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EMG & NCV Studies

An EMG (electromyogram) is a diagnostic study that helps to assess muscle function. A NCV (nerve conduction velocity) test usually accompanies the EMG in order to assess how well the nerves that control their activity are functioning. An EMG/NCV can be valuable tools in delineating a variety of muscle and/or nerve disorders as well as… Continue reading EMG & NCV Studies

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Morton’s Neuroma

Despite being a relatively unknown condition, one out of three people will suffer from Morton’s Neuroma. A neuroma is a benign growth or tumor that arises from a nerve. There are different types, depending on where they are found e.g., acoustical neuromas are on the vestibular nerve affecting hearing and balance. But “neuroma” is slightly… Continue reading Morton’s Neuroma

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Myofascial Pain

We all get an occasional muscle pain that resolves with rest and time. But when the muscle pain becomes persistent and interferes with activity it may have progressed to myofascial pain. Myo stands for muscle, fascia is anything the affects the thin white connective tissue wrapped around every muscle, organ and blood vessel. Think if it as an… Continue reading Myofascial Pain

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How We Position Impacts Pain

Are you standing/sitting/lying down comfortably? Do you get so engrossed in work or a TV show you don’t realize you’re sitting on your foot and it went numb? Is there a proverbial pea under the mattress throwing off alignment, making your pain worse? Becoming more aware of how you sit, stand, lie and walk can significantly alter… Continue reading How We Position Impacts Pain

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How to Use Kinesiology Tape

Last week I discussed when kinesiology tape- a flexible adhesive tape- can be helpful to provide support, decrease swelling, and improve stability without limiting mobility. Now let’s talk about how to apply it. There are several types of “strips” recommended for different types of needs: The “I” strip is often used to facilitate muscle action and… Continue reading How to Use Kinesiology Tape