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Articles Written by Melina Mirzaei

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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The “R” in R.I.C.E. – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Most patients come into the clinic because a) they have a problem and b) they are looking for a solution to said problem. Our GPP team is full of solutions, and we want to work with you to find the best one for you. Depending on the problem, the solution…

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Bike to the Future – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Cycling is a great way to enjoy Vancouver, commute to work, and improve aerobic fitness. Indoor cycling is also a good workout, especially when the rain starts to drive us inside. Whether you are an avid road-biker or an occasional spin class attendee, there are some body positioning issues to…

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Tennis Elbow – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

What is it? Tennis elbow is a general term which refers to an overuse injury of the structures in the lateral part of the elbow. More specifically, it occurs when the tendon of one of the forearm muscles, the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB), becomes irritated. This can cause varying…

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Plantar Fasciitis – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

What Is It? Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the tissue in the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue which supports the longitudinal arch of the foot and helps with shock absorption. This condition is commonly seen in runners and dancers, and is…

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Exercise Tips for New Moms – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

As any new or expectant mother can attest to, there are many changes that happen in the body over the course of pregnancy and during and after labour. During this time, the muscles and connective tissues of the pelvic floor undergo significant changes. Certain exercises can cause a lot of…

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Running Tips – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

The first races of the running season are just around the corner. Whether you have signed up for one, or just plan on getting outside to enjoy the nice weather, making sure you are prepared for a new running program can help you prevent injuries and become a better runner….

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Running and the Female Pelvic Floor – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Injuries and dysfunction related to running typically bring to mind sore knees, tight IT bands, and tired feet. Less common is the idea of a strong pelvic floor as an important component of safe, comfortable running. As mentioned in Intro to the Pelvic Floor, the pelvic floor is essential to…

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Intro to the Pelvic Floor – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Do you know where your pelvic floor is, or what it does? This oft-ignored muscle group is essential to proper core stability, continence, and internal organ support. Many people have heard of “kegels”, but are not sure how to do them properly, why they should do them in the first…

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What does a Kinesiologist do? – Melina Mirzaei, Kinesiologist

Kinesiologists hold a university degree in Kinesiology or Human Kinetics, and in B.C., are part of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists. The undergraduate program of study focuses on human movement and includes anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor behaviour, athletic training, and sport psychology. Kins work in a variety of…

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