4 Key Issues to Avoid during Pregnancy

Staying healthy during your pregnancy is vital for you and your baby. Here’s a few tips that should help you have a healthier pregnancy: 1. Dehydration: your blood volume increases; fluid is needed for the amniotic fluid that surrounds the foetus; you lose more fluids if/when you experience morning sickness through vomiting (hyperemisis gravidarium in extreme cases – the NHS information on this condition is worth reading) and you need to supply your growing baby with good nourishment. Reduced fluid intake will affect all of these areas. 2. Overheating: there is the potential to affect the development of your baby if your core temperature is elevated above normal. During pregnancy your … Continue reading

Pregnancy Fitness Benefits

I firmly believe that being physically and mentally strong prior to becoming pregnant will help you manage the challenging demands that pregnancy brings. If you are overweight prior to pregnancy then evidence suggests you are at greater risk of complications such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, thrombosis and urinary tract infections. In addition to preparing yourself for pregnancy, staying fit and healthy during pregnancy has many benefits, both for mum and baby. A Healthy Mum creates the best possible environment for a Healthy Baby The What’s and Why’s in more detail: Positive Mental Attitude: Challenging yourself through physically testing workouts is an ideal … Continue reading

Obesity: here’s few thoughts

The BBC’s recent article, “Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk” got me thinking. Why are there even discussions about surgery for weight loss to reduce anybody’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes? Why? Why not prescribe exercise and a healthy diet? I realise that may not be possible for some people, but surgery as an option? Surely for the masses surgery should be the last resort and the least likely option. “The UK NHS is considering offering the procedure [weight loss surgery] to tens of thousands of people to prevent diabetes.” Are we really living in an age when education about healthy food choices and … Continue reading

Rectus Diastasis – postnatal abdominal separation

What is Rectus Diastasis and why does it happen? This is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscle at the linea alba – the central line of connective fascia which runs straight down your belly. Other muscles, connective tissue and fascia in the abdominal wall are also affected, but rectus abdominis  (the one that can look like a six-pack) are the ones people commonly refer to. In pregnancy it happens because of the growth of your baby in the uterus forces the abdominal region to stretch and bulge forwards. It isn’t until after birth that you can start the healing process, but … Continue reading

Qualified Personal Trainer

Three years ago, when we first moved to Glossop, we wrote a business plan for Global Therapies. One thing that we were clear on was that we would be constantly learning. Body work, manual therapies, making people move and feel better are all areas which constantly need updating and whilst we don’t want to be CPD course collectors, there is a requirement to ourselves as professionals to keep our knowledge relevant and up to date. Along the way our plans changed just a little bit – we didn’t originally think Tim would be qualifying as a Physiotherapist (or will be in about a years time). But … Continue reading