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Kinesio Taping Peroneal Tendon Sublaxtion


What is Peroneal Tendon Subluxation? Peroneals are two muscles and tendons that stretch along the outer edge of your lower leg. Specifically, the peroneal tendons are enclosed in a fibrous tunnel that is attached behind the outside ankle bone. Peroneal Tendon Subluxation occurs when there is damage or injury Read more

Walking or Running: Which is Better?


Walking and running are the most popular physical activities. Both are excellent aerobic exercises. Both help promote weight loss, improve your sleep, elevate your mood, boost your energy levels, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The debate Walking and running Read more

Treating Compartment Syndrome with Massage Therapy


A compartment is a section within the body that contains muscles, blood vessels and nerves. Anatomical compartments are surrounded by fascia, or fibrous tissue. Compartments are present in all our limbs. The Syndrome Compartment Syndrome is a condition where pressure within one or more of the body's compartments becomes high. Read more

Protect Your Knee From Sports Damage


Sports like football, hockey and tennis require you to run at different speeds, using varying acceleration. Many times, you have to change direction while your foot is placed firmly on the ground. This causes stress to your knees and stretches the ligaments around your knees. Sometimes, this results Read more

5 Olympic Sports That Will Enhance Your Fitness


Sports persons don't just have good bodies. They are also fit and healthy, thanks to the overall strengthening and toning effects of playing sports. If you want more than just a hot bod and be really fit, you need to start playing one of these Olympic sports. 1. Kayaking Read more

All You Need To Know About Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)


Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or PFPS, is a type of knee pain that happens around or under the patella. The patella is the kneecap or the roundish-triangular part that you can feel when you touch your knee in the front. It is also commonly called 'runner's knee' as it Read more

Get rid off Shoulder Bursitis with Kinesio Taping

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Shoulder BursitisWhat is Bursitis of Shoulder?

A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that helps to reduce friction between tissues of the body as they glide over each other. One of the major bursae is located at the shoulders adjacent to the tendons. Bursitis is the inflammation of this sac around the shoulder joint due to injury, chronic overuse or other causes. The inflamed bursa will also compress the neighbouring soft tissue resulting in pain and edema.

Signs and Symptoms

Bursitis is typically identified by the localization of pain or swelling and tenderness near the shoulder. Movement of arms or shoulder may also be affected. Shoulder bursitis may often be accompanied by tendinitis of tendons adjacent to the affected bursa. It can also cause a pinching or shooting pain when moving the elbow away from the body, also referred to as a sign of impingement.

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All you need to know about BPPV

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BPPVVertigo, which on a broader scale is considered to be dizziness, is actually a form of perception of motion disorder.  There are various causes of vertigo but the most common cause is a dysfunctional vestibular system (sensory system responsible for maintaining balance). Slight change in the head position can trigger dizziness which can last from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

What is BPPV?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV is the most commonly occurring types of vertigo. As the name suggests it is harmless or it isn’t life threatening (benign), it occurs suddenly and for short periods (paroxysmal positional). Our body’s vestibular system malfunctions to cause a perception of motion or false motion even through slightest movement of the head.

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Treating Shoulder Bursitis with Kinesio Taping

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Shoulder Bursitis with Kinesio Taping-HCRShoulder pain is a very common complaint and the diagnosis and management of shoulder injuries is one of the most challenging areas of musculoskeletal medicine.

The shoulder is a complex and relatively unstable joint that every person uses extensively on a daily basis. Every time you wash your hair in the shower or reach up into a cupboard you’re aggravating the condition. Athletes in the course of a practice or competition may tweak a shoulder and strain hundreds of times. Consequently, what started as a minor strain can easily become a chronic problem. Conditions leading to shoulder pain include dislocation, separation, tendonitis, bursitis, rotator cuff, and impingement Syndrome. Read more


Types of skull fractures

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type-of-skull-fractureThe soccer world cup in Brazil is getting more exciting with each passing day. As much as soccer is known for the entertaining contests it is also known for the excruciating injuries sustained by players. Who could forget legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech’s depressed skull fracture sustained in a 2006 match which nearly cost him his life. Not just sports, a skull fracture might be caused during any activity if your head sustains a heavy blow. Here is all you need to know about skull fractures and their treatment.

