What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteo (bone) Arth (Joint) Itis (Inflammation).
In short it stands for, bone & joint inflammation. The process begins with wear of the intra-articular cartilage inside the joint (knee, hip shoulder etc). Then an inflammatory process begins around the area where cartilage has worn away. This can cause pain and signs of inflammation – heat, redness or swelling. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis amongst people in the UK. Symptoms include morning joint stiffness, ... Read more →
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 ... Read more →
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 ... Read more →
The meniscus, also known as the cartilage of the knee, is a strong fibrous crescent-shaped structure that is sandwiched between the femur, the thigh bone, and the tibia, the shin bone. As you can see in the picture below, there are two sections: the medial meniscus on the inside of the knee, and the lateral meniscus, on the outside of the knee. Their main function is to provide a level of shock absorption in the lower limbs ... Read more →
From the time that an athlete endures a soft tissue injury (i.e. sprained ankle, ligament tear, muscle tear etc.), it is crucial that necessary procedures are put in place to optimize the rehabilitation. This is relevant for the occasional gym attendee, to the premiership footballer. In order to fully comprehend this process, one must understand the time scale in which the soft tissue takes to respond. In order to demonstrate this, we will use a basketball player ... Read more →