Author: PhysioFixx

Tomayto, tomahto, Plantarfasciitis, Plantarfasciopathy – what’s really in a name?

For century’s terms such as gonorrhoeal heel, Policeman’s heel, jogger’s heel, plantarfasciitis and plantarfasciopathy have all been used to describe pain under the heel. This reflects the evolving nature of our understanding of this condition.  Many victims are now having their half and full marathon dreams cut short or perhaps giving up on those New Year resolutions activities due to heel pain. ...
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Protein Pandemonium

Protein has become BIG in the consumer world. Big brands appear to be sneaking it into all your everyday items. Why is there a sudden surge in protein and are these products going to help me with my goals? Currently, the UK dietary reference value (DRV) for protein is a mere 55.5g for males and 45g for females (aged 19-65). Now when you put this into context, that is the equivalent of one medium ...
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Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis (iA) (including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, connective tissue disease) and osteoarthritis (OA) are major causes of pain and disability, worldwide. Cold, damp, winter days can make these conditions feel worse. Physical activity has been proven to have many benefits for people with iA and OA – reducing the disease progression, and improving fitness inpeople w...
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Prenatal Massage – Busting the pregnancy blues

Prenatal massage
A mother's body undergoes many changes during pregnancy, initially with morning sickness, disruption to periods and bleeding. As the pregnancy progresses a prospective mother can expect the usual weight gain, tiredness, fatigue and swelling in hands and feet. Dizziness can also be caused from increases in blood volume, which helps provide the baby with nutrients for growth.  Hormone level changes...
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New ways to treat old issues

Shockwave for osteoarthritis
It makes the mind boggle; how did someone once realise that adding a lump of rock and some other chemicals, heat it up and suddenly you get molten metal to make all sorts with. Medicine has taken some odd twists and turns and through doctors and clinicians being brave and experimenting it has provided lots of options to treat various human afflictions. After the Second World War, some sailors in...
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Four Reasons You NEED Nutrition Support – Part 4

#4 Nutrition Needs to be Personalised Every individual has a completely different lifestyle to one another. This means that your nutrition should also be quite different. This is a huge problem in nutrition as internet gurus often promote a particular method of eating or claim to have found the ‘ultimate fat burning diet’ etc etc.  Unfortunately, this is never the case. And although we love to...
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Four Reasons You NEED Nutrition Support – Part 3

#3 Periodising As an athlete, every single day is likely to be different. Shouldn’t your nutrition therefore change accordingly? One of the biggest mistakes I see in athletes is their inability to adapt to their daily demands. Your nutrition should be changing all the time depending on your activity levels and the demands of your sport.  For example, you shouldn’t be eating the same breakfast...
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Four Reasons You NEED Nutrition Support – Part 1

#1 Getting the basics right The world of nutrition is full of myths, fallacies and FADs, making it an incredibly difficult area to understand. Many people believe and push their own methods, deeming themselves an expert because they eat, like everyone else. However, what needs to be understood is that one size does not fit all. Every individual has their own goals, preferences, lifestyl...
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Four Reasons you NEED Nutrition Support – Part 2

#2 It's time to get specific Every athlete has completely different training and lifestyle demands. Therefore, their nutrition should look completely different too. You’re not going to tell a banker to eat the same as a triathlete. Athletes need to eat according to their demands. Every sport will have limitations and every individual will have limitations. Sports nutrition has ...
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Have the last LAFT with your back pain

Back Pain
Recently one of my patients said their friend had slipped a disc – there was no formal diagnosis – just they heard and felt something pop in their back.  The truth is discs will never slip!  Poor education to many health practitioners in the past has meant that they have in turn poorly educated their patients about what’s actually going on with their backs. People often misconceive that their dis...
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