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Frequently Asked Questions about Scarwork™

Who can Scarwork™ help? Anyone who has a scar from an accident or surgery could benefit from this therapy.Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal but sometimes the process…

Running in the Heat

Now that Summer has begun, we are all hoping for “good” weather. However, after the heatwave of 2018, we need to be prepared for it to be “too good”. When…

Groin Strain

A strain in the Adductor muscles of the inner thigh is often called a “Groin Strain”. This type of injury is most common in sports that involve sharp increases in…

Common complaints about Scars

Many people have scars that cause them no problems at all. However, there are a number of common complaints that I hear from clients who do have issues: Pain, itchiness,…

The Mental Impact of Scars

It is a sad fact of life that many people see scars as a disfigurement. They are often associated with “the bad guy” in a film or we try to…

The Quadriceps Group

The Quadriceps group (commonly known as Quads) comprises of four large muscles in the front of the upper leg. They are: Vastus Lateralis (Outer) Vastus Medialis (Inner) Vastus Intermedius (between)…

Vitamins

There are many Vitamins and Minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy and active. I do not usually give nutritional advice to my clients but here is a short…

Bone Health

Our bones play many important roles in the body. They provide our structure, protect our organs, provide an anchor for our muscles and store excess calcium. Although it’s important to…

Cramps

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles. Almost everyone will suffer with a cramp at some point and often the cause is not known. Though generally…

Aqua Therapy for Back Pain

Most people with back ache are told by health professionals, including myself, to move more. The majority of lower back pain is caused by muscular tension and movement should ease…

Injury prevention for Swimmers

Although swimming is non-load bearing, considered low risk for injury and an excellent sport for all round fitness, overuse injuries can occur due to the repetitive nature of the strokes.…

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve of the arm gets compressed in a narrow tunnel passing through the centre of the wrist. This causes irritation…

How to chose a Therapist

With many different types of massage available and numerous therapists offering their services, how can you decide where to get the best treatment? Here are some tips that may help:…

Female athletes and the Menopause

When we reach Menopause, usually in our late 40s or early 50s many of our biological processes change and find a new “normal”. This changing process usually takes a few…

Runners Knee

Runners knee is the common name for patellofemoral pain syndrome which causes pain around and behind the knee cap. It is one of the most common overuse injuries in people…

How does Massage ease Pain?

From an early age, we learn that the touch of a hand can ease pain. When a toddler bangs his knee, he’ll instinctively rub the sore spot. Likewise, an office…

Under and Over Pronation

We often hear the terms Over and Under pronation, particularly with respect to running and running shoes, but what do these terms mean? And why are they important? OVERpronation means…

Why Scars are like Mushrooms

When you see a mushroom emerging from the ground, all you notice is the fruiting body of the fungus. Sometimes they can be tiny, sometimes they group together and sometimes…

Why is lack of sleep bad for your health?

Many of us suffer from poor sleep quantity and quality. This is likely to be caused by a number of factors with stress, lack of exercise and using screens late…

Cycling Injury Prevention

Impact injuries Crashes are an unfortunate part of cycling. Potholes, careless drivers and mis-communication amongst group members can all result in you ending up on the road or in the…

Adhesions

Adhesions are fibrous bands, formed in the same way as scar tissue, which inhibit movement between soft tissues. They are often called “knots” and can form in muscles, ligaments or…

Caesarian Section

When you see how many layers of the abdomen are cut in a caesarian section to get to the baby, we can realise what a major operation it is. No…

Gardening

Spring has sprung and many of us will be starting to spend increasing amounts of time in the garden. Some of this time will be spent relaxing but much of…

Scarwork

Your scars can tell the story of your life but sometimes they are constant reminders especially if they are tight, uncomfortable and affect how your body moves ScarWork is a…

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) is a condition where pain and stiffness develop in the joint to such an extent that the patient finds it difficult to move their arm. This…

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition that produces pain on the outside of the elbow and upper forearm. It is particularly noticeable when bending your arm, gripping small…

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common form of head ache and many people will experience one at some point in their lives. Teenagers and adults are most likely to suffer…

High Heels

High heeled shoes have long been an essential part of smart, fashionable dress. From court shoes at work to sparkly sandals on a night out, many people wear shoes with…

Sports Injury Prevention

Sports injuries are usually caused in two ways – Impact and Overuse.Impact injuries would come from a fall or tackle whereas Overuse injuries are due to repetitive strain. Overuse injuries…

Training in the Cold

It’s mid-winter and very cold, particularly when most people have to do their training (morning and evening), so how can you stay safe and still train well? Here are a…

Motion is Lotion

I have recently heard the expression “Motion is Lotion”. I take this to mean that the more we move, the better we move. Regular movement avoids stiffening of the joints…

How does Massage improve Sporting Performance?

