Acute Mountain Sickness

In light of recent events, with our staff and patients taking on challenges that push you through both mental and physical exhaustion above 2,500m, we thought we would take a look at one of the main conditions they may be up against…

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is an illness that can affect mountain climbers, hikers, or skiers at high altitudes, usually above 2,400 meters. It is caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes and can ...

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Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues and back to the heart. It also helps in bringing new nutrients and oxygen to cells. Lymphatic drainage uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

Lymphatic drainage can be used to treat any type of swelling, especially in the ankles, reduce scar tissue, reducing ...

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Wry Neck Syndrome

What is Wry Neck Syndrome?

Wry Neck Syndrome or Torticollis is a painful condition that is caused by twisting and tilting the head quickly. The condition can also be as a result of overuse from poor posture, excessively pushing the chin forwards in activity, slouching or lifting. Chronic wry neck can cause debilitating pain and difficulty performing day to day activities. Fortunately, medications and physiotherapy can help to relieve the pain and stiffness and is very successful when ...

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Paringdon Youth Summer Football Tournament 2015

On 30th and 31st of May 2015, The Mike Varney Physiotherapy Team set up at Paringdon Sports Centre ready for a full day of work at the youth football tournament. We provided free sports massage, taping and injury advice to hundreds of youth footballers consisting of U6s-U15s from 9am till 5pm. It was a busy couple of days and even in the pouring rain on Sunday it was a great event to attend. Well done to Elay, Myles, Liam and Nick from the University of Hertfordshire and ...

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Stretching? Is it important?

It is common for runners to concentrate training on endurance and strength whilst training, without the realisation of the importance of stretching muscles pre and post exercise. However, flexibility within muscles can have many positive effects including:

  • Muscles being less prone to injury
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Increase in gains of strength/endurance
  • Increase in range of movement

Stretching should always be done pre exercise after a 10 minute warm up, for example jogging. It is important that muscles are never stretched ‘cold,’ as this is a ...

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Psychology-Hitting the Wall!

Every year hundreds of thousands of runners will have the opportunity to “hit the wall.” “The wall” is defined as that period in a marathon or long distance event, when things transition from being pretty hard to being really, really hard.

Hitting the wall is basically running out of energy. For the first couple of hours/miles of running you are using up all your carbohydrate/sugar stores. After these are used up, your body starts to use fat as its energy source. This ...

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Nutrition for a Marathon

It is difficult to know what to eat and when to eat it when your in training for a big event. What do you eat before and how long before the event? What do you eat and drink during and after the event?

Well… It is actually down to trial and error, and what works best for you.

There are some guidelines that you can follow to help you make the best choices as to what to eat and drink:

Before training you want to eat ...

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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 weight.

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Massage and Marathons! Why is it important?

Are you running a Marathon this year? Don’t forget to include a weekly session of sports massage as it moves closer to the big day…

Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage, designed to help prevent injuries and improve performance. It is particularly useful for those undertaking intensive training for endurance events. Intensive training causes muscular tension which causes a loss of elasticity and flexibility. Frequent massage will help stretch out muscles and ensure optimal blood ...

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The London Marathon

The London Marathon was first run in 1981, 34 years ago and is the third largest running event in the UK. This event has raised over £450 million for charity since 1981. It was founded by former Olympic athlete and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley, after running the New York Marathon in 1979, they decided to put on a similar event, but better in the UK. A mini marathon is also run for children so the whole family ...

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