Part 2 – Core Stability Exercises for the lower back

Following on from last week’s article on core stability, the following exercises are a good guide to get you started for better core strength. Floor / static exercises The aim of these exercises is to develop a basic level of lumbar and pelvic stability working front, rear and side muscles of the trunk. The plank Overview A common exercise that requires good abdominal strength and co-contraction of the abdominal wall musculature to hold the lumbarread more

Part 1 – Core Stability Exercises for the lower back

Core stability exercises are typically prescribed to patients of mine that suffer from a variety of injuries, more particularly those involving the back, groin, hamstrings and knees. There is a vast range of different types of core stability exercises, the suitability of which will vary according to the injury and therapeutic needs of the patient. There are three main types of core exercises: Those recruiting the small stabilising muscles, such as tranversusabdominis and multifidus –read more

Part 3 – Core Stability Exercises for the lower back

Last week, the exercises shown were on floor, or static exercises to improve core strength. This week, the exercises are progressed to dynamic. Floor / dynamic exercises To develop a good level of strength endurance in the major trunk muscles. Overall the level of these exercises is intermediate to advanced Active straight-leg raise Overview Requires a strong static contraction of the abdominals to stabilise the lumbar spine against the load of the legs. It alsoread more

Importance of Shoulder Exercises

Trying to turn those shoulders into boulders, but heavy weights are causing you pain? The rotator cuff is the primary muscle complex involved in stabilizing your shoulder. Dysfunction and weakness in these muscles could be limiting your training and shoulder development. Studies have shown rotator cuff dysfunction is predictive of Injury and sporting performance. Issues with the rotator cuff aren’t just limited to the gym. Throwing and upper limb sports such as cricket, tennis andread more

Pre-pregnancy Pilates

Could Pilates be the new pregnancy yoga? Until now, pregnancy yoga has always been the go-to workout for women who want to stay fit, healthy and relaxed during pregnancy. It is great that women are beginning to realize the benefits of how clinical pilates can help during pregnancy.   Both yoga and pilates offer similar benefits, including relaxation, strength and flexibility, but the main focus of pilates is on the core. Pregnancy is a goodread more

Oschgood Schlatters

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a traction apophysitis at the level of the tibial tubercle due to repetitive strain on the tibial tuberosity. The repetitive strain is from the strong pull of the quadriceps muscle produced during sporting activities. The tibial tuberosity avulsion may occur in the pre ossification phase or the ossified phase of the secondary ossification center. Once the bone or cartilage is pulled away it continues to grow, ossify and enlarge. The intervening arearead more

Facet Pain

What is Facet Joint Pain?   Facet joint pain is also commonly referred to as facet joint syndrome, facet joint disease, facet joint sprain, but essentially it is the pain caused by a facet joint injury.     Your facet joints are synovial joints between the vertebrae of your spine. There are two facet joints (left and right) in each spinal motion segment.   Biomechanically, the function of each pair of facet joints is toread more

Lumbar Disc Bulges

A bulging disc is a very common injury of the spine that can occur anywhere in the vertebral column, but most commonly in the lower back. It is sometimes referred to by health professionals as a slipped disc or disc herniation. A bulging disc can occur suddenly and may also come on over time, and sometimes people have no pain or problems at all with a bulging disc. However, it can also cause severe painread more


The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.     Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs) Pain that is worse when sitting Leg pain that isread more

Golfers Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis

What is medial epicondylitis?   Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) is a type of tendinitis that affects the inside of the elbow. It develops where tendons in the forearm muscle connect to the bony part on the inside of the elbow.         Tendons attach muscles to bones. Due to injury or irritation, they can become swollen and painful. Although medial epicondylitis is referred to as golfer’s elbow, it doesn’t only affect golfers. It canread more