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Heading Back To The Gym? Here’s Our 6 Tips For An Injury Free Comeback!

With gyms up and down the country reopening this weekend, countless people are gearing up to restart their fitness regimes. After months of living room floor workouts, zoom classes and social media fitness challenges, the joy of returning to the gym is finally here for many.

But before you rush back to the treadmill, book into a spin class or reacquaint yourself with the squat rack just yet, you might want to consider some of our top tips to avoid picking up unwanted injuries along the way.

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Conquer stress levels to beat back pain

From a shorter temper, changes in mood, difficultly concentrating, headaches and even an unsettled gut; we are all well aware of and have felt the affects of stress at one time or another.  But one of the more undetected affects of stress that you may not be so aware of however, is the physical affects on your body and pain levels that may well be responsible for your ongoing back pain.

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Stressed, Anxious, Frustrated? – Try this

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the stresses and strains of daily life and constant barrage of daily news updates. This can often lead to us feeling stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed or even anxious. We’re all guilty of worrying over uncertainties and things that we have no control over but most of us forget to take the time to take a step back and understand the thoughts that lead us to feel in such ways that are negative to our wellbeing.

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TIC Spotlight: Tennis Elbow

In this edition of ‘TIC Spotlight’ we take a closer look at a common condition affecting the outside of the elbow “Tennis Elbow”, or to give it it’s medial name “Lateral Epicondylitis”. It is estimated that tennis elbow affects 1 in 3 people, however, despite its name only 5% of individuals suffering with tennis elbow can actually relate the cause of injury to tennis! Read on to understand what might be causing your tennis elbow and how you can manage the symptoms!

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What do I do if I get pain or injury in lockdown?

We’ve been contacted by numerous people over the past few weeks all wanting to know, “what happens if I get aches and pains during lockdown?”

This concern is genuine and understandable right now.

A few weeks ago my little boy fell off his bike and in the initial panic of “do we need to take him to hospital to get checked over?” it dawned on me – is that even an option right now?

This got me thinking about our clients too. Injuries and conditions that were troublesome before lockdown don’t disappear overnight and those thrown into a different routine are now starting to develop new issues too.

So how can you still get help if you’re in pain or discomfort during lockdown?

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Are You Exercising TOO Much During Lockdown? – Here’s Why!

 

One great positive to come out of all of this is just how many people are exercising and increasing their physical activity levels.

This morning, as I’ve set up in my temporary home office, sat down with a coffee and answered the weekends emails, I have seen 10 runners, 4 cyclists, 2 couples walking, 4 dog walkers and 2 families out on scooters all pass my window.

And this isn’t a one off. This is a trend I’ve observed growing over the past 6 weeks.

Since the coronavirus upended most peoples lifestyles – including their exercise routines, more and more people of all types are turning to these kind of activities as a way to keep fit and occupied, and at home workouts are becoming more ‘the norm’ for many.

But as you find yourself with extra time on your hands and the urge to channel your boredom and manage your mental wellbeing by breaking a sweat; make sure you’re doing so safely. Because, yes, there is such a thing as ‘too much’ exercise. And overdoing it could actually do more harm than good, pandemic or otherwise.

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TIC Spotlight: Piriformis Syndrome

For the fourth edition of ‘TIC Spotlight’ we are focusing on a condition that is “real pain in the butt” quite literally and is often overlooked and ‘misdiagnosed’ as common sciatica. Read on to understand how you can recognise the symptoms of piriformis syndrome and be equipped with the right tools to prevent symptoms from developing further and keep yourself active!

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What have we been up to?

Our team reveals what’s keeping them entertained during lockdown; talking on everything from what they’re currently watching, reading, listening to and the type of exercise they’re doing and even sharing tips to help you get the most out of your isolation period.

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