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, Sports massage

Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy – Do you suffer from these common Running Injuries?

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?

Osteopathy

Are you sleeping on the right pillow(s)?

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)?

A screenshot of the iPhone "Health" app activity tracker showing "walking and running distance, steps and flights climbed"
Osteopathy, Sports massage

Do you walk 10,000 steps a day?

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?