Preventing Recurrent Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common sporting injuries, especially when that sport involves jumping, pivoting and twisting. Ankle sprains also occur throughout day to day life when walking on uneven surfaces, missing a step or tripping. The most common type of ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls in underneath the leg causing tearing or strain […]

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Scar tissue and pain

Sometimes scars are visible after an injury and can clearly be seen with the naked eye such as with burn wounds or cuts from surgery. Other times scars cannot be seen but they are still there such as with pulling your hamstring muscle or spraining your ankle; some of the fibres can be torn but […]

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Degenerative Knee Disease

Persistent knee pain in the middle aged person frequently results in a visit to the doctor. This grumpy knee pain often gradually builds and starts to impact on daily activity and exercise. Commonly, a person with persistent knee pain above the age of 35 years can be met with the terms: ‘middle aged knee’ or ‘degenerative knee […]

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Active rest for back pain

One of the first things that most of us are inclined to do when we have a bout of back pain is to rest. Although rest is needed to allow the back time to recover, it can also have undesirable effects which may prolong the recovery period. Active rest is the way forward with many […]

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Exercising during and after pregnancy

We’ve found this brilliant article from BBC Sports for you about exercising during and after pregnancy. It shows that the advice re: returning to exercise post natally is so varied and often unique to the individual. The article highlights the importance of not returning to exercise too soon but demonstrates that there are no clear […]

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9 EASY DESK-BASED EXERCISES

Our lives are so busy that often we don’t allow ourselves enough time to move during the day. Here are some quick and easy exercises that can be done at your desk to prevent muscle tension and pain. Try to do them regularly during the day. 1 BACK ROTATION Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat each […]

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Pulled Hamstring

Your Hamstrings are the large muscles located at the back of your thigh. They start at your sitting bones and end below the back of your knee. A strained Hamstring is one of the most common injuries in sports which involve sprinting such as football or rugby. It usually occurs when the knee is extended […]

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Warm-up for golf players

Improving your game of golf can be as easy as just adding a few dynamic stretches to your warm-up routine. Having a proper warm-up energises your muscles, giving them more power and flexibility and helps prevents injuries. Arrive a few minutes earlier to get your body and mind ready for the game. Below are a […]

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Wry neck

Acute torticollis or wry neck is a term used for a stiff and painful neck that can feel “locked”. The neck can become stuck at an odd angle and any attempt to move the neck towards the neutral position will result in sharp pain, mostly on one side of the neck. It can be quite […]

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Wearing the correct running shoes

Wearing the correct running shoes can make a significant difference to your running, not only in your technique but in your enjoyment of the sport. It provides protection and support and may help prevent certain types of injuries, keeping you on the road. Here are a few reasons why it is important to wear the […]

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Managing your back pain while flying

Flying can be strenuous on the lower back because of the long hours sitting in a cramped space and in a seat which is not very supportive for your lower back. Here are a few tips and exercises to get you through your flight. Airport You could ask your doctor or physio for a medical […]

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Foam roller exercises

Fascia or myofascia is a form of connective tissue that is very tough and strong whilst also being extremely flexible. It is a lining that encases almost every muscle fibre and spans the entire body. It’s main function is to help transmit tensile forces in the body. If the fascia is tight, it may lead […]

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Health and Safety Day

Catherine Fitzgerald our specialist Physio/Workstation Assessor was involved in the Health and Safety Day at one of our clients The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She was giving advice on how to sit during the working day to avoid aches and pains, posture advice and specific exercises to prevent pain using a mock up […]

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Iliotibial band syndrome

Typically, there will be problems with the biomechanics of the lower limb. Invariably with runners. dynamic muscle control (control of movement patterns) around the hip and pelvic girdle is an issue, and often the eccentric control (where muscles are required to lengthen under loading or tension) of the quadriceps group also. This manifests as what […]

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Common running injuries

Tibialis posterior dysfunction Tibialis posterior is a tendon controlling the medial (inside) arch of the foot. When this is weak or injured it can result in a collapse or lowering of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, commonly called a ‘flatfoot’ deformity. Injury to the tendon can occur by trauma, for example a direct blow […]

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Give the gift of well-being this Christmas!

This year you can buy a Physio Company gift voucher for a 45 minute treatment to be taken at either our Claygate clinic or our new location in The City, opposite Liverpool Street Station. The cost is £55.00 (a saving of £20.00 on The City clinic prices). Just call in to buy a personalized voucher […]

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FIT MAMA – NCT

We all know that keeping fit and healthy is an important part of pregnancy and post natally, but it can be tough particularly if you suffer any pelvic girdle pain or had a difficult birth. Lisa Few, a local physiotherapist who specialises in women’s health, has helped hundreds of women both ante and post natally […]

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Lumbar spinal stenosis

(Reuters Health) – Physical therapy may work as well as surgery for easing symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of nerve damage and lower back pain among older people, a study suggests. “Surgery is a riskier procedure, with about a 15 percent complication rate, and half of those are life-threatening,” said Dr. Anthony […]

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Race tips:

Rest Now that all the hard work training has been done, rest well the night before the race. No alcohol and an early night are the way forward. Hydration This begins in the days leading up to the race. Make sure you are well hydrated by taking regular sips of fluid throughout the day, rather […]

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Wimbledon Tennis

What an amazing year we have had at Wimbledon, everyday bringing a surprise and what a fantastic final result, well done Andy! Whether you are an experienced player or have been caught up in Wimbledon fever and are keen to get out on the tennis court for the first time we have a few tips […]

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