Knee Pain: A Complex Problem to Solve

It is not uncommon for a client to turn up at my door and state they have been told by friends, colleagues, team mates and sometimes other therapists that they have ‘Runners Knee’ and don’t know what to do about it.  ‘Jumpers Knee’, ‘ITB Syndrome’ and many other complaints present but all have one thing …

Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Release: How You Can Help

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is characterised by widespread pain across the body which is often accompanied by secondary symptoms including fatigue, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, joint stiffness, headaches and even difficulty concentrating. It is not yet known what the exact cause of the condition is, it is thought that the pain may be caused …

Injuries: Ice or Heat?

A question I am asked all the time is when something hurts should you use ‘Ice or Heat?’.  As always the answer is – it depends…… Ice   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 …

Power Tennis, the ‘Grunt’ and your Core

After a thrilling day at Wimbledon on Friday, my own little tennis ‘victory’ and some pretty tender ribs for the last week, I have been inspired to think about why my ribs hurt, why we ‘Grunt’ under pressure and how we can get more power in our tennis shots. I myself can be guilty of …

Following the Foot Trail: Look Local, Think Global

Feet.  Something I avoided for years given a propensity to tickley feet myself and just simply blocking them from my mind.  It’s over the last 12-18 months that I have become OBSESSSED with feet.  They tell us so much about the story of someone’s body and can act as great guide do identifying dysfunction in …

How Long to Heal?’ Part III: ‘You’ Harnessing Your Intrinsic Ability to Heal

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 …

‘How Long to Heal?’ Part II: The Type of Injury

Now that we have established that your injury needs to go through a number of stages and processes to heal the next step is to establish is the type of injury.  There are two aspects that I will consider here ‘What tissue is damaged?’ and ‘How badly is it damaged?’. ‘What’ you have damaged makes …

Freeing Fascia: The Massage Connection

‘Fascia’, if you haven’t heard of it, take note as it is the big thing in ‘Soft Tissue’ these days.  What is this stuff dubbed ‘The Cinderella’ tissue by Dr Schleip and how does it impact how we treat clients as massage therapists?  In its simplest terms it is a web of collaginous fibres that …

Dynamic Stretching: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Mad Man or Genius?

After a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of golf watching, I thought I would take inspiration from The Masters for this week’s blog.  The subject of this tale I hear you ask?  Miguel Angel Jimenez or “The Mechanic” as he is fondly known.  Whether it is his tumbling red curly hair or the cigar smoking he is …

Case Study: The use of Kinesio Tape as part of an Integrated Soft Tissue Treatment Plan

After much scepticism, and lack of available scientific proof on the effectiveness of Kinesio Tape in injury rehabilitation I decided to study Kinesio Taping with the KT Association UK in 2013.  I wanted to see for myself what was involved and more importantly what results could be gained by integrating Kinesio Tape to my treatment …