There is a growing awareness of mental health. This has led to people being far more open about their mental health and recognition of how things such as stress, worry & anxiety can impact on our well-being. However, it sometimes seems that this has led to us trying to put things in nice, neat boxes… Continue reading Putting people in boxes
"Who should I go and see about my sore back/shoulder/knee?" "Should I see a physiotherapist, an osteopath or a chiropractor?" "How do I know if they are any good?" These can be tricky questions to answer as there is a huge variety of therapist out there and it’s a lightly regulated industry. There’s also rarely… Continue reading What makes a good therapist?
The concept of muscles knots is fairly universal and I often hear people talk about how ‘knotty’ a muscle feels. But what is a muscle knot? Well as with many things relating to the human body we don’t really know! The more technical term that’s often used to describe a muscle knot is a ‘trigger… Continue reading Muscle Knots
Have you heard or been told that “running is bad for your joints”? As a physiotherapist I often see people with knee/hip pain who tell me that they used to run a lot and so must have worn out their joints. The medical term for ‘joint wear’ is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint pain… Continue reading Is running bad for your knees?
The Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate (R.I.C.E) protocol is the go to response for most people when they injure themselves. Often ingrained from the days of P.E. in school it is universally accepted by the general population as a sensible thing to do. However, since inception the research and science has moved on and while it’s… Continue reading Acute Injury Management
A question I’m often asked by patients is: “Should I get an MRI scan to find out what is going on?” Most of the time I end up explaining that a scan is not needed as they rarely shows ‘what’s going on’ and there is evidence to suggest that getting an MRI scan can lead… Continue reading To scan or not to scan…?
The importance of posture was one of the most requested topics and is an area overflowing with myths and misconceptions. I suspect this article might challenge some long held beliefs; I’ve certainly changed most of my beliefs about posture over the last five years! From a young age the importance of posture is repeatedly highlighted:… Continue reading Posture
One of the core principles of my practice as a physio and approach to health generally can be summed up by the following acronym: S.A.I.D This stands for Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. Put simply, this means that you will adapt (or attempt to) to the demands placed upon you. It’s why Olympians train at… Continue reading Use it or Lose it
Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of STRONG & ADAPTABLE! To launch STRONG & ADAPTABLE I want to shed some light on the question: “what is pain?” Pain is the number one reason patients come to see me as a physiotherapist and understanding more about pain is a vital step in taking… Continue reading What is Pain?