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Do You Have Arthritis? Here Is What We Encourage You To Do

If you think you have arthritis, know that you do, AND especially if you’ve been told that there is nothing that can be done- you need to watch this video!

Not All Pain is Arthritis

We know it’s easy to jump to conclusions and self diagnose yourself with having arthritis. But there are so many other things that can be causing your pain! Your pain could be coming from muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, fascia, nerves, etc. And MOST pain is coming from compensation patterns and imbalances. When muscles are tight or other muscles aren’t working, it pulls the joint in a funny way causing pain and causing wear and tear. So, consult with your healthcare provider before jumping to any conclusions.

Arthritis Can be Improved

And even if you know for sure that you do have osteoarthritis, it still doesn’t mean that you are doomed to always be in pain. As I explained above, because most pain stems from imbalances, and imbalances can be corrected! Therefore your pain can be either reduced or eliminated! That’s right… having arthritis does not mean that you will always be in pain!

Fun fact, if you were to do an MRI on a group of healthy and pain free individuals… you will likely find arthritis somewhere! But just because it shows up on a scan, does not mean that it will be causing them pain ( nor does it mean that it is going to get worse over time).

What is Arthritis

Just to be clear, we are speaking about osteoarthritis here ( not rheumatoid arthritis). Osteoarthritis is simply a wearing down of the cartilage within a joint. It is degeneration or ” wear and tear” but as I mentioned earlier… this is not a death sentence. Many people have degeneration within a specific joint and never even know it because they don’t feel any pain.

What Can Be Done

Athletic Therapy can help to resolve the imbalances and compensation patterns that have caused the pain within a joint. We will do a complete whole body assessment to pin point where the problems. And then, we will come up with a game plan to resolve them. This will likely include hands on techniques, stretches and strengthening exercises.

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Not sure about us just yet? That’s ok. We know that it can be hard to know who to trust in the health care system and we never want you to feel rushed in to making a decision if you just aren’t ready.

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Are you Frozen? Get out of the Physical and Mental Circle of Pain.

Dog looking out the window not wanting to go outside. Frozen. Excuses. Not wanting to be in pain

No, this is not another opportunity to complain about the weather or a Disney audition. We know that the world around us has changed drastically, yet it still feels like we are dealing with a lot of the same old problems. Pain, tension and feeling exhausted. Now add fear and uncertainty, which are huge triggers for anxiety, and we get a lot of frozen people. Stuck. Overloaded with information but unable to take action. Often our mental health and physical pain change together. As a result, your body seems to feel worse when you’re stressed. We need to talk about how we are going to use this time as an opportunity to conquer your pain and gain control of your mental health. This will contribute to making you a stronger person once this is over. Now grab a piece of paper because life is about to change.

Why Are You Frozen?

There is often a sense of hopelessness when we feel like we have tried everything or there is too much information going around. Maybe you have tried different forms of therapy and it did not seem to make a difference or you felt like you were being told to stretch all day every day in order to feel better. Pain still comes back and you’re frustrated. Although some of us may have more time than ever to do all these exercises, there is now an endless abundance of information and everyone seems to have an opinion on everything. This can be overwhelming and prevent you from taking action. I am here to tell you not to worry so much about doing everything perfectly and just DO something. My inner perfectionist is screaming but no one can truly change without being a bit uncomfortable.

How Do we Defrost?

Woman not taking time to defrost her windows in the winter. Mental circle

8 Steps to Conquer Your Pain and Regain Your Health

  1. Mindset

    Still don’t have the time or the energy to complete an overhaul on your life? That is ok! We could go through a lot of different exercises and talk about how there are endless methods to make you feel better but we’re going to start small. First, we have to get in the right mindset for change.

    Our brains adapt and change based on how we think, behave, and feel. This is an intro to neuroplasticity which shows new neurons and synapses form in response to our current habits and experiences. That is a topic for another day. I want you to write this down. “I will do one thing each day for myself because I deserve it”. Great! Even small changes can make a huge difference. Wayne Gretzky said “you miss 100% of the shots you do not take.” You do not have to be an athlete to understand he did pretty well. So focus on the small successes, like getting up and stretching between Netflix episodes or getting up every hour to move just because you can. Also check out our blog on how to maximize your TV time, without pain!

  2. Make a list

    So you have 99 problems and living the dream isn’t one. I get it! What I want you to do is write down 3 things that you are not enjoying on a day to day basis. Nagging neck pain? Headache? Digestive issues? That low back and hip tension you’ve had for 20 years. All the different things that you would be better without.

