Top causes of shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can be a nasty business, we’re all agreed on that, and consequently leave sufferers’ day-to-day existence one interspersed with physical difficulties and obstacles to overcome. Whether you’re sitting or lying down to walking and running, the majority of human degrees of natural movement can be impacted by the advent of an injury which compromises the range of motions associated with the top shoulder.

A Guide to Lower Back Pain

It’s estimated that back pain per se affects around 2.5 million people here in the UK, and according to the NHS is said to be recognised as the leading cause of disability, whilst pain which is centred more in the area of the lower back hampers the daily lives of in the region of between 60% – 80% of the populace; none of which statistics make for good reading. Especially not for those who comprise these figures, that is for sure.

What is Neurological Physiotherapy?

Arguably one of the more commonly misunderstood of therapy disciplines, neurological physiotherapy is the term frequented within the medical profession to describe the physical therapy (and on-going treatment) of patients who are suffering from a range of neurological impairments or lifestyle-compromising injuries.

These can include ANY of the following examples and are routinely performed by individuals qualified, skilled and experienced in providing specialist physically therapeutic support to those most in need.

What are the benefits of physiotherapy?

The healing power of physiotherapy can never be underestimated, as anyone who’s ever sought the guidance of a trained physiotherapist will duly testify. Having been on the receiving end of advice which has put them on the road to recovery after enduring one physical setback or another debilitating condition at some juncture in their lives, those who have been afforded help by physiotherapy know first-hand just how sessions of physio can bring about a degree of pain relief and physical discomfort in the aftermath of having succumbed to a variety of injuries.

Did you know that simply by participating in less than 20 minutes physical activity each day, the rehabilitation process is fundamentally put on the right track from day one. And let’s face it, committing 19 minutes of your day to some form of physical endeavour is not beyond your comprehension nor doing, is it now?

Which Knee Support do I Need for Running?

If you’re a regular runner then you’re probably aware that you physical routine is ‘routinely’ placing your knees under a lot of pressure; seeing as they’re absorbing a significant amount of  shock which naturally occurs every time your feet impact the ground beneath. Or the treadmill. Or whatever your preferred running surface is. It’s nothing to be necessarily worried about, just something it’s useful to be in acknowledgement of, so you can take the necessary precautions to actively avoid damaging your knees over a period of time.

As the last thing you want to stand in the way of you and your dedicated health and fitness goals is runner’s knee. Or any other form of notorious running injury for that matter.

Injuries in Sport

Participation in any sport brings with it a certain element of risk through sustaining an injury of one sort or another, with various ‘contact’ sports obviously more risky to a player’s health and general wellbeing than, perhaps, challenging a fellow sports fan to a game of darts, let’s say. Providing the dart doesn’t rebound off the board and whizz past your head of course. More normally professional sportsmen and women – and keen amateurs alike – who literally (or rather, physically) throw themselves into sports such as football, rugby, martial arts, American football and basketball on a regular basis are, on average, more susceptible to succumbing to an injury due the very nature of the type of sporting pastime they’re participating/competing in.

However it’s not just sports where those participating willingly collide with one another as part and parcel of the game who are prone to injuring numerous body parts, as you’re almost as likely to suffer your fair share of knocks, scuffs, bruises (and that’s before you mention torn, ruptured, dislocated or broken joints, cartilage, etc) by indulging in mountain biking, eventing, sailing, running and tennis according to numerous reliable stats. Heck, you can even injure yourself simply by watching some sports; or rather, being part of the pre-match entertainment/warm-up (have you seen how high cheerleaders jump?!)

Everything you need to know about tennis elbow and the exercises that can help

Somewhat misleadingly the term ‘tennis elbow’ very rarely has anything to do with the popular racket sport, with sufferers of the medically diagnosed condition seldom having become susceptible to the painful disorder due to participation in the pastime.

Having said that the symptoms which manifest with tennis elbow are clinically consistent with the types of injury you might sustain if you didn’t use the correct form and approach to the game of tennis; so there is methodology in the otherwise seemingly mad intonation after all. For example, using an improperly sized grip, having too much string tension in your racket, hitting heavy, wet or dead balls and routinely hitting ‘off-center’ on the tennis racket can, potentially result in the materialisation of tennis elbow.

From a statistical viewpoint, almost 50% of all tennis players will suffer from this injury at some point; however this group represents less than 5% of all reported cases of tennis elbow.

Exercises for Lower Back Pain

If there’s one particular pain which plagues many thousands of people here in the UK (and makes many of their lives a misery as a direct result) then it’s the unwanted presence of back troubles; and more pertinently, the presence of lower back pain in its various unwelcome forms. And of course lower back pain is not just a problem affecting great swathes of the British populace as a recent (and far-reaching) study discovered, as the published results threw light on the fact that the medical condition is now considered to be the leading cure of disability on a global scheme of things.

Research conducted by academics based at a number of institutions in Australia, America and the UK found that lower back pain impinges on the health and general wellbeing of some 1 in 10 people worldwide; and due to a rapidly ageing population is increasing all the time. The study – which was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, highlighted a common (but often overlooked) condition; as for the most part lower back complaints aren’t normally linked to serious diseases. Yet for all that – and as sufferers themselves would quickly attest to – the onset of lower back pain can be both debilitating and emotionally distressing.

Neck Strengthening Exercises

Our necks tend to be one of the parts of the human body most susceptible to suffering a potentially devastating injury due to the very nature of its construct, coupled with its pivotal position within our anatomical design. To afford a neck injury its medically correct title (as opposed to referring to it in its more generally described terminology), ‘cervical spine injuries’ can manifest in many different guises; ranging from mild to severe. Regarding the causes of neck injuries (which we’ll take a quick look at below), the majority materialise as a direct result of episodes of either abrupt physical trauma (accidents, in other words) or non-specific wear and tear consistent with advancing years. And before we address what’s what when it comes to various neck injury types, it’s also worth noting that any damage sustained by one anatomical part located in the neck can often lead to damage to other connected areas.

To put this in some form of illustrative context, should an individual suffer a whiplash injury for example, then one (or indeed, several) diagnoses – including muscle strain, ligament sprain, and/or disc injury – could present from a broader perspective. And that’s essentially due to the underlying fact that integral parts of our necks are inter-connected (from bones and joints to soft tissue and nerves; all of which work in tandem so as to both hold up and allow movement of our heads).

A Bitesize Guide To Neck Pain Exercises

Whilst many of us might have been referred to at some point in our lives as pains in the neck (usually during misspent youth), just how many of us appreciate how it actually feels to have a pain in the neck? Taking it from those who have, we’re imagining that it’s not something to glibly pass of or look back fondly on, as we gather it isn’t pleasant at all.

The causes of neck pain itself are even less pleasant, and range from the obvious to the sublime to the faintly ridiculous in some cases, and include any physical activity that harms the neck, the legacy of an injury befalling the victim and the presence of another medical condition.

In terms of the former reason – activities that are known to trigger neck pain – this encompasses any routine actions which involve repeated and/or prolonged movements of the neck. This systematically results in a strain (which as you are probably aware describes an overstretched/overused muscle), a sprain (which is an injury to a ligament), or a spasm of the neck muscles.

Aside from the physical trigger, medical experts insist that both stress and focusing intensely on a certain recurrent task can also lead to complaints of neck pain, as essentially tension can develop in one or more of the muscles that connect the head, neck, and shoulders; characterised by a degree of tightness and discomfort manifesting in that area.