What is a skull fracture?
A skull fracture is nothing but a type of break in the neurocranium (part of the skull which protects the brain). This break can be in one or more of the total 8 bones which comprise the neurocranium. Our skull is made up of three layers – the outermost layer is hard and compact called as the lamina externa, the middle layer is diploe which consists of spongy red bone marrow and the compact innermost layer known as the lamina interna. Concussions are a caused by blunt blows to the head of any intensity. Unlike popular belief a concussion might be caused without loss of consciousness. Skull fractures may lead to damage to the membranes, blood vessels and the brain itself.
 
Types of skull fracture
There are 4 major types of skull fractures out of which linear fractures are most commonly observed.

  • Linear skull fracture

The linear skull fracture is caused by a break in the bone with full thickness. Blunt force injuries cause the skull to crack in a straight (linear) manner with the energy absorbed over a wide surface are. There is no bone displacement and so medically linear skull fractures have little significance.

  • Depressed skull fracture

Skull fractures which involve breaking of the outer skull bone and inward displacement of the broken pieces is known as a depressed skull fracture. Blunt force trauma such as being struck with a hammer or a rock, being kicked in the head or head trauma in a road accident might cause the fracture. The displaced bone pieces cause increase in the intracranial pressure (ICP) of the brain which crushes delicate tissue. The broken bone pieces usually require surgical intervention. This fracture is also more dangerous because of the risk of contamination at the point of depression.

  • Diastatic skull fracture

Skull suture is a fibrous joint that binds the bones of neurocranium together. A diastatic fracture causes the sutures to widen as the fracture affects more than one bone. It is usually seen in infants and children under the age of three years as their sutures are not yet fused together. In adults, the diastatic fracture is caused to the lambodial suture which remains in a semi-fused state till 60.

  •  Basilar skull fracture

A very rarely occurring fracture, basilar fractures are caused to a blow to the base of the skull. The rarity of this fracture is attributed to the awkward location.

A concussion however small should be medically examined. A symptom as common as a headache could save your life!


Kinesio Taping your Whiplash Injury

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Kinesiology Taping for Athletic InjuriesWhiplash is one of the most commonly occurring injuries in developed nations. Whiplash injury is observed mostly in motor vehicle accident victims where the vehicle is hit from behind. Whiplash is a common term for a number of injuries arising from the overstretching of the cervical paraspinal muscles. Whiplash injuries have been observed since the time cars were non-existent. Then rail accidents were a major cause of the injury and it was called as rail-road spine. Whiplash injury is on the rise with rise in road accidents.

The time taken to recover from the injury can be a few months to a couple of years. But with kinesio taping you can reduce this recovery period significantly. Here is a simple method to tape your neck injury.

During the initial acute phase (upto 72 hours)

In the initial phase of the injury two fan strips are applied for lymphatic correction. The two fan strips are placed such that they form a crisscross pattern over the injured area.

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Some Physiotherapy Exercises For Trigger Finger

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Trigger finger is a painful condition even in its initial phase and worse gets worse later on. It impairs your hand’s motor skills and makes it painful to even perform simplest of tasks which involve your affected hand. Curling up and locking-popping of the affected finger can be controlled and contained by a series of targeted exercises.  Exercises need to be performed targeting the opposite action in order to achieve mobility. Here is a mix of stretching and strengthening exercises which will help you battle trigger finger.finger

1.      Finger Abduction

Finger abduction is achieved by placing the affected finger side by side a normal finger with your hand stretched out straight. Now, using two fingers of your other hand gently press the side by side placed fingers. Try to move the together placed fingers apart and apply a comfortable pressure on them with your other fingers to achieve slight resistance. The pressure should be such that the two fingers separate with some effort. This exercise is beneficial in improving blood circulation to the injured finger. Repeat 8-10 times in 3 sets a day.

2.      Finger Stretch

To perform the exercise, keep your injured hand on a flat surface. Now, hold the injured finger with your other hand and gently raise it. Keep on raising it until a comfortable stretch is achieved. Hold the position for 2-3 seconds and then return to starting position. Repeat 8-10 times in 3 sets a day.