  3. Pick Your Priority

    Too many of us have an all or nothing mentality. That means if I can’t go to the gym I can’t work out or if I eat one cookie I might as well have 50 cookies. Remember, start small. I know you are super motivated and ready to conquer the world right now but let’s be realistic. What happens when you become more busy? This is something I want you to stick with. From your list lets focus on what would improve your life the most. What is limiting you?

  4. Find your Resources

    Context is key. If you are dealing with an injury it is important to have exercises that are tailored to you. This is where you might need extra help from your Athletic Therapist to discuss what exercises might be best for you at this time. Although there is a lot of great content out there, there is also a lot of misinformation which can be part of the reason why you became stuck in the first place. When in doubt, reach out! Check out our free content on Instagram and/or blog for injury-specific exercises. Therapists are also available for a Telehealth appointment.

  5. Make a schedule

    One of the reasons people do not complete what they set out to do is because there is not enough time. This may sound silly but researchers have found that one common thing most successful people in the world share is that they have a plan. We’re talking goal setting and a schedule down to 5-minute increments. Now I do not expect that from you, at least not yet. What I want you to do is write down a time each day that you can commit 30 minutes for yourself. Studies show the brain does best with at least 20 minutes per day of activity.

  6. Keep it Interesting

    Be willing to change it up. A lot of the time just moving is going to clear up a lot of different aches and pains. I am not saying that specific exercises are not needed to address your pain but sometimes we get bored. Above all, always resort to some kind of movement. Fun fact, exercise has some of the best supportive research in comparison to a lot of fancy machines used in some clinics. Try going for a walk or dancing with your kids. This is still going to help you with your goals.

  7. Add more Components

    30 minutes go by fast. Can we add another 5 minutes throughout the day for some you-time? I think so!

  8. Do Great Things

    This step is in here as a pat on the back because I already know you are going to do awesome!

Added Tips For Success

  1. Limit your screen time and interaction with the news. Check your screen time usage on your phone. I am sure we are both concerned about the amount. Try to designate only 1 hour to social media or to stay up to date with the news. Have to work on a computer? Every 20 mins look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds and stretch out. The great part of limiting your usage is you will have more time to take care of yourself and help improve your mental health.
  2. Drink more water! I know this is old news but water plays an important role in every system of your body and most of us don’t get enough of it.
  3. Set a timer so you stick to your schedule
  4. Get your rest! No system works alone. If you are tired how is your body supposed to have the energy to heal?

I am Still Lost.. Now what?

It is ok to feel lost at times as long as it is brief and not accompanied by feeling alone. Contact your Athletic Therapist and they will help you come up with a game plan to get you back on track. If you haven’t heard about our telehealth appointments check out this blog. For more information or to find out how we can help with your injury, ask to speak with a therapist below.

Written by Carly Kolesnik

Certified Athletic Therapist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Competitive Edge Sport Therapy

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What is Telehealth and how can it help you?

Telehealth is a new feature for us here at Competitive Edge and is our way to help you speak with a therapist and help give you some tools to keep you active and healthy in a variety of places! Telehealth is a way to help change up some of those exercises, modify current ones, and help target your aches and pains. Although you won’t be getting all of our hands on treatment we can help guide you through some gentle releases.

How does Telehealth work?

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We are being very creative with this method of communication. To help explain things better some of our therapists have incorporated some picture references and even some skeletons into the mix (don’t worry Skully is plastic). This helps make this experience educational and uniquely tailored to you! We realized that during this time that we needed to do something to help people because let’s be honest, your pain doesn’t go away when a pandemic hits!

What are the benefits of Telehealth you may ask?

1) You get to speak with an expert!
2) You can work on yourself and your pain from the comfort of your home!
3) We can empower you to use your hands to get some relief!
4) You get some great education about your injury and your body
5) You can do this anywhere! (Hopefully with an internet connection of course)

So, what’s the difference?

In contrast with getting treatment we wouldn’t have access to our hands on approach for an assessment. However, with Telehealth we get to look at how you move and give you some guidance from what we can see. Telehealth is a great way to stay connected and keep up with your exercises and change things up as needed. Also, this will be a great tool for people to use if they are traveling and run into a bit of a rut, or if you are sick and can’t make it in for your appointment (when we are back up and running). This will help to keep you on the right track to getting better!

If you have an ache or a pain that you are currently dealing with and think Telehealth is a good option for you don’t be afraid to schedule something in with one of our therapists to see how creative we can be!

