Chill out…

I’m hearing more and more physios and other healthcare professionals discussing and promoting the negative, detrimental, and so-called harmful effects of using ice for the¬†treatment of injuries or soreness after exercise, with some claiming that it should be abandoned completely. Well, I think this is just crazy talk and I think some people just need…

Rehab Rules…

So I gave a talk this weekend at a Dutch Physio conference and laid out my “Rehab Rules” for most things that hurt and cause disability in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. It seemed to go down well so I thought I would give a brief overview of them here and see what you lot think. These rules, or perhaps I should…

Strength stretching…

Stretching is one of those things you either love or hate. Personally, I hate it, I find it boring, awkward, and generally ineffective, also I’m useless at it, usually looking like a cold lump of clay whenever I try. However, I know many people love to stretch, twisting and contorting themselves into some amazing and…

Push or hold…?

I like to spend a few hours most days reading ‘stuff’. This means I usually read a blog or two, half a dozen abstracts, and at least one research paper in full most evenings. Most of the stuff I read I would rate as ok, not bad, kinda meh, however once in a while something…

Stiff, but not stiff stiff…

We all feel stiff now and then, some of us more often than others. Many blame their ageing body, long periods of immobility, or strenuous activity for this. Many also blame shortening muscles, thickening scar tissue, or increasing adhesions. But I think there are many misconceptions around stiffness and what it is, and what it…

That’s what I SAID…¬†

There has been a shift in rehab exercises being given out by physios recently as more realise that they are not as specific as first thought. For example, we now know we can’t train the VMO in isolation, glutes don’t actually suffer amnesia, and rotator cuff and scapula exercises are really the same thing. This…