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PODCAST: Chris @ The Injury Clinic | Ep11 Burn, Build and Balance Podcast

A couple of weeks ago, clinical director and founder Chris was interviewed for the Strongbird Fitness podcast Burn, Build and Balance. On this episode Chris and Emma discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy, injury free body.

Chris shares his top tips and advice around improving your mobility, speeding up recovery, the perils of social media, finding the right professional and the benefits of some of the treatments on offer at the clinic. Emma also talks of some of her clients and her own experience of treatment here at the clinic as well as her preparation for her big event next year.

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7 Ways To Improve Your Sleep For Better Recovery!

In our previous article we discussed the importance of getting enough sleep each night for your body to effectively recover and repair from injury. As most of the important healing that takes place as you sleep occurs in the deeper stages of sleep; even more importantly than the amount of sleep you get is the quality of sleep you are getting each night.

In this article we look at our top 7 tips to ensure that you have the best nights rest for better recovery.

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Could Sleep Be The Missing Link In Your Recovery?

Looking for an excuse to stay longer in bed? …We may just have the perfect one here.

We’re often asked in clinic “is there anything else I can be doing myself at home to help my recovery?” and besides the exercises, hydration and ice and heat advice we give out, one very important factor that I find that a lot of people overlook when it comes to their recovery is the importance of sleep.

If you want to recover faster, reduce pain, decrease your risk of injury and have more energy, then sleep has a crucial part to play. The National Sleep Foundation (after reviewing 300 sleep studies) recommends that the adequate amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours a night. But why is that and why is sleep so important to your recovery?

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Sciatica: The Truth Behind The Myths

Sciatica can be a real pain in the bum! It can also be a pain in the back, leg, calf and foot or in more extreme cases, all of the above!

As the longest and largest nerve in the body; running from your lower spine, through your buttocks and down the back of your leg, there are several different areas that can be affected along it’s journey.

The term ‘sciatica’ is commonly used to describe any pain or numbness anywhere along the sciatic nerve.

With that said it’s no surprise that a lot of the clients we see in the clinic with such symptoms don’t fully know or understand what sciatica is and there are many myths and misbeliefs surrounding sciatica and the treatment available that we will dispel below.

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The Common Footwear Trend To Avoid This Summer!

It’s that time of year when we are starting to see an increased amount of people with foot and ankle pain here in the clinic – most of which have one key factor in common…

.. A recent change in footwear!

With the heatwave we’ve been enjoying of late, it’s hard to resist the urge to break out your favourite flip flops or sliders – after all they’re quick and easy to slip on and keep your feet cool. However; wearing these types of footwear too much may soon stop you from enjoying the sun as much as you’d like.

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Sports Massage or hands on treatment doesn’t have to hurt! And here’s why!

Scrap that; sports massage and hands on treatment SHOULDN’T hurt. The term no pain no gain does not apply to treatment and deeper is not always better or more effective when it comes to massage.

Quite often we will hear phrases in the treatment room like “I like when it hurts I know it’s working.”

Unfortunately this is a common misconception that is shared by many of what manual and sports massage therapy should be – but what you may not know is that what is going on inside your body has a lot less to do with the pressure or depth of the treatment, ‘beating’ the muscle into submission and a lot more to do with desensitising your nervous system and providing an optimum environment for your body to heal itself.

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Why getting those ‘niggles’ seen to could be the best thing you do in 2019!

In some cases, when you sustain an injury it’s obvious that you need to seek professional advice right away – especially when the injury is a serious or debilitating one. But what about when you have niggles, dull aches, recurring twinges, slight but consistent pain after exercise or sudden ‘catches’ of pain with certain movements?

It’s often easy to ignore these mild symptoms, thinking “it will get better on its own” or “it will go away with time”; but these symptoms are signs that something in the body isn’t working quite as it should.

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Why do things hurt more in the cold? – and what you can do about it!

The colder weather has certainly started to set in over the past week or so; and with the summer we’ve had, the recent weather has come as a shock to most! – it has certainly lead to an increase in the number of people suffering with muscular and joint aches we have been seeing in the clinic of late.

As the shorter days and darker nights draw in, you may well have started to notice yourself that things just seem to feel like they ache more in the chillier weather (particularly those old injuries). But you’ll be glad to know that it might not all just be in your head and that there may indeed be several scientific reasons to explain why you are feeling this way.

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Could Joining Your Local Parkrun Make You Happier and Improve Your Lifestyle?

Here at The Injury Clinic we’re great believers in the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and are always helping people who want to lead a more active, independent lifestyle, free of pain. However; for some of our clients the thought of stepping foot in a gym or having to join an exercise class can be off putting.

If you can relate and have been looking for a way to keep active and meet others (without the need for a gym membership); it might be time to dig out those trainers and head down to Welland Park!

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