How to prevent running injuries

With the national lockdown due to COVID-19, I’ve noticed a lot of people in recent weeks taking up running due to constraints on their usual methods of exercise.  Running is a great form of exercise, but if running is new for you, it’s really important to not only progress gradually, but also ensure you have…

The benefits of massage

These days I see so much negativity on social media regarding physiotherapist’s use of manual therapy. Manual therapy includes many different treatment techniques, the most well known being massage. Some physiotherapists feel the need to dissuade new physio graduates against using their manual therapy skills and instead encourage them to solely use techniques such as…

New year – look forward, not back

I have recently seen an array of social media posts documenting people’s success of their last decade.  Of course, I think it is important to recognise your achievements, but I personally prefer to look forward with eager excitement and anticipation of what the next decade may bring. For me, 2020 is an exciting year.  When…

My post-natal core strengthening

In my last blog I said I would write more about the specific deep abdominal strengthening exercises I did in the first 6 weeks post partum so here goes…. Your Transversus Abdominus (TA) muscle is the deepest abdominal muscle and sits under your Rectus Abdominus (6 pack muscle).  It is described like a corset around…

The first six weeks

As a person who enjoys exercise I find it quite difficult in the first few weeks post baby being instructed to take it easy and not do anything too strenuous. This is even harder if you have 2 other children at home to look after. However, we need to be mindful that after giving birth,…

I’m back

My third son was born 5 weeks ago and so the dust is beginning to settle and a feeling of normality is returning. I am patiently awaiting my 6 week post-natal review so I can really get started in my return to a healthy body (and therefore a healthy mind).  In fact, my long term…

The Restorative Nature of Holidays

I have just returned from a week on holiday in Malaga and thought with the summer holidays fast approaching, now would be a good time to share my musings on how a holiday can be extremely restorative.  And that’s even if you are travelling with little people in tow. Escape from the daily grind: Wherever…