Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are a group of common disorders that affect millions of people each year. Although commonly occurring, TMD is actually a very complex problem. Individuals suffering from TMD may experience similar symptoms, but the affected anatomical structures and causes of this condition may vary from person to person. The good news is that this complex problem can often be treated effectively, especially if one is willing to take the time to properly eval
MANUAL THERAPY OPTIONS FOR OA Effective manual therapy techniques, such as Motion Specific Release (MSR), can play a significant role in reducing pain and increasing function in patients suffering from hip and knee osteoarthritis. The goal of manual therapy is to increase joint motion that has been lost, reduce the stress on articular cartilage, and enhance joint kinematics (kinematics is the study of the relative motion between two consecutive segments of the human body). Al
Hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) are two of the most common musculoskeletal conditions we see in our clinical practice. Considering its high prevalence in our society, it is not surprising that OA is the leading cause of disability in our aging population. Up to 40% of the population suffer from OA between the ages of 45-55, and by the time we reach the age of 75, over 80% of the population has OA. (1) On a personal level, OA of the hip is something that I have a lot experien
Did you ever think about why our gluteal muscles, especially our gluteus maximus muscle, evolved into such a large strong muscle as compared to other animals? The answer is quite simple, and it has to do with our bipedal locomotive system. We stand on two legs! Because we walk on two legs instead of four we need strong, power gluteal muscles for optimum function. Without strong activated gluteal muscles we lose a lot of our core stability and run the risk of multiple injuries
Cuboid Syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain. Unfortunately, this syndrome is not well-recognized by the majority of medical practitioners. Cuboid Syndrome also goes by several other names: subluxated cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome, and lateral plantar neuritis. Approximately 7% of the population experience Cuboid Syndrome after an ankle sprain. Within the dance community (especially ballet dancers), this syndrome is much more prevalent, rising up t
If you know a dancer, then you may have heard them complaining about medial ankle pain or pain on the bottom of the foot (often due to an injury to the flexor hallucis longus (FHL) muscle). Injury to the FHL muscle is also known as “Dancer’s Tendonitis”, but don’t let that name fool you because this injury is not limited to just dancers. This injury commonly affects runners, soccer players, and any other athlete who performs repeated, propulsive activities, such as jumping. T
Improving joint mobility is critical if you are going to address the body's full kinetic chain. In fact, we are greatly reducing the effectiveness of any myofascial technique if we don’t address restrictions in joint mobility. Joint mobilization, or manipulation, is powerful!
Its effects can be divided into two primary categories mechanical, and neurophysiological. Although each of these subjects could fill several textbooks, we will try and mention just a few key points i