Dealing with injuries sucks. In fact, it sucks big time.
I’m currently dealing with 4 minor niggles handily spread evenly across my body.
I could have soldiered on and got by keeping them at bay but I decided that a bit of deferred gratification was required. Continue reading “Serving two masters – dealing with injuries”
It is not unusual to see people who have been informed that they have changes in a joint related to osteoarthritis. Two cases I have come across recently were handled completely differently.
The first was informed that, yes there were signs of osteoarthritis but don’t worry you don’t need to stop running. The second was similarly told that there were signs of arthritis but that was about it. No other advice was given or suggestions made.
Not surprisingly their point of view about the pain they were suffering was a bit different Continue reading “Osteoarthritis – The End Of The Road?”
In my opinion, the biggest misconception about runner’s knee is that it is their quads that are the problem.
Yet why after stretching them and foam rolling them to death why is there no change in the knee pain?
Continue reading “The #1 misconception that runners have about runner’s knee?”
There are more than 3 but will stick to the 3 biggies that I see on a regular basis.
- Assuming rest is the answer
- Not addressing ankle range of movement issues.
- Not resting enough
Continue reading “3 Mistakes Runners Make With Knee Pain”
DOMS – what is it?
DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness is something that everyone has experienced regardless of training history. You don’t even have to have trained to experience it. You have just decorated the bedroom and you have sore shoulders, that soreness is DOMS. Often thought of as a sign of a good training session, nothing could be further from the truth.
In tech speak the pain is caused by an increase in the acute loading that is sufficiently above your chronic loading level that you aren’t ready for. You react to this in an adverse manner that is painful. The unwanted pain of DOMS is a secondary reason why you should build up the volume and intensity over a period of weeks. The primary reason for the gradual build-up is to reduce the risk of injury. DOMS is painful but it isn’t an injury. A good rule of thumb is to use increases of no greater than 10% per week. Continue reading “How to beat DOMS”
Lower back pain is very common with around 70% of the population suffering from it at some point in their life. Whilst lower back pain is common it is rarely serious. That is your lower back pain is unlikely to be something you need to go to a hospital about. Having said this I know from experience it can be seriously sore.
Continue reading “Lower Back Pain – common but is it serious”
Are you constantly battling with tight hamstrings? Been told to stretch them but it doesn’t seem to help? It’s something I see all the time where they come into the clinic complaining of tight hamstrings and I get the same story, that they are stretching regularly but it doesn’t make any difference. Continue reading “Tight Hamstrings? Have you been told to keep stretching?”
All the posts and emails that I write are about trying to maintain a healthy, well functioning body, why it’s important to look after your body, and what to do when you’re sick of putting up with back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc, etc… So you can do all the things you love…
When it comes to your health, there is one, very simple thing that you can do that will lead to the mythical instant results – and that is get more sleep. Continue reading “The best recovery tool in the world.”
What aspect of pain comes from actual tissue damage and what comes from my brain being careful?
This was a question from one of our Facebook followers. It’s a pretty big topic to say the least. What we experience as pain is an output from our brain in relation to the input it receives from the tissues of the body and our experiences such as previous injury to ourselves or others we know, what we read about it or see on TV, what else is happening in our lives at the time. Interestingly the International Association for the Study of Pain describes pain itself as an experience. Continue reading “When have I injured myself and when is it the brain being careful?”
You are injured or have been injured but feel like you want to run anyway. Anyone who is active will have come across this situation regardless of what their chosen pastime or exercise is but for today we’ll use running as an example.
Continue reading “I’m injured. Should I run or not?”