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Why I love short spine

One of my all time favourite exercises on the reformer is the short spine. Not because I’m good at it (I’m not!) but because of the amazing stretch it gives my low back and hamstrings. It’s hard but afterward I feel ‘unwound’. I am a physiotherapists and this is such...

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How to Prevent Injury

Warm up: the benefits Raises the heart rate so body is prepared for physical exertion Speeds up nerve impulses so that reflexes are enhanced Reduces muscle tension Sends oxygenated blood to the muscle groups Reduces the risk of injury, particularly to connective...

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How to Recover Faster through Ice Baths

Taking an after exercise plunge in an ice water bath (a tub of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius ice water) is a common practice among many elite athletes as a way to recover faster, and reduce muscle pain and soreness after intense training sessions or competitions. From...

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How to Treat Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome

ITB Syndrome is due to inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg. The iliotibial band begins at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. The band functions...

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Paralympic report for London 2012

This year being an Olympic and Paralympic year has become even more exciting than usual because: 1. The games are closer than ever in London, UK a city where I completed University and lived in for 5 years 2. Because I will be actually attending the event in person in...

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