Myth 1 – I shouldn’t lift weights

I saw a patient with back pain the other day. Formerly a strong guy, rugby player, used to go to the gym etc. He still does gardening, but because of a previous injury many years ago, he had been warned off any type of heavy lifting, running or significant activity. He came to see me after carrying a 2 year old grandchild around a museum for half a day. So here’s a thing. A formerly strong and fit person who got back pain from carrying a kid around a museum- and in his day to day life, he doesn’t really … Continue reading

Hip Pain – a Physiotherapists Personal Perspective

Two weeks ago, on Sunday, I woke up and couldn’t bear weight through my right hip. The pain in my Sacroiliac joint was excruciating, and I had to use my hands on the bed, the drawers, the banister, tables, chairs, kitchen worktops, you name it, I used it, in order to get around. What the heck?! Had I done anything in the past 24 or 48 hours that was out of character? Apart from going to a CPD conference and a short 6 mile run, no, not really. However, I was due to be going to Chamonix on Thursday to … Continue reading

Migraines, Art & Soft Tissue Therapy

We’ve recently discovered the world of Migraine art – and spent quite a while searching the images on the internet – the image below grabbed Lynne’s attention, and really reflects how migraines feel for her: Have you found an image that reflects your migraines? Post your image on our facebook page and leave a comment explaining how migraines affect you. While there are common symptoms associated with migraines, your experience and discomfort is as unique as you are. It can be comforting to hear what other people experience, so please do share your story with us. We have both experienced the debilitating nature … Continue reading

C is for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is this condition? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the median nerve (the one which innervates your thumb, first three fingers and half of the fourth finger) is compressed as it passes through the tunnel of bones and soft tissues at the wrist. Swelling around the wrist or flexor tendons can be contributing factors; pressure is placed on the nerve as it passes through the tunnel. Fluid retention during pregnancy or obesity can increase the risk of this condition because the size of the tunnel is reduced, again, putting pressure on the nerve. The other major contributing factor … Continue reading

B is for Blood

One of the benefits of sports massage and soft tissue therapy is the normalisation of fluid movement in the body.  Our bodies are made up of soft tissues, bones and fluids including blood and lymph. For the body to work at its best all of these interconnected aspects need to move, flow or glide at their optimum. In the case of blood, it needs to flow around the network of arteries, veins and compartments without being impeded. Normal flow is essential for homeostasis, transportation of oxygen and nutrients and the removal of toxins and metabolic waste products. If blood flow … Continue reading

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic Drainage. We’ve all heard the term. I used to think it was some kind of painful way of getting rid of something that I didn’t want to know what was in my body. Probably from somewhere I didn’t necessarily want it drained from. It turns out I was very wrong. I also noticed that if I stayed still for a long time and didn’t exercise for a few days, I began to feel stuffy and stagnant, less able to move, and a bit “off”. But this feeling went away after getting out there and doing something. Endorphins, or something … Continue reading