Groove is in the brain – watching strictly come dancing to exercise those neurons

Strictly come dancing 2012

Strictly Come Dancing is great entertainment. Increasingly I have been drawn into watching the professional dancers and admiring their immense skill and body control. The precision, posturing and awareness, blending with glamour, grace and such defined movement demonstrates perfectly the art of motion to music. The celebrities have a mix of backgrounds, some clearly having had previous experience of dance. […]

Pain in the Media

Media and pain

Recently there have been a handful of reports in the media covering aspects of pain. Here is a brief review of the reported findings. Stephen Adams of The Telegraph wrote (click here) about the role of genes in disc degeneration following the discovery of PARK2 by Dr Frances Williams and her team – here’s the study. Rightly, he points […]

Why does my knee hurt when I run?

Why do my knees hurt? Running injuries

The success of the London 2012 Olympics has had a huge impact upon society including the greater participation in sporting activities. This is a truly vital legacy and we must seek to pervade this healthy mindset to all corners of the country and across all the age ranges to optimise the benefits. Those seeking immediate […]

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 2: What can we do?

Joint hypermobility syndrome | JHS | Treatment and training for hypermobility

Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) is commonly seen in my clinics, either as a feature observed or as a problem in itself – see previous blog. Commonly people desecribe pain, poor spatial awareness (so-called clumsiness), flat-footedness, problems with walking and controlling movement. What can we do about these problems? Firstly, understanding the neuroscience of movement and […]

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 1 – what are the problems?

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

I see many people who are hypermobile, in other words, are able to move certain joints through a greater range. But what is normal? With so many being able to do this including some of the best known athletes, what is the problem? Diagnosis Usually when I see that the person in front of me […]

A quick word on…the flare up

Chronic pain | Flare up

When pain flares up we need ways of dealing with the increase in symptoms, the distress that this can cause and the impact upon day to day living. If we could look inside our brains when a flare up is in full swing we would see a storm of activity in many areas, especially the sensory and emotional regions. […]

Working with consultants & GPs for better care

Dimensions of pain | Melzack

Our aims for patients are to ease their pain, increase their activity levels and significantly improve their quality of life with the development of heathy habits. These aims are achieved with comprehensive treatment programmes that tackle the pain source(s) and the influencing factors. Specialist Pain Physio Clinics – London & Surrey Teaming with the referring consultant […]

Another hamstring injury, but how serious is it?

Football injuries | acute sports injuries

The hamstring injury is one of football’s blights, affecting so many of our best known players. The latest is Andy Carroll who sustained the injury yesterday in his first game at West Ham – read here. The extent of the injury will be clearer following a scan. Hopefully this will be a minor insult that […]

A quick word on… ‘checking in’

‘Checking in’ is a simple task that involves a brief self-monitoring of how one is feeling physically and mentally. This can be useful before starting exercise as a way of identifying the mindset and energy levels. From here, the programme can be modified as required so that exercise can be taken at an appropriate level. […]

Back pain in football and sport

Back pain clinics, London

Back pain is a common experience across society. Millions are spent each year on treatment yet we do not seem to be making any significant progress in tackling this vast problem. Undoubtedly footballers are also subject to spinal aches and pains, either from a direct injury or insidiously. Most people whom I see fall into […]