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  • Finding Balance in Later Years

    Oftentimes in later years people lament the loss of balance, unsteadiness in walking or even the occurrence of falls. The concept of balance is often wrapped in many myths and its loss is met by bewilderment, fear and apprehension of movement. This typically snowballs into inactivity and fear of [...]

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    One great disservice you can do to your body in advanced age is to not use it. To accept that reduced movement, loss of mobility, tiredness and even pain are somehow a normal part of ageing is simply not the case. Through movement and exercise, elderly individuals maintain their ability to enjoy [...]

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    The foot is the matchmaker in the marriage between our body and the ground. The often overlooked, humble foot is an extremely complex structure, both in its anatomy and in its physical properties in motion. It is important to remember when dealing with any form of pain or discomfort that you are[...]

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    Sun Tzu, in the famous book ‘The Art of War’ wrote, “Fight the enemy where he is not”. Oftentimes, the pain that you feel is not necessarily stemming directly from the part of the body that hurts. For example, knee pain might have its roots in hip muscle weakness, or even ankle instability.[...]

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    Incontinence After Childbirth

    10th January 2018
    Incontinence After Childbirth

    Incontinence after childbirth is more common than you think but it not something you usually talk about unless the problem is really severe. Leaking when you laugh, sneeze, cough or jump is not normal and the problem should always be addressed to prevent worsening later on in life. Incontinence [...]

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    Understanding and applying pilates in clinical practice

    Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, hence the name. Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms and back. One of the distinguishing features of Pilates is [...]

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    Pilates for children - get  up and go!

    “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old.If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.” Joseph Pilates The prevalence of childhood [...]

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    Pain in the shins

    28th April 2015
    Pain in the shins

    With the run-up to the marathon, it is always common to encounter athletes complaining of pain in the shins. This condition is generally referred to as shin splints, a most frustrating pain after all the hard training done to get fit for this annual event. The following will look into the most [...]

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    My heel hurts when I get up

    16th March 2015
    My heel hurts when I get up

    Does your heel hurt when you get up first thing in the morning?  This description is the classic presentation of a condition referred to as plantar fascitis an inflammatory reaction in the sole of the foot where the plantar ligament attaches to the heel.  This condition tends to occur in middle [...]

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    By Laura Schembri Pilates is the only exercise technique that works you from the inside out. This is the method that develops the powerhouse of your core muscles. These wrap around your centre like an internal corset, supporting your spine and facilitating control during daily activities, such as [...]

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