Written by: Michelle Gaudet

Certified Atheltic Therapist

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Snap, crackle, pop: Shedding light on joint noises and arthritis

Everyone has experienced cracking sounds coming from one of their joints but should we be alarmed when it does happen? Many people tend to associate joint cracking with an injury such as arthritis for example but the research behind the anatomy and physiology of the human body demonstrates that there’s more to it.

 

According to research, the most common explanation for joint audible sounds results from cavitation which is when gas bubbles break the fluid barrier in our joints. This is a normal process called articular release and it occurs throughout the body either audibly or silently.

 

 
So why do some people like going to their Chiropractor to get their back “cracked” but others fear any noise coming from their joints and assume there’s an injury present? It comes down to education and being aware of normal physiological events that need to occur in our body.

 

Why Pain & Cracking Means Athletic Therapy

The most important aspect to remember when it comes to joint sounds is if there’s a presence of pain associated with the “cracking”. In this case, it could potentially indicate a sign of arthritis where the cartilage is worn down and allows the bones to rub together. If this is something that you’re experiencing, an Athletic Therapist can help alleviate your pain and put together a personalized rehabilitation program for you to be able to function on a day to day basis without being in constant agony.

 

To sum everything up, if you experience joint sounds don’t automatically assume the worst. Try to determine if there’s a cause to the articular release and be aware of any pain associated to it first – don’t jump to the conclusion that its arthritis.

 

When in doubt, book an appointment with an Athletic Therapist to determine if your joint sounds are a physiological event or an injury and how we can work together to ensure your health and well-being is at an optimal level.

 

Written by Marilyne Doucet
Certified Athletic Therapist
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Chronic Pain: Progress not Perfection

Do you have a chronic injury that is tying you down and limiting you from doing everything you love? Don’t worry, we are here to help you through that journey!

Many people come to us when their body finally says it has had enough. This means they are in a state of dysfunction, what does that mean? Essentially, the body has taken enough strain from our daily compensation patterns that we have adapted to as a result of pain in one or multiple regions in the body. When we reach that state is when we begin to have chronic issues where we have to change our regular methods of doing one activity so that we can still do it if this continues to happen eventually we sometimes have to eliminate those activities altogether. Who wants to do that?

What do I do?

Get assessed by someone with the knowledge and skills to help you get better! It seems obvious right? By asking a full history of questions related to the injury, assessing the injury as a whole and providing feedback we can work together in helping get you better and provide some education to shed some light on the problem at hand. This is why we are always asking you about some of those injuries you thought were maybe minor back in the day, or sometimes even relating back to when you were born! Sometimes we have been dealing with and adapting to these changes for quite a while throughout the course of our lives. 

Progress Not Perfection With Athletic Therapy 

This is a quote I find quite profound when it comes to the recovery process. Many people constantly strive for perfection and want to be the best they can be. Well, as we know the recovery process is not always a straight line so, sometimes we can’t get perfection right from day one. That’s why progress is so important. Like I said above, the body has adapted for a period of time therefore, it would only make sense that it is going to also take time to correct that change. You may not be 100% back at all your activities after your first appointment but, we can definitely help get you closer to those activities with a little time and patience. For example, if your goal is to get back to running pain-free for 5km an Athletic Therapist will help you get there. We will set out a plan with different milestones to hit along the way until that 5km dream is now a possibility! You probably won’t get there in one shot but, with a little help and some time we can get you back to the activities you love the most!

It’s not always an easy road to recovery but, with some help we can help you reach your goals and get back to all of your activities. There may be some speed bumps along the way, just know this is perfectly natural. Sometimes old injuries rear their ugly heads as we fix others. We would love to help you progress effectively and return safely to all your activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Michelle Gaudet

Certified Athletic Therapist

Competitive Edge Sport Therapy

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Gettin’ on my Nerves!

The nervous system is an interesting interconnected system. Even though our injuries may not present with the normal burning and tingling sensations that generally stem from a nerve injury there can still be a restriction. This creates neural tension in the system, and can sometimes make us feel “weaker”.

What Do Your Nerves Do?

