27 Oct 2017

Did You Just Call Me Fat? Fat Pad Impingement

Patella fat pad impingement can be a frustrating injury for patients as it is easily aggravated and can tend to linger. As the name would suggest it involves the fat pad which lies just below and under the kneecap (patella). It can be an extremely uncomfortable injury as the fat pad is one of the most innervated […]

31 Mar 2017

Is Adverse Neural Tension Causing Your Hamstring Pain?

A common complaint among runners and other athletes is that niggling pain in their calves or hamstrings that doesn’t seem to go away after an injury. Most people are under the impression that “nerve” related pain has to be in the form of pins/needles, tingling or numbness. Nerve related pain or neural tension can actually mimic […]

14 Oct 2016

Sleeping Hip Pain In Pregnancy

As your body changes with pregnancy, so does your posture. Your baby bump will gradually develop and slowly stretch out your abdominal muscles and bring your centre of gravity forward.  To compensate for this your lower back will arch more and your lower back extensor muscles become more active to cope with the increased load, […]

22 Feb 2016

Pregnancy Support Belts and Post-Pregnancy Compression Garments…Are They Worth It?

We spend a lot of time here at Bend + Mend looking after lower backs and pelvis’s, and training mums-to-be and new mums to use their pelvic floor muscles. But is there anything else you can do to help support your back and pelvis, or to reduce pain and make you feel better, before and/or after […]

20 Aug 2015

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is vital for normal foot biomechanics. It is made up of three segments and its central portion is clinically most important as it forms the longitudinal arch of the foot. It not only provides the longitudinal arch with static support but provides dynamic shock absorption. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of […]

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 […]

10 Nov 2014

Week 1 of 6: My Posture Assessment

Following on from my blog on “How to Assess Posture”… This is Week 1 of my 6 week Pilates challenge! Let’s have a look at my Posture (it’s not great): You can see a few patterns occurring. Starting at the top: Forward head position Rounded shoulders, the right worse than the left The right shoulder […]

29 Apr 2014

Pilates Equipment

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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 […]

29 Jul 2011

The Evidence Behind the Prodding

If you have ever had physio treatment for a back or neck injury you no doubt would have had some form of manual therapy that involved a lot of ‘prodding’ or mobilisation (usually over the most tender area!). I have been asked on a number of occasions whether all Physios just enjoy inflicting pain! I […]

2 Jun 2011

The Evidence Behind The Practice

Why is my Physio treating my neck pain with mobilisations? Why isn’t my Physio using ultrasound for my back pain?