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Some truths are bone deep

The Silent Disease: it sounds like a good name for a movie. It would have Jeff Goldblum working in a lab desperately seeking a cure for a...

Can I still exercise if I’m unwell?

‘Oh, it’s going around...’. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when everything from a hint of a sniffle through the nastiest man-flu to...

The Picture of Health?

A picture paints a thousand words, they say. And sometimes ‘they’ are right, but for those thousand words to make any sense, some context...

Depression, mental health and activity

It was Mental Health Awareness week recently, and Mental Health Ireland in their promotional material included the ‘Five Ways to...

Bare naked truth about shoes for kids

In my work coaching runners, I spend a lot of time talking to adults about feet and shoes, and the conversation naturally drifts onto...

What if it’s not your back’s fault?

Do you have a ‘weak’ back? Given that up to 80 percent of people in the developed world will suffer with back pain at some stage, most of...

Breast cancer and movement

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which individuals, clubs, schools and workplaces all over the world are being asked...

Do ice-baths really help recovery?

The Rugby World Cup is upon us. Can this Irish team do what none of their predecessors have managed and progress beyond the...

Farming takes a toll on the body

It was suggested recently that I write about farming injuries. It would seem a sensible suggestion. We are, after all, in a rural area...

Why men need to wake up

Men. Apparently we are the root of all evil, oppressing women, children, other men, even small puppies if we get the chance. With...

Time to step up?

A fortnight ago in these pages, we looked at the relative insignificance of foot strike in relation to running injuries. For those who...

The great foot-strike debate

‘Four legs good, two legs bad’ claimed the pigs in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ in a simplistic summary of their beliefs. While not as...

Physiotherapists in Demand

Exercise, stretches, massage, sport, knees, backs, shoulders. These are all words that people readily associate with Chartered...

Finding, and keeping, your balance

Life is all about balance. Good and evil, chaos and order, sweet and sour, whiskey and water. Put simply, balance is the ability to cope...

Sun, sense and suspicious moles

Did anyone notice that strange yellow thing in the sky over the bank holiday weekend? I believe it was a relative of the sun. It couldn’t...

'I wouldn't be fit for that, now'

‘I wouldn’t be fit for that, now’. It’s a statement that physiotherapists hear all the time from people of all ages and all walks of...

Neck pain? Try being more like Kate

Ever had a sore neck? That nagging ache that runs from your neck down to the top of your shoulders. If you spend much time at a desk or...

The Low Down on Lower Back Pain

As a chartered physiotherapist, lower back pain is the most common complaint I deal with. In fact, according to the statistics, it’s...