If your knee pain is caused by a problem in your back, you need to rehabilitate the "mugger" as well as treat the "victim"
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ISM 3: Driver Theory and Regional Interdependence

This is the third post in my series about Diane Lee’s Integrated Systems Model (ISM). I’ve previously explained how I discovered Diane and her work, and how it works in line with published literature. This week, it’s time to talk about regional interdependence, which is essentially the theory of...

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Victory's therapists use Diane Lee's Integrated Systems Model (ISM) to analyse the underlying cause of your injury
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ISM 1: Introducing Diane Lee’s Integrated Systems Model

Last year, I created a blog series about the Sarah Key Method, in which I talked about the way the Queen’s physiotherapist, Sarah, has developed her own theories about what happens in your spine when you get back pain. I’m the only therapist in central London who is fully...

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Physio Nell Mead went to watch surgery with specialist shoulder surgeon Susan Alexander
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Watching arthroscopic shoulder surgery with Susan Alexander

Last week, I spent an afternoon in theatre with one of my favourite surgeons, shoulder specialist Susan Alexander. I had referred one of my patients to her, after his MRI scan showed up some abnormalities. Based on that, she had felt that he needed surgery: a subacromial decompression, with...

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An x-ray showing femoracetabular impingement, circled in red
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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 until the early 2000s...

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One of our therapists demonstrates a glute exercise in our physiotherapy clinic in Liverpool Street
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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Stabilise

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 stabilisers - how they function when everything's...

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One of our therapists demonstrates a glutes release exercise with a spiky ball
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Lazy Bum Epidemic: Release

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 stabilisers - how they function when everything's...

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The brain as a muscle
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What is the RSM Model?

Over the past few weeks, I've been writing about How Skeletal Muscles Work, and what happens when they go wrong and you create a muscle imbalance.  Today, I'm writing with the good news - how you can treat muscle imbalance using our unique RSM Model - Release, Stabilise and...

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