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Injury and Rehab

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Achilles Tendon – What is it? What does it do?

"Achilles Tendon" crops up very often in athelets vocubalary, courtsey visits to a doctor due to discomfort, inflammation and/or injuries. Many other people have also suffered degrees of pain and injury related to it. The Achilles Tendon aka Calcaneal Tendon is a tough band of fibrous tissue connecting the calf muscles (gastrocnemius & soleus) to the heel bone (calcaneous). The gastrocnemius and soleus unite to form this band at the low end of the calf. Small sacs of fluid called the bursae, cushion the Achilles Tendon at the heel. It is the largest and strongest tendon of the body, measuring about 15cm in length. It puts a spring in the step allowing us to stand on our toes, while walking, running , jumping or stationary. It...

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Pain In The Neck!

There can be several causes of imbalances in the body leading to chronic pain. However you chose to look at it - top to bottom or bottom to top - any imabalance has a domino effect on the body causing trigger points. One of the most common complaints is that of the neck and shoulder region. An improper alignment/posture of the neck can impact muscles and cause compensations even further away from the trouble spot. Likewise, incorrect gait & poor posture of the lower anatomy can easily impact the upper body negatively. This causes your body to work hard and fight against the strong invisible forces of gravity, creating increased strain and tension on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints that work so hard to hold...

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Importance of single leg training

Most of our daily activities like walking, running, climbing up and down stairs, involve transitioning body weight from one leg to another. Movement, for most part is a series of transfer from one limb to another. It's only natural to extrapolate, therefore, that efficient and strong movement would be a direct result of the strength of muscles as they get repeatedly called into action in a single leg stance. Any weakness in muscles that need to support the body in it's daily actions, would eventually lead to injuries and compensation patterns. This would negatively impact movement (stability, efficiency and power) and form a cycle. The more forceful the the activity, the greater the need for these stabilizers and mobilizers to fire powerfully and in unison....

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