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How to avoid running into trouble

Last month we talked about heel pain and its many names and causes.  Sadly there will be many new, seasoned runners and keep fitters whose New Year fitness regimes are being affected by it. If you are one of them and the pain is settling and you are thinking about getting back out there, or if you are a bit delayed in getting your new fitness plans off the ground maybe take heed of the followin...
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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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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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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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Exercise helps cancer patients and survivors

Yoga with Cancer
Sadly, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed in the UK is increasing. It is likely that we all know somebody who has been effected by cancer themselves or within their families. Luckily, due to advances in treatments the survival rates are also increasing. Thankfully now 50% survive cancer for 10 years or more. This has created a growing group of people with unique health requirements. A rec...
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