Ultimate Sports Therapy – Frozen shoulder

April 18, 2011

Frozen shoulder aka adhesive capsulitius   is a painful shoulder and arm condition that tends to affect women between the ages of 40-70. It is called this not because it makes you feel cold, but frozen and stiff in the sense of a frozen statue!  It can resolve on its own in two years, but several studies have shown it can affect people for 5- 10 years.  It generally happens in 3 stages. The first is the acute or “freezing” the shoulder is very painful and you are unable to move it much, if at all. The second is the “frozen” stage- lasting roughly 4-12 months-where the arm increases in motion, there is less pain, but there are adhesions within the joint capsule itself. The most notable area of adhesion is the biceps tendon with the subscapularis (the back of your rotator cuff) tendon. This results in the rotator cuff muscles adhering to the glenoid rim- the part of the shoulder blade that is attaches to the humerus    ( arm bone) . Causing the joint to thicken and tighten the third is the “thawing phase” or chronic stage, where motion and function returns, however full motion entirely may not be regained. There is no longer pain at nighttimes.

What causes Frozen Shoulder?? In some cases, maintaining a hyperkyphotic posture (the position of sitting at a computer all day, taking care of babies or aging parents) can cause an alteration of the scapuohumeral (the shoulder blade and your arm) alignment.   Systemic medical conditions seem to predispose people to it- such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, and Parkinsons

It is important to seek treatment in the acute phase as soon as possible as this corresponds heavily to the recovery time required. I have treated several clients in the past with this condition successfully, by giving clients a compressive treatment plan.

Book your appointment today to see how I can help you!

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/massage-therapist.html

Jennifer J. Lamore, BAA, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist Toronto & Mississauga, Ontario

Ultimate Sports Therapy – Tools of the Trade: Visceral/Organ Treatment

April 18, 2011

Tools of the Trade: Visceral/Organ Treatment

I’ve mentioned in earlier writings that there are areas of the body quite far away from the symptom area that could be the cause of the symptoms.  One of the most common findings is that there is an organ such as the intestines or liver that is out of proper position causing joint pain.  Let me explain.

Everyone knows that each joint in the body has a specific range of motion.  The knee joint moves forward and back, the ankle makes circles, the jaw moves up and down, etc.  Each of these joints can only move so far though.  This is the “range” of motion.

What needs to be understood is that each organ, just like each joint, has a range of motion.  For example, the pancreas rolls forward and back, the lungs rotate outwards like cylinders, and the small intestines rotate left and right like the face of a clock.   Every single organ has a very specific movement because of the way it is attached to the body.  The ligaments that hold the organ in place also create the axis at which the organ can move.  Picture the handle of a pail.  Because of the way the handle attaches at both sides of the pail, it allows a swinging motion of the pail forward and back, similar to the knee joint.  Using that example, the liver has two ligament attachments on either side of it connecting it to the diaphragm called the “triangular ligaments”, so guess how the liver moves?  Exactly, just like the pail.  But, because there are also attachments from the liver to the stomach beside it, it also does a little side bending motion at the same time.  You can picture that, can’t you.

Now imagine if someone were playing a sport like hockey and were checked into the boards on their right side.  That liver would be taking a huge impact since it sits just inside the lower right rib cage.  The ligaments that hold the liver in place can be sprained and strained, just like any other ligaments.  The ligaments get very tight, and begin to hold the liver in the wrong position.  You can see where this is going.  This is where visceral/organ techniques come into play, and are literally life changing.  Correcting the position and movement of the organs dramatically effects how well the person is living.

Picture a car accident.  You don’t feel it at first, but the next few days are very painful, and sometimes you just never feel quite the same.  Picture the seat belt.  Picture the way it crosses your chest and across your abdomen.  Now, imagine the force on the lungs, heart, stomach, liver, intestines when you are in an accident.  Literally every organ receives some impact in a car accident.  Now, this is much better than no seat belt at all obviously.  But the seat belt can cause organs to be shifted out of place and visceral ligament to be sprained and strained.

Another example is a case of “hiatus hernia”.  This is when a piece of the upper stomach is caught in the diaphragm.  I can’t tell you how many successful cases of hiatus hernia I have treated using visceral techniques.  No more heart burn, no more indigestion, and best of all, no surgery!

The last example I will leave you with is one that still astounds even me.  You see, through my studies professors would tell us that by correcting the position of the organs, you will help the body to balance itself hormonally.  Many of the organs produce or synthesize hormones, so sure, this made sense, but I didn’t understand the amount of influence I could make until I stated using these techniques in my practice.  I have helped women with menopause by dramatically cutting down their hot flashes from 8-10 a day to 1-2 a day, I have helped extreme migraine cases where hormonal imbalance was the cause, and I have even helped women become pregnant who never thought they could by correcting the position and motion of the uterus and reproductive system.  This is by far the greatest gift Osteopathy has given me, and it has turned into a passion.

