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Mommy Thumb Prevention: 5 Exercises

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We recently shared a blog post about preventing Mommy Thumb, which is a condition increasingly experienced by new moms known as de Quervain’s tendonitis, de Quervain’s stenosing tenosynovitis and mother’s wrist.

While anyone can develop de Quervain’s, mommy thumb is caused by ongoing stress on the wrist among new mothers who repeatedly lift their babies.

Recognition and physio is vital to help relieve mommy thumb pain, along with exercises to strengthen your palm and wrist.

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Relieving Low Back Pain from Golf

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With golf season in effect, Activa recommends that you take care in gentle exercises and stretching to prevent golf injury. If you are experiencing low back pain from a recent round of golf, it is not advisable to stress inflamed muscles by continuing to play golf.

Taking some time off from golf will allow your muscles to heal faster, as will applying heat or ice to your lower back and ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and help with your recovery.

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Golf season is here! 3 tips to prevent low back pain

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Summer is here! For many, the favourite sport of the season is golf. Like any sport, golf can trigger low back pain with muscle strains and sprains combined with injuries to the spine.

Individuals who suffer from chronic or recurring episodes of low back pain can be frustrated when pain hinders their time on the green.

Activa recommends 3 simple ways to prevent back injury and low back pain on the golf course: warm-up before playing golf, practice your swing, and safely carry your golf bag.

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Cycling Season: 4 Ways to Prevent Knee Pain

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Cycling season is here! While biking is considered a low-impact sport, the repetitive mechanics of cycling combined with high reactive forces between your foot and bike pedal create high pressure on your lower extremity and can predispose you to knee pain.

Knee pain is the most common lower-body issue among cyclists with as many as 65 per cent experiencing it. Most knee pain is a result of overdoing it when you ride for longer periods and harder than your condition permits. This tends to strain and inflame your connective tissues.

Activa encourages you to consider safety when biking to prevent reduced training capacity or limited performance with these 4 cycling safety tips.

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5 Ways to Reduce Risk of New Year’s Resolution Injuries

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Happy New Year from Activa Physiotherapy Ottawa! It’s that time for New Year’s resolutions so we encourage you to be careful and reduce risk of injury if you’re pursuing an ambitious fitness plan after time away from regular exercise.

A rapid increase in physical activity and intensity often causes common injuries including achilles and gluteal, calf and hamstring strains, lower back and neck strains, and rotator cuff injury.

Consider these 5 ways to reduce risk of injury so you can follow through on your New Year’s resolutions to improve your health and fitness while sustaining wellness throughout 2017 and beyond.
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