The most neglected muscles and how to train them

The most neglected muscles and how to train them

You’ve heard of the bench press or the squat but what exercises are great for the most neglected muscles in your body? In today’s article, we will discuss and demonstrate the most neglected muscles in your body, why you should train them and exercises to target them.   Shin muscles: Why do you need to […]

Can sprint training improve Hamstring strength?

can sprint training improve hamstring strength?

Today we will examine some of the research on whether or not you can get stronger Hamstrings from sprint training.   Now, you’ve probably heard some people at the gym say, “You’ve got to lift weights to get stronger bro!” or “You can’t get stronger from running”. Now, this may be true and most peoples’ […]

Can you have pain and have no injury or tissue damage?

Can you have pain and have no injury or tissue damage?

More pain equals more damage, right? Well not always!   Today we will look at an editorial in the BMJ called, “There is more to pain than tissue damage: Eight principles to guide care of acute non-traumatic pain in sport.” So, can you have pain and have no injury or tissue damage? 8 principles of […]

Does acupuncture help headaches and migraines?

Does acupuncture help headaches and migraines?

Migraines and headaches can be debilitating for many people and there are many treatments available, one of which is acupuncture. So does acupuncture help headaches and migraines? Do you want to know if it is worth trying acupuncture for your migraines or headaches? That’s exactly what we are going to discuss in today’s article. Essentially, […]

My Sacroiliac joint keeps popping out!

My sacroiliac joint keeps popping out

Sounds bad, doesn’t it? But so many people come to me and say “My Sacroiliac joint keeps popping out!” Does it really? In today’s article, we will look into the evidence around this subject. We will teach you some anatomy, how common pain arises from the Sacroiliac joint (SIJ), how much it moves, what happens […]

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia? Put simply, Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that affects multiple parts of the body for no apparent reason, but it isn’t just a pain syndrome as there are other effects throughout the body, ranging from fatigue, digestive problems and more. In today’s article, we are going to look, in-depth, at Fibromyalgia […]

What to do when you’re injured

What to do when you're injured

Injury is a pain! Literally! You want to get back to normal as soon as possible, this is obvious, but how do you get back to full fitness from an injury? This article is a rough guide for you to follow but remember everybody is different and so are injuries. If you are unsure then […]

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder

Shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions accounting for between 7 -26% of G.P consultations in the UK & a Frozen shoulder, (adhesive capsulitis) affects up to 5% of the population and in the diabetic population, this increases to 10-20%! (Page & Labbe 2010). What is Frozen shoulder? Way back in 1934 […]

What causes and doesn’t cause back pain?

What causes and doesn't cause back pain?

There are many myths around lower back pain and some of these relate to what causes and doesn’t cause lower back pain? In today’s article, we will go through what the evidence tells us can cause back pain and also what doesn’t cause it, despite some information that you may have heard over the years. […]

10 amazing facts about the human body

10 amazing facts about the human body

The human body is amazing but we take this fact for granted every day. In today’s article, we will be discussing “10 amazing facts about the human body”.   Amazing fact number 1: The Talus is a bone in the ankle and is the second largest bone in the hindfoot region of the human body.  […]

Achilles Tendinitis? Tendinosis? Tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy

An in-depth look at Achilles tendinitis, otherwise known as tendinosis or tendinopathy The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body. That being said, this doesn’t mean you can’t injure it, on the contrary injury to this tendon is quite common. Injury extent can range from mild Achilles ‘tendinitis’ all the […]

How strong is the human body?

how strong is the human body?

The human body is amazing & it is surprisingly very strong. Many people are worried that they will hurt themselves with innocuous activities and this can lead to fear, anxiety and avoidance of certain things. Is this a legitimate fear though? Just how strong is the human body? This is precisely what we are going […]

Threshold of pain

Threshold of pain

The threshold of pain or the tolerance of pain? It’s incredible the number of people who are very quick to tell me at my Physiotherapy practice in Stoke on Trent, that they have a high threshold of pain but do they really? Do they know what the pain threshold is? There are two problems with […]

Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator cuff injury

Have you heard of the Rotator cuff? If you have shoulder pain you probably have. Today we are going to go deep into everything you need to know about Rotator cuff injury.   What is the rotator cuff? Firstly, we need to explain a little about the anatomy of the Rotator cuff before we can […]

7 ways to prevent neck pain

7 ways to prevent neck pain

Prevention is better than cure! We know that it can literally be a pain in the neck! So in today’s article, we will give you, 7 ways to prevent neck pain. Neck pain is the second most common musculoskeletal problem, although it is not as prevalent as lower back pain it still affects two-thirds of […]

10 Health facts that may surprise you

10 health facts that may surprise you

The human body is amazing and weird! Even with science and technology, there is a lot that we don’t know. Here are a few things we do know but they may be surprising to most people. So check out the 10 health facts that may surprise you!   Surprising health fact number 1: Breakfast is […]

How to run a sub 2 hour marathon

How to run a sub 2 hour marathon

Yes, I have the answer to the question that all runners want to know the answer to, ” How do you run a sub 2 hour marathon?” In today’s article, we are going to discuss why current marathon training is compromised and how it could be improved. The reality is that what we are going […]

Is lifting with a rounded back bad?

Is lifting with a rounded back bad?

So you may believe that you must keep your back straight when you lift but is this really true. We are going to examine the research to answer the question, “Is lifting with a rounded back bad?” Do you fear bending your lower back, expecting that your back might go on you? If I told […]

What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Physiotherapist?

difference between an osteopath and a physiotherapist

A question that I regularly get asked is, “What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Physiotherapist?” So I thought that it would be a good idea to write a blog on this to hopefully clear this up. Some people see Physio’s, some see Chiropractors, another person may choose to visit an Osteopath etc. […]

Infrapatellar fat pad impingement

Infrapatellar fat pad impingement

In today’s article, we are going to delve into the very painful knee injury called Infrapatellar fat pad inflammation or impingement, which is sometimes known as Hoffa’s pad. First, we need to explain what the Infrapatellar fat pad is before we can go any further: So Infra means below, the Patella is the knee cap […]

How easy is it to misdiagnose an injury?

How easy is it to misdiagnose an injury

You would expect that experienced and expert medical professionals would be extremely accurate on making a diagnosis but how easy is it to misdiagnose an injury?  How often do they bark up the wrong tree? The body is very good at mimicking other problems with referred pain, which is one of the main reasons that […]

Neck pain: Cervical Spondylosis

neck-pain-cervical-spondylosis

There are many causes of neck pain but in today’s article, we are going to go through Cervical Spondylosis. What is Spondylosis? Put simply Cervical spondylosis is a normal part of ageing and it is effectively a posh word for arthritis in the neck. More accurately it is degeneration of the intervertebral discs in the […]