How to bend without hurting your back

How to bend without hurting your back

If I hear someone saying “bend your knees, not your back!” once more, I think I might scream. Why? Because it’s just so wrong, and so counterproductive. Think about it. You have 29 bones in your spine (7 in your neck, 12 in your thorax, 5 in your low back and 5 —...
Case study: Life after breast cancer

Case study: Life after breast cancer

Some years ago, while on holiday, I was lucky enough to meet a delightful lady called Jill.  Jill had recently had some bad news – she’d been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and was waiting for surgery.  We got chatting, and eventually she asked if I...
Health & Performance Pyramid: An Introduction

Health & Performance Pyramid: An Introduction

Over the course of over 17 years as a physio, working with everyone from teenagers, to stressed-out lawyers, to stay-at-home parents, to Special Forces soldiers, to athletes, to world champions, to centenarians – I’ve learned that there are some basic principles that...
In defence of the humble clamshell

In defence of the humble clamshell

Over the past few months, I’ve attended presentations and read articles by excellent physiotherapists whose opinions I value, disparaging the clamshell exercise and saying it shouldn’t be prescribed – that it’s not a functional exercise and...