Simply put, Visceral Techniques are extremely safe and gentle, yet yield powerful results in every patient.  It is often the cause of joint pain, internal dis-ease, and hormonal imbalance.

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer

Ultimate Sports Therapy – Sports Therapist Carolyn Zepf discusses UST’s Health Assessment

March 24, 2011

There are a number of factors that can hold one back from resolving pain in their body, but many people have not been educated to understand what could be holding them back.   With limited time, energy and money most people decide it is too hard or impossible to find a solution to their pain.  So in many cases, people will just live with their pain and except it as “the way it will always be”!
When I see patients who have lived with their pain for years I always find numerous challenges with their alignment, walking patterns and posture.  This happens because they obviously wanted to reduce their pain and compensated by moving into positions where there was no pain.    Anyone who has had the “pleasure” of experiencing a painful condition can attest to this.  But, we have to consider that after only a few days of compensating for a painful condition your nervous system remembers this poor compensated patterns of movement and recognizes it as “normal”.  This continues even well after your pain is resolved and you have resumed your everyday activities.    An example would be someone continuing to walk with a limp after a painful condition in their lower body is no longer an issue.
At Ultimate Sports Therapy our health assessment is two hours in length and includes lifestyle questions on eating, sleeping, hydration, exercise habits and recognition of physical, mental and emotional stressors.  We take pictures from a front, back and side view.  We assessment the inner and outer unit of the core, do flexibility index test to determine tissue type, test the range of motion at every joint as well as a primal pattern analysis i.e. squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, bend, walking, jogging, sprinting and yes in some cases when needed even a crawling movement assessment.
After the Health Assessment has been completed, we chart the information, download the pictures and make notes on what was found during the assessment and what will need further investigation and treatment.  Once this is done, we have you come back in and review what we have found through your assessment.  Educating you through this process with the help of your pictures and results to reference.  This educational visit is called a results session.  During the results session we encourage you to ask questions to gain greater insight into your condition.  We also outline a program that we feel will best resolve main concerns and underline issues that are causing dysfunction.  The program may include a personalized periodized exercise program, eating plan, treatment plan, life coaching …

If you are living with pain and want to find a solution to your pain, come in and receive a full assessment. If you book one now you will receive a results session for FREE

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/sports-therapy.html

Carolyn Zepf
osteopathy (current study) & Certified Sports Therapist, Keynote & Professional Speaker

Ultimate Sports Therapy – Sports Massage Therapist Jennifer Lamore discusses hypermobility

March 24, 2011

Hyper -what?  Being prone to sports injuries:  sprains, and the pains getting on your nerves.

I would definitely say that at least ten percent of my clients suffer from the consequences of hypermobility. Seven of those due to body type, and three percent because they were pregnant or are currently.

The definition is an increased range of motion (ROM) at a joint. This can occur in one spot or be an overall condition.  Hypermobility can be graded by utilizing a point system that measures the flexibility of specific joints called The Brighton Scale- to determine the extent of their  Hypermobility.  I use it when I suspect someone’s discomfort or injury may be due to this condition.

They may be further at risk for musculoskeletal symptoms and injuries such as   sprains, tendinitis, and nerve entrapments (like carpal tunnel syndrome). Of these approximately five percent of these present with Hypermobility Syndrome- muscle and joint pain, tendonitis, hyperextensible skin, and structural heart problems.  Women and children tend to be more susceptible than men, especially when pregnant. This is due to the fact that a hormone named relaxin is released during pregnancy to allow the joints and ligaments to help with the labour and delivery of the child. This hypermobility remains noticeable in the pelvis, ankle and feet.
Also certain other conditions predispose people to Hypermobility. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA- an autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints causing inflammation and breakdown of connective tissues) results in Hypermobility of the affected joints. Ehlers-Danolos Syndromes is an inherited disorder that are hallmarked by overall excessive joint hypermobility often to the point of dislocations. Those  that have Marfans syndrome-generally unusually tall and thin body types-where elastin (the protein that is found in connective tissue)-  is fragmented, characterized  by  symptoms ranging from eye and to heart problems.

Other causes of hypermobility would be due to occupation or activity- such as an acrobatics or gymnast, Compensation due to lack of motion elsewhere in the body, or trauma to a joint- such as an ankle sprain. This can result in sore and tight muscles as they rally to hold the joint together in an attempt to compensate for the lack of stability formerly provided by the ligaments that have overstretched. The joint capsule itself can become overstretched. This is why strengthening and always maintaining that muscle strength becomes important, and where I evaluate the clients’ relative strength and provide appropriate exercise.

