Physiotherapy Year 2

Goodness. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? We are now into the 4th teaching week of semester 1 in my second year at Salford University studying Physiotherapy. The first three weeks passed in a flurry of information and work on pathologies and treatment of the spine, and we are already onto the somewhat complex subject of neurology. No time to sit back and take it easy, as once that is done, we are straight into a few weeks of cardio-respiratory physio taking me up to Christmas, and then exams in the New Year on all of the subjects above. The pace has certainly become a … Continue reading

U is for University

Well, that went rather quickly. I have now passed my first year of a Physiotherapy BSc. It wasn’t even 12 months ago that I decided that would be a course which I would take, and life has certainly been different – and a lot busier, than I expected it would be this time last year. I have learned a lot about research methods, evidence based practice and have come to look at various issues that I see from a slightly different perspective than I did before I started the course. My knowledge of skeletal anatomy has certainly come on a … Continue reading

S is for Stretching

We’re asked many times about stretching so here’s a summary of the most frequent questions we hear: Why do I need to stretch? First ask yourself what you want to achieve from stretching, then you’ll be closer to knowing why. Here’s a quick summary of the key benefits: Better range of movement Better force production throughout that range of movement (power) More efficient blood flow (and nutrient flow) to the muscles More efficient removal of metabolic waste – both of these mean more efficient muscular recovery from aerobic AND anaerobic activity Better proprioception – knowing exactly where your body is … Continue reading

N is for Nerves

Nerves are responsible for transmitting information from the various parts of the body (what we feel as sensations, for example heat or pain) to the brain, in order for an appropriate action to occur. For example, if you hold a very hot object there are signals sent towards your brain to warn you of the potential danger. The reaction might be that you’ll retract your hand to prevent it from being burnt. With this type of reaction the signal may not actually reach the brain, instead automatic responses deal with the situation very quickly – the system is designed this … Continue reading

Stretches for desk workers – part 2

Following on from Stretches for desk workers – part 1, here are the next five stretches for you: 6. Interlaced hands above your head with palms facing upwards (remember to stretch your ribs) then add a slight side bend. Repeat on opposite side. 7. Shoulder shrugs and drops: first shrug your shoulders towards your ears, hold, then release and drop your shoulders and slide your shoulder blades downwards. 8. Palms together in front of you, keeping your elbows level. 9. Spine rotations: cross you right leg over your left, left hand on right knee, right elbow on back of your … Continue reading

Stretches for desk workers – part 1

Do you sit at a desk for long periods of time? Chances are you experience some sort of discomfort or aches because you’re sitting in a fixed position. There’s more about being a Desk Jockey in this article.  To help you combat the stiffness and tension your body is being subjected to we’ve put together ten stretches that will help you relieve those aches and pains….just remember to do them a few times each day. Here’s the first five stretches, we’ll post the others soon: 1. Interlace your fingers behind your head and gently squeeze your shoulder blades together, push … Continue reading