Osteopathy, Sports massage

Back And Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Here are some of my favourite back and shoulder strengthening exercises. These strengthening exercises aim to ‘undo’ the seated desk position – the forward shoulders, forward head and neck, rounded back. Strengthening the mid and lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi and rhomboid muscles will encourage retraction of the shoulder blades, helping to support a more upright… Continue reading Back And Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Osteopathy, Sports massage

Glute Activation Exercises

I prescribe gluteal strengthening exercises for many lower body disorders, ranging from knee soreness to lower back pain. The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles that make up the buttocks - the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Their actions include extension, abduction, internal and external rotation of the lower limb, knee alignment, stabilising the lower back and sacroiliac joints as… Continue reading Glute Activation Exercises

Osteopathy, Sports massage

Core Strengthening Exercises

Here are some of my favourite core strengthening exercises for the prevention and management of lower back pain. Your core muscles  provide a stable support for your entire body, transferring forces between your upper and lower body and controlling movement in every plane of motion.  They play a huge role in everyday activities, from getting… Continue reading Core Strengthening Exercises

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

Are you Hypermobile?

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?