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Articles Written by Melina Mirzaei

Heat vs. Ice – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist/Physio In Training

Clients often ask us whether heat or ice is better for their particular injury. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are some general guidelines which can help you choose which modality will provide the most benefit for you. Heat Heat is most beneficial for relaxing tight muscles and soothing…

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Intermediate Rotator Cuff Lateral Rotation – #EOTW

Stand holding a resistance band in both hands, palms facing up. Slide your shoulder blades back and down.   Exhale to engage your core as you pull out on the band; keep the movement slow and controlled. Make sure your shoulder blades stay in place throughout the movement.  

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Back to school basics – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Back to school season is upon us! This can be a stressful time for parents and students alike as everyone gets back to the school-year routine. Here are a few tips to ease the physical stresses of this time of year. Backpacks Backpacks are the most practical option for most…

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Swimming – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Summer is finally here! If  you are a competitive swimmer, training for a tri, or are just doing laps at Kits pool, there are some things to look out for to stay injury-free. Swimming places a lot of stress on the shoulder joint, as it requires the shoulders to have…

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Where did barefoot running come from? – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

A little bit of history… Humans have been running for thousands of years. Running used to be straightforward – it was an essential part of everyday life for our ancestors, who were constantly searching for food and trying to outlast predators. Their version of shoes resembled a loose sandal wrapped…

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Barefoot Running – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

There has been a lot of hype around the barefoot/minimalist running trend over the last few years. There is not a huge amount of research to back up the idea of minimalist shoes over traditional shoes, but there is some information out there that can help you better decide between…

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Sprains and Strains – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Sprains and strains of all kinds are common injuries that we see regularly in the clinic. There is a difference between the two, although the terms are often (mistakenly) used interchangeably. Let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion… Sprains Sprains refer to injured ligaments. Ligaments are…

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IT Band Syndrome – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

What is it? The IT band is a thick sheath of connective tissue which runs along the outside of the thigh and connects to the outside of the shin bone (tibia). It is not a muscle itself, but is a fibrous continuation of a muscle called the tensor fascia latae…

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Exercise, Rehab, and Scoliosis – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Exercise and physical therapy have been shown to be an important part of the management process of scoliosis. Generally, the goals of exercise are to prevent or limit the progression rate of the curvature in the spine, alleviate pain, and improve muscular and postural imbalances. However, each exercise program is…

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Ankylosing Spondylitis – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis which primarily affects the spine and sacro-iliac joints. It causes inflammation of the joints in the spine, which can result in chronic stiffness and pain. In the late stages of this disease, this inflammation can cause the bones in the spine to…

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Rotator Cuff Injuries – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

What Is the Rotator Cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles whose function is to provide stability for the humerus (upper arm bone) in the shoulder socket. Rotator cuff injuries can result from repetitive movements or acute injuries. The type of rotator cuff injury tends to vary…

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Osteoarthritis – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

What Is It? Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition which affects the cartilage of the body’s joints. Unlike other types of arthritis, osteoarthritis specifically occurs in only one or a few joints in the body, such as the knee, hip, or spine. It usually develops later in life, as a…

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