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Achilles Tendon Rupture: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

 The Achilles tendon is a strong fibrous cord that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, it is the longest and strongest tendon in the human body. The Achilles tendon helps to facilitate walking by raising the heel off the ground When your Achilles tendon snaps...

Weak Pelvic Floor: Do You Trust Your Cough Or Sneeze?

Pelvic Floor (PF) weakness can affect women and men of all ages. It is not just something that is experienced by post-natal or post-menopausal women. What Is Your Pelvic Floor? Your pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscles and other tissues such as ligaments and...

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

What Is Achilles Tendinopathy? The Achilles tendon transmits force from the calf muscles to the foot when a person pushes off the ground (e.g. with running and jumping), and helps with control when the foot touches down on the ground (e.g. with landing).  Achilles...

Hip Pain During Pregnancy: Causes & Treatment

Some women will experience hip pain during pregnancy. Surely there isn’t another area of pain during pregnancy? Yep, sorry there sometimes can be! Sore hips can be another area (along with your lower back) that can cause you grief throughout your pregnancy. Some women...

Calf Strain: Torn Calf Muscle

Calf Strain: Torn Calf Muscle The calf is comprised of two major muscles, the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The gastrocnemius originates above the knee joint, while the soleus originates below the knee, both muscles insert onto the heel by the Achilles tendon. A calf...

Shin Splints: What Are Shin Splints

What Are Shin Splints? Shin splints are a common complaint. The term 'shin splints' is a term for Tibial Stress Syndrome and is used to describe shin pain along the inside and/or front of the shin.  Shin splint pain is typically related to physical activity and shin...

Ultrasound: How Does Ultrasound Work

There are two main types of ultrasound – diagnostic and therapeutic.  When most people think about ultrasound, they think of the ‘the thing you have when you are pregnant’. This is correct!  If you have had bursitis, for example, your GP or physio may have referred...

ITB Syndrome: Physiotherapy for ITB Syndrome

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), or iliotibial band friction syndrome, is a common and often persistent knee injury that causes pain on the outside of the knee.   ITBS is an overuse injury caused by repetitive movements and is frequently seen in runners and cyclists. ...

Whiplash Injury: What To Do After A Whiplash Injury

Whiplash Injury: What To Do After A Whiplash Injury Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues in your neck. It occurs when your head moves backwards and then forward very suddenly and with great force. This movement can strain the joints, muscles, ligaments, discs or...

Meniscus Tear: Symptoms, Physiotherapy Treatment and Recovery

What Is A Meniscus? In the knee there are two menisci (fibrocartilage pads) that sit between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).  The medial meniscus sits on the inner-side of the knee joint, and the lateral meniscus on the outer-side of the knee joint....

Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Many people experience lower back pain at some point in their life; whether it be after picking something up awkwardly, sitting for too long or even during pregnancy.  Experiencing pain during your pregnancy is not uncommon and can occur for many reasons. It is not...

Patellar Tendinopathy: What Is Patellar Tendinopathy

Patellar tendinopathy is a source of knee pain arising from injury to the patellar tendon.  The patellar tendon connects the bottom of the patella (kneecap) to the top of the shin bone (tibia).  The tendon works with the thigh muscles to extend the knee. Patellar...

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Physiotherapy For Your Knee Pain

What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a condition involving pain at the front of the knee, around or behind the kneecap (patella). This pain is generally due to contact between the patella and thigh bone (femur), which over time...

Osteoarthritis: What You Need To Know

Have you been told you have Osteoarthritis? Unsure of what it is or what you can do about it? Have a read! What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a very broad umbrella term which encompasses more than 100 different medical conditions, all of which affect the musculoskeletal...

Cervicogenic Headaches: Best Physiotherapy Treatment

There are a number of causes of headaches.  Some common types of headaches include migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches and neck-related headaches (cervicogenic headaches). In this post, we will talk about cervicogenic neck headaches and how to treat them...

Running Post-Pregnancy: Returning To Running After Pregnancy

Welcome to the wonderful (but challenging!) world of motherhood.  Your body has been through a lot throughout your pregnancy, whether you experienced morning (or all day) sickness, back pain, pubic pain, fatigue, nausea or reflux … .  Now that baby has FINALLY arrived...

Ankle Sprains: 3 Phases For Recovery

We’ve probably all rolled our ankle at one time or other, though perhaps not seriously.   What Is An Sprained Ankle? Ankle sprains are common injuries and can happen simply by ‘twisting’ or ‘rolling’ your ankle when stepping on an uneven surface. They commonly...

Exercising In Pregnancy: Recommendations & Precautions

Congratulations! You’re pregnant and about to embark on an exciting yet daunting journey! Here, we'll discuss is it safe for to exercise during my pregnancy?  You may have always exercised and want to know if its okay to continue to do so while you are pregnant, the...

Dry Needling: How Does Dry Needling Work

Dry needling is the application of a fine calibre needle through the skin and into the underlying fascia, muscle tissue and myofascial trigger points.  The needles are single-use only, meaning they are sterile and are discarded immediately after use. What is a...

Pialtes: The 6 Principles Of Pilates Explained

The 6 Principles Of Pilates Explained What exactly is Pilates? And what are the 6 key Pilates principles that make it tick? Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates, who as a child, had illnesses that left him quite frail. He tried to overcome the effects of his...

Tennis Elbow: Treatment For Tennis Elbow

Getting to Grips with Tennis Elbow What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow, or as it is known in medical terms, lateral epicondylagia, causes pain on the outer elbow due to tiny injuries to tendons and muscles around the elbow.   What causes Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow...

Foam Rolling: 8 Of Our Best Foam Rolling Exercises

Do you get tight in your legs or back? Have you been told to use the foam roller but not sure HOW or WHAT to do? Foam rolling before or after a workout can be a great way to reduce muscle soreness, help prevent injury and increase mobility. Here are 8 of our BEST foam...

Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

You may have heard of plantar fasciitis – whether it be that you have it, had it before or someone you know has it. In recent times due to changes in the literature and scientific advances, plantar fasciitis has been renamed to a broader term called ‘Plantar Heel...

Bursitis: Treatment For Bursitis

You have been having pain for a little while now and have been to the doctor to be diagnosed with bursitis. But what actually is bursitis? What can cause it? And most importantly, you are wondering what can I do to fix it?! We are so glad you asked! What is bursitis?...

Sleeping When Pregnant: Tricks To Sleep Comfortably During Pregnancy

You find out that you are expecting a baby, and then start looking up things like; ‘what can or can’t I do now that I am pregnant?’ One thing that catches your eye is advice telling you that you should not be sleeping on your back when pregnant. In this blog, we are...

Running When Pregnant: What You Need To Know

Growing a tiny human inside your tummy, every expectant mum wants to protect their little bundle of joy in every way possible.But there can be so many questions.... Are you are unsure if exercise like running when pregnant is safe? Have been told many conflicting...

Abdominal Separation: Treating Abdominal Separation After Pregnancy

It is completely normal and essential that your rectus abdominus (your 6-pack muscle) separates during pregnancy to allow for your growing baby. This is known as abdominal separation or Diastasis of the Rectus Abdominus Muscle (DRAM). In this post we'll look at...

Pain During Pregnancy: How Physio Can Help During Pregnancy

Yay! You are pregnant! And along with this comes appointments; GP, Obstetrician, Midwife, scans, blood tests… Now your back starts hurting and your thinking, great another appointment, this time with the physio. But can they help? Of course, we can! During pregnancy,...