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Why Everyone Should Practice Improving Their Balance.

Introduction

Balance refers to an individuals ability to maintain their line of gravity within their base of support.  You might also hear people talking about postural control and postural stability. Poor balance is surprisingly common and I see it in the clinic on a daily basis. Infact almost everyone I see when I test their balance say “oh my balance is rubbish”.  Poor balance has been linked to injury risk. Even in sports which involve sitting such as dressage riding and kayaking, significant differences in left and right standing balance have been noted to correlate with technical problems and injury even when seated.

Poor balance is also linked with falls in the older population.Improving your balance will reduce the liklihood of injury or reinjury and allow the body to make fine adjustments without inappropriate muscle tension.

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10 Tips To Motivate You To Stay On Track

 

As Physiotherapists we know that the most successful outcomes to recovering from injury and staying injury free are from those that buy into their self management and continue with it on a regular basis.  Studies suggest that as much as 65% of patients don’t do their exercises as instructed. Don’t feel guilty read on to help you stay on track.

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Treatment for Patellofemoral Pain or Runners Knee

As we have see in part 1 patellofemoral pain (PFP) is multifactorial, making it challenging to treat.   Despite the high prevalence among the sporting population, there are few published guidelines determining the most appropriate evidenced based treatment.  A recent paper by Barton et. al (2015) recommends individually tailored programmes with the emphasis on active exercise rehabilitation and education.

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Runners Knee or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome – Part one Symptoms and Causes

As a fellow runner who has suffered from runners knee pain I understand the frustrations it can cause not just with running but also in day to day activities too.   However, I have also managed to overcome it successfully enough to continue running.  That is not to say it has disappeared completely but with the correct self managment and understanding of the condition I have the confidence that I can keep running without increasing any symptoms.

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Achilles Tendinopathy – what is it? and how to get rid of it?

The Achilles tendon is a common injury for runners but also one of the more frustrating injuries to treat if not addressed correctly from the onset. In this blog, we will look at what Achilles tendinopathy is, what causes it and how to manage it. Continue reading “Achilles Tendinopathy – what is it? and how to get rid of it?”

Runners – Part 2 The Importance Of Running Gait Analysis.

In part 1 we examined the importance of what load management is and how this can impact the likelihood of sustaining a running related injury.  Part 2  will examine different aspects of running form and their association with different running injuries. Continue reading “Runners – Part 2 The Importance Of Running Gait Analysis.”