 sets. The biceps muscle attaches just below the elbow and tightness here can sometimes be a source of pain for this area of the elbow. If you do activities or sports involving repetitive elbow flexion with twisting then this could be a source of pain in your elbow. If you are unsure about your elbow pain or about this exercise please consult your local physiotherapist before continuing. 

What is PNF Stretching?

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Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, also known as PNF stretching, is a technique employed to improve muscle elasticity and range of motion. PNF is frequently used by therapists to restore functional range of motion and increase strength capabilities in patients who have sustained soft tissue damage or in post-surgery rehabilitation. It is found that consistent performance of PNF stretching and PNF stretching post-exercise may increase athletic performance by increasing range of motion. It is evident in literature that there are two types of techniques that can be utilized under PNF stretching.

The contract-relax method (CR) includes lengthening the targeted muscle and holding it in that position while the targeted muscle is contracted to its maximum isometrically for a period of time. A short period of relaxation and a passive stretch of the targeted muscle follows this initial contraction phase. The contract-relax-antagonist-contract method (CRAC) begins with the same procedu…

5 Stretches for Tight Chest Muscles

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Sitting in front of a computer or performing in repetitive activities such as weightlifting or volleyball can lead to tight chest muscles that may impair an individual's posture and function. The pectoralis muscles, both major and minor, attach at the sternum (breastbone) and to the bones of the shoulder and upper arm. The pectoralis major is a strong, fan-shaped muscle that begins at the clavicle and sternum to insert onto the humerus. This muscle works to flex or medially rotate the arm at the shoulder joint. It also plays an important role as an accessory breathing muscle to help with inspiration. The pectoralis minor begins from the third through fifth ribs and extends diagonally up the chest to attach to the scapula. It helps draw the scapula forward and downward. Both of these muscles work together to allow you to horizontally adduct your shoulders to bring it in and across your body. Tight chest muscles may lead to a decreased range of motion and difficulty with performing…

Shoulder Pain: Pectorals Muscle Stretch

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Stand beside a door frame or corner of a wall. Keeping your back straight and your inner core engaged, bring your arm up against the wall with the elbow and shoulder bent at 90 degrees. With the arm planted on the wall, draw your opposite shoulder back followed by your torso in a straight line. Keep the back straight and core engaged. Hold this for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times on each side 2 times per day. The tightness in the Pectoralis muscles can cause abnormal movement in your shoulder and can give you pain and dysfunction. Non optimal computer desk and sitting postures and performing activities and sports with a repetitive nature like climbing, volleyball, or any throwing sports can cause these imbalances. If you have pain or if you’re unsure about how these exercises affect your shoulder pain, consult your physiotherapist before continuing.

Anterior Hip Pain: Eccentric Hip Flexor Strengthening

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Start off with one hand below your belly button and pull your inner abdominal muscles downward. Imagine you are making yourself skinnier at your waistline. Put your other hand by your low back to make sure you keep it nice and flat. Then point both hands up and bend both knees to 90 degrees keeping the low back flat. As you slowly lower one leg straight to the floor bring your opposite arm up above you. Keep your inner core engaged and low back flat. Return the arm and knee back to the start position and repeat this with the opposite arm and leg. Repeat this alternating movement with the arms and legs 2 minutes 3 times daily. This is an excellent exercise to help strengthening your Iliopoas and Iliocapsularis muscles which can help decrease your anterior hip pain by stabilizing the front of the hip capsule more. If you have pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.