You know how important it is to have a retirement plan for your finances, but do you put the same effort into your future body? Living comfortably means more than having enough money, you also need to be fit enough to make the most of later life. The approach to a “fitness retirement plan” is…

Hypermobility health risks

Exceptional athletes such as Michael Phelps and Simone Biles have drawn extra attention to the subject of hypermobility in recent years, as their increased flexibility has helped them to perform seemingly superhuman physical feats. However, for some people, hypermobile joints can be a source of clumsiness, pain and recurrent injury. Should hypermobility be something that…

How a good night's sleep can cure your back pain

Sleep was previously one of the great mysteries of medical science. It has always been known that all animals need sleep to function and that we dedicate a third of our life to it, but exactly why we sleep was still a mystery. Thankfully, our understanding of sleep has significantly increased over the last decade….

Should I be seen for my sprained ankle?

Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries, and also one of the most mismanaged. There is a perception that ankle sprains are a minor injury, and they are in the sense that most won’t be painful after a couple of weeks of rest. But untreated ankle sprains can have consequences months or even…

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…

ACL

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…

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