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What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Outline Please remember to read the disclaimer advice at the bottom of the page. Thoracic outlet syndrome is a painful condition in which swelling of the thoracic outlet can compress the nerve and blood vessel bundles that stretch from your neck to your fingers. The thoracic outlet is a space between your collarbone and your … Continue reading What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

I’m getting knee surgery! Meet my temporary replacement, Tim Harvey MST

This time next week I'll be coming out of the general anaesthetic with a brand new anterior cruciate ligament in my left knee. I busted it 18 months ago on a dancefloor in Sydney (long story). So, I'll be out of clinic for five to six weeks. Between Monday 12th June and Thursday 20th July … Continue reading I’m getting knee surgery! Meet my temporary replacement, Tim Harvey MST

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and how to beat it

Recent research in the last few years  suggest that a large component of DOMS is not from damage to the muscle fibres (as is commonly thought), but  more from an over-activation of your central nervous system (CNS) when it is not used to so much activity. It basically gets upset at you for making it … Continue reading DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and how to beat it

Why I almost never put you face-down first for your massage treatment

There's a conventional wisdom in massage therapy: "rub where it hurts. " This is wrong. Think about it — if you're spending your life sitting at a desk or computer, on your couch, or in a car, as most of us do for most of our waking hours, your arms are usually out in front of … Continue reading Why I almost never put you face-down first for your massage treatment

My fitness goals, and the improvement mindset

Having an improvement mindset means enjoying that idea that there is always more to improve. To illustrate this, I'll talk mainly about my health goals. It has been said that "if you've got your health, you've got everything." Plus what we know from research is that when people become more fit and healthy it tends … Continue reading My fitness goals, and the improvement mindset

Can a massage help you do the splits?

There are many unanswered questions in the universe. How many decimal places are there in π? Is there a unified theory of physics? How does a shepherd count his flock without falling asleep? It's possible we'll never know. Some questions, however, can be answered. For example, if a therapeutic massage is meant to lengthen and … Continue reading Can a massage help you do the splits?

Why you should never stretch your rhomboids (unless you’re in the army)

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKWraWYkr9o Reciprocal inhibition is a muscle reflex that sends an inhibitory motor nerve signal to the muscles opposite those contracting. So, if your chest muscles are short (as they are when your shoulders are rolled around to the front, which is guaranteed if you drive a desk every day), then your upper back muscles (rhomboids, … Continue reading Why you should never stretch your rhomboids (unless you’re in the army)

Why is back pain so common?

The facts: Back pain is especially common in the developed countries – and it seems that the more developed the country, the more back pain there is.[1][2][3, table 6.24.2] The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported in 2010 that low back pain was the most physically disabling condition in the world, so if you have low back … Continue reading Why is back pain so common?

Why Coordination Is More Important Than Strength

I love working with bodies. They're amazing. We are evolved to be as efficient as possible at all times, and strength, power and endurance are no different. That's me, three days ago, on my fourth set of three 50 kg close-grip bench press. It was only on the fifth and final set that I struggled. Up until … Continue reading Why Coordination Is More Important Than Strength