Technology

Running Biomechanics

Running shoes have a limited life. A pair of top end running shoes such as asics will only last for 400-500miles. This will however, vary depending primarily on your running surface for example; track, road, treadmill or trail path. Mileage lifespan of trainers refers to the foam that runs through the middle and sole of the shoe, this unfortunately is the quickest wearing part of the shoe as it takes all the impact from the ground and your body ...

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Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous band of connective tissue that rises from the heel bone and attaches into the calf muscles. It is the thickest tendon in the body and due to its high weight-bearing nature is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to inflammation and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy. If you suffer from Achilles tendinopathy (previously known as tendonitis), the tendon may ...

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Orthotics

Orthotics and arch supports are regularly recommended by physiotherapists and podiatrists for the relief of foot pain, heel pain, shin pain, knee pain and back pain. Often, a biomechanical mal-alignment or lack of stability from the foot region can cause abnormal loads on the body.

Orthotic’s are custom foot supports, made from casts or scans of the feet, and incorporate measurements of your foot and legs. Most orthotics will last 5 to 10 years, and need to be changed if ...

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Instrument Assisted Massage

The latest technique in soft tissue mobilization that has combined the engineering behind tool making and massage.

In the last post the problems associated with fascia within the human body was discussed. It was proposed that foam rolling was the answer to those lingering niggles, however it is now coming to the light that there is another technique more direct and accurate. This technique is instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

This method involves a trained clinician applying a metal instrument to ...

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Acupuncture…….wins over NICE guidelines.

Acupuncture has been a common feature within the metaphorical toolkit for the clinicians of Mike Varney Physiotherapy for quite a few years now. It encourages the body to promote natural healing and improve muscle function. Very fine needles are inserted in or close to the affected area causing a reduction in pain levels and muscular spasm.

According to theAmericanAcademyof Medical Acupuncture, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. However the literature regarding ...

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Shockwave Therapy

There has been a lot of press about the effectiveness of the shockwave machine, such in this aShockwave2rticle from the Daily Mail.

Shockwave therapy was originally used as a treatment for kindney stones but it’s therapeutic benefit for soft tissue injuries has only been realised fairly recently.

It works by delivering high energy soundwaves into the painful area to re stimulate the healing process. ...

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