The foam roller and the ITB: to roll or not to roll

03/08/2016

Since my previous ITBS article was written a few years ago, there have been some updates to the latest evidence surrounding ITB syndrome and its treatment. One very popular treatment given by practitioners to patients suffering from ITBS is the foam roller. Patients are instructed to use their body weight to ‘massage’ the ITB whilst rolling up and down on…

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The most important muscle in runners and how to strengthen it- Part 2

15/06/2016

It is no longer a secret which is the most important muscle when it comes to running (unless you still haven’t read part 1 of this article!) Part 2 as promised is going to focus on the Gluteus Medius muscle- a muscle which seems to be connected to the many running injuries ( ITB syndrome, and runners knee to mention a few) The…

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The most important muscle in runners and how to strengthen it?

25/03/2016

What do you think is the most important muscle when it comes to running? “The core muscles” I hear you say? Even though your core muscles have received a lot of attention in the media, they aren’t the most important muscle. Think lower Hamstrings- No. Think higher- Gluteals!? Yes! The most important group of muscles in runners are……(drumroll) The Gluteal…

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10 things you should know about Shin Splints

01/02/2016

Shin splints is a one of the more complicated pathologies that Physiotherapists treat in their clinics. Here are 10 simplified points to make things easier for you to understand 1) In the medical world, Shin splints is now better known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) and has been reported to account for 12-18% of all running injuries. 2) Athletes…

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Yes it hurts but can I still run?

31/12/2015

If you are a serious runner then 2 things are certain. At some point you have experienced pain associated with running Nothing is more painful then being told you aren’t allowed to run As someone who treats a lot of runners I know, it hurts. Not just the injury, but the thought of having to stop running can have even…

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5 TOP TIPS for treating Planter Fasciitis

18/03/2015

Those runners who have suffered from Planter Fasciitis know how debilitating the condition can be. That nagging pain in your heel and arch with every step you take. Excruciating in the morning. And just when you think its getting better, it flares up again. Worst of all, you cant run! Fortunately, its not all doom and gloom. The majority of suffers…

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