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April 30, 2018

Strength and conditioning (S&C) is a type of exercise programme developed for athletes to improve their performance and reduce their risk of injury.  Strength and conditioning coaches will work with sportspeople or athletes to develop attributes such as speed, agility, strength, power and endurance.  This type of training occurs in addition to the technical sport specific training and coaching.  S&C tends to by gym based and has a focus on developing strength.  This doesn’t mean just lifting weights though.  One of the key aspects of S&C is identifying the needs of the athlete and creating an exercise programme specifically for them.  For example, a basketball player may want to be able to jump higher, so the S&C programme would aim to improve the explosive power in their legs, whereas an archer may want to avoid fatigue when holding the bow for long periods, so the S&C programme would look to increase the endurance of their shoulders and core.  In both cases, the programme would invol...

April 10, 2018

Pregnancy places a huge strain on a woman’s body.  The growing baby and bump changes the mother’s centre of gravity, which in turn alters the position of joints and the tone of muscles.  In addition to this are the effects of the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. These changes are all completely normal but will sometimes lead to painful conditions such as, lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction.  These can not only be unpleasant and inconvenient during pregnancy, but immobility and pain can have a negative effect on the process of labour and reduce the chance of having an uncomplicated normal delivery. For most women, addressing these symptoms will mean less pain throughout pregnancy, a better chance of an uncomplicated delivery, and better post-natal recovery.

Remaining active throughout pregnancy is something most women feel is important, but painful conditions can make achieving this very difficult.   At City Osteopath...

February 19, 2018

I’m sure most of our patients who have visited us since we moved, have noticed the large piece of equipment that has appeared in the corner of the office, we have certainly been asked about it a lot.  It is in fact a cable pull machine, and similar versions can be found in most gyms.  It consists of two stacks of adjustable weights that are attached to two cables with handles at the end.  The user pulls the handles and the weights create the desired resistance.  The advantage of the cable pull machine is that the cables are adjustable to any height and there are lots of different handle attachments.  This means that we can recreate pretty much any type of exercise machine in the gym, or any kind of exercise that may be required to help with a patient’s recovery.  While lifting weights to make your muscles bigger might not seem important, when you subject your muscles and tendons to load, such as lifting weights, it stimulates the muscles and tendons to repair more effectively.  For ten...

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