Climbing injuries – What are some of the best treatments?

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What treatments are good for climbing injuries?

Climbing injuries come in many different varieties because of the unusual demands of the sport.

The shoulders, in particular, are vulnerable.

Two of the most common shoulder injuries are to the rotator cuff muscles and partial dislocations.

The other area that is highly susceptible to damage is the fingers.

The common finger complaints are tendonitis and pulley tears.

We look at different forms of treatment and show how they might help you to recover.

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Winter training – How to keep motivated at this time of year

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Training when you least feel like it.

Winter training, it isn’t everybody’s favourite thing.

The days are so short, and scraping ice from the car to go to the gym can be a chore.

And for those of you that like to run or cycle, cold, wet and dark roads don’t help either.

So what can you do to help motivate you through the dark months?

Here are a few tips that will keep you going.

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How Pilates Conditioning can improve sports performance

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Pilates – can do more than you might think

Pilates conditioning is not just about getting a flat stomach or looking good.

In fact, contrary to what many people think, it is a far more challenging discipline than it appears at first glance.

If it is done properly and with proper supervision, it is an excellent full body workout. As such, it has great potential as a way to prepare the body for a variety of different sports.

Let’s take a closer look at why it is so good, and how the different forms of pilates can help.

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Ski fitness – How to prepare for the ski season

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Ski fitness – Preparing for the ski season.

Focusing on proper ski fitness prior to your ski trip could save endless regrets when you hit the slopes.

Surprisingly, for a sport that is considered to be so dangerous, the statistics on skiing injuries is lower than you might expect.

Typically, there is an injury incidence rate of about 2.5 per 1000 skier days.

So thankfully, as long as you don’t go crazy, you should remain injury free.

However, when they do occur, skiing injuries can be particularly nasty. Torn knee ligaments or dislocated shoulders can cause years of repercussions.

It is best to give yourself the best chance of staying injury free.

And, of course, improving your fitness before skiing will increase your overall enjoyment of your trip anyway.

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Reformer Pilates – An introduction to this excellent form of exercise

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Reformer Pilates – what is it all about?

Reformer Pilates is growing in popularity. Recently we discussed Pilates in general and explained that there are two main types.

There is the Pilates that is performed only on a mat, but there is also a version that involves the use of specialist equipment and machines.

The name of one of these specialised machines is the reformer.

The history of the modern day reformer is an unusual one.

The basic idea was developed a hundred years ago during World War 1. It was developed to help injured soldiers to exercise and build strength and flexibility whilst they were still bed bound.

But today, the modern machines are incredibly well designed.

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Reformer Pilates

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Skiing injuries and how you can deal with them

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What are some typical skiing injuries?

Skiing injuries are the absolute pits and can ruin an otherwise perfect time away. Not surprisingly the knees are the number one area that suffer during skiing holidays. Shoulder dislocation is another common complaint, as is concussion. But one injury that many people don’t anticipate is skier’s thumb.

Obviously, good equipment and proper instruction are vital to guard against possible mishaps, but what other measures should you take? And if you are unlucky enough to get injured, what sort of treatment would suit you best?

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Pilates is growing in popularity, but is it right for you?

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Pilates is spreading

Pilates has captured the public imagination over the last few years. Aerobics was popular throughout the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, step became all the rage.

However, since the turn of the new Millenium, the growth of yoga and other mindful-based exercises have indicated a shift in how we choose to take care of our bodies.

Higher intensity exercises certainly have their place, but there is now an increasing awareness of the need for good muscle balance and improved posture.

In general, exercise has become more scientific, and there is a now a greater emphasis on holistic health. We take a closer look at this paradigm shift.


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Benefits of Pilates







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Physiotherapy, what is it and what are the benefits?

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Physiotherapy, deciding if it is right for you

Physiotherapy is part of an ever-growing number of treatments that are available. This makes it increasingly difficult to know which type of treatment to choose. We look at the specific benefits of physiotherapy, and look to determine how can it help you?

Find out if you should try it.  Discover why it is a good choice, and how it differs from other treatments.

Reiki, acupuncture or osteopathy may have some of the same goals in mind, but they are not simply variations on the same theme. It has something unique and different to offer.

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Benefits of physiotherapy







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Pilates and your bones

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Pilates and your bones

Pilates isn’t just about flexibility and toning, it can play a critical role in keeping your bones healthy too. It is world osteoporosis day today, and we take a look behind the curtain to see why it can be so effective for strengthening your bones.

Contrary to what many people might think, it isn’t always a soft form of exercise. It can be a tough and demanding process that really challenges the body. In fact, Joseph Pilates (Pilates inventor) came from a very physical world, having previously been a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor.

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Arthritis symptoms of the spine and how to treat them

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The Symptoms of Arthritis

Could it be arthritis? Millions of people suffer from back pain – some of it chronic and throbbing, and some of it so debilitating that it makes you want to curl up on the floor calling for your mum.

Of course, there are dozens of ways that you can suffer from back pain. Today, on World Spine Day, we look specifically at the symptoms of arthritis and how this can affect your back in particular.
In many ways, back pain is like a gun-shot wound. Depending on the intensity, it can stop you from performing even the most routine tasks from walking, tying your shoes, or even using the bathroom.

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