What if your motivation to exercise was far beyond why most January joggers will be clogging the paths or joining gyms? Or what if it was more than to fit into a lower dress size or jeans? What if your motivation was something more? A longer, healthier, better quality, less stressful, more invigorating life. Interested?
Motivation is at an all time high. This is the year (again): ‘Couch to 5k’ programmes, attractive gym offers, adventure races, triathlons, your imminent return to team sport after retiring 5 years ago, another long distance endurance event to chalk off the list. We’re all in the same boat with personal goals whatever they may… Continue reading A healthy, injury free 2017
What if you were told a debilitating disease you had was reversible? Yes you would have to make some simple lifestyle changes, but a life limiting, chronic, debilitating disease could be a thing of the past. You would make the necessary changes…wouldn’t you? Diabetes affects approximately 382 million people worldwide, accounting for 8.3% of the worlds population,… Continue reading The Rise of Diabetes
I came across a startling statistic recently that surprised and also angered me a little bit, and I’m not easily angered. Only 7% of people who attend their GP with back pain will get referred to a physiotherapist. Now I always struggled a bit with maths but doesn’t that leave 93%? So what happens them?… Continue reading You Deserve Some Truth about Back Pain
You’ve just spent 70 minutes turning this way and that, jumping, landing, twisting, evading your opponent, accelerating, decelerating. Your hips feel stiff and sore afterwards. They always are after tough games such as this one. On the way home in the car and getting out of bed the next morning is a struggle. Throughout the next day… Continue reading Nothing ‘Hip’ about FAI
This year I find myself one week before the Dublin marathon with a longer tapering period than usual. Inadequate recovery, poor sleep are both well established risk factors for injury and while I haven’t suffered a musculoskeletal injury (yet) my chest and throat and voice box have taken a hammering. I haven’t ran in 2 weeks… Continue reading Taper Time
When I go to my dentist she tells me that I need to floss. I hate flossing. To be honest I don’t floss. Not unless I have an upcoming appointment. Then I do. Vigorously. Now she knows I haven’t been flossing. She’s not a mind reader but there are tell-tale signs. The angry indentations on… Continue reading Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake
It’s 5:25am and I’m already on my second coffee. The agonising wails of my teething 10 month old has the whole family up an hour already. Proper up. Not to mention attending to two ‘wee-wee’s’ during the night, only one of which was legit. The other was a false alarm or in other words a way of getting… Continue reading Making Time for Sleep and Recovery
There are alarming reports of the upsurge of the amount of teenagers and children presenting to their GP and indeed physiotherapist with neck pain. First up neck pain in general is very common and usually nothing to worry about with adults. As we get older and some degenerative changes occur it will affect up to 70% of… Continue reading Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?
I will always remember a lovely old lady who presented with low back pain in my first few months working clinically. I asked her to bend forward and touch her toes, part of the standard examination for low back pain. Her response will stay with me forever: “Young man”, she said, “If God wanted me… Continue reading If you go to a butcher you’ll get meat…sometimes