Static stretching update

If you have a look at the internet, you will find millions of pages of stretches of every conceivable muscle or muscle group, with detailed information and a nice picture of  all of them. This is the first blog post of a series that will attempt clarify what is the current situation regarding stretching and what we know about them.

Nowadays, what you hear the most is not about the different possible stretches, but whether they are useful or not and, if the answer is affirmative, the way you should stretch. There is also a lot of information on this topic on the internet, although quantity does not mean quality. In this blog post I will give you the necessary information to know what’s true and what should be put aside and forget. As usual, I’ll try to explain it in an understandable way for all, no strange words. [Continue Reading…]

What is tendinopathy

This is a blog post for everyone, experts in the field and people without previous health-related knowledge. My aim is always to write in a way everyone can understand, because I think that patients should have a clear idea of ​​what’s wrong with them, why and what the injured structure is about.

To make the different tendinopathy treatments understandable, I thought it would be good to introduce some ideas that will be very useful for you when you read about this subject in future blog posts. I wanted to write this post so that you know the different stages of tendinopathy. Historically, we have referred to tendinopathies as “tendinitis” (itis = inflammation), but as I have already explained in previous posts (see the post Achilles tendinopathy, the article Terminology for Achilles tendon related disorders by C.N. van Dijk et al. and  Time to abandon the “tendinitis” myth by K.M. Khan et al.), it is known that tendons haven´t got inflammatory cells, so we should use the word tendinopathy. [Continue Reading…]

To be monkey is a pain.

You might not know that “monkey”, in Spanish, has two different meanings, beauty and the funny animal. In this case, I will leave aside the beauty and focus on the animal, more specifically, the chimpanzee.

A few days ago, I received a message from a friend who lives in London and this message referred to an article she read on the BBC about back pain and its relationship with chimpanzees. I thought this article would be of interest to The Physical Therapy´s readers, so I leave you here the link: The ancestral shape hypothesis: an evolutionary explanation for the occurrence of intervertebral disc herniation in humans (shared under CC BY 4.0) , written by Kimberly A. Plomp et al. [Continue Reading…]

Running gait analysis

Peter Wooldridge. Triathlete

I have already talked  about the stance phase in a previous post and now it’s time to talk about the swing phase. These two phases show you what your body does when you run; the way your muscles, joints, ligaments, among other structures, work while you don’t even think about what you are doing. Swing phase is part of the running gait cycle which begins when your foot makes contact with the ground, and ends when that same foot makes contact with the ground again. Stance phase begins when your foot makes contact with the ground, and ends when that same foot takes off and the swing face begins when your foot takes off and ends when that foot makes contact with the ground.

To make things clearer, stance phase is when your foot is in contact with the ground and swing phase is when your foot is in the air. Let’s leave the stance phase behind and focus on the swing phase.

Note that your arm movements also play an important role in running, although it is something I will talk about in the future.

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Linkedin groups for physiotherapists

This blog post is for all those physiotherapist who are eager to learn by interacting with other physiotherapists and other health professionals. Basically, I made all the strenuous work to save you time so you can spend more of it with your patients.

I will provide details and links of different discussion groups on the social network Linkedin. This way you can join them, learn and share knowledge. In these groups you will find a variety of discussions ranging from real cases and possible treatments to the way to find a physio job in different areas of the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, among other countries. [Continue Reading…]

Happy face as physio treatment

If you’re reading this blog post it’s because the post title has drawn your attention and that was my intention. Why? Because I think that what I’ll talk about in this post is something you might find interesting and will help you to self-analyse, if you are a physiotherapist or other health professional. If you’re a patient, I’m sure you have been a patient at some point , you might find this familiar.

Have you ever heard the typical “the grumpy doctor did not even listen to me for five minutes”, “my physio is not nice at all, he tells me off all the time”, “I’m tired of being told that my problem is age”among other things? [Continue Reading…]

Social media for physiotherapists

This is the first blog post of many I am writing to talk about social media and physiotherapy. I will explain to you everything you need to know about social media and digital marketing, to make you be able to get the most out of all internet tools..

The answer to the question of this blog post is very easy “YES”. Nowadays, you can find anything on the internet, from the acupuncture course you were looking for months to the most recent scientific articles. Everything appears first on social media and then on paper or in your postbox. [Continue Reading…]

Placebo helps many people

First of all, I am going to explain to you why I decided to write this blog post. There are many patients and friends that ask me “does acupuncture actually work?”, “what about massage, does it work?”, “is the treatment with dry needles any good”, “is yoga recommended?”, “are stretches useful?”, “my friend told me that Pilates worked very well for back injuries, is it true?”. My answer is always the same “give it a go and if it works for you, it is good for you”. There is not good research about every single therapy, actually there is not good research about many therapies. If a friend or family member tells you that something worked for him/her, it could be also good for you. The result of a treatment might be supported by evidence or not, but the important thing is that it might help you. It could be that the therapy itself is a “fake” treatment, but if it works for you, why to say “no” to it. Now, this is the moment to talk about placebo and placebo effect.

I am pretty sure that many of you know what placebo effect is, although I am also sure that many of you don´t know how important it is in your daily life and the fact that placebo have superpowers. I am going to explain to you with a brief definition and different examples what it is. [Continue Reading…]

Sinus tarsi syndrome in runners

What?What?Whaat the…is that? I know, another funny name to add to this blog “sinus tarsi syndrome“. Let´s start from the beginning, let´s define sinus tarsi for those who don´t know what it is, although I am sure that if you were searching on google and you found this article it is because you were an unlucky person who got injured.

Sinus tarsi is a cavity located exactly where you usually get pain when you get the most common ankle sprain, lateral ankle sprain. For those who know a bit of anatomy, this cavity is located between the calcaneus and the talus bones. In this cavity there are many structures as ligaments, tendons, vessels or joint capsule. [Continue Reading…]

Flu prevention and treatment

No one wants to get sick with the winter flu. This group of viral illnesses are more severe and longer lasting than colds. In some cases, they can even prove deadly. Each year in the UK, around 600 people die from a complication of flu, and this figure rises to 13,000 during an epidemic. If you contract one of these viruses, you can expect to suffer a sudden high temperature, general aches and pains, headaches, tiredness and a sore throat. You might also experience a loss of appetite, nausea and a cough. Fortunately, there are things you can do to tackle the flu, and this brief guide talks you through the basics. [Continue Reading…]

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