Category Archives: Muscle Strain

Soft Tissue Release – Tri City Physiotherapy

What is Soft tissue release? Soft tissue release is a therapy where pressure is applied on a muscle or connective tissue during movement to fascilitate a stretch or lengthening of tissue. To maximize effect, the pressure is moved during the stretch to release different parts of the mucle or connective tissue. Why soft tissue release? The benefits include increases in venous and lymphatic drainage, increasing fluid absorption, mobilizing adhesions, breaking up scar tissue and helping overall collagen flexibility. In all, soft tissue release combines stretch and massage which together have better effect on decreasing the size of the scar/painful area and helps organize the direction of the fibres which ultimatley lessens strain. The technique is rhythmic, relatively gentle and takes place in multiple planes to help create a greater range of motion overall. Still confused or scared it will hurt? Good youtube...

Can Physiotherapy Help Avoid Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery?

The shoulder requires alot of mobility to function which can make it unstable and prone to injuries. Overtime, this amount of mobility can lead to muscle and tendon injuries named rotator cuff tears. Rotator cuff tears are common and thousands of surgeries are performed to repair them every year. Despite emerging techniques, many of these surgeries continue to have high failure rates and although many factors are associated with these rates, rehabilitation has been advocated as a first line of defense by many to avoid surgery. Physiotherapy for Rotator Cuff Tears A recent study published in the

Diagnostic Imaging: Is “degeneration” or “arthritis” relevant to pain or well-being?

Here are some interesting facts: The Neck: An MRI study of healthy adults and seniors found that 98% of all the men and women with no neck pain had evidence of "degenerative changes"in their neck. (1) The Mid Back: An MRI study of healthy adults with no history of upper or low back pain found that 47% had disc degeneration,53% had disc bulges and 58% had disc tears in their thoracic spine. (2) The Low Back: Lumbar disc degeneration is present in 40% of individuals under the age of 30 and present in over 90% of those between the ages of 50-55.(3) The Knee: Up to 85% of adults with no actual knee pain have x-rays that show knee arthritis. (4) The Foot: 32% of people with no foot or heel pain have a heel spur visible on x-ray.(5) The Shoulder: MRI studies of adults who have...