Learning, learning, learning

Acupuncture is an indispensable party of my practice and has been for over 5 years. There’s so much to know I am always a little overwhelmed by how much I don’t know. Great to have John Hobbs, @AACP_Physio Chair and all-round needle genius to make things seem manageable.  This weekend, acupuncture for headaches and migraines….

Keep going, don’t stop exercising

An interesting conversation yesterday highlighted the difference in approaches between, let’s say…. me and, well, I don’t know…everyone else. Ok, I’m being unfair. Anyway, some therapists advocate rest. A lot. This is never going to work out in the long term. Why? The thing that hurts might stop hurting if you’ve rested but then you’ll…

Buddy running

Studies have shown that exercise compliance is improved if you enjoy it with someone else. In my case a Labrador – he’s not a natural runner so I don’t exceed 10km but he’s keen. I’ve also started running with my wife. I’ll keep you posted

We love backs

It’s not because I treat a lot of them. It’s not because they pay my mortgage, or because they’re basically straightforward. It’s not even because they’re ‘nice’ to treat (as opposed to feet, for example).  It’s because they’re multi-factoral. Every one is different because every one is different.  This paper is worth a read. I also…

As promised…..

He’s someone with reduced spinal mobility. Wasn’t sure why; it tends not to be pathological, often postural or because of sports – as in this case. Spent some time loosening things up and the pain went away and the spine became more like the fella in the previous post. #belikedanny You know it makes sense

Here’s a fun NYE challenge

Not really but it’s a good test – I’ve used it a lot. It tests the mobility of your spine and your ability to control your spine. It should look a bit like the guy in the video, it often doesn’t. I’ll post a bad example next. Such fun.  I’ve had a good year. Busy….

Ailment of the week

Does this person have: A) medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)? B) medial meniscus inflammation? C) plantar fascitis? D) Achilles tendinopathy? What are we looking at specifically? It’s a not often looked for symptom and that is reduced tibialis anterior/posterior activation. Thus limiting inversion at the mid-foot in toe standing. In this case in the…

Is it worth it?

One of the best bits of my job is working with young people and helping them recover from injury and to achieve their sporting ambitions. I am very lucky to be involved with the local climbing squads (and others across the country) where I spend a little bit of time each year assessing them and…

4000⁴ + new friends = good times

Great few days in Morocco with some new buddies pottering up some mountains. We managed 4 x 4000m over 40km and about 4000m total ascent. That’ll do for a bit. 

It’s not all about clinical reasoning….

I guess I play the”mountain instructor/physio” card quite a lot and sometimes I wonder why. All physios can assess and treat all problems whether you’re a footballer or a climber. Does being a climber make me a better physio? I don’t think so but it makes me a better communicator. Especially to climbers. So, here’s…

Free physio? Really?

Yup, I can be persuaded. Basically I’m running an injury screening clinic at UCR on 10th December from 2pm. Just a chance to have a chat about what ails you and see if it’s worth doing something about it. Click this link to reserve a slot.  free physio Right, I’m off to Morocco.