Trapped nerves?

I’ve been delving into nerve pain and sciatica recently. One of the more accessible articles that has been published recently was by a Physio called Tom Jesson which differentiates between radiculopathy, referred pain and sciatica like symptoms.  The first important point he made was that this can be a confusing topic, both clinically and academically, so there is some work to be done to clear up some of the mixed messages.  Referred pain is a dull gnawing pain which is difficult to localise – which is quite often to do with mixed nerve messages to the brain. (it’s a bit … Continue reading

A short blog on muscular Back Pain

Having seen a few patients recently with Back Pain I’ve heard a fair few stories about what they have been told about the various ways they might be able to “fix” it. I thought now might be a good time to write a short blog about back pain problems, myths and the current state of physiotherapy thinking. NOTE: This is not meant to be a “be all and end all” of back pain – the debates and arguments about the veracity and validity of various methods etc have been floating around for as long as there has been back pain. … Continue reading

Does the exercise matter, or the mindset?

I remember growing up and seeing all these training books about how to train like the SAS, or the Marines, or the Seals. All the fitness magazines with new ideas on how to get strong within 4 weeks… Helpfully, in the next edition, 4 weeks later, there would be another article telling you how else to train to get fit in another 4 weeks. These days we have magazines telling you the shortcuts to success, how to train like Kilian, the killer workout that will make you look like Henry Cavill or Jason Momoa, how to train harder for your … Continue reading

Into the Wild

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I was the one saying “I’d love to swim outdoors but brrrr the water must be freezing”. Well back in 2018 I decided that I was never going to give wild swimming a go without a wetsuit, so off I went and bought one. I was totally open in saying that if I really didn’t like it I would just sell the wetsuit and be absolutely content knowing I had given wild swimming a decent go. I took myself off to a well organised swim in a local reservoir – safety kayaks … Continue reading

Enfeeblement and Robotic Legs

I’ve been seeing some things being bandied around on the internet recently – robotic exoskeletons to enable you to ski for longer and springs that you put behind your knees to enable you to stand up for less effort. I got a little incensed about this, mainly because of what they have in common – a lack of strength, continued atrophy of muscles, and the potential enfeeblement of the human body. (Don’t get me wrong – exoskeletons/replacement limbs for paraplegics and amputees are a good thing – I’m railing against something else here.) It might seem like a lovely idea … Continue reading

Nuture the seed

We came across a funny thing the other day which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that funny (haha) at all. It concerns people who want to run and exercise who are really quite embarrassed about getting out and doing things. They are worried about what others might think of them, and so seek positive affirmation through running with groups. Let me first say there is nothing wrong with that – in fact, anything which enables people to get out and do things and have a more positive mindset about exercise is an excellent thing as far as I am concerned. The … Continue reading