My Pec tear update at 6 weeks and beyond

My Pec tear update at 6 weeks and beyond

This is my own experience as a Physio on how to manage a Pec tear. In this video, I will discuss the update on my injury since the previous video, what this means for me in the long term and how I am rehabilitating my injury.

Have I torn my Pec? Early management of a Pec tendon tear

Have I torn my Pec? Early management

Have I torn my Pec tendon? Quite possibly! Eek! This is my own experience as a Physio on how to manage a Pec tendon tear in the early phase. I will discuss what I am doing in the acute pre-operative phase of a Lower Pectoralis Major tendon rupture and will document my recovery and rehab […]

Are open chain Quads exercises dangerous after an ACL reconstruction?

Are open chain Quads exercises dangerous after an ACL reconstruction?

Many physios including myself have been told of the dangers of open chain quads exercises to somebody rehabilitating an ACL reconstruction. It had been said that it is too risky to the graft due to the high strain of an open chain exercise such as a leg extension but is this really true or not?

Is Physio to be done to you or with you?

Is Physio to be done to you or with you?

“I had physio and it didn’t work for me”. There is so much wrong with this statement. Physiotherapy isn’t passive and just done to you and not all physios are the same and more. This video discusses these issues to help the general public gain a better understanding of what physiotherapy really is, to help […]

Why are Tibialis raises so good?

Why are Tibialis raises so good?

Do you train your shins? No! What do you mean! You really should, but why? Ever heard of an exercise called Tibialis raises this video details how they can help you. If you want to see the full video of how to do them then click here: https://hawkesphysiotherapy.co.uk/exercise/tibialis-raises/

How hard should a sports massage be?

How hard should a sports massage be?

Can a sports massage be too hard or is it the harder the better? Find even more in-depth information on this subject here: https://hawkesphysiotherapy.co.uk/does-massage-hurt/

If your back feels stiff, is it really?

If your back feels stiff, is it really?

“My back is really stiff! I need a massage!” Now your back feels stiff but is it really? Wait, what I don’t understand? Feeling stiff obviously isn’t normal but can you objectively get a stiff back or not meanings feeling tight or stiff a sensation or can it be objectively measured?

Should I squat with a wide or narrow stance?

Should I squat with a wide or narrow stance?

“Dude! This is how you should squat. Hip width apart.” Can you issue a blanket statement about how you should squat, specifically in this case, stance width? Should I squat with a wide or narrow stance?

How important is the Soleus for ACL rehab?

How important is the Soleus for ACL rehab?

Quads, quads, quads, Hamy’s hamy’s hamy’s…..Soleus, wait what? Yes, you may not realise but the Soleus calf muscle may play a very important role in ACL rehab. So, how important is the Soleus for ACL rehab?

Why do you hurt your back?

Why do you hurt your back?

“My back went from just sneezing!” Contrary to popular belief most people I see don’t hurt their back with heavy lifting but most people are looking for this reason. So why do you hurt your back according to research?

Does caffeine affect muscle contraction?

Does caffeine affect muscle contraction?

“Get your pre-workout in bro!” So pre-workouts contain caffeine and often other stimulants. Caffeine improves your workouts by stimulating the nervous system but is this all it affects? Does caffeine affect muscle contraction?

Can thinking something will be painful make it painful?

Can thinking something will be painful make it painful?

“It hurts when I do that so it’s bad and I shouldn’t do it!” Sounds logical doesn’t it but if you think something will hurt will it hurt more. We know that exercise increases pressure pain thresholds which is known as exercise-induced hypoalgesia. But can thinking that exercise will be painful make it painful?

Is a dysfunctional Tensor Fascia Lata the cause of injury?

Is a dysfunctional Tensor Fascia Lata the cause of injury?

“It’s my TFL (Tensor Fascia Lata) causing my issues!” It appears the TFL is often blamed for various issues such as ITB syndrome, greater trochanteric pain syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome but is a dysfunctional Tensor Fascia Lata the cause of injury?

Does foam rolling release your ITB?

Does foam rolling release your ITB?

“I’m going to foam roll my ITB to release it!” You hear this all the time but can you release your ITB? Firstly, your ITB isn’t a muscle, so it cannot contract or relax and it doesn’t respond like a muscle to stretch, pressure or load. So does foam rolling release your ITB?

Should I give up on my physio if my exercises make me worse?

Should I give up on my physio if my exercises make me worse?

“I had one session with a physio and the exercises that they gave me made it worse so I’m not going back.” Ok, so this is a problem because rehab exercises are designed to stress your injury to create an adaptation to improve the sensitivity and ultimately improve your function. If an exercise seems to […]

What gym exercises can help me to sprint faster?

What gym exercises can help me to sprint faster?

“I want to get faster-sprinting speed, what exercises should I do?” So, people will often look at the muscles involved in sprinting and work on strength and power with exercises that target these muscles but does direction or range of movement matter on your exercise selection? What gym exercises can help me to sprint faster?

How much more effective is your treatment if you have a preference for it?

How much more effective is your treatment if you have a preference for it?

“I couldn’t get into see my usual physio so I’ve had to book in with you.” Sounds innocent, doesn’t it? But this type of thinking is already creating a problem. It is the negative connotation that you won’t be as good as their usual physio even though they have never seen you before. Believe it […]

Can exercise positively influence the Intervertebral Disc?

Can exercise positively influence the Intervertebral Disc?

“I can’t squat because I have disc problems!” This is interesting because many people say this and have experienced pain when lifting but little do they know that most patients with back pain are generally inactive and even astronauts get a higher percentage of disc herniations than people on earth so load is good, not […]

Does an ACL reconstruction surgery increase knee osteoarthritis?

Does an ACL reconstruction surgery increase knee osteoarthritis?

“I’ve torn my ACL so I need surgery otherwise I will have long term knee problems!” So I have previously done videos on ACL tears and spoken about whether surgery is the right approach or not but one thing that we previously discussed was that knee osteoarthritis was likely worsened whether you had reconstruction or […]

Can you target parts of a muscle with certain exercises?

Can you target parts of a muscle with certain exercises?

“Dude, I am isolating the inner pecs with this exercise!” Now, this is interesting because bodybuilders have said this for many years and you can certainly feel parts of your muscle more involved in certain ranges or movements. Yet in the science, it never made sense as the muscle is totally supplied by a motor […]

Do we need to stretch anymore? The case for full range of movement strengthening

Do we need to stretch anymore? The case for full range of movement strengthening

“I have gone off stretching!” Do we need to stretch anymore? Is there a better option? The case for full range of movement strengthening. With the evidence showing no injury prevention benefits and a chronic loss of power from stretching and now with evidence highlighting that you can increase range just as well with full […]