What pain looks like

Pain is the least understood element of medicine; there’s too much subjectivity. What is 6/10 for one might be 4/10 for someone else. We ask this question of our clients every consult and virtually everyone says something along the lines of, “I’m not very good at answering that sort of thing” or, “I’ve got quite…

The ‘miracle pill’: how cycling could save the NHS

Could it though? I’m not so sure. Think of all the things need to be in place to allow someone, anyone to get on a bike even before you consider infrastructure changes; Time and spare money Space in the house Access to reliable health care, just in case Storage at work Shower and changing facilities…

Nice little test for you

Can you do a squat with your hands above your head? This little maneuver tests hamstring length, lats, abdominals, core, spinal stability, overall coolness.  Your knees should be at 90°, your feet flat and your arms and upper back close to vertical. My client had spent months working on his lifts and doing pull ups…

Walking the walk

It’s not important to run, cycle, climb, swim, etc if you’re a physio. Being a good physio it’s about knowledge, analysis and application of sound principles to aid your client. That said, if I want to know how to shave 2 mins off the Cheddar Gorge climb, I’m in a good position to work this…

A lovely day for negotiations

What an amazing day, I trust you’ll agree. But what to do? It’s a familiar experience we all regularly face; the house needs some work, the garden didn’t sure itself out, I would like to see some jazz, go for a bike ride, see friends, hang out with lovely wife. Fitting in exercise can be…

Feedback appreciated

I’ve been thinking about my practice and what sets it apart from other physios and it’s difficult to say. I certainly wouldn’t say I was a better physio or even a fitter physio but I definitely think differently to many. I believe in self-management.  A lot. Give people the tools to help themselves, get stronger…

Every day on the bike is a good day

Even easy ones. Spent 2 hours with friend, colleague and hot shot young Chiropractor, Becka mooching around the countryside on a bike. A pleasant 22 miles with Dundry Hill thrown in for good measure. What larks.

One year of bike ownership

I entered a Sportive to celebrate having a proper bike and to see how I faired. Most importantly I wanted to enjoy feeling good. Since starting to ride (and bear in mind I’ve been climbing for 25 years and running for 3) I am thinner, leaner, have a lower HR and generally feel better. Cholesterol…

Staff jolly with THE Medical

I’m not very good at being part of a team, not sure why but I’ve come to accept it. Which is why I’m lucky enough to work in an environment (2 different ones) where people don’t seem to mind. As a staff jolly someone suggested a bike ride so I planned a route – quite…

Injury of the day

So this walked in to my clinic today. It’s the right knee, any guesses.