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 …

Achilles Problem? Hard work pays off!

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 …

Those who know me from my clinic will know how passionate I am about getting our bodies aligned so that they can resist the strains and pressures of our active lives, keeping us feeling well and pain free.  It is especially the case with women who have had children.  I cannot count the number of …

To Stretch or not to Stretch? The Benefits of the ‘RIGHT’ Stretching.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …