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Exercises for Knee Pain

When hamstrings and calves are short and hypertonic from lack of mindful use and stretching, their tendons can generate a low-grade backward pulling force on the tibia or femur, which predisposes the quadriceps and patellar tendon that runs along the anterior portion of the knee to injury. This is why regular stretching of your hamstrings, gastrocnemius, and soleus is essential to supporting healthy knee function. Read more about Exercises for Knee Pain

 

Natural Ways to Treat Wrist and Elbow Pain

When looking to overcome wrist and elbow pain, a good first step is to identify its root cause.

Overuse is arguably the most common cause of pain and stiffness in the wrist joint. When the wrist is asked to do more work than it is suited for without adequate rest, the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and even the bones that make up the wrist and elbow can become inflamed. Read more about Natural Ways to Treat Wrist and Elbow Pain

 

Favourite Core-Strengthening Exercises to Keep Your Lower Back and Pelvis Healthy

Over the past two decades, I have utilized spinal adjustments, stretching, acupuncture, soft tissue work, and every major modality used in physiotherapy to address a wide range of back and hip issues. While all of these therapies can be helpful, in my experience, the most effective way to support a healthier lower back and pelvic region is to improve the functional strength of the muscles that control your core region. These muscles include your lower paraspinals, abdominals, hip flexors, and hip extensors.

For a look at two of my favourite exercises for strengthening the core region, please have a look at the following video:

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Essential Movement Patterns for Preventing Shoulder Impingement, Frozen Shoulder, Bursitis, and General Shoulder Stiffness

Where there is shoulder pain due to impingement, frozen shoulder, or subacromial bursitis, an often overlooked root cause is a tight shoulder capsule.

What is your shoulder capsule?

It's a series of ligaments that surround and stabilize your shoulder joint, which is where your upper arm bone (humerus) attaches to your shoulder blade (scapula). Read more about Essential Movement Patterns for Preventing Shoulder Impingement, Frozen Shoulder, Bursitis, and General Shoulder Stiffness

 

A Case Of You - Madi Davis Cover

Another cover by Madi Davis that I can melt away to. Hope you enjoy.

Lyrics for A Case of You, by Joni Mitchell

Just before our love got lost you said
"I am as constant as a northern star"
And I said, "Constantly in the darkness
Where's that at?
If you want me I'll be in the bar" Read more about A Case Of You - Madi Davis Cover

 

Songbird - Madi Davis Cover

Goosebumps and shivers for agape love.

Lyrics for Songbird: Read more about Songbird - Madi Davis Cover

 

How to Treat and Prevent Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled bump that forms under the skin near a joint, most commonly in the wrist area, and sometimes in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, or foot regions.

The conventional medical view of ganglion cysts is that they are idiopathic, meaning that definitive causes are not known. Ganglion cysts are usually left alone, aspirated, or excised. Read more about How to Treat and Prevent Ganglion Cysts

 

Samson, by Regina Spektor

Such a lovely song that captures hurt. Had to share it.

Lyrics for Samson, by Regina Spektor

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met Read more about Samson, by Regina Spektor

 

The Business of Being Born: A Must-See Documentary for Expectant Parents

My wife and I haven't agreed on every little thing over the years, but there is one thing that we have always agreed on: the best experiences of our lives so far have been the home births of our two sons.

I still remember both home births as though they occurred a few hours ago.

Margaret's labor with our firstborn was about six hours long. With the help of three midwives, we sweated and huffed and puffed our way through every hour. And I mean we.

About halfway through the labor, I distinctly remember thinking, I'll never say no to this woman again...whatever she asks for from now on, my answer will be yes. I know this is a bit of a funny thought to have had while she was crushing my hands during each wave of contractions, but the point that shouldn't be missed is this: I felt some serious respect and awe for my wife as I witnessed her giving birth to our firstborn. Read more about The Business of Being Born: A Must-See Documentary for Expectant Parents

 

Music for Health: Now We Are Free, by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard

While up north for a few days at the end of August to re-charge, I stumbled upon a song that I had longed to hear again, Now We Are Free. Little did I realize it was created for the soundtrack of Ridley Scott's Gladiator. This hauntingly beautiful piece has become my new go-to song for getting into a peaceful and inspired state.

Here's what singer Lisa Gerrard had to say about the lyrics to Now We Are Free: Read more about Music for Health: Now We Are Free, by Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard

 

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