What Is A Muscle Cramp?

‘Muscle cramps are a common and usually harmless condition where the muscles suddenly become tight and painful’ There are two types of muscle cramp 1. Exercise Associated Muscle Cramp  This type of cramp can be caused by: Overuse / fatigue of muscles Shortened resting muscle length Electrolyte imbalance (altered potassium, calcium and magnesium levels) …

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What are Muscle Knots?

Also known as ‘Myofascial Trigger Points’, Muscle Knots are areas of contracted muscle fibre. They develop due to increased physical activity, overuse, poor posture, muscular imbalance or stress. Long periods of fibre contraction can result in chronic tension, often seen in the muscles of the neck and shoulders. Prolonged muscle contraction restricts oxygen and nutrient …

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What is ASD?

ASD: Arthroscopic Sub-Acromial Decompression, also known as an Acromioplasty is a procedure carried out on the shoulder joint to treat shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement occurs when the space within the joint becomes restricted, causing the bones, tendons and bursa to rub together. This results in pain on movement. ASD aims to increase the joint space …

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Safe Posture on Lifting

A short but interesting read on the biomechanics of the lumbar spine and the importance of lumbar posture during lifting. “Don’t bend your back whilst lifting”- is this the best advice? Research has shown that lifting items from below knee level with a fully flexed spine produces greater force than lifting with a lordotic spine. …

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Ankle Sprains

A common injury caused by a twisting force to the lower leg or foot, often affecting the lateral side of the ankle. Sprains involve damage to the ligaments that stabilise the ankle joint, presenting as tears which vary in severity. See below for the different types of Ankle sprains. Grade 1: Slight stretching of ligaments …

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