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Pain is as unique as the person feeling it

Pain means different things to different people, in different contexts, and based on different experiences. Acute, short-lived pain following a traumatic injury, in many cases heals. But not always. The pain that becomes increasingly hard to live with and manage, is...

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Add Days to Your Life AND Life to Your Days

...or even Add Years to your life and Life to your Years! Life expectancy is at its all-time high, the fact that so many people are living longer, well into their 80s and 90s is a wonderful ideal. However, the sad reality is that living longer doesn’t always include a...

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Survive the Festive Follies!

Forget Triathlon or Tough Mudder! Shopping mayhem, rampaging relatives, financial stress, late nights, too much TV and over-indulging – the festive season can require more stamina than any other event in the calendar! It’s no wonder that most of us emerge from it with...

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Keep a Lid on your Headache!

If you’re one of the 47% of the global population who experiences regular headaches, you’ll know they’re no laughing matter. For some people, they’re just a minor inconvenience, for others they can be utterly debilitating, condemning you to a dark, quiet room for...

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3 big Health Risks for Postmenopausal Women – & Men too!

There are three common, serious issues affecting postmenopausal women worldwide: osteoporosis, accidental falls, and stress incontinence. The guidance here focuses on women, but these problems affect men too! The remarkable thing about each of these issues is that we...

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Game On: Avoiding Soccer Injury on the Pitch

It's Football Season again! Team players have already had a few matches by now, and are starting to notice aches and pains! As the weather cools, even more men and women across the country are joining 270 million people across the globe, braving goosebumps on their...

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Play Tennis Get Fitter and Avoid Injuries

Tennis is one of the most popular sports, with about 75 million participants globally. It is a sport that you can play at every age and at any level. Children can start playing from the age of 4, using softer, slower balls and smaller rackets on modified courts to...

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Feeling The Pinch? Stubborn Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

It's that shoulder twinge again! Do you get a sharp, debilitating pain in your shoulder when you are performing tasks like brushing your hair, putting on clothes or showering? Then read on to find out what causes Shoulder Impingement, and to get a handy Patient Advice...

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Balance Body and Bike – avoiding cycling injuries!

People have been riding bikes since the 1800s, however in recent years the number of people cycling, has surged. No longer is it an elite competitive sport, it’s now a worldwide, mass-participation activity. Cycling is great exercise. It is an extremely effective form...

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Running Injuries and treatment

Run away from injury! Do you dream of being that runner where every mile is 100% pain free? No aches, no twinges or niggles, no lingering soreness from yesterday’s session. Up to 79% of runners get injured at least once each year. Stop. Think about that number for a...

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Hamstring strains!

Have you ever been ‘HamStrung’? ‘Hamstrung’ - a figurative verbal expression from the noun "hamstring" (the muscle and tendon on the back of the thigh), originating in the 1500’s where soldiers would slash their enemy across the back of their thighs rendering them...

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Shred the Slopes not your body! Avoiding skiing injuries!

Are you planning or have already booked a trip to the slopes? If so, are you prepared? I am not referring to your purchase of the latest ‘look’ to cruise the slopes in style or sussing out the best Apres ski spots. I am referring to you – your body, is it prepared and...

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Back Pain and Massage: The Chain of Command

Your spine commands respect because it is the pillar that supports your body, allows you to walk, stand and sit, as well as touch and feel; because it forms the canal connecting the nerves from your body and limbs to your brain. While your heart may be the vital organ...

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Rugby hurts – look after yourself!

As the rugby season gets colder and muddier here are a few facts and figures about rugby injuries to warn you! Rugby is a full-contact sport, and therefore makes it a war zone for injury during the course of a match. In an average season, 1 in 4 players will receive...

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Sort out your heel pain!

So what is Chronic Plantar Heel Pain, what can your massage therapist do and what you can do for self care? Heel pain, or as it is officially known chronic plantar heel pain (CPHP) is usually a change in the nature of the tissue within the sole of your foot, attaching...

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Massage Therapies

People have been visiting bonesetters and masseurs for massage treatments for thousands of years to help recover from illness and regain vitality, or even just to feel good! The origins of Thai Yoga Massage date back more than 2000 years and aim to help rejuvenate the...

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Some Apps to help you manage your health!

As a massage therapist I am expected to be a model of good health for my clients. Or at least be working on my health challenges, so I can empathise with my clients as they face their own. I have a few challenges - heck, I stopped working in an office because of my...

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Toxins, Schmocksins, Fructose and FODMAPs

It's the time of year when we return to the gym full of New Years resolution! We read up on all the articles dissing "Detox plans" and feel smug that our colon, liver, skin and kidneys will make us feel better if only we eat right, rest well and exercise properly. And...

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Can a London Massage Therapist socialise with his clients?

“Keep your relationships with your clients clean and simple!” we are told. With good reason: it can ruin the therapy, be bad for business and compromise the therapist. Does this apply in London to massage therapy as much as talking therapies though? My clients may see...

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So what is Myofascial Release? A personal view

THIS ARTICLE REFLECTS THE PRIVATE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A MEDICAL REFERENCE.. In my previous Fascia articles, I introduced the cobweb of connective tissue that shapes us, what goes wrong with it and how we look after it. This article looks...

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What is fascia made of?

So what forms human connective tissue? From bone through to blood, with cartilage, ligaments, periosteum, tendons, muscle, loose areolar and adipose tissue as the markers on the way - we make artificial categorisations, to highlight variations, but in reality, these...

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How do I look after my fascia?

THIS ARTICLE REFLECTS THE PRIVATE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A MEDICAL REFERENCE.. Eat well This is obvious. Your fibrocytes need nourishment to do their job. But do you honestly get your 5-8 portions of fruit and veg EVERY day? Manage Stress and...

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