1: You have poor shoulder flexibility Do you struggle reaching towards your cupboards? Do you have difficulty reaching behind your back? Do you have shoulder symptoms when trying to comb your hair?If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have limited shoulder range of motion (also known as flexibility). Our shoulder joint…

1: You lose “Match Fitness“ So what is match fitness exactly? It essentially means the type of fitness that relates to your chosen sport. For example, a rugby player and a golf player would use very different energy systems. After a season, your body has adapted to the stress you placed upon it throughout the…

Shoulder pain is the 3rd most common musculoskeletal complaint seen in clinical practice, with 70% of patients still experiencing symptoms 6 weeks after their initial presentation, and 50% developing chronic symptoms (Ottenheijm et al 2011). As there are a number of issues that can result in shoulder pain, the symptoms that are experienced can be…

Hamstring strains are one of the most common injuries experienced by those who participate in sports that involve high power and acceleration, such as football, soccer, and athletics. These strains occur when the hamstring muscles are overloaded; either by being overstretched or contracting too hard. The hamstring structure is made up of three main muscles:…

Your Shoulder blades play a crucial role in the movement of your shoulder. If the muscles that support the shoulder blades are too weak or too tight, then normal movement of the shoulder joint cannot occur and over time, this leads to shoulder pain. The muscles that stabilise the shoulder blades onto the rib cage…

Why does pregnancy cause back pain? During pregnancy there are 3 main changes that can lead to pain in the back and SIJ –          Changes in weight distribution and Posture. During pregnancy your body’s centre of gravity shifts forward in relation to the spine. This puts extra pressure on the joints of both the lumbar…

ANKLE PAIN and STIFFNESS?? Recently we have noticed an increased number of people coming to the clinic with ankle injuries. This area is one of the areas of the body that many people neglect to rehabilitate properly following injury. Accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate treatment combining hands on physiotherapy and rehabilitation is essential to prevent…

Most people will have never heard of a “bursa”, however it is a very common cause of significant pain and injury in the body (bursitis). What is a bursa? A bursa is a very thin, small fibrous sack that sits between bone and tendon. They are found in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and various…

ITB friction syndrome is a painful condition that occurs due to excessive friction on the outer area of the knee joint. It is an overuse injury that occurs primarily in runners and hence gets the name “runner’s knee”. Essentially the problem arises when the Illiotibial Band (ITB), a long connective tissue structure that runs from…

Nocturnal Cramps: Stuart Turner, Physiotherapist Norwest and Epping. Nocturnal leg cramps in adults are a common problem with some sources reporting that approximately 30% of adults over 60 experiences some form of nocturnal leg cramps. Nocturnal leg cramps usually affect the calf muscles and intrinsic foot muscles, and are characterized by strong involuntary contraction of…

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