Tongue tie Aftermath

My son was only 10 days old when he had a tongue tie release. He was not latching on properly and was losing weight since we were discharged home from the hospital. It was our pediatrician who first diagnosed him and referred us to an ENT for a second opinion. ENT confirmed and proceeded with…

4 common injuries of a new momma

Thumb sprain Repetitively picking your little one up can sprain your thumbs. What’s a sprain? Sprains occur when we overstretch our ligaments, since ligaments are noncontactile tissue, they don’t have extensibility. If you put excessive stress on them, some of the fibers will start tearing. That’s what we call a sprain. Once you sustain a…

Why even bother with drinking water?!!

Did you know 60% of our biosystem is water and maintaining adequate water intake is important for functioning? Lets start at the cellular level. We all know that cells are the building blocks of a organism that are organized in a functionally meaningful way. In order to burn energy (ATP), we need water. Looking at…

Patellar tendonitis: Jumpers knee

Patellar tendonitis aka jumpers knee is the tendonitis of the patella tendon. Looking at the anatomy of the knee, quadriceps start from your hip and inserts on your shin bone. Your knee cap bone aka patella in a free floating bone that is embedded in that tendon. The tendon junction between the patella and its…

Prevent neck and shoulder pain post crossfit

Crossfit is getting really popular for the past 10 years and as the interest from many people grows, there are many crossfit gyms that are opening in every corner. If you have never done it or not sure what it is, here is a little summary. What is crossfit? Crossfit combines many movement patterns together into…

ACL series: predisposing factors

There are many factors that can play role in an ACL injury. Looking at the big picture, we can classify these factors as; Extrinsic meaning factors outside of our body such as shoe wear, surface played etc. Intrinsic meaning factors inside of our body such as muscle strength, flexibility etc. We can further classify intrinsic…

ACL series: mechanism

ACL (Anterior cruciate ligamant) is one of the ligaments in the knee which prevents excessive shear forces to improve stability. The most common non-contact ACL injury mechanism includes a deceleration task with knee going into excessive extension and buckling in as the body shifts over the injured knee while the foot is fixed on the…

Gluteal spasm: can mimic herniated disc symptoms

Did you know one of your hip muscles can mimic herniated disc symptoms? Meet my patient – AJ. Of course, that’s not his real name, I got consent to share his story but still want to respect his privacy. I started treating AJ for his elbow and he was very happy with the results that…

The forgotten muscle: diaphragm

In school we all learnt that the diaphragm is the primary muscle for inspiration. Due to its large dome shape, it kind of looks like a parachute that separates your chest cavity from your abdomen. Proper breathing is very important due to its affects on blow flow to the tissue and the oxygenation. An efficient breathing…

Leg length discrepancy: found at fault for low back and lower leg pain

Did you know that 2/3 of our population actually suffer from some sort of leg length discrepancy?Interesting right?! In this blog, we will explore more about what leg discrepancy actually is, what the different types are as well as how to perform a quick self assessment to see if you have a leg length problem….

Preventing low back pain when lifting

Whether your job consists of lifting and packing or you are picking up groceries from the floor, using correct lifting biomechanics is very important when it comes to saving you from onset of back pain. There are three main factors that will help you achieve good lifting biomechanics: Core stability,  Gluteal and hamstring activation patterns…

Core strength and back pain

Common reasons to why we suffer from back pain are trauma, poor posture, poor lifting biomechanics, prolonged positions that pushes our body to its limits such as sitting 8 hours a day at work. Two types of injury that we clinically treat are acute and chronic injuries. Acute means a sudden injury that usually happened due to…