Diary of a running injury

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I have been keeping a diary of treatment on a patient in Twickeham and thought I would share it with the City crowd, so here goes!

This starts with a long and painful history!

Duncan was a regular runner, but, in 2005 he created the perfect storm for a running injury. With no training until a week before a half marathon and no pre-race warm up, understandably, he quickly felt his calves tighten, which then became pain, but, instead of stopping, ...

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THE BENEFITS OF STRETCHING

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This is the time of year when everyone dives into a fitness regime with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, many people are stopped in their tracks when injury occurs and lose their intial enthusiasm. When I treat patients who exercise, I always ask what their stretching routine consists of. A couple of years ago I was quite stunned when a patient, an avid badminton player, told me that he had read an article stating that stretching for exercise was bad for you, so ...

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CORE STRENGTH…..HOW TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN

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Over the past several weeks I have mentioned Core Strength in a number of my blogs, from preventing low back pain in pregnancy to avoiding sports injuries.

So what is Core Strength and how does it affect you?

The main part of core strength, also know as core stability, comes from the muscles that encircle our midsection.  I am going to discuss, not just the ‘6 pack’ muscles, but the important ones that wrap around the middle like a girdle ...

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STRETCHING TO PREVENT SPORTS INJURIES

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When I treat patients who exercise regularly, I always ask what their stretching routine consists of. A couple of years ago I was quite stunned when a patient, an avid badminton player, told me that he had read an article stating that stretching for exercise was bad for you, so therefore he had stopped all stretching!! When I pointed out that there could be a link between his low back pain and lack of stretching, he conceded that there could ...

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5 Most Common Running Injuries

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The other day, I realised that 4 out of 5 of my City patients had running injuries and 2 of them are due to run in the Nike Run to the Beat half marathon.  So, I thought I better put some tips down in the blog.  If you are training for a race or just a recreational runner, here are my top 5 Running Injuries and advice on how to avoid or resolve them.

1. RUNNERS KNEE.

Also known as Patella Femoral Pain ...

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10 tips to keep the office worker’s back healthy

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Following on from last week’s blog on desk ergonomics and my shout out for blog suggestions, Kapil Kapur, of Kingston Business Facebook Page, asked me to do a blog on how to keep your back healthy.  Please keep suggestions rolling in on any health topics you would like to know more about, even if they do no not necessarily relate to back pain, nutrition or health issue enquiries are more than welcome.  I will do my best to answer all ...

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Ergonomic tips to prevent back & neck pain

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Over the past 15-20 workstation layout has changed dramatically. Instead of bulky monitors and shin denting hardrive towers, we now have sleek flat screen monitors with built in hardrive or connected to a central server. Many companies now provide their employees with laptops to allow them to work remotely. However, there is a downside to some of these changes with poor ergonomics causing neck and shoulder pain and back pain. So, here are my top tips on how to avoid ...

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Stress related pain

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Niggling headaches or neck stiffness are a common, but generally low priority complaint for many of us. Have you ever wondered what could be the cause and if anything can help?

Annually, 5 million people report suffering from ...

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