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Clinical Pilates for low back pain

15th March, 2021

Non-specific mechanical low back pain - Cambridge Physiotherapy advice and exercises

There are many people who experience back pain which can’t be attributed to a particular structural injury or disease process even with a scan. The medical term for this type of back pain is ‘non-specific mechanical back pain’.   So what does this actually mean? Non-specific Your spine is wrapped in multiple layers of soft […]

Reduce stress and improve soft tissue healing

8th February, 2021

Stress and anxiety - improve healing and reduce pain

Did you know that being mentally ‘stressed’ has an impact both on your experience of pain and your capacity to heal from an injury? You might remember school biology lessons and the ‘fight or flight’ response we all have  when we encounter a threatening or stressful experience. This is an evolutionary chemical reponse in your […]

Why Are My Hip Flexors Tight?

15th October, 2017

Test for the length of your hip flexors - step 1

Your hip flexors are a group of muscles found deep at the front of your hips, attaching your spine to your thigh bones. They work to bend your hips and help lift up your legs when you move around. If you spend a lot of time sitting during your day – commuting to and from […]

Pilates exercises for dancers

14th August, 2017

pilates for dancers

Many dance schools and professional dancers recognise the value of Pilates as a training method for developing core strength, technique and connection with their bodies. Practising Pilates builds strong, flexible muscles with the strength to move fast and the endurance to sustain slow moves. It’s also complimentary in style to dance, with a precise and […]

The benefits of pilates for men

27th July, 2017

Man stretching during a pilates class

If it’s crossed your mind that you might be the only man in your pilates class, then think again! With the likes of Andy Murray, the All Blacks and Tiger Woods all using pilates as part of their training, there has been a definite rise in the number of men attending pilates classes and the […]

Why does my hip click and how can I stop it from happening?

27th June, 2017

Gluten strengthening exercise over a pillow

If you listen closely during a Pilates class you might hear a faint ‘pop’ or ‘click’ every now and again. This noise is most likely coming from someone’s hip. It’s very common to find that one of your hips clicks or pops with certain movements, particularly when you are lowering your leg from a raised […]

Should you use heat or ice for pain?

25th May, 2017

frozen peas for pain relief

It’s a very common question! Generally it’s recommended that heat works best on aching muscles and chronic pain and ice is applied to early injuries when the area is hot and swollen. That said, it’s often down to personal preference because either or both might help. This blog post outlines some of the similarities and […]

How to use a foam roller and what exactly does it do?

17th April, 2017

It can be a love-hate thing but if you’ve tried self-massage using a foam roller before, you’re probably already convinced of the benefits. Reduced muscle pain, increased flexibility and improved joint mobility can all be achieved using a foam roller and it’s not just for rehab after an injury either. You can foam roll before […]

Healthy, pain free knees – best exercises and advice

2nd April, 2017

Balance work to improve control around the knees

Take care of your knees and they’ll help you get up off the floor, walk downstairs, balance on uneven ground and walk for miles without pain. It’s not all about muscle strength either … in fact, that’s only one part of the picture. Flexibility, good control of the way you move and balance are all […]

Strengthening exercises for healthy hips

30th March, 2017

Hip strengthening exercise on all fours

Following on from our last blog post about the most effective stretches for your hips … this week we’re focusing on the best exercises to strengthen the muscles the support and control your hip movement. Weak, buttock muscles can contribute to lots of different painful hip and leg conditions, so here are our favourite exercises […]