Understanding Joints

Understanding Joints A joint (articulation) is a junction between two or more bones (or rigid parts) of the skeleton. (Babies have cartilaginous tissue until ossification takes place later in life.)   Some joints have no movement, some have slight movement and some are freely moveable. Joint Classes Synovial JointsSynovial joints are the most common type of joint and provide free movement … Read More

Facilitated Stretching Techniques

PNF stretching is an extremely effective stretching technique for increasing range of motion (ROM). There are several techniques and all of them rely on stretching a muscle to its limit, thereby triggering the inverse myotatic reflex. (A protective reflex that calms the muscle to prevent injury.) During this technique(s) the brain basically sends a message to let the muscle telling … Read More

The Skeletal System

Axial Skeleton Cranium (8) The cranium has 8 bones and rest on the top of the vertebral column. The skull bones are grouped into two categories; cranial bones and facial bones. There are eight cranial bones. Frontal bone Parietal bones (2) Temporal bones (2) Occipital bone Sphenoid bone Ethmoid bone There are fourteen facial bones; Nasal bones (2) Maxillae (maxillas) … Read More

Hamilton Escarpment Stairs

There are 5 sets of city built escarpment stairs in Hamilton. They are all high traffic areas which serve different purposes, from commuting to and from work to exercising. This is a general overview of each set of stairs. Chedoke Stairs LocationAt the top of the escarpment they are located at the foot of Upper Paradise. At the bottom of the … Read More

Understanding Bones

The Skeletal System An adult human skeleton consists of 206 named bones. Many of these bones are paired with one on either side of the body (left and right). Infants and children have more than 206 bones because some bones fuse later in life. An example of this would be the sternum which consists of the manubrium, sternum and zyphoid … Read More

Understanding Muscle Names

Naming of Muscles Learning the names of muscles can be very confusing or even overwhelming for someone learning this information for the first time. I would suggest you study the skeletal system and bone surface markings on the understanding bones page prior to skeletal muscles as learning the names of the bones and their parts will significantly help in learning … Read More

Stress & Illness

Have you ever noticed that flu season hits the same times each year? Here’s why,