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What causes scoliosis & the best pilates exercises for this condition

15th June, 2017

Core strengthening exercise for scoliosis

  Having a ‘scoliosis’ means that part of your spine curves sideways. For most people this is picked up when they are a child and although you might be concerned that you could have prevented it from happening, this isn’t the case. Scoliosis isn’t caused carrying a heavy school bag, slouching or sleeping on your […]

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 […]

Stretch out for healthy hips!

20th March, 2017

groin stretch for the hips

Lots of painful conditions around the hips can be improved with an effective exercise programme to improve flexibility in your hips joints. Try our healthy hips stretching routine … we’d recommend working on it at least three times per week. Hold the stretches for at least 30 seconds on each side and complete the whole […]

Best exercises for shoulder pain

17th March, 2017

Shoulder strengthening exercise for stability

Our shoulder joints are specifically designed to allow an amazing range of movement. The drawback to this design is that they require a lot of support from the muscles around them to keep them healthy and pain free. Lots of painful conditions around the shoulder are caused by sitting for long periods in the same […]

Pilates for osteoarthritis

11th March, 2017

Osteoarthritis stretch

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis affecting our joints. It’s sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis but I think this is a misnomer as joint wear is a normal consequence of daily activity. Osteoarthritis actually develops when our joint repair processes are insufficient to cope with the stresses and strains passing through […]

Pilates exercises for neck pain

19th January, 2017

Patient waiting for neck physiotherapy

Neck pain is often accompanied by shoulder blade pain, tight muscles and headaches. So its not surprising that having an issue with your neck can impact significantly on your feeling of wellbeing. Quite a number of the clients we see with neck pain have symptoms that can be attributed to accumulative strain on the muscles, […]

Best pilates exercises for an ankle sprain

17th November, 2016

An exercise to strengthen the calf muscles after an ankle sprain

After an ankle sprain it’s not uncommon to still be experiencing some problems a few months down the line. This is because spraining your ankle can leave you with some muscle weakness and a loss of your normal balance reactions. So pain and swelling can come on when you’ve been on your feet for a […]