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Diaphragmatic breathing

Breathing is the thing we do constantly in life, yet we often forget about the importance of it. It is our easiest and most natural method for stress relief. With a bit more awareness it can help us in stressful moments. Normally in stressful situations we breath into the “top” of our lungs. At the

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Why meal plans don’t work

Meal plans – the reality: As we move into the colder months and back into some semblance of a pre-covid routine, that New Year’s resolution to shift the lockdown weight may seem like a distant memory. Meal plans are one way people attempt to avoid this inevitable slump in motivation. “I just want a meal plan. I

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Muscle Memory

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘’It’s like learning to ride a bike’’. But what is it that allows us to pick up a skill we’ve previously learned but haven’t practiced for months or years. The long-lasting memory for learned skills, is often known as muscle memory. What is muscle memory? Even the simplest everyday actions

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stress management

Stress management

What is stress? Stress is the body’s physiological ‘fight or flight’ response to a potentially dangerous situation. The sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety. Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening. Over time, repeated activation of the stress

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Hallux valgus & bunions

Hallux valgus/bunions are a common foot condition that can cause significant pain and loss of function. I understand the importance of our foot health all too well as a Physiotherapist.  Correct foot and ankle function help us to gain sufficient balance, strength and mobility. Therefore, even the smallest of injuries can throw these things off course.

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Calming your Sympathetic Nervous System

We all know we have nerves all throughout our body. Nerves that tell us when we are in pain, nerves that allow us to tell hot from cold or sharp from blunt, and nerves which tell our muscles and joints to bend/lift/twist. This is the Central Nervous System, the one that we can control with

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The Fourth Trimester

The Fourth Trimester – what is it? The Fourth Trimester is a term that may be unknown to many. Historically, we know that there are three distinct trimesters from conception until the birth of your baby. The Fourth Trimester is a term used to describe the first three months after a baby is born. It is a

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The Knack – improving your pelvic floor!

What is The Knack? The Knack is a technique that I teach people to implement in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. What is stress urinary incontinence? Stress urinary incontinence is quite common amomgst both men and women. This occurs when people leak urine while performing a particular activity. This could be sneezing, coughing, laughing or exercising.

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Mastitis & blocked milk ducts

What is a blocked duct? A blocked duct is an area or segment of the breast where milk flow is obstructed (milk stasis). This causes a reddened area or segment of the breast. The area can become tender, hard and painful. Sometimes it can be localised tenderness or pain without an obvious lump. It may occur with

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How to make good habits stick – 5 expert tips

Creating good habits for the year ahead: Research shows we’re not very good at keeping good habits. It is estimated that 81% of New Year’s resolutions fail. This means you are more likely to fall back into old habits than you are to stick with a new behaviour. As we celebrate the end of 2020 and welcome 2021,

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