TENNIS ELBOW aka Lateral Epicondylitis

We all know of someone who has suffered from tennis elbow. Quite often this person will have had steroid injections into the elbow but the symptoms persist or return after a few weeks. It is well known that this condition can take a long time to heal, and conventional medical treatments can be quite ineffective.  […]

Hypermobility – Keeping It In The Box!

Hypermobility syndrome or HMS as it is sometimes known covers a large spectrum of symptoms. Hypermobility comes in many forms from someone being able to place their hands flat on the floor and hyperextending their elbows and knees with ease to a more severe presentation effecting the vascular system, digestive tract, heart valves, bladder and […]

Pilates For Total Hip Replacement: What We Need To Know?

Due to changes in our NHS service more & more Pilates teachers are being referred clients following hip replacement surgery. Once, patients would have been on a hospital ward for at least a week receiving Physiotherapy daily. This ensured that they could confidently perform their post op exercise regime and climb stairs safely. However, these […]

We Don’t Know Squat

A Physiotherapist pal of mine told me years ago that the beginning of  our modern low back pain woes can be blamed on a man named John Crapper, inventor of the modern toilet.   In developing countries that have yet to embrace “the Crapper” there is very little incidence of back pain and some of these […]

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Using the Foam Roller

What is myofascial release? The word ‘myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means band.  Fascia is a strong but very flexible connective tissue which envelopes every structure (organs, muscles, tendons, bones) of the body, providing support and protection. The myofascia can get tears in them and if they don’t heal properly, the various layers of fascia […]

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The Dark Side of Scapular Positioning Cues

The scapular region can be a particularly challenging area to work with. It must be simultaneously stable and mobile, a tricky balance to strike when so many people have very little sense of connection to this area. A very specific biomechanical misunderstanding about function in this area has led to the use of a cue […]

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Stretching

Stretching is a subject that evokes much debate, when to stretch, for how long and how are questions that often arise. There are three main types of stretching commonly used static/passive, pre contraction and dynamic. What type of stretching is best is dependent on many variables. Static stretching is when a muscle is put into […]

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Pilates For the Mind? A Requisite For Happiness?

Developmental movement patterns 2: the yield-and-push-reach-and-pull cycle by Katharina Hesse © As we head into winter, spare a little thought for those affected by SAD – seasonal affective disorder – a form of depression linked to a change in seasons, often linked to the lack of light. Exercise, particularly aerobic outdoor activity, is often recommended […]