Heel pain can be caused by multiple different pathologies, the most common one being plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band on the underside of the foot that runs on the underside of your foot from the calcaneus (your heel bone) towards the toes. The plantar fascia, intrinsic [...]
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In this blog post, I’ll be sharing six stretches that you can do to help manage flareups of low back pain or stiffness. If you were to ask me "what is the best stretch for low back pain?” My answer is that some stretches might help some people, some of the [...]
Plantar fasciitis and heel pad syndrome are two common causes of foot and heel pain. Both can be caused by sudden increases in walking or running. The two conditions require completely different treatment approaches. But before treatment can begin, the cause of the heel pain needs to be identified. There is a [...]
This past weekend I was given the opportunity to swap my treatment room in the city for one on Coolangatta main beach to treat the athletes at the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour Finals. Many of the Australian beach volleyball squad (the Volleyroos) were in action that weekend. The players had an extremely busy schedule [...]
I’ve worked with many patients over the years who have been told by healthcare providers that their tight hamstrings are the cause of their low back pain. They’ve been given hamstring stretches which results in little to no effect on the actual length of their hamstrings or their back pain. It is a common [...]
The reality is that most of us need to earn a living to play golf, we don’t earn a living playing golf and we certainly don’t train like the pro golfers do. The problem with spending all day behind a desk is that it can alter your biomechanics by causing stiffness [...]
In this blog post, we’ll explore this new technology that is making waves (no pun intended) in the world of manual therapy & sports medicine. Shockwave therapy is a form of mechanotherapy and has nothing to do with electrical shocks. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is an evidence-based, non-surgical and highly effective technology for treating tendonitis, [...]
In this blog post, I will discuss some common training errors that novice runners make. I’ll also discuss ways you can that modify your training routine to help reduce your risk of running injuries. Introduction Running as a sport has been gaining popularity over the years. Its growth has been exponential in [...]
A question that I often get asked by my CrossFit patients is if they should stretch before or after their WOD (Workout Of the Day)? They want to be able to perform at their best and reduce their chances of injury. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that simple. This blog post will explore the different [...]
In a matter of weeks our world has been completely transformed. Social distancing and other measures have been put in place in order to "flatten the curve". Unfortunately pain and injuries don't take a vacation just because our world is in chaos. I am still available should any patients need treatment during this time. [...]