Your nerves have three properties that they need to achieve, including slacking, tensing and gliding. When one of these three properties gets affected we start to see compensations start to arise. If your nerve is constantly being pulled on (getting tensed) it can’t slack, and on the same note, it’s probably not gliding very well either. Nerves can get stuck in what we call, an “interface”. Now you’re probably thinking what the heck is an interface? This means that there is a restriction whether it be a joint, muscle, or ligament, somewhere along the nerves pathway that is blocking the full gliding properties of the nerve through its full range of motion. For example, if you’re having some unexplained foot pain and there has been no direct injury to the foot it may be because there is a neural restriction that has been caused further up the kinetic chain. This is why your therapist will ask you how is your low back or hip because, if we look at the full length of the lower extremity that is the likely spot where that problem could have started from, so we are doing our due diligence to find the root cause!

What Technique Works Best?

A technique I like to use to help with relieving neural tension is Neuromeningeal Manipulation. What exactly is that? It’s a technique used to work directly on the nervous system, specifically with the meninges of the brain, a structure within the brain tissue. The nervous system is a complex system which starts at the top level so, often we find that issues of the lower body are highly connected with the head. This specific technique works with Whiplash related injuries and areas that have a neural restriction as it relates to chronic and acute injuries. One of the main structures I focus on while using this technique is the Rectus Capitus Posterior Minor, a small muscle located at the base of the skull that connects directly to the dura that runs the length of the spine. It can be nicknamed the RCMP because it generally will tell you where the trauma occurred and helps direct the method of treatment. It will detect the “bad guy”, the cause of the injury, whether it be focused at the head or at the lower extremity. This technique is effective for a variety of injuries including concussion, whiplash injuries, nerve related injuries, headaches/migraines, and chronic injuries (shoulder, low back, hip, etc.); to name a few. If this sounds like you then, don’t let those nerves be a pain!

If you’ve got some nerve (pain) or maybe just an unresolved injury get the help you need! After all, we want to help you feel your best and help you glide through life with ease!

 

By Michelle Gaudet

Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)

Competitive Edge Sport Therapy

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8 Tips for Staying Active While Injured

One of our pet peeves is when someone is told to do nothing when they are injured; just to go home and sit on the couch and hope that by some miracle, their injury will heal.  But for a lot of us – we don’t want to just do nothing, and for a lot of injuries, the “rest method” isn’t enough.

At Competitive Edge, we believe in helping you stay active during your recovery. The body needs movement! So here are our 8 tips for staying active when you are injured.

1.) Nothing should be painful!

You heard us. So stop being silly and macho. Pushing through the pain will not – I repeat – WILL NOT lead anywhere good. You will only aggravate the injury, cause inflammation, delay the healing process, or cause additional compensation patterns in the area which leads to further injury down the road.

Listen to your body. If a particular movement or activity is painful – don’t do it. Find a modification or alternative activity that you can participate in without pain.

2.) Do your rehab

Just do it. If you made an effort and spent the money to see an expert to help you in your recovery – do what they tell you to do. Create a routine and make a habit. Add it in throughout the day either in a work-out or a break at work – anywhere! Just do your darn injury rehab!

3.) Change your focus

Now that you are recovering, your focus might not be on setting any PB’s or PR’s or whatever you want to call them.  But the physical activity you get can still be meaningful! Focus on things that will aid your recovery like working on flexibility and mobility, strengthening in different ways, participating in fun, new, pain-free activities, etc. Now is your chance to experiment! Enjoy the change. Cross training will only make you better once you return to your primary exercise.

4.) Core, Core, Core

It’s your foundation after all. Having a strong core and good control over your pelvis and spinal movements and good body awareness will not only help throughout your recovery, but it will also help prevent future injuries down the road and make you stronger and healthier overall.

5.) Progress Slowly

We’ve all done it or known someone who has. You’re recovering from an injury and trying to get back into your activity. You are giving it a shot and guess what – no pain! So you put more weight on, or you go faster or harder or longer, and you only feel a little bit of pain. But boy do you feel it the next day, and it’s not an “it’s-so-good-to-work-out” feeling.

When you are reintroducing or progressing certain activities, add a little on each day as you are able. You need 24-36 hours to know how your body will respond, so progress slowly. We know you are eager to be back to 100%, but it’s not worth setting yourself back weeks in your recovery. Be patient and progress slowly.

6.) Controlled movements only!

You might think, “well it’s a neck injury – I can still do jump squats, right?” NO! Fast, powerful or complex movements use your whole body! Change them out for slow, controlled movements that allow you to work on isolation; this ensures you won’t accidentally cause pain or aggravate your injury.

 

7.) Stick with it!

Remember that the moment you stop feeling pain, or the first day you can do an activity you couldn’t before, does not signal the end of your recovery. Though you might be feeling a bit better, don’t stop yet! The last thing you want is to be making good progress and to get to about 80%, stop doing your exercises, cancel all of your athletic therapy appointments and next thing you know you’re back in pain and down to 40% again. Stick with it! Finish your injury rehab and recover all the way to 100%.

