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It starts with a pain in your neck, shoulder or back. At first you try to work through it, but after a few days the pain persists. The more you stress about the pain, the worse it seems to get. What is causing this pain and how can you stop it? Most likely, you have a knot, which massage therapists are trained to find and get rid of. What is a knot? Knots are what happens when a muscle becomes overworked, causing it to spasm and to form a tight ball. A knot can be made up one muscle’s fibres, or two or more muscles that share an attachment to the same bone. Our muscles work by being activated when we use them, and deactivated when we don’t. However, when a muscle continues to be activated when we’re done with the exertion, it will twitch, forming a knot. When a…

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Many of us are eager to get outside and increase our activity level once summer rolls around. While most of the time this is only a good thing, we end up exerting ourselves much more than we’re used to. As a result, many of us are at an increased risk of suffering from sports injuries during the summer months. To ensure that you get to enjoy the full summer season, here are some tips to prevent some of the most…

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Custom orthotics are custom made insoles that have been specifically designed for your feet, to provide additional comfort and support for those with feet pain, from heel pain to plantar fasciitis to poor lower limb alignment, as just a few examples. They are designed by medical professionals and therefore are much more effective than traditional insoles that you can purchase from the drug store. Once you’ve taken the time to have your custom made foot orthotics made, it only makes…

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Massage therapy can help with a great many issues, and is particularly successful at treating the underlying causes of chronic pain. It does so by manipulating soft tissue through massage in order to provide a hands on means of neuromuscular therapy. There is no doubt that massage therapy can work wonders for a wide array of issues, but you might often find yourself contemplating the use of massage therapy for something very specific and wonder whether or not it will…

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Even though physiotherapy has grown to be such a popular field, many people don’t completely understand the full extent of what visiting a physiotherapy clinic can offer its patients. Broadly speaking, physiotherapy takes a holistic approach to restoring both movement and function after an injury or illness, or in the event of disability. It can reduce pain and prevent future injuries. With that in mind, here are five interesting facts about physiotherapy that you likely didn’t know. It Treats Many…

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