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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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So what goes wrong with Fascia?

Featured Image taken from "Strolling under the Skin" Living Fascia DVD by Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau. Can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/yd9t67a THIS ARTICLE REFLECTS THE PRIVATE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A MEDICAL REFERENCE.. Adherence...

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What is Fascia? More than the just the gristly bits!

THIS ARTICLE REFLECTS THE PRIVATE VIEWS OF THE AUTHOR AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A MEDICAL REFERENCE.. Coming from the latin, fascia originally meant a "band" or "frame" (Pocket Oxford English Dictionary). About 30% of our bodyweight is made up of connective tissue....

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Massage & bodywork research and reading 1

Remedial therapies are increasingly challenged to PROVE their effectiveness  and reference research in treatments.  Having much less resources than pharmaceutical companies, much research is small in scale, and very limited in scope.  But it is always worth pointing...

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Massage for Relaxation

So you want a "relaxing massage"? That is in no way a trivial outcome! Have you ever wondered why a massage is relaxing? Physical Relaxation On a physical level, many people find the stretching of muscles helps them relax, and that massage can stretch muscles at...

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London Trigger Point Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy – sometimes called Trigger Point Therapy – involves releasing Trigger Points in muscles & fascia, and encouraging flexibility in muscle and connective tissue. Intermittent pressure is applied to each of these Trigger Points, until the sensation diminishes. It is assumed a release of tension relieves pain and increases mobility. It is thought greater blood flow may allow the healing process to resume.

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