Hypermobility and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome? Is it good to be bendy??

Last month’s blog was all about stretching. However there are some people who don’t even have to try to be flexible. People with hypermobility have joints which easily stretch beyond what would normally be expected. They are sometimes referred to colloquially as being ‘double jointed’ a definition which brings to mind images of contortionists squeezing Read More

Lumbar Disc injuries-A pain in the back!!

Most people know somebody who has ‘slipped a disc’ but what does this really mean? Often when patients present at the clinic with back pain, the first thing they worry about is their discs. There is a lot of scaremongering where discs are concerned and as soon as they are mentioned as a diagnosis many Read More

Pilates and Rehabilitation in lower back pain – Does Pilates make a difference to back pain?

Pilates has existed as a form of exercise for over 100 years. Originally popular with dancers, the last 20 years have seen it pushed forwards into the sphere of lower back pain rehabilitation. This blog will focus on the link between Pilates and rehabilitation for lower back pain in particular. Important research over 25 years Read More

Tennis Elbow Pain – but…I haven’t been playing Tennis?

The trouble with tennis elbow!     Tennis elbow, often clinically known as lateral epicondylitis,  epicondylosis  or epicondylalgia can be a confusing condition for patients. Particularly if they have been nowhere near a tennis court! How do you know if you have it?? There are some fairly consistent signs and symptoms which lead to the Read More

What does massage do and when can it assist rehabilitation?

It is not uncommon for clients to present for a physiotherapy assessment expecting to have some form of massage. Whilst massage may definitely form part of a patient’s treatment programme, if you have an injury or pain syndrome, it is important for your physiotherapist to assess your problem first and formulate a diagnosis on which Read More

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common painful condition, which arises when the tendons inside the shoulder joint, known as the rotator cuff, get trapped in the small space underneath the acromion, the hooked shaped bone process attached to the front of the shoulder blade (scapula). This can lead to inflammation and sharp pinching pain initially. Read More

Running the London Marathon this year? Iliotibial Band Syndrome – a common running injury

The London marathon is such a popular event with amateur and charity runners of all shapes, sizes and ages running alongside (or a few miles behind!) the professionals. The challenge of pushing your body around 26.2 miles is not something to take on lightly and when you are performing a repetitive impact motion like running Read More