Performance Therapy — Stretching

Five Stretches for the Trunk & Spine

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Five Stretches for the Trunk & Spine

  Stretching is something that most of us should do daily - now could be a good time to start! It's a simple fact that muscles and joints will become stiffer and tighter, simply as part of the ageing process. In most cases, this process is caused by a combination of physical degeneration and inactivity. Although we cannot help getting older, this should not mean that we give up trying to improve our flexibility. In fact, quite the opposite! Age does not have to be a barrier to an active lifestyle, but certain precautions should be taken as we get older. We generally just need to...

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Five Great Stretches for the Shoulder

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Five Great Stretches for the Shoulder

The shoulder can be a common site for the development of trigger points, restriction, and a number of other ailments ranging from the irritating to the excruciating.  Simple stretching routines may help prevent the development of active trigger points, accelerate the healing process, and provide pain relief. We generally try to recommend stretches that are easy to perform just about anywhere. Here are some of our favourite stretches for the shoulder. Always start slowly, work within your limits, use common sense, and don't forget to ask your therapist about trigger points!   1. Pectoral stretch Kneel on the floor in front of a...

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Seven Rules for Safe and Effective Stretching

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Seven Rules for Safe and Effective Stretching

As with most activities, there are rules and guidelines to ensure safety. Stretching is no exception – it can be extremely dangerous and harmful if done incorrectly. It is vitally important that the following rules be adhered to, both for safety and for maximizing the potential benefits of stretching.

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Six Types of Stretches and When You Should Use Them

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Six Types of Stretches and When You Should Use Them

Stretching is slightly more technical than swinging a leg over a park bench. There are rules and techniques that will maximize its benefits and minimize the risk of injury. We will look at the different types of stretching, the particular benefits, and the risks and uses, as well as give a description of how each type is performed.

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Self Help Tips for Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Self Help Tips for Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The carpal tunnel is located on the palm side of your wrist. Its' main role is to protect the most important nerve to your hand and the nine tendons that help bend your fingers. When this nerve is compressed, it causes numbness, tingling and eventually hand weakness. Read ahead to learn more about CTS and some self-help tips.

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