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What do your feet say about your health?

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 23 February 2016, Muscle and joint
feet

Our feet are the foundation of the musculoskeletal system. Feet provide our body with strength and stability, and enable fluid and synchronized movement by providing flexibility and mobility.

When we use ill-fitting footwear, the rest of the body suffers. A combination of improper care, decades of wear-and-tear, and an average of 10,000 steps per day can often lead to pain-related foot pathologies…

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Are your finger joints stiff in the morning?

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 13 January 2016, Muscle and joint
finger joints

Waking up with stiff finger joints can make it challenging to complete your morning routine. Tasks that were once simple – such as making coffee or tying your shoelaces – become labourous and time-consuming.

Stiff finger joints in the morning can be due to several reasons, including arthritis, pregnancy, previous trauma, and over-usage. However, it’s not all bad news; there are many lifestyle and dietary changes that can help make your morning routine more manageable.

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How to prevent muscle fatigue?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 November 2015, Muscle and joint
muscle fatigue

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

While we quickly associate muscle fatigue with exercise, many medical conditions are associated with muscle weakness as well.

Conditions leading to muscle fatigue include—but are not limited to—chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, infection (e.g. the flu, infectious mononucleosis, etc.), hypothyroidism, depression, electrolyte imbalance, neurological conditions, diabetes, some medication.…the list goes on. So how do we prevent muscle fatigue? Read on!

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Get your back into it: Sciatica pain 

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 September 2015, Muscle and joint
sciatica pain

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Sciatica is the lovely name given to a condition wherein compression of the sciatic nerve leads to severe, stabbing pain that spreads from the buttocks to just below the knee—normally just on one side of the body.

The causes of sciatic pain are variable and encompass a wide range of underlying conditions like osteoarthritic bony spurs, disc herniation, trauma, narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal tumours, and chronic inflammation. Because nerves control muscle contraction, movement, pain, pressure, temperature any condition that affects a nerve will lead to a decrease of function in these areas (e.g. numbness, weakness, sharp/shooting pain etc.).

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