Category: exercises

Golf Performance Therapy

Secrets of the golf performance therapy behind Jordan Spieth’s and Shane Lowry’s success! Put yourself in the shoes of a top professional golfer in his or her prime (many of us dream of it regularly). You do two things that

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“My glutes don’t fire”- Glute Amnesia and Corrective Exercise

Twitter  Manual Therapy UK  for more original content, and information on my workshops! Over the years, I have tested the movement function of quite a few high level athletes.  About 20% who have great difficulty with the tests, and aren’t interested

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The Modified Shrug

(For more content like this and info on my workshops, Manual Therapy UK on FB. Therapist’s guide to all things trap  2015 study–The overhead shrug showed good upper trap activation and decreased lev scap activation, compared to traditional shrugs. I

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Preventing training injuries that plague women.

With the weather getting better and the long nights here, runners are out in force. While exercise has loads of health benefits, injuries often occur when starting a new workout program. There are a few sporting injuries that women suffer

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Achilles Tendinopathy Exercises

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Achilles tendon researchers no longer recommend eccentric exercises over doing traditional calf raises (raise and lower).  Eccentric exercises are perfectly fine to do, but slow and heavy is the new recommendation in part because patient compliance is better! Here is what

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How to Avoid Injuries While Training for the Great North Run

Every year around this time a steady flow of people, who recently started training for the Great North Run half marathon, come to my office with aches and pains related to running. Some of the most common injuries are: Achilles tendinopathy, plantar

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Dynamic Upper Body Warm Up Exercises

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for more original content, and information on my workshops! A recent systematic review of the effects of upper body warm-up on performance and injury sheds some light on how to

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The Best Glute Medius Exercises for Cyclists!

  Health care providers who use therapy and exercise like Manual Therapy UK for more great original content, and information on my workshops! If a four-time Ironman World Champion triathlete like Chrissie Wellington can have glute and core weakness issues, it

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High Hamstring Strain: Best Low Compression Exercises

For more rehab exercise, ART soft tissue therapy, and wellness news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The top of the hamstring muscle turns into a tendon a few inches from its origin on the pelvis. It is a very common

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Duncan Edwards -The CHEK Approach

Duncan Edwards is a CHEK Practitioner, personal trainer, lifestyle coach and co-owner of BodyGuards Gym in Jesmond, Newcastle. If you are looking for a trainer to just count your reps, Duncan is not your man. I have asked him to

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When Good Form and Graded Exposure to Exercise Doesn’t Work

Graded exposure to exercise is a newish buzzword, being promoted as a named approach to exercise by therapists, many of whom are interested in pain science.  The idea behind graded exposure is to exercise up to a level which is enough for adaptation (of the tissues involved) to occur,

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Therapist Guide: Trochanteric Bursitis vs Gluteal Enthesopathy

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for more original content, and information on my workshops! Therapist’s guide to Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome My approach has evolved in how to treat and prescribe exercises to patients with

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Is it the plantaris or Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis can mimic plantaris tendinopathy! The plantaris muscle runs from the back of the outside of the knee to insert on the inside of the heel bone.  A recent study of 214 elite UK track athletes found 33 had plantaris injuries.

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Does Bad Posture Cause Lower Back Pain? Kelly Starrett edition.

Should we unequivocally say bad posture causes lower back pain?  No Recently, two serious lifters asked me for my thoughts on Kelly Starrett’s book, Becoming a Supple Leopard.  They were both surprised that I had reservations about some of his

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Tennis Elbow: Myofascial Release, Mulligan’s MWM and Isometrics

Health care providers who use therapy and prescribe exercise, like Manual Therapy UK for more original content, and information on my workshops! Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylalgia (LE), can be a challenging condition to treat.  In this post, I am writing to

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