Is Physiotherapy Just The Placebo Effect?

As a Sports Therapist using Physiotherapy techniques I am often asked when treatments work is it just the placebo effect? My instinctive answer would be no, it’s way too complicated for such a sweeping statement. I would say, however, that the placebo effect can be useful in terms of getting the most out of any…

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What Is Pain?

Pain is just stuff that hurts right? Well yes, it’s also so much more than that. It’s actually a much more philosophical question than we might initially think. Years ago we just assumed that pain was there because there was something wrong with the bit that hurt. If I bang my knee my knee hurts…

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Core Exercises: Is There Any Point?!

Core exercise is synonymous with physiotherapy. For many years a weak core has been blamed for all kinds of bodily pain and dysfunction and extolled as the magic panacea of athletic performance. But is this true? Are these claims that magical muscles in our midriff help almost any condition and improve our performance? Our experience…

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How Do I Stop My Cramp?

In this article we’ll be assessing the relevance on the latest research on just what cramp is and combining that with our clinical experience of helping people with persistent cramp. Divulging practical, actionable tips for you as we go. Let’s start at the beginning… What Is Cramp? The dictionary defines cramp as: “A painful involuntary…

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10 Ways To Ruin Your Marathon

With marathon season fast approaching we thought we’d update our marathon advice to help you avoid common mistakes made in marathon preparation and on race day. Having treated marathon runners for 19 years and with bitter experience myself of running 26.2 I feel well placed to share these errors with you to help you to…

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