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

Neck Cracking and Grinding: What is it and Why does it happen?

Many people experience a sensation of cracking, popping, snapping or grinding during neck movements, especially when turning your head to reverse the car or checking your blind spot. The medical term for these sensations is known as ‘crepitus’ and although crepitus can occur at any age it becomes more common as we get older. Crepitus… Continue reading Neck Cracking and Grinding: What is it and Why does it happen?

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

Muscle Knots and Cramps

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