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Why Stretching Before And After A Workout Is Important To Recovery

Why Stretching Before And After A Workout Is Important To Recovery

Whether you play sports or work out to keep in shape, the likelihood is that people who exercise regularly will sustain injuries at some point. We are all taught the importance of stretching before exercise from a very young age, but other than the relatively vague explanation of “warming up”, not everyone can explain how exactly it helps. Even fewer people can explain the benefits of cooling down, or stretching after a workout. Both of these are particularly important when recovering from an injury, and here we are going to look at exactly why this is the case.

What Kind Of Massage Is Best For Me?

What Kind Of Massage Is Best For Me?

Getting a massage is not simply a matter of lying face down on a table and letting a therapist start working. There are many different types of massages, each designed to deal with different issues. The kind of massage you should request depends entirely on what you hope to get out of it, so we’re going to look at some of the most common types of massage, and what they can help you with.

What Is Golfer's Elbow And How Can I Avoid It?

What Is Golfer's Elbow And How Can I Avoid It?

Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow, is a form of tendinitis that affects the tendons connecting the muscles in your forearm to your elbow. It is similar to tennis elbow, but occurs on the bony bump on the inside of the elbow, rather than the outside. While the condition is quite common in golfers, it can occur in anyone who regularly twists their wrists or clenches their fingers.

Mind Over Matter When It Comes To Back Pain?

Mind Over Matter When It Comes To Back Pain?

When we think about pain, we tend to think of signals being sent from one part of our body to the brain, to alert it of a problem. What many people fail to realise is that this is a two-way system, and there are also signals that travel from the brain and down the spinal cord. These signals determine our levels of sensitivity, and therefore determine “how much” pain we feel. In simple English, pain is not just a result of the problem, it also comes from how sensitive we are in general.

Fitness (And Motivation) Tips For Autumn

Fitness (And Motivation) Tips For Autumn

Summer is officially over and we are now firmly in autumn territory. September in particular tends to bring about noticeable changes in our schedules, as children go back to school, tourist numbers start to decline, and colleagues return from their trips abroad. All of these little changes, combined with worsening weather and shorter days can wreak havoc on our workout routines. But it is important to stay focused and motivated during this time, or you run the risk of falling into some bad habits. Here, we look at a few different ways you can stay fit and motivated throughout autumn.

Muscle Cramping - Why It Happens And How To Prevent It

Muscle Cramping - Why It Happens And How To Prevent It

Muscle cramp is a term used to describe the involuntary contraction of a muscle, which does not immediately relax afterwards. If relaxation of the muscle does occur straight after, it is a spasm. Any muscle in the body is capable of cramping, although the muscles in the legs are far more susceptible to cramps than any other. A muscle that cramps will often become tangibly, and sometimes visibly, stiffer.

Healing After A Broken Bone

Healing After A Broken Bone

We recently looked at why injuries seem to take longer to heal as we age. Theories include that our cellular pathways become overloaded with information, which prevents our cells from dividing efficiently; that our inflammatory responses change, and that we either get too much or not enough inflammation; or that certain chemical changes, such as to our level of hormones, could impede our ability to heal.

How Physiotherapy Can Help Migraine Sufferers

How Physiotherapy Can Help Migraine Sufferers

A migraine is a chronic neurological disorder where a person will suffer head pain on one side of their head. Migraines are usually described as a throbbing sensation, and are rarely classified as mild. Many people experiencing migraines will also experience nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise. For most people, a migraine attack will mean total disruption to their normal daily routine, and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

What Pain In Different Parts Of Your Back Can Mean

What Pain In Different Parts Of Your Back Can Mean

Suffering from back pain can be a frustrating experience, as even the slightest pain can be persistent and throw our days into chaos. Almost every activity we do, whether it is working, exercising, watching TV, or even sleeping suddenly becomes a struggle to get comfortable and stay focused. How to deal with this pain depends heavily on what the cause of it is, so in this blog, we’re going to look at what different pains in parts of your back can mean.

Common Causes Of Calf Muscle Pain And How To Look After It

Common Causes Of Calf Muscle Pain And How To Look After It

The calf is one of the most frequently injured body parts, especially if you are a particularly active person. As well as the three major muscles, the soleus, the medial gastrocnemius, and the lateral gastrocnemius, the calf also contains the smaller plantaris muscles, the tibia, the fibula, and a number of tendons and ligaments. Calf pain can arise from any one of these areas, so in this blog, we will look at some of the most common causes of calf pain, and how to treat them.

Most Common Gymnastic Injuries

Most Common Gymnastic Injuries

Gymnastics is a sport that requires both power and poise. Not only can the moves involved be extremely complex, but they often require the gymnast to use the majority of their body parts at once, and can place joints in particular under extreme strain. While injuries are common in any sport, they are exceedingly common in gymnastics, so in this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most common gymnastic injuries.

Tips on Getting Ready For a Triathalon

Tips on Getting Ready For a Triathalon

There are lots of great reasons to take part in a triathlon. For some, it’s an interesting new challenge, for others, it’s a great form of cross-training to overcome injuries, and some people just feel that they’re good enough at running, swimming, and cycling to give all three a go at once. Whatever your reasons for entering may be, here are our tips on getting ready for a triathlon.

Pre-Season Tips For Getting Back Into Shape

Pre-Season Tips For Getting Back Into Shape

After the summer we’ve had this year, running from shade to shade is about as much exercise as some of us have gotten. Whatever your sport of choice may be, it’s okay, even advisable, to take a break for a few weeks. But with September drawing ever closer, people all across the country are beginning to prepare themselves for the next season. If you have been spending your days at the beach and your evenings at barbecues, then it shouldn’t be a huge surprise if you have a little extra work to do. But if you start early, you can get back into shape, improve your game, and minimise your risk of injury.

Piriformis Syndrome and What to Do About It

Piriformis Syndrome and What to Do About It

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. As both the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve are located at least in part in the buttocks, the first symptoms of the condition are tingling or numbness in that area. As the condition progresses, this can turn into a pain that radiates about halfway down the leg, and possibly slightly up into the back as well. Because of the pain associated with piriformis syndrome, sufferers can find that they have a reduced range of motion in the hip.

Positive Effects of Pilates

Positive Effects of Pilates

Anyone who has been practicing pilates for a while will be familiar with the vast physical and mental benefits it can have, but those who are just considering taking it up may not realise how beneficial it can be. Whether it’s keeping us limber or helping our brains stay young, there are a lot of reasons to seriously consider taking up pilates. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most positive effects it can have.