Posture is not important – until it is

Twenty years ago, posture was a buzzword in the therapy world. Posture analysis was commonplace, and often linked to the then emerging practice of muscle balance assessment. Many articles and books were written on the subject. In fact, our clinic director Dr...

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World Diabetes Day: Transform like Tom

MP Tom Watson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but managed to 'reverse' it with physiotherapy and exercise. Tom was more than 22 stone at his heaviest, so it wasn’t easy for him to begin a full exercise regime. He did what he could manage, which was initially...

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How to manage stress with exercise

Stress can manifest itself both mentally and physically. You may feel irritable, anxious or overwhelmed, and may experience physical effects such as tiredness, headaches or an upset stomach. There are many possible causes of stress, from feeling under pressure at work...

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Scoliosis – what the exercise teacher needs to know

Scoliosis is a side (lateral) curvature of the spine, usually associated with a twisted appearance on forward bending movements in yoga.  Normally the spinal bones are stacked on top of each other to form a column.  From the side, there is an inward curve (lordosis)...

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Sports & Soft Tissue Injuries – the book

Sports Injuries has been the textbook for which clinic director Dr Christopher Norris is best known within the therapy and exercise world.  2018 saw the release of the most recent edition of this renowned text, and in this blog, we take a look at the book, its...

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Common drugs used in soft tissue injury

Many sports and soft tissue injuries (STI) result in inflammation, with the tissue feeling hot and painful and the body part being red and swollen.  Although inflammation itself is an essential part of the healing processes of the body, sometimes the reaction can be...

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Personal training – should you, or shouldn’t you?

When you exercise, it is not just how much you do or how hard you work which is important, but how you perform an exercise.  To put it more succinctly, exercise quality is as important (and sometimes more important) than exercise quantity.  Any exercise is designed to...

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Shoulder Impingement

About 30% of all types of shoulder pain is due to impingement and unfortunately of this group, over half of patients report symptoms continuing after 3 years.  Getting the right diagnosis and management of this condition is therefore important.  The condition can be...

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Shockwave Therapy

History Shockwave therapy was used over 30 years ago, originally as an alternative to surgery for treating kidney stones and gallstones (lithotripsy).  The shockwave breaks up the stone, so the calcium deposits are passed out in the urine.  The effect of breaking up...

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Sports massage therapy – saint or sinner?

Massage is a very old technique and one which often occurs naturally to both humans and animals. When a child cries because they knocked their knee, we sometimes ‘rub it better’ and when a dog hurts his paw he often licks himself. Each of these actions can be seen as...

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