Fascia: Is it Really New ‘News’ in the World of Bodywork?

Fascia.  The word of the moment in the world of body work.  Whether it be injury prevention, fitness training, injury treatment, postural correction or chronic pain it is almost a certainty these days that someone has discussed Fascia or Connective tissue with you.  A substance once cut out and thrown away in cadaver, has now …

I had the pleasure of spending a day with Claire Robertson the Consultant Physiotherapist at Wimbledon Clinics yesterday focusing on Patellofemoral Pain, the potential causes and rehabilitation.  You can read Claire’s biography here but it is safe to say she knows her stuff leading and releasing ground breaking research in this area.  This leads me to …

It has long been proven that prescribed exercise is beneficial to individuals suffering with Osteoarthritis of the knee.  Generally when talking to people with this condition, they will gladly demonstrate the various exercises they have been working on to keep the knee mobile and to help reduce pain, but what happens when this relief starts …

Is your Posture causing you more than just a pain in the neck?

If you read my blogs then you are no stranger to postural imbalance and the problems it can lead to.  Desk neck, phone wrist and driving shoulder are all common complaints these days.   I think we are probably all agreed that when our posture goes wrong it can lead to musculo-skeletal problems, but could our …

Calf Strain: Bent Leg Rehab or Straight?

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 …

Instrument Assisted Massage: A Therapists Review

I was first introduced to the wonders of Instrument Assisted Massage and IAM Tools by the fabulous Jenny Burrell late last year and was amazed by the level of soft tissue release achieved in such a short space of time.  This weekend I attended the Advanced Course in Instrument Assisted Massage Tools run by IAM …

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 …

Case Study: Cystic Fibrosis – The Impact on Posture

Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease caused by a faulty gene.  ‘This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food’.  The symptoms can include poor lung function, repeated chest infections, poor …

The Ankle Series: Bouncy, Rolling Ankles

How many of you have suffered from sprained ankles over the years?  Now how many of you are now left with bouncy rolling ankles?  Do you often ‘go over’ on your ankle, but bounce back up with no pain or sprain?  But what if next time you ‘go over’ on your ankle you are not …

The Ankle Series: Floppy Ankles, Sore Shins? Maybe it is Time for a Rethink!

Floppy ankles… I see them on an almost daily basis, calves so tight that as soon as my clients lay down on the treatment table their ankles flop forward as if preparing to dance for  ‘The Royal Ballet’.  For many reasons it appears that our calves have shortened up.  Be it the high heels we …