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Need some more detail on your particular injury? Nell and the team blog regularly, sharing clinical insight on topics from Sarah Key’s 5 Stages of Back Pain and Diane Lee’s Integrated Systems Model, to effective treatment for ruptured ACLs, dodgy shoulders and sprained ankles. 

What is the vestibular system?

Victory's movement and balance specialist, Elizabeth Banks, is an expert in all things vestibular. You may have heard the word, but what does it mean? And how does it relate to your health?  Head of Performance Helen Murawska explains... What is the vestibular system?...

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What is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)?

In my last post, I talked about how I managed to tear my hip cartilage while playing tennis; and I mentioned that a common cause of cartilage tears is femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI. Although the concept of hip impingement was first recorded in 1936, it wasn’t...

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I tore my hip labrum playing tennis

With tongue in cheek, I firmly believe that, as a physio, I should be exempt from being injured like a normal person. After all, I spend my life fixing other people’s injuries, so surely karma should be on my side - or so my irrational brain tells me. In practice, it...

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How to avoid hamstring injuries

This week, senior Victory physio Sophie Apps (a specialist in treating lower limb injuries) tells us all about hamstring injuries. Where and what are my hamstrings? The start "ham" derives from the Old English word ‘ham’ or ‘hom’ which is the back of the crease of the...

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Summer Running… Injury Free!

Now that summer has officially arrived and the sun is (finally) out people are tying up their laces and hitting the pavement. Many banks have their fun runs on and the “friendly” banter around the office is starting to ramp up. The last thing you want is to be the one...

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What are Primal Movement Chains?

Although my MSc was in Sports Rehabilitation Therapy, I have long been interested in movement in general - the way the body ambulates day to day in each person is as fascinating to me as the most technical gymnastics routine. Since finishing my Masters, I have...

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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Move

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about the phenomenon of gluteal imbalance, which we’ve dubbed the Lazy Bum Epidemic.  In How Skeletal Muscles Work, I wrote about the three different types of skeletal muscle: prime movers, local stabilisers and global...

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Foam roller: your new best friend

Foam rolling is a great way to do ‘self maintenance’ of your body, whether it is after sport, or trying to undo the ‘city posture.’ It helps to keep the myofascia (muscles and fascia) relaxed and happy, and prevents them from getting tight which can increase your risk...

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What is Visceral Manipulation?

Last week, we welcomed new physiotherapist Nikki Oxford to Victory, and talked a little about what she's been doing up to now, and a little about her favourite skills and techniques.  We've received quite a few questions about one of her techniques, Visceral...

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Welcoming Nikki to Victory

This week, we have a special announcement: we have a new consultant physiotherapist at Victory, the lovely Nikki Oxford! So - who is Nikki, and what does she have to offer? Nikki qualified in 1995 and since then has worked virtually everywhere we can think of. She has...

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