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Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise

November 15, 2019
Barry Tickle

‘Exercise is medicine’ Research shows that exercise in people with Parkinson’s Disease is not only an integral part of self- management but can actually slow down disease progression. Did you know that newly diagnosed groups with Parkinson’s Disease are already 30% less active and are taking 30% fewer steps? (Lord Et al, 2013). So time […]

How Important is Therapeutic Alliance within Physiotherapy?

June 30, 2019
John Krol

Within physiotherapy, the bond between a patient and their therapist is recognised as being hugely important in allowing effective recovery from injury. A positive therapeutic alliance ensures patients are satisfied with the input they receive and it’s even suggested this may directly influence treatment outcomes (1). However, while it is recognised that an effective patient-therapist […]

Multiple Sclerosis

April 28, 2019
Alicia Jamous

At Physio.co.uk, we provide specialist Neurological assessment and treatment for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition that can present very differently from person to person.  If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with MS, it can be daunting if you do not know about the nature of […]

Hydrotherapy Explained

April 28, 2019
Leena Najia

The use of water as a therapy modality certainly is not a new one, with records dating back to Egyptian, Roman and Greek times. So why water? What is all the fuss about? Water is the only element on earth that can de-load the body of gravity, whilst still providing resistance (drag) to strengthen muscles. […]

Meniscus Injuries

February 3, 2019
Ben North

Meniscus Injuries Meniscus injuries are one of the most common pathologies of the knee. There are two types of meniscal injuries; traumatic and degenerative, meaning that people young and old can get them. What is the meniscus? The main knee joint has two articulating surfaces; the femur and the tibia. The tibia is flat whereas […]

Neuro Rehabilitation for the upper limb

January 6, 2019
Hannah Willis

Neuro Rehabilitation for the upper limb The upper limb, which consists of the shoulder girdle, the elbow and the hand, is an essential part of the body to complete everyday functional activities. There are 32 bones in each upper limb with multiple muscle attachments. Some of these muscles attach across more than one joint and […]

I have Back Pain. Do I Need a Scan?

December 2, 2018
Rick Williams

This is a question we are often presented within clinic.   More importantly, it’s a question our patients often ask themselves and others, sometimes receiving some pretty scary answers! For the purpose of this blog, I’ve taken low back pain as our example, as up to 90% of us will experience some form of back […]

Understanding Persistent Pain

November 4, 2018
Ben North

Simple Pain Pain is actually a wonderful thing. It is an alarm signal to warn us we may have tissue damage so it could be an idea to do something about it; either stop what you are doing or move away from that position. Pain stops us from doing dangerous and silly things; nobody in […]

Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training

October 7, 2018
Hannah Willis

 The ability to walk following a neurological impairment is normally a primary goal for most patients. Walking is an essential part of our health and wellbeing, helping us to maintain healthy muscles and bones and is a necessary component of daily activities. It also improves our cardiovascular system, promotes healthy mood and maintains our ability […]

Trigeminal Neuralgia

September 2, 2018
Christos Begetopoulos

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is facial pain that is experienced around the jaw area. Patients usually describe their symptoms as sharp, shooting pains that can last for a few seconds or minutes, or occasionally for days and even months. TN pain is generally felt over one side of the face, or sometimes […]

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Effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain: a randomized controlled trial

August 5, 2018
Ben North

Blog summary of a recent study Brämberg et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2017) 18:132 An Interesting hypothesis! I wanted to write about an article that has recently been published with an interesting hypothesis about the effectiveness of yoga on persistent spine pain patients. There is plenty of research out there showing that yoga has positive […]

Achilles Tendinopathy

July 1, 2018
Ben North

What is it? The Achilles tendon is a large structure that joins the calf muscle complex to the heel bone. This is the largest tendon in the human body and is subjected to huge amounts of loads and forces, which can sometimes result in overloading and therefore injury. When a tendon becomes overloaded, we refer […]

Why do we get injured?

