Computer Posture Mistakes You Should Avoid

By | 2019-10-01T11:33:41+00:00 October 4th, 2019|blog|

Computer usage can severely affect your posture and cause musculoskeletal discomfort. This is especially likely to happen if you use computers for long stretches and/or too frequently. However, you can improve your postural health by taking the right preventative measures. Here are a few mistakes you should avoid making while using the computer. Slouching As much as we may try to sit up straight, we do end up slouching every now and then. While it isn’t advisable to sit in an upright position all day long (that can give you a back ache too!) you should try holding that position as much as you can. This is especially important if you spend most of your day using a computer at your desk. Slouching or slumping over in your seat adds additional pressure on your spine. [...]

Hips Don’t Lie: What’s Causing Your Hip Pain?

By | 2019-10-01T11:23:09+00:00 October 1st, 2019|blog|

Despite the hip joint’s ability to withstand repeated motions and wear, hip injuries are all too common. Research has shown that physical activity affects the onset of hip pain in individuals. However, determining the exact cause of hip pain can be tricky. Here’s what may be causing your hip pain. Arthritis Arthritis is the most common cause of hip pain. It exists in two forms: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The former is a chronic inflammatory condition of the hip joint. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that causes cartilage breakdown. As a result, the hip bones rub against each other. This then causes pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and discomfort. Bursitis Hip bursitis is an inflammatory condition of the bursae. These are pillow-like sacs filled with liquid and are located between tissues. For instance, bursae are [...]

3 Conditions That Can Cause Severe Hand Pain

By | 2019-09-16T10:17:12+00:00 September 17th, 2019|blog|

Hand osteoarthritis is a prevalent musculoskeletal disease and is one of the biggest contributors of hand pain and ailments. It doesn’t just affect elderly individuals; it can also occur during early adulthood. However, while osteoarthritis of the hands affects a huge chunk of the Canadian population, it isn’t the only ailment that causes immense hand pain.  Here are three other musculoskeletal conditions that may be aggravating pain and discomfort in your limbs. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is an inflammatory condition of the two tendons near the base of your thumb. When these get irritated, they swell up. This, in turn, exerts pressure on the surrounding nerves. The result is immense pain, tenderness, and numbness at the area near the base of your thumb. You can identify De Quervain’s tenosynovitis through the following symptoms: Wrist [...]

Bon Voyage! A Safety Guide on Having an Injury-Free Vacation

By | 2019-09-16T10:17:55+00:00 September 16th, 2019|blog|

Research has shown that injuries are the biggest cause of disability and death among travellers. While most of these are attributed to road traffic and accidents, they also include unintentional injuries caused by improper equipment, poor postural health, and other seemingly trivial actions. These can cause severe musculoskeletal ailments and disorders. The good news is, additional and unwarranted muscle stress can easily be avoided while you’re travelling. Here are a few ways you can ensure an injury-free vacation. Strategise Luggage Handling   You don’t want to start your trip by being weighed down by all the bags you’re carrying. Even if you’ve packed light, holding the luggage for long durations can be physically exhausting and may cause muscle strains. The best way to avoid this is by strategising how you’ll be carrying your belongings. For [...]

Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis | Infographhic

By | 2019-08-06T11:02:29+00:00 August 7th, 2019|blog|

What is arthritis? It is an inflammation of the joints, affecting one or multiple joints. Many different types of arthritis exist but the most common two are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Did you know? Approximately, 350 million people are affected by arthritis worldwide.

3 Common Hip Injuries in Sports

By | 2019-08-06T10:47:18+00:00 August 6th, 2019|blog|

Hip injuries are some of the most common sports related injuries reported in Canada. In one study, as many as 106 cases of hip injury were reported, which were attributed to ice hockey alone. These injuries varied in nature and severity, but contributed to significant pain and loss of range of motion among athletes. Here are three of the most common types of hip injuries sustained in sports. Hip Bursitis An inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (or bursae) that provide cushioning to the hip muscles, tendons, and ligaments is known as hip bursitis. As is the case with most other inflammatory conditions, this too is caused by overuse of a joint—in this case, the hip joint. Hip bursitis causes pain and stiffness of the hips, thighs, and groin, which worsens with repetitive motions. The symptoms [...]

What’s Causing Your Ankle Pain?

By | 2019-08-06T10:40:00+00:00 August 5th, 2019|blog|

Have you been experiencing persistent ankle pain for the past couple of weeks, with difficulty moving and performing everyday activities? Here’re a few reasons why your ankle is hurting the way it is, and what needs to be done about it. Ankle Sprain Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments (bands of tissue) connecting the leg bones with the feet bones twist or contort at an odd angle. This movement causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their optimum capacity, causing them to tear okay. Ankle sprains are one of the most common forms of ankle ailments, and account for 14% of sports related injuries. Swelling, bruising, and pain can accompany ankle sprains. You may also have difficulty walking and feel discomfort shifting weight from one foot to the other. What’s more, ankle sprains can also [...]

How Can I Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery?

By | 2019-07-11T14:25:27+00:00 July 11th, 2019|blog|

Over the past five years, the number of joint replacement surgeries performed annually has increased drastically in Canada. In fact, between 2017 and 2018, as many as 70,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed nationwide. Are you suffering from knee pain and fear you may need a joint replacement surgery in the near future? Here’s what you can do to prevent that from happening. Exercise Regularly It’s no secret; physical exercise helps in strengthening your muscles and preventing cartilage damage. This is particularly true for those individuals who have knee osteoarthritis and are experiencing cartilage degeneration. Exercising on a regular basis can slow down the degeneration process and prevent the chances of needing surgery. Studies have shown that patients who have larger quadriceps (thigh muscles) are at a lower risk of requiring knee joint replacement surgery. Physical [...]

Is Your Workplace Triggering a Musculoskeletal Disorder?

By | 2019-07-09T07:12:22+00:00 July 9th, 2019|blog|

Muscle strains and sprains are one of the most common forms of musculoskeletal injuries. We’ve all experienced pain and discomfort in our tendons, ligaments, and muscles at some point in our lives, be it at the wrists or neck. Have you been experiencing muscle stiffness a little too often ever since you started working at that new job? Don’t ignore the warning signs; you may be suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder! What Are WMSDs? Work-related musculoskeletal disorders or WMSDs are muscle ailments and injuries brought on because of ineffective or unsafe work conditions. These may develop over the course of several weeks, months, or even years because of the nature of the tasks you do and the body movements involved during those tasks. Since WMSDs don’t just appear overnight, you may not immediately [...]

A Closer Look at Hamstring Injuries

By | 2019-06-12T14:03:23+00:00 June 14th, 2019|blog|

Remember two years ago when Andre De Grasse injured his hamstring and had to miss the world championships? It surely was a setback to the sprinter’s career, and although classified as a Grade 2 hamstring strain, it required up to 6 weeks of rehab for the muscle to fully heal. What are hamstring injuries and how do they affect your movement? Let’s take a closer look. Hamstring Muscle Injuries The hamstring muscles comprise a group of three muscles situated at the back of your thigh, which connect the hip to the knee. This group of muscles enables you to bend your knee and stretch your leg, promoting flexibility and an improved range of motion. If one of these muscles is pulled or stretched beyond its limit, a hamstring muscle injury occurs. What the Symptoms [...]