Shin splints

Shin splintsShin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, is a term for pain on the front inside part of the lower leg. Shin splints involves inflamed muscle, tendons, and the thin layer of tissue that covers the bone.

Shin splints happen over a period of time when constant pounding and stress are placed on the bones , muscles and joints of the lower leg. The result is irritation and inflammation, both of which cause pain.

Factors that may contribute to to shin splints may include: Read more

Factors predisposing athletes to groin pain

physio-groin-painGroin pain is one of the most frustrating injuries for athletes in terms of lost time from sport.

Research indicates several risk factors that may contribute to the development of groin pain and predispose an athlete to these injuries. Some are more strongly supported than others in systematic review of the literature.

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Trigger points

physio-trigger-pointsTrigger points are described as a tender spot in a tight band of muscle, that is painful on palpation or touch. They are commonly called “knots” and may cause pain locally, may refer pain to a different area of the body or may limit range of motion. They are caused by overactivity in a muscle, which may be a result of the likes of poor posture, muscle imbalances, overuse in sport or daily activities, or stress. Read more

Tips for healthy computer use

physio-tips-computer-posturePoor posture whilst sitting at the computer can cause pain in the back, neck and shoulders. Here is some helpful tips for healthy computer use.

1. Always sit in an adjustable comfortable office chair, pull the chair in close to the desk and adjust the height of the seat so that your elbows, hips and knees are bent at approximately 90 degrees. Your feet should rest flat on the floor or on a footrest if needed.

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Foam rolling and benefits

physio-foam-rollingFoam roller is a useful tool to use as part of your recovery plan. It uses the principle of deep compression to help roll out adhesions or knots that develop over time. Rolling out these knots that are caused by over activity or under activity, will help to restore original muscle length, which assists in functionality. Read more

Pain in your foot? Learn more about Plantar Fasciitis

physio-plantar-facilitisHave you been experiencing pain along the arch of your foot near the base of heel? Do you feel like you have a bruise on the pad of your heel?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fibrous tissue that lies on the sole of your foot extending from the heel to the base of the toes.

The theory behind plantar fasciitis is that there is a cumulative overload on the feet causing microtears and degeneration of the plantar fascia tissue. Contributing factors to this overload may be: anatomical variations such as being flat footed; excessive foot pronation; inadequate footwear; change in training methods and intensity; tight calf muscles; or being overweight.

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