Back in Action

It’s been a while since I last wrote something! It’s really difficult to find the time and energy sometimes. For the last 3 months I have been working for the WRU as lead physio for the Wales Women. Obviously, this makes life particularly busy on top of regular clinic work, so writing tends to take

5 Ways to Increase Dorsiflexion

Happy New Year Everyone. Having had a couple of weeks off writing I decided to start the New Year off with a BANG…so here is the most popular post I’ve ever written!!!! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 So here are 5 ideas that I use in my clinic every day: Sub-talar mobs There are many

Subconsciously Driven Movement

One of my favourite subjects ever!! When you think about this is makes so much sense. I’ve mentioned the gap between exercise and function i.e. if they want to get back to football after a knee injury, they need to do more than knee extensions and hamstring curls. That’s an extreme example, so most will

5 Ways a Joint can Move

If there is one thing to learn on this blog that will help you assess and treat someone, it’s probably this. So simple, but SO important!! Learning that there are 5 ways a joint could move was as profound a thing as I’ve ever heard and something I hadn’t heard up to that point…and I

Working Out How a Joint Moves

We got stuck into some complex stuff last week, looking at Fryettes laws. So today I thought it would be nice to look behind some of the complexity at the underpinnings…how do you name a joint movement and how do you work out what is going on at a joint? It’s interesting that most of

Fryette’s Laws

I was recently discussing strategies for a Parkinsons patient with a friend and we started discussing Fryette’s laws. These are a set of three laws that describe the movements of the spine. Laws I and II are for the lumbar and thoracic spine and state that when the spine is in ‘neutral’ that side bending

Scoliosis…Strategies for Success

When taking a patient history how often do you hear ‘I’ve been told I have a scoliosis’? I hear it a lot! I’d say most of the time (maybe 90%) there is no scoliosis. However, a recent patient had a true structural scoliosis, not too bad, but still…had to get my head in scoliosis mode

3 Dimensional Movement

This is so important! It’s easy to forget too, I catch myself falling into old habits and just doing sagittal lunges or something like that. It’s a little frustrating, because it’s no harder to teach the 3D variations! So what does it mean to use 3 Dimensional exercises? Well, I guess to me it means

3 Steps to a Functional Foot Assessment

A functional foot assessment is something you could write a book on, so this is a quick hitter of strategies to narrow the focus a little for this blog post. So I think I’ll focus on what I do the first time I see a patient, what do I do to get an idea about

Movement is Driven

This is a key concept in the change of mindset between the traditional view of anatomy and movement. Instead of using muscles to create movement, ‘the quads extend the knee’ etc. Like most, when I was a personal trainer and at Uni I learned all the muscles and the joint movements they create when the