The Pillow Problem

One of the most frequent questions we get as physiotherapists is “what pillow should I use?” There are so many different types of pillows whether it be the brands, the shape, what the pillow is made of or how soft or firm it might be. We spend a third of our lives sleeping so finding […]

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Ladies! Pucker up your pelvic floor

Feeling Romantic? Physiotherapists who specialise in pelvic health problems are reminding women that pelvic floor muscles are vital for sexual pleasure. Most people associate pelvic floor exercises (Kegels) with reducing incontinence but may not know that research has shown that strengthening, toning and knowing how to relax the muscular floor of the pelvis has an […]

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The Importance of Activating Your Core Muscles

Activating your core muscles Contrary to widely held belief, having a strong core is not the same as having a six-pack. These are completely different muscles with different functions in the body. Lower back pain or injury to the abdominals may cause a delay or even absence in the contraction of the core muscles which […]

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Why should we warm up and cool down?

We have all been told at one point or another to warm up and cool down with exercise. It’s something that we all know we should do but don’t always follow. It is important to understand why we need to prepare our body for exercise and what benefits we see from cooling down afterwards. The […]

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How to avoid injury this ski season

Although some injuries are inevitable such as a collision or a fall, others may be prevented by improving your body’s strength and co-ordination as well as by improving your technique. Lower limb injuries are the most common followed by upper limb and spinal injuries. The risk of getting injured can be lowered by the right […]

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How to beat the exercise blues this winter

The days are shorter. The temperatures are colder. That’s right, it’s winter… again. This is the time when it can be easy to give in to the weather and lose our great exercise habits. It can be tough to find the will to get out from under the cozy covers in the morning or find […]

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Staying active this holiday season

As the year winds down with Christmas dinners and end of year parties planned, it can be natural to indulge a little. Your social calendar may take over your exercise and even your work schedule but don’t fear, there are other ways to burn some calories this festive season. Don’t let the cholesterol and high […]

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Achilles Tendinopathy

The Achilles is an important tendon in the lower leg, attaching the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is the biggest and strongest tendon of the body and as such can be very painful and debilitating when injured. One of the most common injuries to occur in the Achilles is a tendinopathy. A tendinopathy […]

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Tips for arthritis in wintry weather 

Struggling to get out of bed in the morning? The winter season may be great for Christmas parties, drinking hot chocolate and cosying up indoors but as those living with arthritis will tell you, it is also the season of joint aches, pains and stiffness. Getting out of bed in the mornings may get harder […]

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Four upper back stretches for a better posture

Your upper back, also known as your thoracic spine, is an area that often becomes tight due to a modern lifestyle and certain sports. Although this area may not be painful itself, it can lead to pain in other areas such as the lower back, neck, shoulders and even the elbows. Even your breathing can […]

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Ice or Heat

It can be difficult decide when to apply heat and when to apply ice to an injury or painful area. Certain injuries are usually more responsive to one than the other. Although research is still ongoing over the effectiveness of each, there have been some basic guidelines for their application which should be useful to […]

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Exercises to do while you commute

The commute between work and home can be a long stretch for some. Most of us spend this time reading from our phones, others think or plan while the odd person uses this time for quick nap. Many of these postures can be strenuous on the neck and shoulders especially when carrying a heavy bag […]

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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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