Eventually you’ll become a masters runner, or not be a runner at all. Our physio Neil Harris looks at how to stay injury free as you get older.
Everybody experiences pain, which is a healthy response in the body. However, when pain fails to go away then chronic pain can develop. Chronic pain is estimated to affect 1.65 million people in Ireland alone. Topping that list of chronic pain is chronic back pain. To celebrate World Physiotherapy Day 2019, we will discuss the role of physiotherapy in the management of chronic pain.
The simple answer is, YES – you should be exercising for osteoporosis. Exercise is an important step in maintaining strong and healthy bones when it comes to healthy ageing. Current clinical guidelines recommend 30 minutes of exercise on most days for those suffering from osteoporosis. This blog aims to increase your knowledge of osteoporosis, as well as hopefully encourage you to become an active participant when it comes to daily exercise – whether you have osteoporosis or not!
The summer weather and longer evenings gets everybody feeling more energised and motivated to spend time outdoors. A great way to get out in the sun is by joining a local team or group of co-workers in the popular sport of tag rugby. Tag rugby is a social game that is played by all levels of skill, age, fitness and teams are usually of mixed gender.
Golf may not be known for being the fastest or most dangerous sport, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get injured playing it. When you’re on the course, your main concern in avoiding injuries may be to watch out for wayward drives, but in practical terms, most golf injuries tend to develop over time. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common golf injuries, and what you can do about them.
Endurance racing, as the name implies, is a form of racing that tests an athlete’s ability to run continuously over an extended distance, usually classified as at least three kilometres. Biologically speaking, humans are actually among the animals most well-built for endurance running, so it’s not surprising to see it has become a popular hobby. But, evolutionary predispositions or not, endurance racing is still quite tough on the body, so here are some of the best tips for recovering after an endurance race.
No matter who you are or where you grew up, there are certain memories we all share. One of the most common of these is when we would be out playing with a friend or sibling, and tragedy strikes: someone hits their head, draws blood, or falls out of something. You probably remember the feeling of assessing the injury, and trying to stem the flow of tears before an adult comes running.
Massage is a practice that dates back over 4,000 years, with the first records of its existence coming from ancient Egypt and China. Most well-known for its ability to relieve stress and loosen the muscles, massage is increasingly being used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, and is now standard practice in areas such as rehabilitation, pain management, and injury prevention. But our knowledge of the effects that massage can have on our bodies is ever-growing, and we now know that it can be used to help treat a huge variety of conditions. So what exactly are the benefits of massage?
If you’re someone who takes their fitness seriously, then you’ll be familiar with the ancient proverb “Never skip leg day”. Although this is usually intended as a joke about how difficult it can be to add mass to the legs, it also highlights how a lot of people distribute their efforts unequally across the different muscle groups. Whether the goal is to increase strength or simply tone up their vanity muscles, it is quite common for people to focus their attention on the muscles they think will make the biggest difference.
Since joining the EU in 1973, Ireland has increasingly shifted from an agricultural economy to a knowledge economy. While this has dramatically improved our quality of life in many ways, the change in the economy has also created a change in the kind of work we do, which in turn has had a big effect on our levels of physical activity.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments in the knee, connecting the femur to the tibia. It is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee, with most injuries occurring as a result of sharp turns or sudden movements in sports. As the ACL is essential for maintaining balance and stability, it is crucial to ensure that any injuries are properly treated, particularly if you play sports.
We each have 23 spinal discs separating the vertebrae in our backs and acting as shock absorbers. Occasionally, these can put pressure on spinal cord nerves, which can lead to pain in both the back and the area controlled by those nerves. When this occurs, it is known as a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc.