Getting told to sit up straight may for some bring back bad memories of being yelled at by the teacher in school for slumping at our desk… but is it as important as we think? So what is posture? Our posture is how our body, particularly our spine and pelvis, is aligned as we sit, …..
What are shin splints? Shin splints are a common running injury and typically occur at the front (anterior shin splints) or at the edges, towards the back of the shin (posterior shin splints). Anatomy The tibialis anterior muscle at the front of the shin is responsible for pulling your toes up towards you and, during …..
Runner’s knee or, to give it its more technical name, patella femoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is typical in runners but can also occur in the more inactive members of the population. Pain may be sharp and localised or more achy and diffuse. Sufferers often complain of pain not only when running, but when going down …..
This is a rather common problem also known as “biomechanical overload syndrome”. Typically pain and or tightness in the calf starts gradually and worsens with distance and time and improves with rest. This can happen for a variety of reasons: Change in training Change in footwear, particularly if moving to toe running Lack of …..
At Physio and Pilates central a few members of staff have joined the fitness tracking frenzy, but it’s not only our steps and physical activity we are keeping an eye on. Discussion has turned to sleep. These trackers provide information on how many hours we are sleeping, the quality of our sleep; if it’s …..
This Friday is World Heart Day. Did you that cardiovascular disease or CVD (which includes heart disease and stroke) is the world’s largest killer with over 17. 5 million deaths worldwide per year? Sadly this figure is expected to rise. The good news is that research shows that taking active steps can significantly improve heart …..
Recently I was treating a patient, guiding them through exercises to activate her gluteal (buttock) muscles when she pointed out that all the physiotherapists she had seen were fixated on her glutes! But are we? And why? It’s all about the glutes The better your buttocks are working, the more control you have over hip, …..
Can I exercise in pregnancy? In short the answer is a resounding yes, but there are many considerations regarding the type and intensity of exercise. The POGP (pelvic obstetric and gynaecological group of physios) have produced some fantastic evidence-based advice regarding exercise in pregnancy, and their principle message is that the aim of exercise in …..
This month our attention has been drawn to a new infographic and video all about tendons. It has been produced by Latrobe University and features Prof Jill Cook detailing what NOT to do for lower limb tendon issues. It’s a reader friendly resource and I recommend giving it a watch. The two most frequent tendons we …..
What is degenerative disc disease? For one thing, it’s a horrible, scary and nasty term. I have treated so many people with low back pain who are advised their discs are “degenerating” or “crumbling.” Cue images of ancient ruins falling to the ground. So it’s a horrible label given to what is in actual fact the natural …..