Osteopathy, Sports massage

Neck Cracking and Grinding: What is it and Why does it happen?

Many people experience a sensation of cracking, popping, snapping or grinding during neck movements, especially when turning your head to reverse the car or checking your blind spot. The medical term for these sensations is known as ‘crepitus’ and although crepitus can occur at any age it becomes more common as we get older. Crepitus… Continue reading Neck Cracking and Grinding: What is it and Why does it happen?

Osteopathy, Sports massage

Tech Neck – The New Epidemic

How often do you spend looking at your phone, tablet or laptop? Studies suggest we look at our phone around 2-4hrs per day, and those times are excluding tablet and laptop use. That’s a lot of time spent looking down.    Tech neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained… Continue reading Tech Neck – The New Epidemic

Osteopathy, Sports massage

The Importance of Strong Calf Muscles

Do you know the importance of strong calf muscles? Our calf muscles are often over looked, with most of the focus being on the glutes, quads and hamstrings, but good calf strength has a direct effect on your athletic ability, including injury prevention.   The calf is made up of two main muscles: the gastrocnemius… Continue reading The Importance of Strong Calf Muscles

Osteopathy, Sports massage

Stretching – Benefits and Techniques

Stretching is a technique used to improve range of movement and function, enhance performance and decrease risk of injury during exercise1.   When stretching a muscle you should find the position up to the point where you begin to feel tension and hold. You do not need to push a stretch through your ‘pain barrier’ (past… Continue reading Stretching – Benefits and Techniques

Osteopathy, Sports massage

New Year’s Resolution and How to Stick to it!

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Did you promise to take better care of yourself, eat more healthily, get fit or exercise more? Most resolutions are health based but about now most people give up! A 2015 poll by BUPA found that 63% of people failed to keep their resolution, with 43% of those… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution and How to Stick to it!

Osteopathy, Sports massage

How long will this take? Time frames of tissue healing

A common question I'm asked in clinic is “how long will it take to get better?”  The answer depends on a variety of factors, which I will try to explain in this blog. Injury Injuries occur when load exceeds tissue resilience, causing breakdown and damage to occur. This load may be quickly applied, causing sudden injury… Continue reading How long will this take? Time frames of tissue healing

Osteopathy

John’s Success Story: Find out how we got John cycling to the top of a mountain following a hip fracture

Unfortunately, in November 2017, John was involved in a cycling accident. This resulted in a fractured left hip, which required surgical repair with three 4 inch screws to stabilise the neck of the femur. Being a 40 something (he said it was okay to reveal this) John was rather disturbed to learn from the surgical… Continue reading John’s Success Story: Find out how we got John cycling to the top of a mountain following a hip fracture

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Osteopathy, Sports massage

Is it time for your Summer Check-Up?

As an osteopath I love to help people continue taking part in the activities they enjoy. I am fortunate in that so far I have been able to treat my own sporting injuries so I can get back to the gym, running and playing netball as soon as possible. Regular check-ups or “maintenance treatments” can help stop… Continue reading Is it time for your Summer Check-Up?

Osteopathy, Sports massage

How Tight are your Hamstrings?

Many people don’t realise that tight hamstrings can cause complications. The hamstring muscles are attached to the back of the pelvic bones, run down the back of the thigh and insert behind the knee. Therefore, tightness of the hamstring muscles can result in altered pelvic, spine and lower limb biomechanics, increasing the risk of injury. … Continue reading How Tight are your Hamstrings?

Osteopathy

Slipped Disc? Disc Bulge? Prolapsed Disc?

Most people will have heard of a ‘slipped disc’ but what does this actually mean? Usually this refers to damage or bulging rather than slippage or movement. We have 23 discs in the spine situated between each adjacent vertebra  - 6 in the neck, 12 in the upper/middle back and 5 in the lower back. The… Continue reading Slipped Disc? Disc Bulge? Prolapsed Disc?