If you suspect you suffer from this condition, be it in your shoulders or all over, feel free to contact me at Ultimate Sports Therapy for your free initial assessment as how I can help you with your pain today!


For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/massage-therapist.html

Jennifer J. Lamore, BAA, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist Toronto & Mississauga, Ontario

Ultimate Sports Therapy – Osteopathy (thesis writer) Jason Brandow discusses Osteoarticular Adjustment

March 24, 2011

Tools of the Trade: Osteoarticular Adjustment

One of the most commonly used techniques used by Osteopaths around the world is the Osteoarticular Adjustment  technique.  This might seem similar to a chiropractic adjustment in theory, but is very different in the application and experience.  This technique is used when a joint has either sheered its axis (is extremely out of place) or when it cannot move in a certain direction where it should easily be able to.

Let’s take the ankle joint for example.  Basically, the long bone of the foot, the tibia, sits on top of a smaller bone in the ankle called the talus.  Tibia long shin bone, talus little ankle bone.  Got it J  ok. Sometimes with an ankle injury, the talus can “slide” out of place.  It should sit directly below the tibia to bear the weight of the body when in proper alignment.  Sometimes, a therapist will feel that the talus has “sheered” anteriorly, or forward towards the toes.  The only way to get the talus back into proper place is to use an Osteoarticular Adjustment.

A short, fast “impulse” movement is given at a specific angle to help the talus back into place.  The lightest possible amount of force is used to do this.  It is fast, absolutely painless, and is indeed one of the most powerful tools of the trade.

Sometimes a “pop” sound can be heard.  Some patients look forward to this, and others do not.  It is a sign of a change, but I’ve always believed that it is not always the sign of a correction in alignment.  The “pop” sound does not mean that the bone is reset in the right position, and sometimes there is no sound, and the correction is successful.  It is not our goal to hear a “pop”, it is out goal to gently realign the body.

The Osteoarticular Adjustment can be safely used on any joint of the body where a joint is “stuck” out of alignment.  There are always preparation techniques used to make the adjustment easier, and there are also integration techniques used to make sure that the adjustment holds for as long as possible, and quite often, they do not come back.

Call or email for an appointment or consultation. All of your questions can be answered.


For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer

Reiki Therapy – Brandon Krieger How Reiki Helps Athletes

March 5, 2011

Working with the Active Population be it people just going about their day to professional Athletes we all go through our challenges of soreness, aches and pains.  People who are active by walking, running, cycling, playing sports, training whatever the activity maybe can have different challenges.  Muscle fatigue, soreness, aches, mental fatigue, frustration, and worrying before a competition or event.

I have seen people from all different levels come into the clinic and see benefits from incorporating Reiki as a part of their treatment and training protocol.  I have seen people who have had deep bone bruises from being hit, go away as quickly as one week and they were back training. For example a deep bone bruise to the thigh could take up to 3 months to heal. I treated a Muay Thai fighter who was back training in a few weeks with no problems.  This is just one of the many success stories I have had treating someone using Reiki as one of their therapies to help treat them.  I have also seen people break through metal barriers and be more focused for their event.

The reason why I believe Reiki works is because as people in the Active community understand you have to exercise, stretch, eat nutritionally dense whole foods, have time for rest and repair and, treat injuries if they occur through your training. Some people go to that next level and have a Personal Trainer, Coach, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, or Athletic Therapist as part of their team.  The challenge is that we are affected by everything we come in contact with People, electronics, our emotions, our thoughts which can all affect us physically.

Most of us including myself when I was first started training for soccer I never realized what things around me could have an effect on my body and my performance.  As I learned more about different aspects could influence my training and really tested it out I noticed how everything around me either affected me positivity or negativity.

Here is a test for you

1)      Think about meeting up with someone that frustrates you, someone who really makes you feel upset. Sit with that for a bit and see how you feel? What starts to tighten up?

2)      Then think about someone that makes you laugh, that is really fun to be around. Sit with that for a bit see how you feel.

Important to remember that person is not there with you, this is just thinking about that person. Now think about this, if you are just sitting there thinking about this person and they are not actually there.  How it would affect you if you met up with that person right now?

Now relate that to your training, competitions, events…etc. If you are having a negative experience think about how much more that can affect you because your just not thinking it, you are actually going through the experience. So you are mentally, emotionally and physically going through that experience.

This is why it is so important to work with someone that can help clear that negativity while training, prior to an event and even in the event.