 

3.      Finger Spread

To perform the finger spread you will need an elastic band. Begin with pinching together fingertips your injured arm. Now, place an elastic band over the pinched fingers. Start moving your fingers away from each other and feel the elastic band tension work against your movement. Keep on moving till your injured finger is comfortable and then return to neutral position. Repeat this expansion-contraction routine 8-10 times in 3 sets a day. Read more


All You Need To Know About Trigger Finger

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Our hands have such precision motor skills because each individual digit can move freely through a full range of motion. If this motoring skill is hampered even in a single digit it can result in a considerable loss of normal function. Trigger finger is such a bone and joint condition which hampers your finger’s flexion and extension abilities making it difficult to perform even simple daily chores without pain. The affected digit gets locked in a curled up position when bent towards the palm and frees with a pop, a mechanism from which the condition’s name is derived.

What is trigger finger?finger

Our fingers achieve this excellent dexterity through a complicated mechanism which involves pulley like structures along each digit of the hand. This pulley mechanism is dependent on the flexor tendon sheath for smooth gliding movement in normal condition. For a cause yet unknown, the flexor tendon sheath present in the digits thickens making the movement through the pulleys difficult. The tendon gets stuck in the pulley when a flexion (curling movement of the digit) is attempted. This curled up position can be a permanent deformity or the finger might snap back into normal position through a forced extension.

Causes

Trigger finger is caused by the inflammation of the tendon sheath which hampers the gliding mechanism in the digit pulleys but what triggers this inflammation is still unknown. The most commonly known facts about trigger finger are that it is commonly observed in the 3rd or 4th digit and they are more common in women than men. There are strong chances that patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. Another widely accepted theory is that of repetitive trauma to a particular digit. Read more


Soccer Fever Top 7 Soccer Fitness Secrets Revealed

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Footballers are no doubt amongst the fittest sportspersons with the amount of running they do on field. According to a recent report English footballer Wayne Rooney runs an approximate average of 12 kms in every match. Thanks to their rigorous workout routine footballers are able to go through this physical torture in every match. So how do these lads achieve insanely high fitness levels? Here are a few secrets you could follow to emulate your favourite soccer star’s fitness.

 soccer 1.      Squats

Squats are important in building lower limb strength and stability. To perform squats stand with your feet shoulder length apart. Now, go down by bending your knees and arms stretched out horizontally. Keep on going till your thighs are parallel to the ground and hold the position for 2-3 seconds. Return to neutral position and repeat the exercise 8-10 times. To increase the intensity of the workout weights can be added later on.

2.      Monitor your heart rate

Monitoring your heart rate is important to determine your fitness levels. Spike your heart rate through high intensity workout for a short span max of 2 mins and then notice the time taken for recovery. Lesser time taken for recovery is a sign of a fit body. Read more


Top 5 Resistance Band Exercises For Your Shoulders

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Band Exercises For Your ShouldersResistance bands are the best equipment for shoulder exercises. Unlike weights, resistance bands offer a varied range of motion for the shoulder joint making it a favourable option. Resistance bands have caused a consistent conversion of weight addicts to strength training and also reduce injuries. A resistance band might look like a simple piece of equipment, but the results achieved through a variety of exercises make it a must have. Here is the best mix of five exercises that will help you improve core shoulder strength and boost stability.

1.      Lateral Raise
Lateral raises targets your middle shoulder region and strengthens the area through shoulder abduction and adduction. To perform the lateral raises, you have to stand on the middle of the resistance band, while holding both the ends of the band in your hands in a comfortable position. Now, slowly raise your arms laterally till your shoulder height and hold the position for 2 seconds. Relax your arms into the starting position. Make sure your arms remain straight during the course of the exercise.

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Top 5 Medicine Ball Exercises

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Ball-exerciseMedicine balls have been in existence for as long as medicine science itself. Sand-filled pouches which could have been the origin of the medicine ball were used by the father of medicine, Hippocrates himself in treating injuries. Medicine balls have been effective in increasing core strength of athletes looking for sport specific workouts.

The first step towards a successful medicine ball workout session is to select the right ball. Medicine balls are available in varying weights. Start by lifting the ball, if you can lift it very easily move to another. The goal is to select a ball which will slow down your motion considerably but not to the level of injury. There are innumerable exercises which can be performed with the medicine ball, but here are the top five exercises which will help you keep your entire body in shape.

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