15 Aug 2017

Pes Anserine Bursitis and Tendinopathy

An out of the ordinary running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is Pes Anserine Bursitis or tendinopathy. Pes Anserine is the combined tendon attachment site on the lower inside part of your knee. Three tendons from three different muscles attach here – sartorius, gracilis and one of your hamstring muscles (semi-tendinosis). At this attachment site is also a […]

27 Jun 2017

Is Your Thoracic Stiffness Limiting Your Shoulder Mobility?

Thoracic stiffness is a common ailment we see in the clinic and our current lifestyle of sitting at work, looking at laptops, tablets and phones might be to blame.  Looking down, rounded shoulders and a lack of mid-back strength all lead to your thoracic spine slowly stiffening up.  It won’t happen overnight but it will […]

4 Apr 2017

Should you stretch before exercising? Part Two

In the first part of this blog we looked at the available research and found evidence to firmly challenge the historical notion that stretching is necessary before exercise. But does that mean all pre-exercise limbering up is a bad idea? No, I don’t think so. Doing scientifically tight experiments to really prove/disprove things in real humans […]

1 Dec 2016

5 Tips To Prepare Yourself For Soft Sand Running

Soft sand running is probably my choice of exercise when it comes to cardio training, whether it’s in the form of sprints or long distance running. Apart from being an efficient way to workout, it’s free, great for the mind, provides a stunning view to accompany it, as well as a hard earned swim at the end of it! […]

3 Nov 2016

Hamstring Tendinopathy: A Real Pain In The Butt!

A common running injury we see here at Bend + Mend is proximal hamstring tendinopathy. Patients generally come in complaining of deep buttock pain or upper thigh pain. This pain originates from where the hamstrings attach onto the “sit” bones (aka your ischial tuberosities) of your pelvic bone. This deep pain usually comes on gradually and […]

28 Jul 2016

Guaranteed Race Day Rituals!

The countdown continues! Just two weeks until City2Surf and six weeks til Blackmore’s! You’ve bought your shoes, built up your training and sensibly tapered for your race. But before the starting gun is fired, there’s the all-important matter of the Race Day Rituals. These can seem trivial but their familiarity may help you keep calm […]

1 Jun 2016

Don’t Let These Five Injuries Surprise You

Sometimes when a patient comes in with a painful such-and-such, we both know why it started; they’d done something a bit risky (as we all do sometimes) and this time they’re paying a price. C’est la vie. At other times, we’re both a little surprised because there’s no clear trigger for why this pain sparked […]

23 Feb 2016

Runners. Get set. GO!

Runners, the year’s best events are closer than you think! Now is a great time to think ahead. Here’s a few tips to head off problems before they begin. Make a safe start (and make it now!) Just getting going with some running and not having any issues is an achievement. I say this because […]

10 Jul 2015

Scheuermann’s Disease…”That Hunch In Your Back”

Scheuermann’s Disease is a developmental disorder of the spine, characterised by abnormal wedge shaped vertebrae in the upper back (thoracic spine). This sometimes leads to postural abnormality and excessive curvature, i.e. increased thoracic kyphosis or ‘hunch back’, of the thoracic spine. Less commonly, it can also be found in lower back (lumbar spine). These changes occur during […]

1 Feb 2015

The Workout

Following on from my last blog… This is Week 5 of my 6 week Pilates challenge!  So from the beginning of this experience to today, I have tried to build my perfect workout. I try to incorporate the things I love doing as well as the things that correct imbalances in my body. I generally start […]