Category: Exercise

Strength Training: What It Is & Why You Should Do It

Have you ever considered what it takes to be in great physical shape? We all have our own idea of what ‘fit’ is, but many of us fail to understand what defines fitness.  Most of would like to improve our fitness, whether that’s being able to walk further or garden longer.  Others want to improve […]

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Incidental Exercise: A Healthy Habit that Can Improve Your Pain

We all know exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The latest guidelines suggest we should be accumulating 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity exercise, or 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours of vigorous intensity exercise a week. However our habits throughout the rest of the day might be undoing this hard work. […]

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How Specific Warm Ups Can Help You Stay Injury Free

In an ideal world, we would want to perform at our best and be injury free at all times. However, hard training and ultimate performance brings with it an increased risk of injury. It’s also no coincidence that if a team can keep its players on the field/court, or if an athlete can participate in […]

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Have You Trained Enough to Safely Return to Playing Sport?

The biggest risk factor for acquiring an injury during sport is having previously had that injury whilst playing. This is the same for any muscle/tendon/ligament/bone injuries. For example, having rolled an ankle playing basketball makes you significantly more likely to roll it again when playing basketball. Another common example is the runner who experiences pain […]

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Five Things to Consider Before Training For a Half or Full Marathon

As running participation numbers increase, more people want to progress their running.  While you might start out with a 5km parkrun or 10km fun run, it isn’t long before many runners look towards longer distances. Training for your first half or full marathon is a huge undertaking and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Preparing well will […]

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Lazy Bum: How to Avoid Dormant Bottom Syndrome

Many of us now work 38 hours or more a week sitting at a computer.  This has led to one of our main muscle groups being severely neglected, often with lasting consequences.  An increasing sedentary lifestyle is being blamed for what a leading American Sports Physical Therapist, Chris Kolba, from Ohio State University, has called […]

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Why You Need To See A Physiotherapist After Straining Your Hamstring

The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh (Figure1). The muscles extend from the bottom of the pelvis, down to the back of the knee. The hamstring muscles work to extend the hip and bend the knee, so are important in activities such as walking, running, squatting and […]

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What is the PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Program?

Unfortunately in this day and age it is common to be affected by cancer in some way. It might be that we experience cancer ourselves. Or a family member or friend might receive a diagnosis. Whatever the reason, cancer is having an increasing impact on many of our lives. Cancer is a major public health […]

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How To Reduce Your Fear of Falling

Let’s put it straight out there! Falling is not a normal or acceptable part of getting older. Whether you have had a fall, or are just frightened of falling, you will know it can change your life and happiness. When your legs feel wobbly or won’t hold you up if you walk too far, or […]

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What is the Pelvic Floor & How Does It Influence Continence & Prolapse?

What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that support the bladder, uterus and bowel. The pelvic floor is an important component of the core – working in conjunction with the back, diaphragm and abdominal muscles to stabilise the trunk. The pelvic floor muscles have two layers – […]

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