The Dreaded Hamstring Strain

By |2018-05-08T10:37:01+00:00November 23rd, 2017|Uncategorised|

Are you or have you been ‘HamStrung’?

‘Hamstrung’ – a figurative verbal expression from the noun hamstring (the muscle and tendon on the back of the thigh), originating in the 1500’s where soldiers would slay their enemy across the back of their thighs rendering them disabled, crippled, lame, or useless. If you have ever strained or torn a hamstring muscle (albeit in a less violent manner!), you probably felt the same.


Hamstring strains are the most significant injury in football, rugby, running (more commonly sprinting), and basketball. Apart from being debilitating at the time of injury, hamstring strains can be frustratingly slow to heal. Often taking an average of 3-4 weeks to recover, even up to 6 months to return to full sporting ability. What’s worse, is that there is a 20 to 50% chance that you will re-injure your hamstring in the same season!


The hamstring is a powerful group of muscles that arise in the hip and pelvis and insert as a strong tendon at the back of the leg, just below the knee joint. It is a two-joint muscle in that it works over two joints, both bending the knee and extending the hip. Most commonly injuries to the hamstring happen with sudden changes in running direction, sudden acceleration, explosive speed, or when trying to contract the muscle whilst it is being stretched, for example a soccer player with an outstretched leg, attempting a high kick all at the same time.



Social athletes or sportspersons of any level are at risk of straining their hamstrings. However, […]

Shoulder Pain – Feeling The Pinch

By |2018-09-22T11:41:53+00:00November 7th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Feeling The Pinch?

The Stubborn Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Do you get a sharp, debilitating pain in your shoulder when you are performing tasks like brushing your hair, putting on certain clothes or showering? During these movements, where you raise your arm out to the side and then upwards over your head, do you alternate between no pain and pain? For example, during the first part of the moment you don’t feel any pain, and then suddenly your shoulder “catches” and there is sharp pain, followed by no pain again as you continue to move your arm upwards.

These are all signs of a condition called Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (SIS), where the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles that stabilise your shoulder get trapped as they pass through the shoulder joint in a narrow bony space called the sub-acromial space. Impingement means to impact or encroach on bone, and repeated pinching and irritation of these tendons and the bursa (the padding under the shoulder bone) can lead to injury and pain.

Shoulder complaints are the third most common musculoskeletal problem after back and neck disorders. The highest incidence is in women and people aged 45–64 years. Of all shoulder disorders, shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) accounts for 36%, making it the most common shoulder injury.

You shouldn’t experience impingement with normal shoulder function. When it does happen, the rotator cuff tendon becomes inflamed and swollen, a condition called rotator cuff tendonitis. Likewise, if the bursa becomes inflamed, you could develop shoulder bursitis. You can experience these conditions either on their own, […]

6 Common Mistakes Pain Sufferers Make

By |2017-11-01T11:34:58+00:00November 1st, 2017|Uncategorised|

Just a quick blog about the mistakes people make time and time again before visiting our clinic for treatment. These mistakes apply to people suffering from all sorts of problems, whether it’s back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain or knee issues and we see these mistakes being made time after time.

Mistake No 1 – Ignoring the pain and hoping it will go away on its own

Mistake No 2 – Trusting in painkillers, hoping the issue will resolve

Mistake No 3 – Performing the wrong exercises, that can make things worse

Mistake No 4 – Rushing back into some activities too soon

Mistake No 5 – Playing it too safe and resting for too long

Mistake No 6 – Waiting too long to ask the right person for help

If you think you may have been making any of these mistakes, dare I suggest that we may be the best solution to Mistake No 6.

If you need expert advice gathered over nearly 30 years of treating people like yourself, then why not get in touch.

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