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So You've Torn Your ACL...

Have you ever wondered why it takes so long to return to sport after an ACL tear? It's usually 9-12 months! Maybe you've been through this yourself and been frustrated by this long rehabilitation. Maybe you've recently torn your ACL and you're starting the grueling road to recovery. Why does recovery take so long? While most ligaments heal themselves when torn, the ACL doesn't. Researchers from Boston and Rhode Island found in 2013 that this is because chemicals in the environment around the ACL prevent a blood clot from being able to form. This blood clot formation is necessary to provide the framework through which a ligament repairs itself. So because it doesn't repair itself naturally, i

Shoulder Pain is for SAPS: Subacromial Pain Syndrome

Shoulder pain is a really common complaint. Obviously sometimes the shoulder pain has come on after a fall or a sporting injury, but often it sneaks up on you and can hang around for a long time. Subacromial Pain Syndrome (SAPS) is a very common cause of shoulder pain. It's particularly common in professions and sports that involve repetitive movements with your arms outstretched or above your head. For example hairdressers, painters, boxers and tennis players. What is it? You might have heard of shoulder impingement, or subacromial impingement? Well the powers-that-be have renamed this condition SAPS. It's caused by irritation of a pocket of fluid that sits above the head of your humerus an

Kinesiology Tape: What It Is and How It Works

You lead an active lifestyle. Maybe your work requires fast-paced manual labour. Or perhaps your social life includes sports and outdoor activities. Whatever you find yourself doing, you manage to stay on the go. So when injuries, aches or pains halt your progress, you might feel frustrated. You've used some traditional coping mechanisms, but you want to try something other than the creams and pills to which you usually turn. ​ What Is Kinesiology Taping? You might have seen athletes with strappy looking tape on their arms, shoulders, backs and legs and wondered how it helps them. This method, called kinesiology taping, uses a flexible adhesive to manipulate injuries so they can heal in a n