Category: Managing Common Conditions

Neck and Shoulder Tension
February 5, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions,Massage,Neck and Shoulders Brian Fulton

The Art of Letting Go One of the most common complaints I hear as a massage therapist is concerning neck and shoulder tension. We are all actually hardwired to store tension in this area of the body. If you look at anyone surprised by a loud noise or any sudden stressor, you will see their
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Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
February 5, 2012 Arms and Hands,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation,Repetitive Strain Injury Brian Fulton

The rapid arm and wrist movement required in many jobs and sports can lead to sprains, strains or persistent tendonitis in the elbow area.  Most of the muscles that create hand or wrist movement originate in our forearm.  Muscles that close our wrist and hand (flexion) are located on the inner portion of our forearm
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
February 5, 2012 Arms and Hands,Injury Prevention,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation,Repetitive Strain Injury Brian Fulton

A Light at The End of The Carpal Tunnel Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) results in the highest number of work days missed among all work related injuries.  We hear the term CTS thrown around a lot these days, but just what is it?

Acupressure
February 5, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Injury Prevention,Managing Common Conditions,Massage Brian Fulton

Practicing an Ancient Art Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago that uses the fingers to press key points on the skin to supposedly stimulate the body’s own natural defences. Of course, science didn’t exist in those days, so acupressure is more of an art than a science.  But
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Tension Headaches
February 4, 2012 Head,Managing Common Conditions Brian Fulton

Dealing With Tension Headaches More than $1 million is spent in Canada each year on over-the-counter medications for headaches. Recent figures indicate that 70-90% of the population suffers from occasional tension-type headaches. There are several types of headaches mind you, but the most common by far is the ‘garden variety’ tension headache, a band-like pressing
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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
February 4, 2012 Arms and Hands,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation,Repetitive Strain Injury Brian Fulton

Coping with Elbow Pain One soft tissue problem that I commonly encounter is mouse elbow (a.k.a.lateral epicondylitis).  Years ago this condition was coined tennis elbow, when the backhand swing in tennis was a common cause of the condition. However, nowadays computer use is one of the main culprits involved with this condition..

Dealing With Muscle Cramps
February 4, 2012 Exercise,Injury Prevention,Managing Common Conditions,Massage Brian Fulton

  Virtually everyone experiences a muscle cramp at some point in time. They can be mild or extremely painful. Strictly speaking, a muscle cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. This causes a palpable hardening of the involved muscle. Our immediate instinctual (and correct) reaction would be to try to
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Dealing With Muscle Pain and Soreness
February 4, 2012 Healthy Lifestyle,Managing Common Conditions,Massage,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

  Everyone has aches and pains, some more than others. Whether your soreness is due to posture, activity, aging or even genetics, you need to get relief from pain that lasts more than a day or two. A muscle that does not get enough rest time is a common cause of soreness. This can be
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Neck Pain
February 4, 2012 Injury Prevention,Managing Common Conditions,Neck and Shoulders,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

Pain in the Neck! If you’ve ever experienced severe neck pain, you know exactly why this term came into popular use. If you’ve only experienced generalized pain, count yourself lucky. Once the body senses misalignment in neck vertebrae, it tells muscles in the area to tighten up. The body’s intent is to protect the area,
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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Pain)
February 4, 2012 Head,Managing Common Conditions,Rehabilitation Brian Fulton

  This title is a real mouthful isn’t it? (chuckle, chuckle) This is why you hear people refer to it as TMJ dysfunction. The temporomandibular joint is the joint formed by your jaw (mandible) and the temporal bone of your skull. As with any joint in the body, if problems develop with alignment or wear,
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