Triathlon Chronicles: Cyclists Thumbing it to Pain | Wrist pain

Taping for de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis - Wrist pain Are you like me right now? Trying to hash out 2021’s race schedule while crossing your fingers, legs, and eyes in hopes that you will get a couple of races in? As you wait for the race season to be confirmed. I...

Land Bound: Dry-land Training for Triathletes

by Jeff Kittmer RMT With pools closing and wild swimming (a Brit term for lake/river swimming) frozen over, triathletes are having to become more creative in their training sessions. As an aspiring triathlete in the midst of a lockdown, I have been searching for ways...

Tennis Elbow 101: Tips to Speed Your Recovery

by Jeff Kittmer RMT When working with a competitive tennis club, one of the most common complaints that I encounter is elbow pain; specifically, on the outside of the elbow. This often results from overuse, muscle fatigue, and high force loads during the backhand...

How I Manage Being a Competitive Athlete and a Full-time Social Worker

by Chantal Bouchard Step 1: I wake up early and write down my daily goals. Step 2: I set a routine and follow it. I always get more accomplished this way. Step 3: I eat healthy foods, to give me more energy. Meal prepping also helps. Step 4: I have a good coach and...

Rotator Cuff Pain Relief – Just Keep Swinging

by Jeff Kittmer The shoulder is arguably one of our most mobile joints, and the most common site of injury. With its complex shape and rotator cuff support system, it is susceptible to strain and tears from repetitive movements that involve reaching overhead or...

Jumper’s Knee Recovery – Episode 2

by Jeff Kittmer RMT Athletes who participate in sports that require repetitive jumping or decelerating quickly from high speeds, commonly experience knee pain. In Recovery from Jumper’s Knee Episode 1, we discussed what Jumper’s knee (Patellar Tendinopathy) is, its...

Opening Up the Thoracic Spine to Unlock Shoulder Function

By Alexander Derlis The shoulder is one of the most complex regions of the body. But before we address shoulder function, let's chat for a minute about the idea of "the body's continuity". Have you ever sought treatment for a specific issue, only to realize you have...

Jumper’s Knee Recovery: Episode 1

by Jeff Kittmer RMT Have you ever felt pain at the base of your knee while jumping or ascending stairs? Or jumping on hard surfaces like a gymnasium or a parquet floor?  Athletes who train and compete in sports that require repetitive jumping or decelerating quickly...

Shin Splints: Feeling the Burn, Not in a Good Way

By Jeff Kittmer RMT Shin splints are one of the most common issues that athletes and weekend warriors encounter. Typically experienced by runners, it also occurs in those who play vigorous sports and start new fitness programs. Shin splints generally range from a...

Pride with Chantal Bouchard and RockTape Canada

by Chantal Bouchard “Whatever our differences, we are all the same” Growing up, I was not the girly girl type. I didn’t like to play with barbies or brush my hair, I preferred Tonka trucks and hanging out with the boys. At school, I was known as the athletic and...

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Shin Splints

Shin Splints: Feeling the Burn, Not in a Good Way

By Jeff Kittmer RMT Shin splints are one of the most common issues that athletes and weekend warriors encounter. Typically experienced by runners, it also occurs in those who play vigorous sports and start new fitness programs. Shin splints generally range from a...

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Pride with Chantal Bouchard and RockTape Canada

by Chantal Bouchard “Whatever our differences, we are all the same” Growing up, I was not the girly girl type. I didn’t like to play with barbies or brush my hair, I preferred Tonka trucks and hanging out with the boys. At school, I was known as the athletic and...

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mobilizing the working warrior

Mobilizing the Working Warrior with RockTape Mobility

by Jeff Kittmer The demands of the working world are increasing at an exponential rate. We live with our phones as a constant companion and our free time seems to be dwindling. We work hard, which usually involves a large amount of time sitting at a desk, in the car,...

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weight of the world

Back Pain* Remedy – Weight of the World on your Back?

By Jeff Kittmer As a registered massage therapist, I see a large number of clients with chronic back pain. The majority are office workers, drivers, or people who spend a lot of time sitting. Their common complaint:  shoulder and neck pain; as well as lower back,...

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Taping 101 – Quad Tendon Rupture Recovery

by Brad Norris M.Ed. - Clinical Educator Although we have a “standard” taping strategy for knee pain, any specific taping option is always negotiable. The nuances that we apply to any specific tape application are driven by patient or athlete feedback and clinical...

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