What is Pregnancy-Related Abdominal Separation? Diastasis Recti (DR) is the term used for the separation of the abdominal muscles via stretching of the connective tissues in the midline (linea alba) during pregnancy. What Causes it? Pregnancy is the most common cause of DR. Its a natural adaptation of the body in order to accommodate a […]
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterised by widespread, persistent pain, which is accompanied by several other chronic diseases that can severely impact a person’s daily life. It is not just one condition but a complex syndrome that involves many different factors. Statistics show that Fibromyalgia affects 2-5% of the population. It affects women more than men, […]
Did you know that during pregnancy your abdominal muscles can stretch by up to 50%! It’s not surprising then, that about one third of all pregnant women experience separation of the superficial abdominal muscles known as diastasis recti in the second or third trimester.
Well, maybe the better question is who is Pilates? Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883, and wasn’t a healthy child. He had developed rheumatic fever at a young age, was plagued by rickets, and even had to battle asthma. But Pilates did not let this slow him down. He was determined to become […]
If you’ve ever presented to your Physio with groin pain you may have noticed – just for a split second- the look of dread in their eyes…no this is not because we are worried about touching your groin, but because by the time you present to us, it is often more because the ‘groin strain’ […]
The Clinical Reformer is probably the most well-known piece of Pilates equipment. It allows the full range of exercises to be performed from the floor or upon the reformer. It uses different spring resistances to make the exercises vary from beginner to advanced level. The Long Box, Bar, Jumpboard and straps can be utilised also to […]
The evidence-based effect of Clinical Pilates into the treatment of lower back pain has been a hot topic in the last few years. Poor motor control (both over and under activity) as well as inadequate or excessive mobility leads to a muscle imbalance , injury and/or associated pain.
My previous posting, Can Stress Cause A Fracture?, provided some background on stress fractures. I’ll now elaborate on their management: A stress fracture is defined as a continuum or sequence of events, and therefore it can be graded depending on clinical and radiological features. This grading will determine the management plan. The good news is […]
So, your Physio has told you that it might be your “disc” that is causing your pain. With more medical knowledge accessible to all of us these days, as health professionals we often assume that you know what we are on about. Maybe you do! But just in case you don’t, here’s the low down […]
As a mid-twenties guy, I’m approaching a body type that reflects my years of indulgence – that of a “beer gut”. This is a problem shared by many, men and women alike. The apparent most obvious solution to this increased distribution of fat around the abdomen, is the humble sit-up or crunch.