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/reiki-therapy.html

Brandon Krieger

Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Reiki Therapy & Professional Speaker

Osteopathy (thesis writer) – Jason Brandow discusses Tools of the Trade: Indirect/Functional

March 4, 2011

One of the secret tools of an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is the Indirect or Functional Release technique.  This is done almost exclusively in our profession, and is rarely seen in the world of Physio,Massage Therapy, or Chiropractic.

Picture a really tight knot in a rope.  Now, imagine trying to loosen the knot while two other people are each pulling an end of the rope.  It’s impossible, right?  The only way to loosen the knot is to bring the two ends of the rope closer together to relax the knot a bit, then work it out with your hands.

Indirect/Functional technique works on that same idea.  When we find a muscle or fascia that is

extremely tight, sometimes stretching it just seems to make it tighter and more painful.  Sometimes the person is so acute, that we can barely move them without pain.  This is where the Indirect/Functional technique shines.

The therapist takes the joint in his hands, and gently moves the bones to a position of most ease. Each direction and rotation is taken into consideration, and when the joint is in the perfect balanced point, there is absolutely no tension or pain.  The therapist will hold this position, often for several minutes.

So, what is taking care of the “knot” you ask?  Well, it’s actually the patient’s own blood flow that does all the work here.  In this balanced and relaxed position there is an extreme increase in circulation to the area.  The arteries are freed from tension, the muscles are filled with blood, the extracellular matrix is more fluidic, and nature can once again work its wonders.  The body in this position can optimally heal itself.  This is the power of the Indirect/Functional technique.

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For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer

Massage Therapist – Jennifer Lamore discusses Whiplash

February 25, 2011

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Osteopathy – (current study) & Athletic therapist – Carolyn Zepf discusses Strain Countestrain

February 19, 2011

Osteopathy – (current study) & Athletic therapist – Carolyn Zepf discusses Strain Countestrain
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Myofascial Release

February 10, 2011

Myofascial Release has gained enormous popularity among osteopathic and manual therapy practitioners in recent years. There has been an enormous amount of research and information of the effectiveness of these techniques, and they all point to breakthroughs in therapy for patients.   Let’s break down what Myofascial release is and explore why it is so effective.

Myofascial release can be broken down into two words.  “Myo” meaning muscle, and “fascial” which is  relating to the fascia.  Since most of you know what muscle is, I will spend the next few minutes discussing what fascia is and its importance in the body.

So, basically, every little piece of connective tissue in the body is called fascia.  All of the extra “stuff” between the muscles and between the organs is of incredible importance to the body.  There is so much fascia in the body that if you were to take strip everything else away, you would still see a perfect silhouette of the human body.  Muscles glide along fascia, fascia holds organs together, and connect them to the body wall, fascia separates the sections of the brain and covers the spinal cord literally from head to tailbone.

What therapists have discovered is that a restriction in the movement of the fascia significantly reduces the efficiency of anything that is attached to it…which is everything!  For example, if the fascia between the stomach and the liver (called the lesser omentum) is extremely tight, the functions of the liver and the stomach are both directly affected.  If the fascia between the bones of the leg, the tibia and fibula, is extremely tight, then the knee, hip, ankle, and foot are all directly affected.  And, since there are arteries and veins that pierce this fascia, even the blood supply and nervous flow are compromised.

And that’s not all…years of research on fascia have confirmed that there are what are commonly called “Myofascial Chains”.  There are direct lines of fascia, single long pieces of connective tissue that literally run from head to toe.  This means that tension of the fascia in one area of the body can cause debilitating dysfunction in other areas of the body.

As a therapist who knows and understands these Myofascial chains assesses the body in a global manner, meaning they do not just look at the area that is sore or injured, I quickly see strain patterns that are causing misalignments and postural problems.  A prime example of this is commonly known as “forward head posture”.  The patients chin is more forward than it should be, they are rounded in the upper back and shoulders, and have a lot of neck pain and stiffness.  They commonly feel they need to “stretch it out” but never can.  The reason they feel this way is because they are stretching the symptom area, not the problem area.  It is very common to find low back, stomach, and intestinal/digestive problems with these same patients.  The fascia around organs in the mid or low back are causing the entire head to be pulled forward out of alignment.  Place your hand just under your ribs on your stomach, and press in and down…do you feel what happens to your head and neck.  The chin instantly moves forward out of alignment…you can just picture the rest…tension in the back of the neck and shoulders, knots in the upper back between the shoulder blades that are trying to compensate, and on , and on.  All this from a Myofascial pull from lower in the abdomen.   I literally see this every day.  Every day.

Now you can begin to see why utilizing Myofascial techniques is so incredibly powerful.  More often than not, it is the most effective tools to effectively treat our patients.  Used in conjunction with all of the other Osteopathic assessment and treatment tools, you can begin to see why Osteopathy is the fastest growing manual therapy in Canada.

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

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