8.) Focus on Form

If you haven’t been cautious of your form before now, you definitely should start.  Having proper form means that you are strengthening the body in the right way, using the right muscles and reducing the unnecessary strain on muscles and stress on joints. If you’re not sure if you’ve got adequate form or not – talk to an expert. Your Athletic Therapist or physiotherapist should be able to help you with this but when in doubt, speak with a personal trainer or strength coach( bonus points for one that is familiar with post-rehab training!)

 

So go ahead, have fun! Recovering does not have to mean laying around and wasting away. Just be smart and let us know how it’s going!

 

Written by Lindsay Langlais (Ibey)

Certified Athletic Therapist

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Muscle Soreness vs. Injury Pain

As your Athletic Therapist, we ask about your pain a lot. We use your pain scale as a diagnostic tool, to help us create your individualized treatment plan, as a progression marker and as a guide to create the most effective rehab exercises for you. But there are two general types of pain you may be feeling, one good and one bad.

The type of pain you may be feeling that is actually telling us we are going in the right direction and that you are doing your exercises properly is called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS for short. This is the type of pain that you experience after a workout, the type of soreness that you feel in your quads after leg day or that makes your arms feel like Jell-O after an upper body work out. The rehab exercises we give you in the clinic are generally targeting one muscle group of individual muscle that may be weak or that may be firing incorrectly therefore the soreness you feel after doing your exercises may feel like they are in a very precise location. We do not want you to mistake this soreness for injury pain. This soreness is good and means you are doing your exercises properly and working the correct muscles we want you to.

The soreness that comes along with DOMS usually appears the day after you exercise that muscle and gets to its worst on day 2 after the exercise. This pain comes from tiny micro-tears in the muscle fibers. This is a normal process that must occur to build muscle. These small tears send messages to the brain that the muscles weren’t quite strong enough and they start to build more muscle.

On the other hand there is injury pain. This type of pain can range anywhere from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain and could feel very pin point or could feel like it is coming from a larger area. This type of pain potentially indicates that some type of tissue is damaged. This type of pain is sometimes associated with inflammation where you will see swelling or feel heat in the area. This is the type of pain we are interested in to keep our treatment plan on the right track.

 

Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between the two but here are a few ways to tell the difference. Muscle soreness will get worse if you use the muscle that is sore. It will also feel worse if you stretch that muscle, it may feel very tight and you might have less range of motion than normal. Muscle soreness is usually not felt when you are at rest and not using or stretching that muscle. Muscle soreness usually comes on within several hours of the workout or exercise and is at its worst 24 hours after. After these 2-3 days the muscle soreness should subside. If your pain doesn’t fit into this category it is most likely coming from your injury!

Written by Brodie Lefaivre, Certified Athletic Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are struggling with an injury that just won’t go away, try something new. Book in to see one of our Athletic Therapists to get you feeling 100% and back to the activities you love. Call or book online!

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Neuromening-what?! Rehabilitation for Nerve Injuries

‘Many of you might be wondering what I was doing in London England the other week. I was taking a specialized course called “Neuromeningeal Manipulation. That’s a big fancy word that basically is all about nerve mobility. Our nerves need to be able to slide and glide. When they don’t, we experience symptoms such as burning, achy pain, stiff joints, headaches, neck pain, numbness, tingling, among other stuff. That course was all about getting nerves their proper mobility back. It is a very gentle technique, that is pain-free. I recently had a patient to who had been concussed, and came to me with a 7/10 headache, pressure in her head, neck pain, and a plethora of other symptoms.
I found that the bones in the front of her head had shifted, causing a decrease in nerve mobility. After a couple sessions working through the bones in her skull and surrounding nerves, she is now 100% symptom free and back to full activity.

 

After any type of trauma, some of your symptoms might be from secondary reactions. That means that even if you have something that “can’t be fixed” like arthritis, concussions, degenerative disk disease, or other such conditions, we can still reduce or eliminate the secondary factors causing pain and symptoms. Don’t just live in chronic pain, see if an athletic therapist can help.

Written by Micah Reim, Certified Athletic Therapist

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At Competitive Edge Sport Therapy your recovery is our concern. We will provide caring and professional sports injury rehabilitation in our one hour appointments, one on one with your athletic therapist. We want to help you get back to full health and enjoying the activities you love to do.
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