Maximising your flexibility means you are likely to have less injuries, less pain, improved posture and balance, increased strength, and better physical performance. Flexibility – or how much your muscle can lengthen – significantly affects your overall mobility. Made up of your strength, coordination and balance, your mobility is simply the ability you have (or haven’t!) for your joint to move through a complete motion. If your joints do have a wide range of motion, you can enjoy optimal physical and functional performance with little pain and discomfort. Essentially, performing stretches allows you to be more mobile which is one of our main treatment goals.
So, here we share how you can improve your flexibility and what flexibility exercises can help.
Whether you work at an office, onsite or at home – you spend about a quarter of your time on the job. As such, your workplace could be where you accidentally niggle an injury. Not the sports field. Not the gym. Work. Here’s how.
Cue the out of office – it’s holiday time! Here’s how to look after yourself when you’re out of routine, away from home, and busy having fun.
Treat injuries immediately to combat the daily wear and tear to your body. When it comes to injury relief, should you choose an ice or heat pack?
If you suffer from regular pain or tightness in your body, home remedy can be your first port of call to give yourself immediate relief. The latest trend in therapeutic relief is a massage gun – a tool developed to relax muscle tightness and help improve blood flow. The question is: are they a good idea?
Your body’s musculoskeletal system is comprised of bones and muscles which are joined together by connective tissues – like cartilage or ligaments. Your joints are the most vulnerable part of the entire system, with your ankles copping the brunt of your body’s pressure. Ankles are flexible and allow a wide range of movement. Therefore, they can be the number one spot to attract injury, pain or discomfort. Not only that, issues in your ankles can cause pain in other remote (and seemingly disconnected) parts of your body too.
A couple of great tips to self mobilise your ankles and to teach ankle balance (or proprioception). This is integral for ankle stability, helping to prevent a recurrence of an old injury. If you’ve just injured your ankle, please chat with us or your health care professional to ensure you haven’t fractured your ankle or sustained another type of nasty injury.
Do you sometimes feel a shooting pain down your leg when you sit for too long? Or, get a dull ache in your lower back when you twist to reach something quickly? This isn’t discomfort that is just ‘part of life’, it could be a symptom of sciatica. Read on to find out more about this condition.
There are many misconceptions about the use of ice versus heat for pain. Even though ice may not be as comfortable as heat, heating can actually make your problems worse when used inappropriately. Here’s what you should know about icing and how to do it the right way. Ice causes tissues to contract, slows down circulation and in doing so reduces inflammation (swelling), and numbs the affected area. Ice should be applied to areas of