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?
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?
This blog will cover two of the most common questions I'm asked: "What is a muscle knot?" and "Why do we get cramp?" Muscle Knots Muscle knots, technically known as trigger points, are hard nodules in a taut band of muscle. They are palpable, tender bumps under the skin often the size of your thumb.… Continue reading Muscle Knots and Cramps
Running injuries often arise when we have underlying skeletal/structural or muscular imbalances. One area of weakness can affect functionality of the next. For example weakness in some of the muscle groups can alter the lower limb alignment and place excess strain along the whole of the lower limb chain (pelvis, hips, knees, ankle and foot),… Continue reading Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy – Do you suffer from these common Running Injuries?
Do you wake up feeling refreshed and energized or do you suffer from poor, restless sleep? Do you have aches and pains that trouble you in the middle of the night or do you wake up with a sore, stiff neck? These are all signs you are not sleeping on the right pillow. … Continue reading Are you sleeping on the right pillow(s)?
There is a lot of confusion whether ice or heat should be applied to an injury – in fact it is one of the most common questions I am asked. Applying ice or heat is a cheap, easy option for many common painful problems. In a nutshell ice is for recent injuries and heat is… Continue reading Ice versus Heat which should I use?
If you know someone who always puts others first a Cambridge Osteopathy gift voucher may be the little nudge they need to treat themselves for once! Gift vouchers can be used for Osteopathy treatments or Sports Massage and can be made to any value £5 and up. Also valid for our sports massage offer –… Continue reading Christmas Gift Vouchers
I recently completed a course on exercise prescription for the treatment and prevention of disease. A key component for improving health is walking. The guideline is 10,000 steps a day which has many health benefits: Walking can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus and heart disease. It can also… Continue reading Do you walk 10,000 steps a day?
Have you ever wondered if you are hypermobile? Here’s a way to test the range of movement in some of your joints: You can test your mobility using the Beighton Hypermobility Score. It is a simple 9 point system where the higher the score the higher the mobility. Why not test yourself? (Take care –… Continue reading Are you Hypermobile?
Following on from last month’s blog on driving position, this month I’m going to discuss your seated desk posture. Many jobs now involve long hours seated at a desk and poor posture can lead to unwanted aches and pains. Here are my 7 tips on how to set up an ergonomically correct workstation and help eradicate… Continue reading How should you be sitting at your desk?