Prevention of Running Injuries

Zili Injuries

Spring has come, and so has the running season! Do you do any preparation before going out for a run? How do you usually warm up? What about stretching? How important is that for prevention of injuries? To help you on your fitness journey, here are some thoughts about running warm-ups, stretching, shoe selection and strategies to prevent injury. Stretching …

Core Exercises

Zili Physiotherapy

Strengthening Your Core Core muscles are essential for the stability of the lumbar spine. “Core stability” describes the ability to control the position and movement of the central portion of the body. Core stability training targets the muscles deep within the abdomen that connect to the spine, pelvis and shoulders, which assist in the maintenance of good posture and provide …

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Figuring Out The Right Approach To Treating Your Sciatica

Zili Back Pain, Injuries

A variety of factors could cause symptoms associated with sciatica, which is an umbrella term that includes pain in the back/buttock (which may radiate down the leg), numbness in the affected area, tingling sensations and muscle weakness. Finding out the specific cause of the sciatica is especially important for the proper treatment, as each cause has a different approach. Three …

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Understanding Dizziness: The Vestibular System

Zili Dizziness, Vestibular System

Many of us have experienced dizziness sometime in our lives. Studies have shown that about 7% of the general population live with frequent dizziness. There are several mechanisms that may cause dizziness: cardiovascular problems; peripheral vestibular problems; and central nervous system problems. This article discusses in more depth the vestibular system. This system provides feedback to the body about one’s …

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Recovering from your ACL Surgery

Zili Healing, Sports Injury

Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injuries are amongst the most common type of injuries affecting today’s athletes. According to the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, about 250,000 ACL injuries occur in the USA and Canada each year. ACL injuries are usually caused by either an impact or a sudden shift in position; according to the American Academy of …

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Management of Headaches

Zili Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Tips

In the previous blog entry, we have explored the various types of headaches one can experience. Pharmacological interventions are often prescribed by doctors for severe headaches, ranging from simple analgesics or NSAIDS for mild to moderate migraines to triptans or ergots for moderate to severe headaches. However, many pharmacological interventions have adverse side-effects and some carry the risk of drug-drug …

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Understanding Headaches

Zili Acupuncture, Physiotherapy

Headaches are an almost universal experience, but not well understood. There are many types of headaches and different causes to them. Let’s explore some of the more common types of headaches to understand why sometimes we have them and in the next blog, how they are managed.   Primary Headaches Primary headaches, as classified by the International Headache Society, are …

Understanding Acupuncture

Zili Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? You may have heard of it from a friend, or even received acupuncture from a practitioner yourself. It is a versatile tool used by not only Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) professionals, but also physiotherapists and doctors to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions. It is a powerful modality and extremely versatile in its applications, yet surprisingly …

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Kinesio Tape – Is it for you?

Zili Kinesio Taping

You may have seen a friend coming out of a physiotherapy clinic sporting colourful bands of tape on their arms or legs, and have wondered just what that tape (commonly called Kinesis Tape) does. While they can certainly be aesthetically pleasing to look at (in a futuristic, bionic-man kind of way), the Kinesio Tape – or K-Tape for short – …

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Shoulder Pain Treatment: Shoulder Impingement P2

Kim Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are very well equipped with knowledge and experience to provide conservative shoulder pain treatment from shoulder impingement syndrome and treating the injured structures and more importantly, addressing the underlying cause of your shoulder pain. Shoulder impingement syndrome or rotator cuff impingement is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and understanding shoulder anatomy and how this pathology …