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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

Kinesio Taping Peroneal Tendon Sublaxtion

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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 to this fibrous tunnel. The peroneal tendons can snap out of place, elongate or tear.
An injury like this usually occurs in runners and individuals who take part in sport activities that force the foot up and in, like skiing, ice skating or soccer.

What is the main cause of peroneal tendon subluxation?

Often, the main cause of peroneal tendon subluxation is an ankle sprain that injures the ligaments on the outer edge of the ankle which can also damage the peroneal tendons.
A typical ankle sprain involves the foot rolling in, leading to the peroneals getting forcefully stretched, ripping the retinaculum that keeps these tendons positioned in the groove.

As a result, the tendons jump out of the grove – though they usually relocate by snapping back into place.Subluxation may begin much later and can be overlooked while treatment focuses on the injury to other ligaments in the ankle.
If not corrected, this snapping of tendons can become a chronic and recurring problem.

What is Kinesio Taping?

Kinesio taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. It offers support and stability to your affected joints and muscles without affecting the circulation and range of motion with the help of Kinesiology tape.

This method stems from the science of ‘Kinesiology’, the scientific study of human movements.
It was discovered that by using an elastic tape, muscles and tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs.

Initially, the only users of Kinesio Taping were orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other alternative medical practitioners. However, after being used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players word quickly spread to the other athletes and today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes all around the world.

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Protect Your Knee From Sports Damage

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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 in tears to the cartilage or ligaments in your knees.

Knee damage causes a lot of pain and plenty of physiotherapy. That is why it is best to avoid injuries by protecting your knee as much as you can.

Stretch

Warm ups and cool downs are important before and after you play the game, respectively. Stretching your muscles before and after a game makes them less susceptible to injury. They also gain the flexibility needed to protect your cartilages.

Practice your moves

Your coach is the best advisor to tell you how to play the game with minimum injuries. He will teach you how to run correctly, change directions correctly, kick the ball correctly and do everything in a way that puts least pressure on your knees.

Rest

If you are injured in any part of the body, take rest. An injury to another body part may change your body’s stance and may in turn lead to greater strain being applied to the knee.

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Groin Strain Rehabilitation with Injury Specific Treatment

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Groin Strain RehabilitationGroin strains occur more often than we would like to believe, and are usually accompanied by pain and restricted movement. Treatment for groin strain injuries aim to reduce initial pain and inflammation, improve flexibility and muscle conditioning, strengthen and support while gradually rehabilitating to full fitness. The severity of the strain injuries may dictate the rehabilitation program and one must get the correct diagnosis before choosing a treatment process.

Rehabilitation program for groin strain

Reducing pain and swelling – Complete rest with minimal activity is advised for at least 5 -7 days, but if pain persists, one must avoid exercise or activities for up to 3 weeks. Applying cold compress for 15 minutes every two hours for the first couple of day could help with the pain. Later, you can wear a compression support or apply a groin strapping to reduce the swelling, keep the muscles warm and give them support during stretching or training. With more severe pain, crutches may be required for 3 – 4 days. The leg may even need to be immobilized to prevent further injury. If advised by a professional, you may return to low level activities such as jogging, cycling or swimming after 14 days to prevent the muscles from tightening.

Improve flexibility Gentle stretching exercises may be done from day 3 as long as it does not cause pain. If pain persists, defer stretching exercises to after 2 weeks. Stretching exercises should be done at least three times during the early stages of recovery. Lightly massages of injured area using sports massage techniques can also be done 48 hours post injury, this will help to relax and loosen the muscle, prevent formation of scar tissue and encourage blood flow and healing of the muscle.

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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.

How does Kinesio Taping help with shoulder bursitis? Read more


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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Improving your Gait with Physiotherapy

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Treating Gait Impairments with Physical TherapyGait or walking process is a very complex task. The intricate movement sub-processes which are involved in getting you from point A to B are more complicated than you could ever imagine. Gait training has various purposes depending on the patient undergoing gait treatment. For athletes, gait training could be recuperating from a lower body injury or performance enhancing training. For patients with specific medical conditions, it could be just the ability to walk with normal movement.

What causes gait imbalance?
There are a few common causes of gait problems which includes diseases, accident related injuries or repeated usage of wrong footwear which alters gait. The most common cause of gait imbalance is a primary medical condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, arthritis, brain tumour, spinal cord compression and gout. Injury to the foot may cause an individual to develop an unusual swing in walking to avoid pain. This a major cause of temporary gait imbalance. Injury specific trauma and inflammation might cause temporary imbalance but neurological conditions often turn out to be long-term difficulties. Poor posture is another important factor causing gait issues.

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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