Is stretching or strengthening better?

Throughout my career, people have been coming to me with the complaint that their neck, their back, their knees or wherever else feels “stiff” or “tight”. Taking them on their word, their previous therapists would prescribe stretches. After all, that’s what you do to something that’s tight and, plus, stretching feels great and relieves symptoms…

Neck injury following skiing accident

A year ago, I had a skiing accident which left me with four fractured vertebrae in my neck. Finding myself on the other side of the patient/physio relationship has taught me a lot about what it takes to achieve successful rehabilitation. In my last blog on the topic, just three months after my injury, I…

How to do a complete body weight workout

Some of the most common reasons people don’t exercise is because they don’t have access to a gym, can’t take time out of their day to go to one or don’t enjoy the gym setting. But you already have the best piece of exercise equipment money can buy: your own body. And it only takes…

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There’s no two ways about it: the fitter you are, the longer you’ll be able to ski and the less likely you will be to hurt yourself. A lot of people go skiing as a family holiday and struggle to keep up with the kids. It’s not that the children are necessarily better skiers, it’s…

  Is Your Desk or the Gym to Blame for your Shoulder Pain? The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, which also makes it very vulnerable to injury and pain. Both sedentary and active populations are likely to experience shoulder pain at some point in their life, so whether you spend hours…

Shoulder Impingement Shoulder impingement is the most common shoulder condition we treat at West London Physiotherapy, and summer is when it peaks. This irritating and painful condition can be treated successfully with a course of physiotherapy, but is much easier to treat if caught early. Here’s everything you need to know about shoulder impingement so…

Gluteal amnesia is a common condition where your glutes are unable to activate reliably. While gluteal amnesia can be caused by nerve damage or disease, by far the most common cause is a simple case of “use it or lose it” from sitting for too long. Sitting lengthens your glute muscles, while prolonged sitting will…

Glutes bridges are the best exercise for training your gluteus maximus Lie flat on your back with your palms facing up, knees up and heels against the ground with your toes up. Then, in a slow and controlled motion, lift your hips into the air until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to…

Why Doctors Should Prescribe Walking I don’t believe in miracle cures, except for one. There’s one intervention that’s effective for a wider range of conditions, both physical and mental, than any medicine – and it’s entirely free. I’m talking about a daily 30 minute walk. If the effects of a daily 30 minute walk could…

What I Learned from My Fractured Neck Back in February, I had a skiing accident. I fell, landed on my head, hurt my neck, and – stupidly, not following my own advice – got back on my feet and continued skiing. It wasn’t until I returned to London that I visited Chelsea and Westminster hospital…

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