By Athlete's Care on April 25, 2018
What is K-Tape?
It’s also known more simply as elastic therapeutic tape, and that pretty much describes its essential characteristics. It is elastic cotton tape with an acrylic adhesive on one side. Physical therapists and Chiropractors at our Toronto sports medicine clinics sometimes use it for their clients. It has a range of uses.
The key difference between K-Tape and the usual athletic tape that is used to immobilize an area after injury is that the K-Tape is flexible. Its elastic quality works to support muscles and tendons and take some of the stress off pressure points like joint areas. That’s the key to its potential athletic benefits.
When it’s used for therapy, it is typically wrapped around an area. When it’s being used for athletic performance, however, it’s placed on the skin on top of muscles. It often looks like long strips.
It’s extremely important to only use K-Tape with some guidance, which our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic specialists are always happy to provide. You may actually worsen an injury by using it incorrectly, so the proper instruction on its use is crucial.
In the absence of large controlled studies, the anecdotal evidence does seem to suggest that it provides some short term benefits – even if they may be psychological to a certain degree. The K-Tape seems to make athletes feel more stable, and that may be a crucial point.
Note that the possible disadvantage may be feeling a little too over confident in its effects and taking risks that you shouldn’t take. The general guideline is to use the tape for bouts of only two to four days at a time.
K-Tape may give you an advantage and help boost your athletic performance. It will depend on your sport, your current condition, and a number of other factors. Let our Toronto physiotherapists and sports medicine specialists advise you on K-Tape and any other issues that affect your athletic goals. Drop by one of our Toronto clinics or call us for an appointment today.
By Athlete's Care on March 22, 2018
One of the most common questions our Toronto physiotherapists and chiropractors hear from our clients is simply how to get more exercise into a busy schedule. It’s tough enough to strike a work/life balance when it comes to the amount of time spent on work vs family or personal time. Add exercise to the mix and it begins to feel like an impossible tug of war on your precious time.
Walking Fit – 10,000 Steps
The answer to adding more physical activity to your day can be very simple: walking. Walking is an activity almost anyone can participate in, and only requires comfortable, supportive shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.
The average person in our society with a sedentary job – and that’s most of us, apparently – walks about 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. The typical North American lifestyle involves a lot of sitting and driving, and not a lot of movement. It doesn’t take an expert in physiology to realize that is a recipe for weight issues and a whole lot more.
It’s about far more than just the calories. Walking can give you a host of other benefits, including:
Here are some quick tips on how to raise that 1,000 to 10,000 – every day.
1. Keep Track
Using a pedometer will help you keep track of your progress. The pedometer uses the movement of your hips to count the number of steps you take. There are simple gadgets you can purchase, or you can opt for a pedometer watch or even a cell phone app. Check it once in a while during the day to gauge your progress.
In terms of distance, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind:
If you are unsure how to use a pedometer or what type would be best, don’t hesitate to ask your Toronto physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist for advice.
2. Increase Incrementally
If you are beginning at the lower end of the scale, jumping straight to 10,000 steps per day will be a huge stretch. What's important is to begin the process of adding onto the number of steps each day. An increase of 300 steps is a good chunk of progress you can add daily, and you'll quickly see your numbers starting to rise.
3. Use the terrain
Using features such as hills and inclines will not only help you burn more calories. It will use different types of muscles throughout the body. Your muscles will both strengthen and stretch when you walk uphill and downhill.
4. Rev It Up
There will be moments when you want to stroll and enjoy the scenery, but for fitness, you want to ramp up the intensity of your stride even on level ground. That means walking faster and taking longer strides.
5. Add More Steps
There are many ways that you can add more steps to your day, and once these become habits, it will happen even without thinking about it.
If you want to start a new exercise regimen of any kind, first, congratulations! But, if you are going from a sedentary lifestyle into a fitness routine, you’ll want to consult with one of our Toronto physiotherapy or chiropractic specialists first. Call one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics or drop by to make an appointment for your consultation today.
By Athlete's Care on March 07, 2018
Food has the potential to FUEL! Sports dietitians work hard to ensure athletes are consistently nourished throughout their day and are getting their macro needs met to prepare for their next game/competition. In addition, food has the potential to fuel through snacking! Many Canadians are skipping meals due to being too busy. It’s important to include healthy snacks between meals (1 apple, 1 banana, carrots with hummus, nuts/seeds, etc).
Food has the potential to DISCOVER! Dietitians can help children develop healthy eating habits by encouraging parents to bring their kids grocery shopping with them, and letting them join in on food preparation activities. Allowing kids to join in these food-related activities may prevent them from becoming picky eaters as well. Dietitians help with this discovery of food by working in nutrition programs for kids and parents.
Food has the potential to PREVENT! Dietitians are heavily informed when it comes to preventing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. What we eat is a lifestyle factor that can help prevent illnesses. Dietitians prevent chronic diseases by promoting healthy and balanced diets (i.e. Mediterranean Diet). Dietitians look beyond fads and gimmicks in order to deliver reliable, and evidence-based information.
Food has the potential to HEAL. Nutrition can be used to manage certain health conditions. Dietitians are part of a hospital's strong health care team to ensure that they deliver the best care to patients. They help reduce the severity of side effects from cancer treatments. They help patients who undergo dialysis, as well as those who have problems with eating and swallowing.
Food has the potential to BRING US TOGETHER! Canadians aren’t eating enough with people and sharing meals with others due to busy schedules. It’s recommended by dietitians to take some time out of your busy week to gather with friends/family and have dinner/lunch. Cook with someone, or have a dinner party and cook for your friends and family.
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By Athlete's Care on March 02, 2018
Skiing is a wonderful way to stay in shape as you enjoy the snowy winter weather. Many of our clients ski – and some of them will find their way to our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics with injuries and other conditions related to skiing. Here’s a look at some common skiing injuries and how to avoid them.
Injuries to the arms and shoulder are common when skiing. The hands are a vulnerable part of the body, particularly the thumb.
The Ulnar Collateral Ligament – this connects the thumb to the hand near the index finger. It can be sprained or damage when you put out your hand to break a fall. The second you feel yourself falling, do yourself a favour and let go of your ski poles. That move alone will help to prevent what is often called skier’s thumb.
There are two basic principles that will keep you safer on the slopes – education and physical conditioning.
Training – proper technique will help you to avoid undue strain on any body part, and help you both avoid falls, and minimize the effects if you do. The basic principles are: weight forward, hands forward, legs parallel. If you are a beginner or perhaps you only go skiing a few times a year or maybe you haven’t been skiing in some time, training by a professional will teach you the proper form.
Physical Conditioning – strengthening core, leg, and arm muscles will help you to avoid strain on ligaments and improve your balance on the slopes. Ask our Toronto sports medicine specialists about what kinds of exercises will benefit your training.
A few more quick tips:
Take breaks, and don’t push yourself too much. Fatigue can make you lose the correct form and you may fall more easily. It can also make you miss signs that you would otherwise catch to help avoid collisions.
Know your limits, and don’t push yourself beyond them. You’ll have to work your way up to the advanced slopes – be patient!
If you’re going skiing this winter or if you find yourself with a skiing injury, drop by one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics or call us for an appointment. Our sports medicine specialists are highly trained and ready with advice along with any treatments you require.