Those who train too hard, too often are weakening due to overload of the nervous and immune systems. Furthermore, inadequate periods of recovery leading to ‘weakness windows’ during which they inevitably continue to train. The result is pain, reduced muscle fibre recruitment and an inability to perform basic tests of functional strength, such as the grip and jump tests. So we have active, seemingly fit people, perhaps with large muscles but who lack fundamental strength.
Let me start off by answering - almost definitely....I’ll tell you why.
I often hear golfers swooning over the effortless-looking swings of pros and low amateurs. You hear the go-to phrases often wistfully uttered after a long drive, or a dialled in a wedge.
“They make it look so easy”
“Wouldn’t you love to be able to hit the ball like that?”
“I’d hurt myself if I tried to do that”
This is then, in the majority of cases, followed up by a wild slice and a pattern of footprints on the tee box that would confuse a Russian ballerina.
We live in an age of immediate gratification, usually at the touch of a button. It has to be quick, effective and more often than not, the cheaper the better.
News flash! The human body does not work that way. We cannot download a software update to remove all bugs and fix the problems.
The human body takes time to heal, there is usually no quick fix, no app to provide a cure. In fact, given how we are abusing our bodies with poor diets, too much or too little or too much exercise, and stress, it is now taking even longer for bodies to heal.
The body of a runner is subject to much wear and tear. The longer and faster the runs, the greater the wear and tear.
Our muscles take most of the wear and tear, which over time, can lead to muscle imbalance, pain and reduced running efficiency.
An example of muscle imbalance would be a weak gluteus medius resulting in overactivity of the gluteus maximus, tensor fasciae latae, and lateral quadriceps.
Muscle imbalance may lead to the development of patellofemoral pain syndrome, and possibly patellar tendinopathy. The overactive muscles themselves may also become painful due to the development of myofascial trigger points.
Here are some guidelines to help you with your desk at chair set up at work and at home.
It's worth trying to get this right, or near enough, to avoid neck and back pain.
However, no matter how good your ergonomics, it is still very important to get up from sitting and move about regularly!
As a physiotherapist with 20 years experience who regularly uses manual therapy as a treatment technique, here are some of my comments and insights on manual therapy from a clinicians perspective.
Manual therapy can be considered a range of hands-on techniques which may include joint mobilisations, manipulations as well as techniques targeting the soft tissues. Mostly, manual therapy is applied to the client, but some manual therapy, such as the very effective mobilisation with movement technique, is performed with the clients' active participation. Clinically I find techniques which combine passive and active techniques most effective, when applied correctly and at the right time, in restoring movement and function to an affected joint or joints.
Right-sided low back pain seems to be more common than left-sided low back pain according to a recent clinical audit.
Back pain may develop relatively quickly, perhaps after lifting or moving something and is often due to tissue strain with associated sensitivity and restricted movement.
Knowing what to do, and what not to do can help you recover quicker with a reduced risk of recurrent right-sided low back pain recurring in the future.
Picking the correct running shoe can be a difficult task, especially when there is such a variety of runners on the market. It can be tricky to know what runners will be most suitable for you, and it's hard not to get sucked in by current trends and fads!
Knowing your foot type can help point you in the right direction in terms of the features you should look out for when buying running shoes.
It is important to note, that while there are recommendations for the common foot types, all feet are different and not everyone will fit into a specific category. It comes down to what kind of shoe works best for you, and this often requires some experimentation.
Regular exercise is essential for many reasons, but unless approached in the right way, can be counterproductive and in some cases, harmful.
High-risk sports can put our bodies at risk of injury, which defeats the whole purpose of the exercise. You may not be playing rugby, boxing or mountain biking at high speed, so this may not sound relevant to you.
However, one of the most popular forms of regular exercise is considered a high-risk sport – running. The problem isn't running as such; it's running the wrong way.
I recently attended a further education course which focussed on the pelvic floor area of the body. It was an exciting and comprehensive course, with lots of focus on current evidence, exercise and patient education.
The course was taught by chartered physiotherapist Michelle Lyons, who specialises in integrative women's health. Her clinical toolbox includes over two decades in pelvic health physiotherapy, yoga, Pilates, nutrition, health coaching and mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention. She teaches nationally, internationally and online and is on the faculty of Herman & Wallace, the Pelvic Rehab Institute.