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FirstBeat Stress Assessments Many of you won’t know I recently partnered with FirstBeat HRV to provide detailed Lifestyle Assessments. FirstBeat provides the analytical power that runs health trackers like Fitbit, Garmin and Suunto watches. They also have a more professional service where you wear a dedicated monitor for 72 hours, for minute by minute HRV

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The need for recovery This week’s post is squarely aimed at those being physically active, either in normal life, or as a result of more time on their hands in lockdown.  I want to cover the topic of “Recovery” and the major pitfall I see people making that leads to injury. This is important to

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Reducing exposure to injury With the clinic closed until the Coronavirus lockdown has passed, I wanted to share with you some tips for staying healthy whilst stuck at home.  Being asked to stay at home for possibly the next few months has potential to create knock on effects to your muscular health. There are two

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In today’s blog I want to get across the idea that, whilst “Pain” may be the reason you booked an appointment with your local pain professional, becoming “Pain Free” is not a good marker of successful management.   In fact, the reliance on “Pain Reduction” rather than “Tissue Health” is the very reason that people

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With each year that passes more and more people become highly concerned about physical pain. As a therapist I spend quite a lot of time helping people manage their pain by educating them about it. It is very important that we first rule out any truly serious reason for your pain but once we have done

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This is the great unspoken miscommunication that occurs between patient and therapist. The patient is looking to have a problem “Treated”, the therapist (the good ones at least) would prefer to manage the problem. Why does this small difference in the choice of word need an article dedicated to it? Let’s see. Issue 1: What

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For those of you that sang “… absolutely nothing” after reading the title, you just gave away your age! Okay, fun over, foam rolling is a serious business and they are good for some things.  Foam Rollers have become commonplace in the gym and in countless YouTube videos. In fact, I’d suggest they are being overused in

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Ooh! That’s a statement that screams controversy. None the less the statement is true. It’s a very good illusion and it has to be, it needs to protect you from danger after all. It is easy to think that pain is the problem. That pain is what needs to be fixed. That if you have

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Okay, this isn’t another Star Wars fan post but one about posture instead. So often I hear clients blame their pain on their posture. Usually because a therapist told them just that or because of the ingrained cultural misunderstanding of posture (caused, I’m afraid to say, by us well meaning bodyworkers. Sorry!). Does poor posture

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The instinct we all have when something in our body is uncomfortable is to stretch it out. It’s even the most commonly suggested first step in treating muscular pain on the internet (for very old and unproven reasons). Just google “Achilles Tendinitis self help” and you’ll be inundated with advice to stretch out your calf

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