Osteopathy, Sports massage

Neck, Upper Back and Shoulder Stretches

Here are some of my favourite neck, shoulder and upper back stretches. These are great to perform regularly throughout the day, particularly if your job requires you to be seated at a computer for long hours. Looking down at your screen causes you to hunch forward – flexing your neck and upper back, and bringing your… Continue reading Neck, Upper Back and Shoulder Stretches

Osteopathy, Sports massage

Stretches for Low Back Pain

6 Simple Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain I thought it would be useful to share with you some of my favourite stretches to help relieve and prevent back pain. These exercises are great for improving spinal mobility and stretching any tight muscles. Before beginning this programme, please be aware not all exercises are suitable… Continue reading Stretches for Low Back Pain

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