rehabilitation advice

Bring Peace and Love to Your Ankle Sprain Recovery

Most of us have experienced going over on an ankle whether running or some other seemingly innocuous activity. Instantly you are hobbling or sitting on the floor clutching the offending foot and, if a runner, wondering when you’ll run again and quickly stopping the Garmin. Advice for treatment has always followed acronyms based on similar…

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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Lower leg conditions such as plantar fasciitis and achillies tendinitis are often treated successfully using conventional strategies including strengthening, changing footwear and manual therapy. Occasionally, however, these conditions can prove resistant to conventional treatments. Podiatrist & Sports Scientist, Matt Hart, has introduced shockwave therapy at his clinic. Here he tells us why he has invested…

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Winter Cycling Tips

Winter Cycling Tips

The halcyon days of Summer cycling are sadly gone, folks, and it’s time to put on our big pants and brace ourselves for the more unsettled, challenging conditions that Winter chucks our way. The following are some winter cycling tips I have put together for when you head out into the winter elements. CLOTHING -…

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Ankle Injury

Ankle Rehab – The Wobble Cushion

I often recommend a wobble cushion for lower leg injuries and thought I would share a little more information as to why I love them. They have a number of functions including helping to improve ankle range of movement and control; strengthening of the soft tissues of the ankle joint; improving proprioception and balance.

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3D Gait Analysis

3D Gait Analysis – The Benefits!

One of the primary goals for runners, regardless of ability, is trying to stay injury free. Many clinicians and speciality retailers for the management & prevention of lower limb injury consistently advise footwear. The commercially popular system often seen in running speciality stores with 2D gait analysis – filming from behind and advising motion control…

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flexibility in Chippenham

Everyday Yoga

Yoga has many health benefits. It can help improve posture as some of the poses help strengthen abdominals and back muscles to fully support body weight and enabling us to sit and stand tall, preventing niggling injuries, aches and pains.

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Menopause and Soft Tissue Therapy

Menopause and Soft Tissue Therapy

The menopause and its effects seems to be a subject verging on the taboo and yet the majority of women will pass through it, affecting us all in some way – male and female. A lesser-known effect of the reduction of oestrogen during this phase in our lives is the effect of the structure and…

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bike fit

Why Have a Bike Fit?

I often hear the words, “ I’m not a proper cyclist so it wouldn’t be worth having a bike fit”, or “I’m worried I’ll come away with things I don’t need’, or even (and this is me); “I know I’ll look ridiculous as I know nothing about bikes, I just want to get on and…

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Chi Running

ChiRunning Workshops

I went on a ChiRunning Workshop in Bristol at the weekend. ChiRunning originates from Danny Dreyer, a successful ultra runner and T’ai Chi expert who saw that he could combine good running technique with the principles of T’ai Chi to work with gravity rather than against it.  It uses the power of the core muscles to…

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How Does Sports Massage Therapy Help

An Interview with Paul Gardiner

When did you start running? 2012. People at work signed up for Bristol Half Marathon so I thought I would. Plus I had spent years looking for a hobby to take up and had watched Anna train and enjoy races and the social aspect of it, so rather than been left with the kids all…

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post run stretches

Post Run Stretches

Here are my favourite post running stretches, which have genuinely helped my recovery for thae next training run. Thank you to Kerry from Flexi-Fit,  a Yoga for Sport specialist. Contact me for help with your post run stretching and recovery.

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Run Training Plans

Run Training Plans

If you are thinking of running a race to chase a personal best or to complete a new distance then training plans are essential. It is often thought that training plans are for ‘proper’ runners but actually they are useful for anyone at any running level. They are as important for injury prevention as they…

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Half Marathon Tips and Advice

HALF MARATHON TIPS With the Chippenham Half Marathon just around the corner, I’ve asked some of my clients and experienced half marathon running friends, for their best half marathon tips. Here they are collated in one handy article for you ahead of this weekend’s event: Use vaseline on nipples (if male, no comment on female!),…

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Sports massage therapy

Why Sports Massage Therapy?

Many athletes, coaches and those involved in all aspects of sport, consider Sports Massage Therapy to be an essential component of an athlete’s training and, ultimately, performance. It can be used pre event to prepare the body for activity, and post event as part of the recovery and healing process. Ideally, those involved in regular…

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Dry Needling in Chippenham

Dry Needling in Chippenham

Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment, working well in conjunction with soft tissue therapy. It uses very thin needles (the same as those used in acupuncture) without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aim. Dry Needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems, headaches, and some nerve…

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running injury recovery

Cycling and Running

Cycling has a reputation of being a specialised sport and needing a lot of expensive gear. Many runners see cyclists as a different breed to them (and vice versa!) and that cycling is not as demanding – cycling is perceived as less effort than running to runners. However there are a lot of benefits of…

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Cycling Injuries and Prevention

Cycling is not just an activity involving the lower half of the body – cycling is a full body activity. Desk job cyclists have to spend many waking hours in the same position. Sitting, hunched over desks, phones as well as handlebars. Hours in similar positions creates imbalances, with overloading of muscles creating a feeling…

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Trail Running

Off road running is often considered difficult and more for ‘proper’ runners than road running. Whilst it is true that it is more technically challenging, it can also enhance road running (and not just by making you appreciate a smooth surface more!). As a keen off road runner and Chippenham Sports Massage Therapist, I get…

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Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention for Runners Running is an addictive sport and a great way to get ft, lose or maintain weight and socialise with like-minded people. Like most sports, though, there are some risks of injury inherent within it. The following suggestions are ways in which to mitigate that risk. Running shoes  Running is generally considered…

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Chippenham Tri Does LCW

For those not in the “know” – LCW stands for Long Course Weekend, which, if you do the full event, means a 2.4 mile sea swim on Friday, 112 mile bike ride on Saturday and a full 26.2 mile marathon on the Sunday – basically an IronMan distance spread over a weekend. For me, however,…

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