I thought that I would write a series of blogs about Pilates. In January and February each year we get an increase in the number of enquiries about Pilates. This is mainly because people wish to start off the new year with a bit of a fitness kick! We also get a steady stream of enquiries and bookings throughout the year as people contact us because they have been recommended to do Pilates by another health professional. 
This fact sheet helps you to know what’s ‘normal’ and what you can expect to happen if you suffer from back pain. It also tells you when you should become concerned and when it’s best to seek advice from a healthcare professional. 
A stroke occurs once every 3 minutes and 27 seconds in the UK and is the largest cause of disability. This totals approximately 152,000 strokes occurring in the UK every year. At present there are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. 
Chronic pelvic pain syndrome is only one of a number of male pelvic floor dysfunctions that physiotherapists can treat. Chronic pelvic pain syndrome is hard to diagnose and diagnosis is only the beginning of what can be a long—and painful—journey. This condition affects 90 million men worldwide. 
Male chronic pelvic pain syndrome is defined as chronic pain, pressure, or discomfort localized to the pelvis, perineum, or genitalia of males lasting more than 3 months that is not due to readily explainable causes (infection, tumour, or structural abnormality). Faced with a negative test result, family doctors and urologists are often stumped. After months and maybe even years of dead ends and dashed hopes, patients are told there’s not much their doctors can do. They’ll have to learn to live with it. 
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. 
Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. When something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, it can cause a pain, often the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes. 
Cycling injuries 
Cycling pain can be a problem and it is repetitive cycling injuries that cause unnecessary pain to cyclists. Some of the problems can be caused by overuse or issues with posture an answer to this is to rectify an improper riding position. 
Muscle tiredness 
Over long rides, lactic acid builds up in the muscle, causing pain. Most cyclists rely on their thigh muscles, the quads, to power the bike forwards and as a result this is where cyclists will feel a lot of fatigue. One way to keep the quads in shape is to use kinesiology tape which can promote muscle endurance and aid recovery. Another possible solution is to alternate between pedaling in and out of the saddle. This will spread the load among other muscles and avoid overloading the quads. 
Are you one of millions of people who suffer from pain. If you are one of them, you know how chronic pain can become unbearable. Now there is an outpatient therapy which fights the causes of chronic pain without the need for injections, medication or surgery. 
Ski injuries and their Prevention 
Skiing has become accessible to more people. Faster ski lifts and expansion of trails at ski areas, as well as improved snow making capabilities, have increased the numbers of skiers on the slopes. Over the years there have also been dramatic changes in the equipment as well. Ski boots have evolved from soft leather cut boots to mid-calf plastic boots that rigidly support from the lower leg and ankle. Advancements in sophisticated multi-directional release bindings continue to reduce the number of lower extremity injuries. Falls injuries, account for approximately 75-85% of skiing injuries. Collisions with objects including other skiers, account for between 11-20%, while incidents involving ski lifts contribute between 2-9%. 
What is a whiplash neck sprain? 
Whiplash is a non-medical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck. A whiplash neck sprain occurs when your head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards in a whip-like movement, or is suddenly forcibly rotated. This can cause some neck muscles and ligaments to stretch more than normal (sprain). Whiplash is commonly associated with road traffic accidents, usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear. Whiplash accounts for more than three quarters of all injury claims after road accidents. 
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