June 3, 2018
Rick Williams

This is a question we often hear from our patients, especially those that cannot pinpoint a particular reason or event that may have caused the onset of their pain.  It can be a source of frustration and can feel pretty unfair at times! There are a vast number factors which contribute to injury or pain, […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

May 6, 2018
Ben North

What is it? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common non traumatic cause of wrist and hand pain and can be related to chronic neck, shoulder and arm complaints. The symptoms are caused by irritation to the median nerve at the level of the ‘carpal tunnel’, which is an anatomical area situated on the […]

Plantar Heel Pain

April 1, 2018
John Krol

At Physio.co.uk we receive a wide range of musculoskeletal patients who present with an even wider range of conditions. It is now spring – the sun is shining (honestly!), the running trainers have been dusted down and people are back plodding the pavements. Running season is officially back in full swing. As a result, we […]

The Rate of Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury

March 4, 2018
Jennifer Hughes

Does Recovery and Progress Really End…. The Story of Louis No brain injury is the same and therefore comparison between individual’s pathway to recovery is very difficult. As a result, do we, as therapists really know what stage in an individual’s rehab when we can realistically predict their outcome, or they’re likely level of progress. […]

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

February 4, 2018
Ben North

At Physio.co.uk we see many patients that suffer from lateral hip pain. This blog will look at the potential causes of this condition… and why for many years it may have been misdiagnosed. What is it? This is a topic that I find interesting because lateral hip pain may have previously been incorrectly diagnosed (and […]

Guillain-Barré Syndrome

January 7, 2018
Cathy Field

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Guillain-Barré Syndrome (pronounced ghee-lan bar-ray) syndrome is a rare and serious condition of the peripheral nervous system. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system. The exact cause of Guillain-Barré syndrome is unknown. However, most people (around 60%) develop the condition shortly after having a viral or bacterial infection. It’s thought infection […]

Making The Move – The long haul from New Zealand to the United Kingdom

December 3, 2017
Tessa Lees

I have lived in Manchester for just shy of 18 months now and I am yet to come across another person from New Zealand. Now, I don’t know if that’s because there aren’t many of us in the world, or whether Manchester isn’t up there on anyone’s radar as a top place to move to. […]

What is Capoeira!? (and how do you pronounce it?)

November 5, 2017
Ben North

Capoeira (pronounced Cap-ooh-wearer) is an incredible dynamic martial art that is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK and all over the world. The hugely successful MMA fighter Conor McGregor is partly responsible for bringing this high intensity, but elegant martial art form to the limelight. His distinctive, versatile and unpredictable fighting style has been […]

My first months at Physio.co.uk

October 1, 2017
John Krol

After graduating from university last summer and spending a lengthy period travelling South and Central America, I have now started my first post as a physiotherapist working for Physio.co.uk – a leading Manchester-based private practice.What’s it been like? Ace! Really good. I really like the feel of the place and everybody is welcoming and enthusiastic. […]

Hydrotherapy for Neurological Conditions

September 3, 2017
Cathy Field

‘A therapy programme utilising the properties of water, designed by a suitably qualified physiotherapist specifically for an individual to improve function, carried out by appropriately trained personnel, ideally in a purpose built, and suitably heated hydrotherapy pool.’ – (Hydrotherapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (HACP), 2005). Hydrotherapy is one of the great treatment approaches we use at […]

Transition from office to clinic

August 6, 2017
Ben North

I’ve recently started to work for Physio.co.uk, and I’m extremely grateful to be where I am. It’s been a long and challenging road from office worker to a working physiotherapist but well worth it, so I would like to share my story. Early Ideas I had been working in the office-based world of debt counselling […]

Top 3 Sporting Injuries: Football

July 2, 2017
John Krol

At Physio.co.uk, we treat a wide range of patients, who present with a multitude of different injuries. A healthy portion of these patients are sportspeople, who have sustained injuries while performing their particular sport or activity. As a result, we quickly become accustomed to the common conditions that are associated with each type of sport. […]

The Best Pilates Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility

June 4, 2017
Alicia Jamous

Blog by Physiolates Welcome back for part 2 of our ‘best of’ Pilates exercise lists, where we recommend our top 5 exercises for specific problems. We’ve already covered posture and strength, and this time round we’ll be covering flexibility and stability. Welcome back for part 2 of our ‘best of’ Pilates exercise lists, where we […]

How to help prevent deterioration in adults with cerebral palsy and maintain overall health and fitness.

May 21, 2017
Lara Tollafield

Lee’s Story Lee is a 31-year-old man with athetoid cerebral palsy. Athetoid CP or dyskinetic CP as it is also known as is caused by damage to the basal ganglia or cerebellum shortly before, during or soon after birth. Lee’s was caused during a birth complication which led to his brain being starved of oxygen. […]

Stroke guidelines 2012 to 2016 – What’s new?

