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    How to breathe better and decrease your stress Part 1: Anatomy & Function

How to breathe better and decrease your stress Part 1: Anatomy & Function

Many years ago, after fainting unexpectedly, I found myself in the back of an ambulance, speeding through the streets of Toronto headed to the nearest hospital. I was awake and lucid and could see the monitor that showed my vital signs from my position on the gurney. As I relaxed in the thought that […]

Give yourself a hand: Hand exercises

Last week, we looked at the anatomy and function of the hand. We explored the bones, tendons and muscles of the hand and how they work together to create movements that allow us to live our daily lives. This week, we will show you some simple exercises to take your hand through its range […]

Give yourself a hand: bones and muscles of the hand

In the last installment of “Give yourself a hand”, we looked at the anatomy, general function, and exercises for the forearm and the wrist. As you may recall, the forearm and wrist help to position the hand properly. Now, we’ll look at the structure and function of the hand more closely.

Bones of the Hand

In the […]

Give Yourself a Hand: Forearm and Wrist Exercises

Last week, we looked at the anatomy of the forearm and the wrist. This week, let’s take a look at how these structures serve to position the hand, and then learn a few simple exercises you can do at home with just a few simple props.

Movements of the Forearm and Wrist:

 

Now, let’s take a […]

Give Yourself a Hand: A Look at the Forearm, Wrist and Hand

Have you ever been in a Pilates class in which you were in quadruped position on your hands and knees, and before the instructor can say “just ten more…” your wrists are screaming in agony and you have to change positions because it feels like your hands will fall off? Ok, maybe you’ve experienced […]

Pesky Plantar Fasciitis Part 2: Stretches and Exercises

In Part 1 of Pesky Plantar Fasciitis, we learned about what the condition is, what can cause or contribute to it, and some of the non-exercise-based treatment approaches. Part 2 focuses on the stretches and exercises you can do at home that are helpful in alleviating the discomfort of plantar fasciitis and preventing recurrence.

Generally, […]

Pesky Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is a condition in which the plantar fascia is irritated and develops tiny tears. The plantar fascia ligament is a flat band of connective tissue under the sole of your foot that runs from you heel to all five toes. […]

The Rotator Cuff: It’s Good Stuff! Exercises

As we have learned last week, the four rotator cuff muscles work as a unit to move the arm and to maintain the head of the humerus centered in the glenoid fossa during all arm movements. As such, these muscles are not power muscles, but endurance muscles. When doing rotator cuff strengthening exercises, we […]

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    The Rotator Cuff: It’s Good Stuff! Anatomical Nitty Gritty

The Rotator Cuff: It’s Good Stuff! Anatomical Nitty Gritty

The rotator cuff is one of those areas that is so frequently injured or dysfunctional that most people will have heard the term “rotator cuff”, even if they have no clue what it refers to. This blog series will help us get familiar with this part of the body, have us practicing some impressive […]

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    Hip Hip Hooray: 8 best exercises to strengthen hip abductors

Hip Hip Hooray: 8 best exercises to strengthen hip abductors

Welcome to the third installment of the hip abductor series. In the firsy blog post, we looked at the structure and function of the hip abductors and potential causes of hip abductor weakness and dysfunction. In the second post, we learned ways to assess hip abductor weakness using quick and simple observational tests. Finally, […]