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Should I use ICE or HEAT?

Avoid this common mistake that could significantly affect your recovery and pain levels!

One of the questions I most frequently get asked by many clients in the clinic is “Should I use ICE or HEAT for my pain?”

Both ice and heat are amongst the most effective and cost effective ways that you can manage your own pain at home; however there is much confusion around which to use and when? Using the wrong type of treatment at the wrong time can have a significant affect on the speed of your recovery.  Avoid making this common mistake in your recovery by following these simple guidelines that we use with our clients.

I tell our clients that whether you use ICE or HEAT depends largely on whether your injury/pain is new or longstanding.Read More

Don’t Trip Up With Your Marathon Preparation

With this years London Marathon just over a week away now, I have seen a flurry of anxious runners in the clinic looking to rid any last niggles that could upset the big day.

The majority of runners that I treat tend to be detailed orientated in their approach to training, leaving nothing to chance; tracking milage, heart rate, cadence even carefully selecting clothing and footwear – sound familiar?

But one aspect often over looked by many runners is how you tie your laces – Yes there’s more than one way to tie your laces!

Despite being a simple task that most of us learnt to do at school, lacing your running shoes is actually a science. A 2008 study at the University of Duisberg Germany found that the tightness and pattern of how runners laced up their running shoes directly affected impact force and pronation. This can also have a significant impact when staying injury-free whilst racking up the miles.Read More

To Google or NOT to Google

The Internet has become a major part of everyday life for most of us, with some arguing that wifi be added to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs!

There is no doubt that the ability to have the answer to any question at your finger tips has many benefits. We’re all guilty of looking up the odd pub quiz answer or trying to settle a debate with a partner via Google; BUT when it comes to your health sometimes this can be the wrong thing to do.

Whilst I encourage clients to be better informed and understand the causes of their pain and stiffness, the shear volume of information on the internet can be misleading and sources under-qualified or unreliable; leading many clients coming to the clinic having tried remedies and exercises that weren’t correct for their type of injury – wasting valuable time and often money in the process and in some cases even making their injury worse!Read More

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