I find the lymph system both absolutely fascinating and all too often over looked. My interest lead me to train in Lymphatic Drainage Therapy also known as Manual Lymph Massage (MLD) and I haven’t looked back!
Dry needling is a safe and effective Western medicine technique where sterile acupuncture needles are used to reliever tight bands of tension in over-active muscles. The very fine single filament needles are inserted into the muscle targeting these “triggers points” or “knots”.
The knee is the largest joint in the body and can often be the most troublesome. One of the main problems that people present with is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
Achilles Tendinopathy is the most common form of heel pain. But what is it exactly? How can it be treated and more importantly how can it be prevented?
few years ago foam rolling was only practiced by a small number of people (usually the sporting elite). However, foam rolling is everywhere with people preaching about it for recovery and injury prevention. So what is it?
Dry needling, sometimes referred to as western acupuncture, is an evidence based, brilliantly effective solution to musculoskeletal pain.
As active individuals most of us, at some stage in our lives, will suffer with some form of injury. This could range from a few cuts and bruises, to spraining an ankle, pulling a hamstring or something more serious.
I love running, not only do I personally find it the easiest way of staying fit, but also an incredibly effective form of stress relief, coining the term ‘fury runs’, essentially taking out all the days frustration on the streets of Singapore to an offensively loud basey soundtrack.
When attending any sort of running event these days it is impossible not to notice the fantastic array of multicoloured tape adorning competitors.
While it can look pretty cool and professional, what is the purpose of this tape and should you be considering it for your next race?
Lets start with a scenario; you are watching 2 sprinters running on the same track, at the same speed. Suddenly one strains a muscle, tapers off, and finishes way behind the other. Why?
Let’s face it, we all have days (usually after one too many wines) where we decide that the whole job thing must be fairly bad for us. Well, if you happen to have a predominantly desk based job you may actually be right.
The use of cryo (cold) and thermal (hot) therapy as a first response to pain and injury is even older than the IFC bossman Aaron himself.
Here at IFC our international team of physio and sports therapists have sucessfully treated more foot and ankle injuries than they have had hot dinners.
As a team, the crew here at IFC are dedicated to helping each and every one of you reach your personal goals. In order to help do this, we have introduced a brand new service fondly known as the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
Whether you are a pro athlete or a passionate weekend warrior, the likelihood is you are always striving to achieve better. It doesn’t matter if your activity of choice is running, rugby, hiking or, like our crew in the gym, lifting heavy things, Pilate's has been proven to be the perfect adjunct to any training regime to help you take your performance to the next level.
This week I have decided to take a look at one of the most common problem areas we see coming through the clinic, the group of muscles affectionately known as ‘the posterior chain’. So to start with, what is the posterior chain?
This week I wanted to dedicate our blog to our newest affiliates, the awesome British Dragon Boat team. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this hugely popular and ever expanding sport, Dragon boating is a 2000 year old form of rowing originating in China. One boat typically consists of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer or ‘caller’ to keep rhythm and 1 ‘sweep’ or steerer.
The gluteals are everyones favorite muscles these days. Not only is a great booty hugely in vogue (Nicki Minaj - Anaconda) but functionally and theraputically there is more focus on them than ever.
Anyone who works regularly with a trainer or therapist will be all to familiar with the command ‘activate your glutes’, so why all the fuss?
The shoulder is fascinatingly complex, but as a result it is also extremely injury prone. We can however further open ourselves up to problems through poor use in our day to day lives.
So why is the shoulder so prone to issues?
Every now and again most of us will enjoy having a massage; usually it’s the spa-type, that’s nice and relaxing. But what about a sports massage? Sports massage is not only ideal for someone engaging in regular physical activities such as playing a sport (professional or amateur), running or going to the gym, but it is equally as great for those with desk jobs who suffer from back, shoulder and neck tension.