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 …..
The Tour de France is almost done for another year, and with the riders covering a total of 3540km it’s no wonder that there’s room for injury. We’re not talking about the impact of that much cycling on your legs or some of the nasty crashes we’ve seen so far – in this case we …..
Last month saw ‘Women in Sport week’ and with Johanna Konta and Heather Watson (so far!) doing well up the road at Wimbledon, there’s a lot of talk about how to get more women involved in all sports. It’s a problem not just here in Britain – with international research finding that girls participate …..