The world of Soft Tissue Therapy has moved forward at a startling pace over the last decade with more and more people realising the virtue of its benefits. With this appreciation of the modality comes a more educated and demanding client who wants more than just relaxation, they want tangible results. Research and the techniques available are progressing at a rapid pace, meaning that we as therapists need to keep up to date with regard to these areas to ensure we are delivering effective treatments and real results for our clients. Continue reading Movement: Fascia and Function in Soft Tissue Therapy
If you don’t know where your Achilles tendon is, then count yourself lucky as if you have had a problem with it you would know ALL about it. I find Achilles tendonopathies to be quite common place, but rarely is it the original reason people come to see me. They come with other issues and in discussing their case history it will come up that they have this long standing niggling Achilles problem. In some cases they ‘just get on with it’ in other cases they have given up the sports that make it worse e.g. squash or running. I wonder why people are so keen to give up on this condition? Or is it that they have tried many different treatments with limited result? This got me curious.
We have all had muscular fatigue, when you simply cannot complete that final rep. Nothing left in the tank if you will. DOMS is again something that I am sure we are all familiar with, that ache you get the day after, or even the ‘day after, the day after’ you have worked out hard. It doesn’t necessarily stop you functioning and can even improve after further exercise. Muscular strain is a completely different kettle of fish. Yes there may be pain or ache but what is more pronounced is the lack of force that muscle of group of muscle or even more extreme the inability to contract that muscle at all. Lets take a quick look at how you can identify what is going on for you and how you can take the right approach to address each.
I only have to bring up the word ‘stretching’ with some of my colleagues in the therapeutic and fitness industry to generate lively debate. Something that we have all thought was a good thing to do is now in question. Truth be told, there is a lot of contradictory research out there and no solid
proof of the advantages and disadvantages so it’s no wonder there is confusion. What is clear is that we have many joints and muscles in our bodies and even more confusingly, many many different stretching protocols each with a number of pros and cons, so where does one start when considering a regular stretch routine? Continue reading To Stretch or not to Stretch? The Benefits of the ‘RIGHT’ Stretching.
One of the most common complaints I see in my clinic, are clients hobbling in with calf strain. Sometimes they really felt it go, and other times they were just waiting for a tennis ball at the net and felt sudden weakness or cramp hence the name – ‘Tennis Leg’. I had one client in particular who
thought he was cramping, kept playing and the next day and for a number of weeks afterwards he had quite a spectacular bruise…. cramps don’t bruise!
First things first, what exactly is your calf? The calf muscle is a generic name used to describe the muscles at the back of the leg. In fact there are several muscles living in this neighbourhood and identifying which one has been damaged is key to fixing the problem and getting you back on form.
answer is – it depends……
When you initially strain a muscle or sprain ligaments or tendons there are tears in the fibre, bleeding and swelling. This leads to inflammation and heat being radiated from the area as the dead cells are removed and new ones brought in to start the healing process.
And so we come to the final installment, although in writing this I feel this should have been Part 1 given how critical it is to healing and that is how what you put in your body dictates not only the length of time needed to heal but the quality of the job itself.
What you put in to healing is what you get out! The Food Factor
As discussed over the last two blogs, your body has its work cut out in terms of removing damaged cells, laying down new healthy cells, fibres, collagen and to do this is needs the right base materials. We all know the quality of the building is only as good as the quality of the materials used – your body is no different! In order for your body to generate the right parts at a cellular level, it needs the right mix of vitamins, protein and hydration to do this.
Continue reading How Long to Heal?’ Part III: ‘You’ Harnessing Your Intrinsic Ability to Heal
The dreaded question we face as therapists – ‘How long to heal?’. It is not because we don’t want to commit to a timeline but it is because there are so many variables to healing time that it truly is like asking
‘How long is a piece of string?’. To go some way to helping you understand the process and what you can do help the body along I have written a three piece blog on Injuries.
- Part I: The Stages of Healing
- Part 2: The Type of Injury
- Part 3: Your Impact on Healing
- Understanding Breathing: Lawrence Gold: http://www.somatics.com/breathng.htm
Breathing and the Pelvic Floor: Jenny Burrell: http://www.burrelleducation.com/2014/post-natal-core-restore-why-the-breath-comes-first/
While the World Holds its Breath: Noah Karrasch: http://noahkarrasch.com/noahs-blog/
Ten Benefits of Deep Breathing: Robins Key: http://www.robinskey.com/10-benefits-of-deep-breathing/