Foot types and proper footwear

Our feet go through a lot everyday as the forces exerted by the body during walking can increase up to 1.5 times and up to 3 times during running. Add in 10,000 steps during a typical day while (possibly) wearing ill-fitted shoes – its no wonder we want to put up our feet at the end of the day. Knowing your foot type is critical to finding the right shoe […]

The benefits of stretching

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis – When Pain Does Not Mean Gain

What is rhabdomyolysis? Rhabdomyolysis refers to the disintegration of muscle, due to the breakdown of individual muscle cells and the contents of the cell being released into circulatory system or bloodstream. One of the key compounds released is myoglobin, a protein that has an oxygen carrying capacity.  The unusually high levels of myoglobin in the bloodstream burden the kidneys and the potential for acute renal failure can occur.  Common situations […]

Sarcopenia – The Osteoporosis Of Our Muscles

WHAT IS SARCOPENIA? Sarcopenia is the age-related loss of muscle fibres (i.e. a decrease in mucle mass or lean body tissue) and strength.  Sarcopenia is sometimes described as the osteoporosis of our muscles and is a contributor to falls, frailty, and mortality. WHY SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED? If in your retirement and older years you would you like to, Be living in your own home? Travel? Be actively involved in […]

The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that can reduce stress and contribute to overall well-being. Advocates believe that it has both preventative and remedial effects. Shiatsu, literally means finger pressure. It is a form of traditional Japanese massage that works on the energy lines (meridians) in the body to bring about balance (health) and peace of mind. The practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and even feet at times to work […]