May 7, 2017
Jacqueline Boyle

Here at Manchester Neuro Physio, I often provide Physiotherapy treatment to clients who have had a Stroke. For these clients, like all my clients, I want to give the best possible treatment which I can. One of the best ways I can do this is making sure that my practice follows what research states is […]

The Physio.co.uk junior competency training programme

March 30, 2017
John Krol

I have recently started working for Physio.co.uk as a Junior Physiotherapist and have been undertaking their junior competency training programme. The programme is one of the things that I thought made the company stand out from other private practices when I was interviewed for the role and was definitely among the reasons why I was […]

So you’re going skiing

March 30, 2017
Craig Jenkins

One of the best recommended holidays I always hear about is skiing.  People who are going get so excited because of the hype from all their friends who have been and people who have been can’t get enough of it.  Apart from it being too cold to sunbathe and the beach being substituted for a […]

My first month at Physio.co.uk

March 30, 2017
John Krol

After graduating from university last summer and spending a lengthy period travelling South and Central America, I have now begun my first post as a physiotherapist- working for Physio.co.uk which is a Manchester-based private practice. What’s it been like? Ace! Really good. I really like the feel of the place and everybody is just ‘sound’. […]

From carpenter to physiotherapist

March 30, 2017
John Krol

Why I decided to trade my claw hammer for a reflex hammer After completing my first month working as a qualified physiotherapist, I decided to write a blog to look at the change I made from working as a tradesman in the construction industry to becoming a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for a leading Manchester-based private practice. […]

Adductor pain

January 18, 2017
MSK Team

The effectiveness of active training in long-standing adductor-related groin pain Groin pain, particularly from the adductors is a common problem both for elite sports people and amateurs across several different sports. Amongst male soccer players alone this can range from 10-18% of the population every year. Adductor muscle pain is often long-standing and difficult to […]

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January 11, 2017
MSK Team

The effects of an exercise intervention on forward head and rounded shoulder postures in elite swimmers. Since an early age, most people have had the experience of being told to stand up straight and stop slouching, whether it comes from a physiotherapist, a teacher, or even your own mother. Poor posture is widely theorised to […]

Pilates for running

January 4, 2017
MSK Team

Pilates for running With the 2016 Olympics now behind us, we look at how Pilates training may be incorporated to provide an event-specific improvement in performance. This blog will look at Top 5 Pilates exercises for runners. Why would Pilates help? As we know, Pilates is a multi-faceted method of exercise that challenges practically every region […]

Chart of the Top 5 sporting injuries in skiing

December 28, 2016
Craig Jenkins

This week: skiing Intro Skiing is an adrenaline filled, fun, fast and demanding sport for all who take part. Regardless of their skill level. But hey! What wouldn’t be fun?…strapping sticks to your feet and throwing yourself down very steep hills covered in beautiful white (but freezing) snow….Oh yea and hoping you’ll make it to […]

Pilates for lower back pain (Part 1)

December 7, 2016
Kate Hindley

Evidence surrounding Pilates for chronic low back pain Background info It has been suggested that Transverse-Abdominus (one of your core muscles) activation is delayed in people with chronic low back pain Pilates is thought to reduce low back pain and risk of re-injury by retraining Transverse-abdominus (TrA) TrA retraining is key for spinal stability and […]

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What is Pilates

November 23, 2016
Kate Hindley

What is Pilates, and why should I be doing it? Pilates is a form of exercise, designed to improve the overall health of individuals, to either prevent injuries or help recovery following them. It’s also a great way of maintaining health in someone who’s already fit and healthy. Pilates specifically targets the smaller stability muscles […]

Weak hips and running form

November 23, 2016
Rich Gregory

Do novice runners have weak hips and bad running form? Running is a globally popular recreational and competitive sport. The easily accessible nature of running results in countless numbers of people donning a pair of running shoes for the first time each year in an attempt to get their exercise buzz. Unfortunately, around 70% of […]

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The best exercises for stability

November 23, 2016
Kate Hindley

The best Pilates exercises to improve your stability Welcome back for part 2 of our ‘best of’ Pilates exercise lists, where we recommend our top 5 exercises for specific problems. We’ve already covered posture and strength, and this time round we’ll be covering flexibility and stability. Stability When we talk about stability in the world […]

Taping for whiplash injury

November 23, 2016
MSK Team

Taping for whiplash injury? Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is a common condition treated in physiotherapy practice, especially in private practice, with approximately 300,000 new cases per annum (CSP, 2005). It is usually due to an acceleration-deceleration mechanism common in road traffic accidents or in certain sports, causing the structures around the spine to become overstretched.CSP […]

Pilates for lower back pain (Part 2)

November 23, 2016
MSK Team

Lower back pain Lower back pain affects most people at one time in their life, 8 out of 10 of us to be precise. Back pain not due to a serious problem or serious disease is referred to as Non-specific back pain and lasting longer than 12 weeks is considered to be chronic. The lower […]