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This is a blog about time and the perception of how long things take. I can bang on about this for a while, but bear with me. Let’s start by taking a physio consultation. Normally, at the end (or even part way through) we start talking about exercise prescription and what the patient needs to do in order to get better. Physios are kind of unique in that we don’t tend to have a pill to prescribe, it is normally strength work or movement, or some such thing. In comparison to exercise, pills are easy. Give someone an antibiotic, tell … Continue reading

What is a Turkish Get Up?

The Turkish Get Up (TGU) is an exercise which involves your whole body in a series of fluid movements, taking you from laying down to standing, and back down. It is an incredibly versatile exercise and worthy of a place in any training programme – either for warming up or as an exercise in it’s own right. The TGU is easily adaptable to suit different levels of fitness, flexibility and strength. Over time it can improve each of these aspects and in performing TGUs you will also be promoting both upper and lower body stability. Because your arm is held … Continue reading

Hyperflexibility – Is there anything we can do?!

Hypermobility -what does it mean, in simple terms? Remember being at school… there were always people who were “double jointed”. Those whose party trick involved joints that did some really weird stuff. Maybe you were one of those. I was (and still am) the complete opposite. My trick was NOT being able to touch my toes. Hypermobility, fun as it is when you’re a kid, has a few things that can catch up with you in later life. If you are the kind of person that can (or could, as a child) easily touch the floor with both hands, have … Continue reading

Research focus: trigger point therapy for calf pain

We are constantly reading, researching and investigating issues relating to the work we do. In our recent research we’ve read an interesting research study looking at calf (triceps surae) dysfuntion and whether trigger point therapy is an effective treatment. Alongside the trigger point treatment that was administered, subjects were advised on home care using a programme of stretching and foam rollering. The abstract from the paper is in the text below, if you want to have a look – the results show that following treatment to deactivate trigger points the subjects had better range of movement in the ankle, less pain and better function. … Continue reading

M is for Mobility

Mobility and movement are pretty important to the human body. If it does not move, it will seize up, quite literally. The axiom “use it or lose it” is very very true, and there is a reason for this. I have recently heard a lot of people going on and on about something called the SAID principle. It is a simplified version of a much more complex physiological theory – SAID stands for Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands. Very basically, if you make your body do something, then it will adapt to that input and will make the body better … Continue reading