Fighting Fit in Pregnancy & Beyond: Part 2 Exercise in the Second Trimester

Having felt rather normal in the first trimester there had been little impact to my fitness regime but now in the second trimester I knew how important it was to ensure my fitness regime was appropriate.  My first priority is to ensure the health and safety of my baby, but my second priority is to ensure my own health and happiness.  I am a firm believer that keeping myself fit and strong can only benefit my baby both during the pregnancy and in the post natal period where I will need plenty of energy and strength to tackle my new job as mum.  In addition to staying fit and strong I want to also ensure that I am limiting the physical damage to my body to ensure I am not left with a legacy of musculoskeletal and pelvic floor problems in the years to come.

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CROSSFIT: A Therapists Perspective

Not a day goes by in my clinic where I don’t see clients presenting with pain or injury which is caused by an imbalance in their body.  Whether that be from sitting all day, repetitive daily activities or the demands of their sport.  We work together to relieve the symptoms but with a longer term view to resolving the imbalance at the root cause.  This is all well and good and generally with the right corrective exercise we can get them back to the best.  Alas, there are a set of clients where the demands for their activity or sport will be one sided or imbalanced (think golfer, tennis player etc.) which means that as their activity level increases their problem will ultimately return.

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Fascia: Are your Muscles Really Hydrated?

We all know how important water is to our bodies.  It keeps us moving, it keeps us flexible, it saturates our joints, our tissues and is critical to life.  It is the very reason we exist!  If you are reading this blog then I am certain you are drinking your 2 litres a day, but is that water actually being absorbed by your muscles or is it just running straight through?

 Having spent 3 days with Tom Myers discussing all things Fascia, it really drove home to me that good Fascia (connective tissue) health is not just important to movement, injury prevention and pain levels but it is actually a major factor  in determining the hydration levels within your body too.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Can Massage Help?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has an occurrence in the general population of up to 7% and is becoming ever more prevalent.   With over 35,000 surgeries performed for CTS in the UK each year it is costing its sufferers discomfort but also time and money.   Not only that but it is putting the health service under pressure so much so that there are initiatives to introduce Nurse led surgery for CTS underway in the UK.  I think this expansion of skill across the health service is fantastic and more of it please, but I cannot help but think that in some cases there may be a more conservative approach to help in less extreme cases or indeed in preventing CTS from getting to a stage where surgery is the only option that remains.

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