Back yourself to get your back better

I have enjoyed seeing the revelations around the effective management of back pain headlining the national papers today with titles such as; ‘Back Pain Care is Useless’ (The Times) ‘Lower Back Pain Being Treated Badly on a Global Scale’ (The Guardian) ‘Many Back Pain Patients Getting Wrong Care’ (BBC news) This is not news to…

London Marathon 6 weeks-to-go

For those of you running the London Marathon in just 6 weeks, there should just be two or three weeks of heavy training left before the best bit of the training plan – the taper. I am relatively experienced in the London Marathon; I’ve worked as a physio along the route three times, I have supported my…

To stretch or not to stretch…..that is the question

It might surprise you that I often tell my patients to STOP stretching.  ‘Why?’ I hear you ask… Well let me clarify and explain my thoughts on this topic. Range of movement of the joints in your body is essential for normal movement, and if movement is restricted, it can lead to muscle imbalance and…

MOVE!

This blog is going to attempt to encourage you all to add a little bit more exercise into your life.  Firstly, I would like you to answer the following questions. Are you…..; Active daily? In 1 week, are you doing either; 150 minutes (e.g. 5 x 30 minutes) of moderate intensity exercise, whereby you get…

Ski-fit, ski-safe

In my younger days, I spent a few seasons working in ski resorts, and if I wasn’t a physio with a young family, I’d now be a ‘ski bum’……fact. There’s nothing I love more than being outside in the fresh, mountain air, whilst skiing freely through beautiful, soft, snow. However, the older I get and…

Beware New Year’s Resolutions!

New Year’s resolutions mean that some of you will be thinking of ways to start to get fit and healthy in 2018. So I expect that the clinic will soon be filling up with lots of new overload injuries.  Aspirations may be jumping around your head such as “can I run a marathon like my…

New year, new beginnings…..

Hi, I’m Emma. I’m a physiotherapist who has been working for the last 12 years in the elite sport, private and NHS settings. After a long and relaxing break in the sun this Christmas, I have decided that in 2018 I will start writing a regular blog for you guys. This will include my musings…