Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain

Your Jaw – the Temporomandibular Joint Painful joints frequently frustrate patients — they are unable to do what they want, when they want, or how they want to do so. But in my experience, the most frustrated patients do not have a sore neck, back, shoulder, or knee. No, the most frustrated patients present with Read more about Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain[…]

A Simple Exercise for Your Neck Pain

EXERCISES FOR MY… NECK? Our neck is extremely adaptive. Look up and down, left and right, or any combination of those movements and you get a sense of just how much freedom of movement we have. But as with any body part, using it in a similar ways consistently leads to adaptive changes. Consider “text Read more about A Simple Exercise for Your Neck Pain[…]

Migraine Headaches

How do I know if I have a migraine? Migraines are an awful, unwanted condition that nobody wants to experience. They can be short-lived (a few hours) or persistent (multiple days!).  Depression, irritability, neck stiffness, visual flashes of light, pins and needle sensations, sensitivity to sound and light, nausea and vomiting, and of course, severe Read more about Migraine Headaches[…]

The Rotator Cuff – What is it?

Shoulder Anatomy The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that make up part of your shoulder (see Figure 1). These muscles each attach to the shoulder blade (scapula) at one end, and the top of the arm (humerus) at the other. Three of these muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor) are located at the back Read more about The Rotator Cuff – What is it?[…]

Carrying Objects – One Hand or Two?

Infographic – Carrying Objects   People often wonder what kind of daily activities could impact them long-term — and the simple answer to that type of questions is: all of them. Here is an example of something to that effect. Carrying objects is an extremely common activity. We pick things up, we put them down. Read more about Carrying Objects – One Hand or Two?[…]

Pt Q’s: Importance of Movement

Q: Why do you keep stressing the need to move around so often?  Why Movement is Important to Keep your Joints Healthy Movement is important — or as might be better understood, a lack of movement is potentially harmful. This is the foundation for concepts like “Sitting is the new smoking”, “Motion is Lotion“, and the “Move Read more about Pt Q’s: Importance of Movement[…]

Musculoskeletal Disorders and You

What is a Musculoskeletal Disorder? “Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders” make up most of what I treat. To borrow from Ergonomics Plus, this means “injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.)”. So back or neck pain, shoulder or hamstring strains, knee or ankle Read more about Musculoskeletal Disorders and You[…]

Utility of Advanced Imaging

Why your “problem” might not be your problem. Lots of different body regions can hurt (necks, shoulders, elbows, wrists, spines, hips, abdomens, groins, knees, ankles, etc.), and in cases where the discomfort starts limiting our lives, sometimes the next step to be recommended is to get “advanced imaging”. Advanced imaging is a term that encompasses Read more about Utility of Advanced Imaging[…]

Blue Jays and Power Days: A Comment on Core Stability

The Blue Jays find themselves in a deep hole in Major League Baseball’s ALCS playoff, down 3-1 in the best-of-7 series, so we’ll keep this post short-and-sweet (first pitch at 4:07pm!). Although a number of things need to go right for them to advance to the World Series, baseball is essential a simple game: make Read more about Blue Jays and Power Days: A Comment on Core Stability[…]

Sleep and Work Absence

Sleep. It is our dream box, our recovery centre, our personal matrix. Sleep is linked to improved memory, more efficient learning, and mood states. Lack of sleep is linked to worsening chronic pain, diminished health outcomes, and poor academic performance. Sleep, clearly, impacts our lives in many significant ways. So how should you make sense Read more about Sleep and Work Absence[…]