This is a good article on why our joints “pop” sometimes, and whether it’s a bad sign.
The team at Coach Hill Chiropractic & Sports Therapy is dedicated to raising awareness and donating time and funds to great causes. In the past year, we’ve supported charitable events benefiting organizations like the Kidney Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and the Calgary Marathon Society.
This year, Coach Hill Chiropractic & Sports Therapy has selected one local and one international charity to receive ongoing donations and support throughout the year. For 2015, we are proud to support Inn From the Cold and Opportunity International. Please read on to see how each organization has made a valuable difference in the field of poverty intervention and prevention. We hope that after reading about these wonderful causes, you will feel as passionately about them as we do.
Inn From the Cold
Inn From the Cold was founded 15 years ago and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of local community and business leaders. Inn From the Cold’s mission is to provide emergency shelter, support, and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need, with the goal of building healthy, stable families and ending homelessness. The foundation’s vision is for a community in which no family is homeless. The work of Inn From the Cold includes an emergency shelter, housing projects, and programs and partnerships aimed toward eliminating poverty and homelessness. For more information or to make a donation, please visit innfromthecold.org.
Founded in 1971, Opportunity International provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to over five million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in more than 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbours and build a safety net for the future. Opportunity International works to provide financial solutions and training, which empowers people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. The foundation’s vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose. For more information or to make a donation, please visit opportunityinternational.ca.
Whiplash, also known as cervical strain, is a soft tissue injury of the neck. It occurs when the neck has been vigorously jammed, rotated, flexed, or extended. Pain can occur anywhere from the base of the skull to the shoulder area. In sports, whiplash can occur when an athlete falls on their neck or head. Outside of sports, the most common cause of whiplash is a motor vehicle accident. Headaches are a common side effect that follows a whiplash injury.
Treatment Options: Treatment is customized based on the severity of the injury and symptoms, and can include soft tissue massage, Active Release Technique, electrical stimulation, IMS needling, and activity modification. Exercises to help strengthen cervical musculature and reestablish pain-free range of motion are important. In Alberta, anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident can be assessed for whiplash and may be entitled to up to 21 free treatments of chiropractic care, physiotherapy, or massage, based on the severity of their symptoms.
Here’s a great article on the benefits of massage, and the principals behind why it works for a variety of conditions. #SWCalgary #massage https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/02/12/massage-as-medicine
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a repetitive strain injury. Overuse of the tendons that flex your wrist causes a pulling near their insertion on the inside of the elbow joint. These muscles allow you to grip, rotate, and flex the wrist, which makes these activities painful once golfer’s elbow has set in. This condition does not only affect golfer’s, and is seen commonly in office workers or anyone that uses their forearms continuously for their job.
Treatment Options: Golfer’s elbow can take upwards of a year to heal without treatment, but most cases last about six months. With treatment, golfer’s elbow is typically better within a few weeks. Treatment options include IMS needling, Active Release Techniques, Shockwave therapy, and proper homecare and activity modification.
Coach Hill Chiropractic and Sports Therapy was proud to sponsor the annual REMAX Family Fun Day in an effort to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The event successfully took place on October 5, 2014 at the Calgary Soccer Centre.
The Achilles’ tendon is a large tendon that connects the calf to the heel bone. Sudden or profound increases in volume, intensity, and duration of work activities or exercises that stress the posterior leg and calf muscles can cause tiny injuries and micro-tears to the Achilles’ tendon resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness. Weakness of the Achilles’ tendon may also occur as a result of the micro-tears created by chronically tight and tense posterior leg muscles. Those with chronic, untreated Achilles tendonopathy may be more susceptible to Achilles’ tendon tearing or rupture.
IMS (needling) and Active Release Techniques can assist in repairing strained and inflamed tissue in the posterior leg. Taping can be used to relieve pain at the achilles tendon insertion. In the long term, postural corrections and rehabilitation are required to strengthen the gastrocs, soleus, and glute muscles to prevent undue strain on the achilles tendon.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain in active individuals. Typically, sharp pain presents at the heel and arch of the foot and it tends to be more intense on the first few steps out of bed in the morning. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fibrous connective tissue at the arch of the foot becomes irritated, inflamed, injured, and begins to thicken or degenerate. This process of irritation and injury at the plantar fascia is caused by chronic overuse and repetitive strain of the structures and posterior leg and foot.
Plantar fasciitis responds well to Graston Technique, Active Release Techniques, Shockwave Therapy, and rehabilitation. Our physiotherapist is trained in taping, which can help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis. Home care, including specific stretches and footwear recommendations, are very important in not only fixing plantar fasciitis but preventing it from recurring.
On the 5th and 6th of September, Dominic Young RMT had the opportunity to volunteer his massage therapy skills at the Kidney Foundation’s 5th annual Kidney March. This year, 300 marchers walked 100 km over three days through Alberta’s K-Country and Foothills region. Each marcher had committed to raising a minimum of $2200 in the fight against kidney disease. This year’s march raised over $650000!
Dominic and other volunteer massage therapists provided 20-minute on-site massages to marchers as they arrived at their camp at the end of their first and second days of walking. Approximately 150 marchers per day received massage treatments! Dominic looks forward to volunteering at the Kidney March in 2015 as well.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the wrist extensors. Pain is felt either at rest, while gripping, twisting, lifting, or when extending the wrist. It can be caused by racket sports, or strenuous everyday activities that involve twisting the forearm repetitively. Tennis elbow is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 30 and 60, and is equally common between men and women. Micro tears in the extensor muscles near their insertion is the underlying cause of pain, and the tears can take over a year to heal without treatment.
There are a variety of treatment options for tennis elbow. On the chiropractic side, Active Release Techniques, Graston, and IMS (needling) are often enough to fix tennis elbow within a couple of weeks. For cases where that therapy falls short of completely resolving the issue, Shockwave Therapy has also been shown to effectively treat tennis elbow.
Physiotherapy is another effective avenue for tennis elbow sufferers. Manual therapy combined with specific stretching and strengthening protocols can be of great benefit in resolving tough cases. As with the chiropractic course of treatment, Shockwave can also be helpful.