Functional training is one of the buzzwords of the last few years – but what actually is it and how can it help you? Essentially, functional training is any form of training that enables you to perform a particular function. This could be related to a sport, your job or just movements that we call …..
Pulling or tearing a muscle is a common injury we see in clinic – but what actually happens in the healing process and what can you do to help? There are three main phases to healing: the inflammatory, the proliferation and the remodelling. But before we get onto these let’s take a look at the …..
The core – not a slightly dodgy action movie from the 90’s, but an important part of any workout and something many people neglect. So what actually is ‘the core’? The core refers to ‘deep muscles’ that make up your lower trunk and pelvis. Their role is to provide stability and a centre point for …..
For those still exercising outdoors – good work! As well as finding the paths and roads a bit quieter compared to the summer, you’ll also have noticed it takes a bit longer to warm up. Warming up for exercise is one of those subjects full of good and bad advice – so first let’s look …..
What is it? A bursa is a fluid filled sac which usually serves to cushion the joint and assists in shock absorption. Typically people experience “bursitis” when the bursa becomes swollen. The regions most commonly affected are the shoulder, the elbow, the knee, the hip and the heel. Pain can occur in the shoulder when …..
Putting together a training plan can feel like a daunting task, trying to work out the best balance while keeping yourself motivated. In this blog we look at strength training plans – though you could apply the principals to endurance sports as well. Strength and conditioning training is more straightforward than many people think …..
Groin strain In this next series of blogs we look at the injuries that can cause groin pain. First up, we look at what a groin strain is or as it is more correctly called, an adductor strain. There are three adductor muscles and the image above shows where on the body they are located. Their …..
Discovering Pilates – a happy accident Pilates is something that I actually discovered by accident – or rather as the result of one! Back in 2012 I hit a patch of ice whilst skiing and knew straight away that it wasn’t a good fall. I’d broken my ankle and, to make matters worse, was in the …..