Soft tissue therapy and massage has been used for centuries to heal, invigorate and relax the mind and body. In order for our bodies to work efficiently, many complex systems…

Reflexology – Guest Blog by Wendy Rooke

What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a holistic theory and therapy that treats the feet in order to harmonise the flow of energy in the whole body, and so balancing mind,…

Stress manifesting as Physical Pain

Stress is the body’s reaction to potentially harmful situations. These can be real or perceived but when we feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in our bodies that allows us…

Kinesiology Taping

Developed in Japan in the 1970s, Kinesiology taping (KTape) has now become a common sight at all major sporting events and is gaining popularity amongst non-elite athletes and the general…

Proprioception

Proprioception is the sense of knowing the relative position of ones’ body in space. It is necessary to maintain posture and balance and helps us to co-ordinate movements.The information needed…

Text Neck

Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your mobile phone or tablet too frequently and for too long. The…

Christmas Shopping Hazards

For most people, the festive season includes a large amount of shopping. This can be for food or presents and can be a hazardous pastime. Here are a few things…

Heat or Ice?

When injury strikes or everyday aches and pains need a little attention, it can be hard to decide what action to take. This chart gives a simple explanation about when…

Training Whilst Injured

Nobody likes to be injured but, unfortunately, it happens to most of us at some time. Overuse injuries are the most common and can sneak up on athletes then suddenly…

Why are Rest Days important?

When we exercise and ask our muscles to do more work than they are used to, the microscopic fibers inside them tear apart. This “Microtrauma” is perfectly natural and is…

Massage and Mental Health

Massage therapy of all types is becoming a popular treatment for the relief of sports injuries, muscle soreness and everyday aches and pains. However, its’ benefits are more than just…

Types of Massage

There are so many different types of massage practiced in the U.K. and a vast array of therapists offering their services that the whole idea of “getting a massage” to…

Air Travel and Deep Vein Thrombosis

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep vein thrombosis or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in a major vein of the body. This occurs most often in the lower…

Are you a Corporate Athlete?

Our modern corporate life means that many of us struggle to achieve a healthy work : life balance… Let alone a work : training : life balance! Whatever type of…

Skin Cancer

Following on from my MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) accreditation, I would like to share the following facts about skin cancer with you all. Skin Cancer is the…

Training whilst travelling

Many of you will be approaching a holiday period or some time out of your usual routine over the next few weeks. Travelling, either for business or pleasure, can play…

Foam Rolling

Foam Rolling has become very popular as a form of Self massage, but what does it actually do and is it worth it? As discussed in a previous post, Fascia…

Iliotibial Band (ITB) Tightness

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common causes of ‘Runners Knee’ and accounts for up to a quarter of overuse injuries in runners. The ITB is a…

Piriformis Syndrome

The Piriformis muscle is located in the buttocks, beneath the Gluteus Maximus . It runs diagonally from the Sacrum (base of spine) to the top of the Femur (thigh bone)…

Fascia

Fascia is a dense sheet of irregular connective tissue that supports and surrounds all muscles and organs of the body. This means that everything is connected together. Fascia is made…

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where cartilage gradually thins and becomes rough. The loss of this protective cushion between bone ends can cause them to rub together and results…

Pre and Post event Massage

With a number of Marathons coming up in the next few weeks and the Triathlon season about to start, here is some information about what you should expect from a…

Shin Splints

Also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (M.T.T.S), “Shin Splints” is a catch – all term for pain felt in the lower leg along the Tibia or shin bone. This…

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a series of microscopic fissures or severe bruising within the bone. It causes localised pain at the fracture site which may increase during exercise and subside…

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick strap of connective tissue that runs from the ball of the foot to the heel. It supports the foot arch and gives us the…

Things to know before getting a SPORTS MASSAGE

Although the benefits of massage to both sporty and non-sporty people are numerous and well known –Release of tension in muscles, Improved blood flow, Increased flexibility, Lower blood pressure, Reduced…

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

D.O.M.S. is the soreness we feel in our muscles a day or two after a high intensity workout that our body is not yet used it. All athletes can be…

Why is sitting for long periods bad for you?

Lower back pain is very common with office workers and drivers. Sitting all day will lead to the lower abdominal muscles becoming lazy as they do not need to support…

Ligament Sprain

Ligaments are a connective tissue made from collagen fibres and they attach bone to bone at joints. Ligaments help to stabilise the joint and can become damaged if the joint…

Muscle or Tendon Strain

A muscle can be strained when some or all of its’ fibres cannot cope with the demands being placed on them. This strain can occur in the muscle belly, where…

What is the P.R.I.C.E protocol?

During the acute inflammation stage of a soft tissue injury (24 to 48 hours), I would recommend the P.R.I.C.E. or P.OL.I.C.E. procedures: Protect – The damaged area should be protected…