Most of us are aware that warming up and cooling down go hand in hand with exercise and physical activity. However, what it actually does and how it should be done isn’t always clear. A good warm-up will increase the elasticity of muscles and tendons, encourage blood flow to the periphery of the body and increase body temperature and heart rate in preparation for activity.
When you decide to play any sport, you’re willing to risk getting injured. While there is an inherent risk of injury in every sport, the kinds of injuries and the likelihood of sustaining them varies greatly from sport to sport. Unfortunately, Irish sports are often overlooked by the broader medical community, so today we’re going to look at some of the most common injuries in one of Ireland’s oldest and roughest sports: hurling.
The very fact that you are reading this means that you could be at risk of developing “tech neck”. As the name implies, tech neck is a term used to describe pain in the neck that results from overuse of technology. With screens becoming increasingly omnipresent in our everyday lives, we are all at risk of developing tech neck, so here are steps you can take to prevent it.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, ESWT, or simply “shockwave therapy” for short is the use of shockwaves to treat inflammations of the tendons around our joints. Although it is a relatively unknown therapy in the public eye, shockwave therapy has proven to be a popular choice among many athletes, as well as people with chronic pain.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition, where the airways to the lungs become irritated, causing them to swell, tighten up, and spasm. This causes tightness in the chest, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. It is usually associated with allergies or other forms of hypersensitivity, such as hayfever.
If you’re a fan of the water and experiencing back pain, you may be wondering if swimming could help alleviate that pain. The truth is, swimming can be both the cause of and solution to back pain, depending on the individual. In this blog, we’re going to look at how swimming can help or hurt your back.
Icing and heating injuries are techniques that have been used to aid recovery for hundreds of years. Despite this, there remains a lot of confusion as to which should be used when. In this blog, we’re going to look at how icing and heating work, and how to know which one to use.
Whether you experience them frequently or once in a blue moon, headaches have the ability to throw our whole day into turmoil. While the occasional sore head is to be expected, if you experience frequent headaches at work, but not outside, it is likely to do with how you sit at your desk.
In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most common physical injuries sustained by children. While you can’t protect them from every injury, recognising the signs and symptoms of these will help you prevent some of the most common ones.
By taking control of your work day, scheduling and planning your activities, did you know that you can actually decrease a lot of musculoskeletal (MSK) problems?
Depending on the severity, a stroke can can result in loss of mobility. Fortunately, physiotherapy can be used to address these issues and provide a higher quality of life.
Physiotherapy may not come to mind when you think of cancer treatment, but as we have seen, there is always more to learn about cancer. This blog will look at how physiotherapy can be used to ease the suffering and aid the recovery of those battling cancer.
National Scoot to School Week is an annual event run by Green Schools Ireland. The campaign aims to raise environmental awareness, as well as keep children active and fit. This year, National Scoot to School Week takes place from the 20th to the 24th of March.
Of all the technological advancements made in recent times, the smartphone has arguably been one of the most transformative. But for all the good that smartphones have brought into our lives, there is bound to be some bad.
If you spend hours on end sitting, you should make sure you’re doing it right. If not, you could be causing yourself a lot of harm.
Back pain may not be a life-threatening condition, but it can still be extremely frustrating. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to reduce or prevent back pain.
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and as more and more scientific research is carried out on the effects of acupuncture, we look at some of the benefits it can have on your health.
A 2011 study found that in the 6 months leading up to a triathlon, 87% of participants reported an overuse injury. With all that in mind, let’s look at some of the most common injuries experienced by triathletes.
Footballer’s ankle is a form of chronic ankle pain caused by bone spurs on the front aspect of the bone of the ankle. These spurs are generally developed from long term sporting activity that involves kicking as this will move the ankle to its extremes.
The majority of whiplash cases result from road traffic accidents where the head is thrown back and then whipped forward. The injury might also be a result of some force to the head, normally during sporting activities such as boxing or rugby. Whatever the cause, physiotherapy has proven incredibly valuable in the healing process.