Aromatherapy

This coming week is Aromatherapy Awareness Week, run by @IFAaromatherapy and @AromatherapyCouncilUK, so what actually is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is usually applied through the form of massage, but can also be administered in a number of other ways (such as inhalation, compress, home remedies like creams and lotions) depending on your individual case and needs. An … Continue reading Aromatherapy

IlioTibial Band Syndrome

Let’s take a look at Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). AKA ITB friction syndrome. People who participate in intense physical training, such as runners, cyclists, and military recruits, are most susceptible to ITBS. They may notice a sharp pain that comes and goes at the outside of the knee. Over time, the pain may become more … Continue reading IlioTibial Band Syndrome

Axial Spondyloarthritis

Today is World AS Day, brought to us by @asif.spondylitis and @NationalAxialSpondyloarthritisSociety, so let’s take a look at Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpAr / AS) Axial Spondyloarthritis is a progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, which involves the spine. It affects up to 1 in 200 people in the general population, and may account for as much as … Continue reading Axial Spondyloarthritis

Lyme Disease

May is Lyme disease awareness months, organised by @LymeDiseaseUK and @Lyme-Disease-Action, so let’s talk about Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans from tick bites; with an estimated 2,000-3,000 cases a year through England and Wales; with about 15% having been acquired abroad. Ticks don’t jump or fly, but climb onto … Continue reading Lyme Disease

T4 Syndrome

Let’s take a look at T4 syndrome. T4 syndrome, or more accurately “upper thoracic syndrome”, is a rare and perhaps under-recognized clinical entity. The most common cause of T4 syndrome is overuse injury and it usually seen in patients who perform excessive amounts of bending, lifting and twisting movements seen in sports such as gymnastics … Continue reading T4 Syndrome

Lower Core

Let’s take a look at core strength and stability for the pelvic girdle and low back. First of all – what is meant by your Core Musculature? Well, this largely depends on who you ask. As physical therapists, we mean the deep muscles that stabilise your body, and allow other, larger muscles to create movement … Continue reading Lower Core

Concussion

Let’s take a look at concussion, AKA mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). The brain is made of soft tissue, which is cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. When you sustain a concussion, the impact can shake your brain, literally causing it to move around, impacting the inside of … Continue reading Concussion

Ice or Heat

Let’s take a look at the therapeutic use of ice and heat. As a rule of thumb, you should apply an ice pack as soon as possible after an injury; applying it for 10-15 minutes, and repeating after 60-90 minutes. Make sure that the ice pack is dry, and covered in a layer of material. … Continue reading Ice or Heat

Neck Pain

Let’s take a look at neck pain. Neck pain is common, but not normal. Causes include trauma, poor posture, muscle strain, bone abnormalities, and more, the vast majority are not serious. Diagnosing neck pain may require X-rays, MRIs, and other imaging tests, though often imaging may show abnormalities that aren’t causing any pain. Consequently, imaging … Continue reading Neck Pain