Ankle Mobility: Immediate Results!

Simply roll the exercise band over the leg bone onto the talus and mobilize for 1-2 minutes.

This can help improve ankle mobility and symptoms almost immediately. Compare your before and after results!

Recent or lingering ankle sprains can give you discomfort, instability or even a feeling a weakness at the front of the ankle. Mobility exercises can reduce these symptoms by improving the function of the ankle. It should not replace full management by a professional, however my experience is that this is very effective.

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Performance Testing: Injury Prevention for Athletes

Try this simple 5 minute home test to find our your risk of injury, and your lower limb performance.

The Y-balance test is well documented to highlight functional differences between limbs, which can often occur after injuries like ankle sprain, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and ACL tears.

It can also give athletes a great pre-season baseline score for comparison against future injuries.

Challenge your friends and teammates and share your score on your club website.

My forward reach was 96.14%.

Good luck and stay safe out there!

3 Best Exercises to Alleviate Morning Back Stiffness (And why astronauts are so tall).

Getting the point? Considering injection for muscle/tendon pain?

Muscle and tendon pain can be a real drag, and often injections are recommended or considered after failed conservative treatment. Especially by that bloke in the office!

But does it work, and are they damaging?

There are lots of injection options for tendinopathy; corticosteroid, platelet-rich plasma, hyaluronic acid, prolotherapy, tenocyte implantation, stem cell… the list goes on.

There are promising studies with each of these, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer.

Currently, corticosteroids remain the most common ‘safe bet’ for pain relief and  return to rehab. But they are short term strategies, with less effective long term results.

Although widely regarded as safe, animal trials of corticosteroids have showed that they can weaken tendons, however it is not conclusive in humans.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP), injects a concentrated mix of the bodies own cells to promote healing, and is gaining momentum. However the evidence is not yet certain as there are a wide variety of techniques and the procedure appears not to be completely perfected.

All other injections are considered more experimental when compared to corticosteroids and PRP.

So in conclusion, tell your office buddy that there is no clear winner! Having said that, expertly administered injections carry relatively few risks and do often help tendon rehabilitation. Therefore it is worth considering, especially when there is little response to therapy on its own.

Alex Horne Chiropractic… more than just a little prick.

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Yummy tummy, happy head!

We know good gut bacteria blast stress hormones and reduce anxiety (in mice, and humans) and that happy tummies have numerous health benefits.
 
But how can we boost our bacteria and create the right environment for the tiny wriggly things?
 
One test showed adding simple foods to your diet was better than expensive supplements!
 
Drinking kefir was shown to be the best way to gain healthy bacteria, whereas eating prebiotic foods allowed a framework for them to thrive.
 
Prebiotic foods can be Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, onions, garlic and leeks.
 
Great news! I’m skipping Holland and Barrett and heading to Waitrose….