Taper Time

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

Stand up to back pain

– “It hurtsh when I sh!t”. – “Sorry, it hurts when you..?” – “When I sh!t”, he quickly interrupted. “You shee? Like thish”, as Adriaan, an elderly dutchman took his seat in the clinic and continued to describe his low back pain. “It painsh in my shpine when I sh!t like thish”. I suddenly remembered a… Continue reading Stand up to back pain

Flossing, Exercise and Chocolate Cake

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

Making Time for Sleep and Recovery

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

Are Smart Phones becoming a pain in the neck?

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?

Tri staying injury free in the water this season

400 metres to go. The shore was in sight. This was further than I’d ever swam before in either open water or the pool. The first 200 metres during the mass start had left me traumatised. Swimming being referred to as a non contact sport is clearly a misconception, certainly with triathlon with countless kicks to the… Continue reading Tri staying injury free in the water this season

If you go to a butcher you’ll get meat…sometimes

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

Can we rub the pain away?

-“Dock leaf, dock leaf in and out. Take the sting of the nettle out. Ok is it better now?”. -“No. What about you maybe kiss it better Daddy??” -“Ok. Mmmmwahhhh!!!. Well? Better now?” I think my 2 1/2 year old boy Charlie has an idea in his head of what I do as a physiotherapist. He does… Continue reading Can we rub the pain away?

The Running Technology Boom

  Hover boards. Hand held tablet computers. Wireless video games. Video conferencing. Wide screen TV’s, wall mounted no less. All things that in 1989 when watching ‘Back to the Future II’ were unimaginable. But these are just some of the things that have actually happened since then (yes even hover boards). Many of us on a… Continue reading The Running Technology Boom

Taping for dodgy ankles and return to sport

After a long day in the clinic I’m covering a rugby match and slowly getting through the long pre match injury list. Ankles sprains, knee laxity, thumb and wrist sprains, ‘dead legs’ from the previous weeks battle. The list goes on. Me: “Ok who’s next lads?” Player X: “I need my ankle, shoulder, knee and… Continue reading Taping for dodgy ankles and return to sport