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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.

Check out some of our client success stories HERE

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?

what the heck is Telehealth?!

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

Athletic Therapy Blog

What the heck is ATHLETIC therapy?

What kind of therapy?Athletic Therapy???

So you’ve probably heard that Competitive Edge has opened up a satellite location in Spectrum Therapeutics offering Athletic Therapy in South Calgary!

“Great- sounds awesome- what do they do?”

“They are Athletic Therapists”

what the heck is athletic therapy?!

So What Does An Athletic Therapist Do?

Athletic Therapists specialize in injuries. And the Competitive Edge team is all about finding the root cause of your injury so we can kick it to the curb once and for all!

Is An Athletic Therapist Kind of Like a Physiotherapist?

Athletic Therapy is the most similar to physiotherapy but more specialized (and an entirely separate profession!) . We go to school for the same length of time but instead of learning numerous topics, we focus on injuries to muscles, bones, joints , nerves, concussions, etc. We spend an entire hour one on one with you, providing hands on treatment to uncover and correct the root cause of your injury ( it might not be what you think! Check out this article if you don’t believe me). We also give you specialized exercises to do from home to help speed up the recovery process and to decrease your pain in the mean time! Our overall goal is not just to get you well enough to go from point A to B. We want to get you back to doing everything you LOVE to do; without ever hesitating again!

So if you’ve been struggling with an injury, ache or pain that you just can’t get rid of and you’re sick of letting in run your life! Come see an Athletic Therapist and see how a new approach might be exactly what you need!