With back pain, one of the most common recommendations I see out there is that 'tight' hamstring muscles are one the main causes and they need stretching out. In this article I am going to be looking at how effective this actually is, I will be looking at the research carried out into this area and also see if there is anything more effective we can do to help with back pain.
Do you get pain into one side (or sometimes both) of the lower back?
Is it painful when you go from sitting to standing?
Pain when you bend forward?
Then it sounds like your pain could be down to SIJ (Sacroiliac Joint) dysfunction. But what is it and what can we do about it?
Do you get knee pain when you run?
Chances it could be down to patellofemoral pain syndrome, more commonly known as “runner’s knee” (however don’t just assume it’s this), but what actually is ‘runner’s knee’ and more importantly what can we do about it?
A common phrase I hear from clients is that they have previously been told they “have one leg that is longer than the other”. Naturally this may make us think that we have two legs of different lengths, which can be quite worrying. In a lot of cases though the legs are not actually different sizes, there are factors in the body which makes the appearance of ‘one leg longer’.
Leg length difference can cause a number of symptoms amongst clients I see: lower back pain, knee pain, hip/groin pain, shoulder pain are just a few examples.
In this article we are going to look into why many of us do appear to have ‘one leg longer’. We will look at what this means and what you can do about it.
Fibromyalgia is a common long term condition; it causes widespread pain throughout the body. The causes of Fibromyalgia are still unknown. In this article we are going to look at Fibromyalgia, what you can for it and whether Pilates and/or massage can help with the symptoms.
After being a Therapist and a Pilates instructor for a number of years, one thing I have noticed is our need and want to get better from injury or pain... quickly!
No one likes suffering with pain or injury and it’s natural to want to get rid of it as quick as possible but unfortunately there are not many types of Therapy that can “fix” us instantly with that pain or injury not returning.
In this article we are going to look at ways we can help boost and improve our Therapy.
After many years working as a Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Fitness Instructor, one thing I have noticed is that most of us don’t spend enough time trying helping prevent injury. I don’t just mean injury on the sports picture or in the gym, I’m also talking about preventing injury through every day activities, back pain from sitting in the office to long, the dull shoulder ache we have been doing our best to pretend isn’t there.. You get the picture.
Normally we only seek help once it’s a bit too late, when the injury has occurred or when we can’t ignore that dull ache anymore.
One thing I have learnt since being a Manual Therapist & Pilates instructor is that problem is not always where the pain is.
In this article I am going to be looking at how shoulder pain could be caused by your glutes. Although this may sound a little bit odd to begin with, by the end I hope you will be able to see that it is quite straight forward and entirely possible for your glute’s to cause shoulder pain.
When people come to visit me, whether it is in my studio or in one of my Pilates classes, one thing that they have often been told previously is that they have ‘weak glutes’. These ‘weak glutes’ often get lumbered with the blame for a number of different symptoms: Lower back pain, Knee pain, Ankle instability, ‘Pronation’ of the foot etc. Often we are told we need to ‘strengthen’ our glutes to bring good function back to the body and more importantly in the hope that it might resolve some of these issues.
In this article I am going to look at why you may get more benefit from taking a different approach rather than simply attempting to ‘strengthen’ your glutes.
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!