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Get Activated

Tune up your aching body with muscle activation therapy

By DR. ERIK YUILL

Muscle activation therapy is a strategy used by manual therapists and health care professionals such as athletic trainers, massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors who believe that muscle tightness is a symptom of an underlying mechanism that contributes to a client's injury.

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Chained to the chair

ARE YOU CHAINED TO YOUR CHAIR?

It’s time to fight the health hazards of sitting

BY LINDA TRINH

Even if you run four times a week, but spend eight hours sitting in a chair at your job, you could be an active couch potato. Neville Owen and colleagues at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia coined this phrase to illustrate that people can be both active and sedentary. Emerging evidence suggests that even if adults meet physical activity guidelines, sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for you. In fact, the health benefits you accrue from exercise are reduced when coupled with too much sitting.

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Chiro in Your Corner

Treatments tune athletes for success

BY KEVIN AITKIN and LINDSAY ALCOCK

The speed skater makes her powerful strides around the last curve. The finish line is in clear sight. Her low back is screaming from being in the forward flexed position day in and day out at training sessions, but it is her determination to be No. 1 that pushes all physical boundaries.

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Heat or Ice

When to Reach for the Hot Bottle or Cold Pack

BY JEN TURNER AND MAE NAKANO

Heat and ice both play important roles in helping an athlete recover from injury. Here’s a primer on when to use heat and when to use ice next time you pull up with a sprain, strain or pain.

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IMS in action

Dry needling can take the sting out of muscle injury

BY BJ OUDMAN

Chances are if you are reading this magazine you have some sort of athletic inclination — you’re a runner or cyclist, you compete or you’re trying to work off food and drink.

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In the Grips of Cyclist's Palsy

Nerve pressure can put hands
to sleep on long ride

BY RYAN EMMONS

Cyclist’s palsy is a painful and frustrating condition that can put a damper on an enjoyable ride or race. But it can be resolved.

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