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
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
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!
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
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
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?
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?