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Health and Wellbeing

21/02/2018
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Tendons vs Ligaments

How do you know if you have damaged your ligament or your tendon? Well to be honest the reason there is such a confusing overlap of what is what and where, is because the two are very alike. The simplest way to put it is that tendons attach muscle to bone and ligaments attach bone to bone. Sounds simple enough right? Well, the problem most people have is distinguishing between a ligament injury and a tendon injury due to their symptoms being very alike. So in order to understand them... Read More

06/07/2017

Resistance Bands

When it comes to versatility and value for money, few bits of kit could offer you as much value and versatility as a resistance band. What are resistance, bands? These popular pieces of training equipment are flexible, seamlessly-constructed latex rubber bands or tubes which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of which provide differing levels of resistance. Why should I invest in a resistance band (or even a whole set)? Resistance bands are becoming a regular sight in gyms, training grounds, homes and even outdoors across the... Read More

05/07/2017

Hypermobility – The Facts

What Is Hypermobility? Joint hypermobility means that some or all of a person’s joints have an unusually large range of movement. Hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for that particular joint. Hypermobile joints are often an inherited condition. Symptoms of the joint hypermobility syndrome include pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows. Often joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and require no treatment. Hypermobility is a condition that causes joints to move beyond what is considered the normal range expected for a... Read More

15/06/2017
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5 Reasons to Learn CPR

Would you know what to do or how to react if someone suddenly collapsed in front of you? Sudden heart attacks are amongst the most common cause of death in the world. Performing CPR can be the difference between life and death. You can’t assume that someone else will step in – that’s why it’s so important to learn CPR. Getting certified is easier than you think. 1. It Saves Lives Each year in the UK approximately 30,000 people collapse with sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Sudden cardiac arrest... Read More

14/06/2017
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Pectoral Tears and Strains

The pectoral muscles (pecs) are located at the front of the chest, they are made up of two muscles. The larger of the two is called the pectoralis major muscle, this extends from the sternum across the ribs and collar bone to the humerus (upper arm). The pectoralis minor (the smaller of the two muscles) originates at the front of the ribs and attaches to the front of the shoulder blade. The pectoral muscles assist with movements of the shoulder blade. During stretching or contracting the pectorals experience tension. This... Read More

12/06/2017
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CrossFit – Looking after your Hands

You only have to look on Instagram to understand just how popular CrossFit is getting! Photos of CrossFit diehards proudly displaying their blistered, calloused and torn palms like  badges of honour. But even if you’re can push through the pain of dead-lifts and snatches with a flesh wound, it does not mean that you should, you could be risking nasty infections, deeper tears, and considerable recovery time, and let’s face it, why would you train through it when it can easily be avoided. Don’t let something as avoidable as a... Read More

09/06/2017

Myofascial Release

Myo refers to muscles, and fascia is the connective tissue that bind muscles, bones, and organs together. Fascia connects and covers all parts of the body in a strong, fibrous sheeting, but it also plays a primary role in healing from injury. We are only just beginning to understand the role and importance of fascia in the body. What Makes it Different? Myofascial Release, is a massage technique that engages both the muscular and the fascia systems, it can be achieved through massage with the therapist, or through the use... Read More

05/06/2017
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Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is defined as – the use of electric currents passed through the body to stimulate nerves and muscles, chiefly in the treatment of various forms of paralysis. Electric stimulation devices such as Compex have been shown to speed u recovery time in athletes and are medical-grade devices designed to contract the muscles in different ways that may promote blood flow, increase muscle tone, and flush out lactic build-up. In more extreme cases even, an electro-therapy device can be used to alleviate muscular spasms and cramps. Whether your goals are... Read More

26/05/2017

Keeping Hydrated

The British summertime appears to be in full swing (touches wood, crosses fingers) It’s no secret, staying hydrated is an important part of your overall health, but there are lots of health benefits that aren’t as well known. Hydration can give your metabolism a boost, lubricate your joints, regulate your body temperature, and even aid digestion. If you’re thinking about upping your fluid intake, here are our six top tips to help you achieve this; How much water you need is unique to you There is a lot of information... Read More

17/05/2017
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Wobble Board Guide

Standing Balance Test (Easy) Stand on the wobble board with your feet shoulder width apart and push the front of the board down towards the ground by flexing your feet forward, aim to get the lip of the board as close to the ground as you can without letting it touch the floor. Proceed to roll the board round in a clockwise direction for 1 minute, once complete do the exercise anti-clockwise. If your ankles/ knees are weak or painful, let the lip of the wobble board touch the ground.... Read More