My First Blog Post

  • by Daisy Collins
  • 18 Jan, 2017

It’s official, I have a blog and I know how to use it.

I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
by Daisy Collins 30 May, 2017
Whats got everyone so interested in Pilates?

Not sure what all the hype is about?

We are going to look into the history of Pilates and establish whether it really is worth it. Does it work and is it beneficial in the long run?

Pilates was created during World War I by Joseph Pilates, a then boxer but also an expert skier and diver.  During the war he worked as a Nurse and began to experiment with springs attached to hospital beds, prescribing patients exercise whilst they remained on bed rest.  Little did he know this would be the foundation for the 'Pilates Reformer', a piece of equipment that utilised springs to create resistance.

The first Pilates studio was created in 1923 in America where Joseph Pilates began to develop a series of movements in conjunction with dance specialists to develop the series of movements you see today. 

Pilates only moved to Britain in 1970 and was brought to the country by Alan Herdman.  Herdman then developed the first British Pilates Studio in London.

Does it really work?

Several scientific studies have evaluated Pilates to establish the fundamental principles in whether it really does help our patients.  Is it beneficial for back pain? does it help with rehabilitation?

The answer: YES!!

Natour et al (2015) found that Pilates conducted over a six month period with patients that experience chronic (longer than three months in duration) lower back pain, significantly improved pain levels, improved function and drastically improved their quality of life.  This was further supported by Wells et al (2014) that reviewed 152 studies! Overall, the majority of the studies conducted supported the use of Pilates in rehabilitation of lower back pain.

Can Pilates help with other injuries?

The answer: YES!!

Aitliglian et al (2016) looked at the effects of pilates based exercise for the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries.  The study conducted with 33 patients who had all been experiencing shoulder pain for at least four weeks were divided into two groups.  One group were given Clinical Pilates exercises whereas the second group were given just simple conventional exercise.  Again, statistically significant improvements in pain levels were found.

Need some inspiration for a few exercises to complete at home?

We've found a fab little video for you all:

by Daisy Collins 28 Apr, 2017
Today see's the launch of our very new Facebook community 'Can Physiotherapy Really Help Me?'

Do you have no clue whether to visit a Physiotherapist? a Chiropractor? an Osteopath? and have no idea what each of these alternative therapies offer you? Would you like to ask a question about your pain or condition?


Ask all your questions to a professional physiotherapist BEFORE you decide to come and see us.  We can help you FOR FREE!!!!

FREE advice!!! FREE exercises! FREE hints and tips to prevent your flare ups! FREE online assessments and information! Which could ALL make a HUGE difference to your symptoms.

We look forward to receiving your questions!
by Daisy Collins 17 Apr, 2017
We want to give YOU the tools to help yourself when it comes to treating back pain.  Not sure how you should? or ever confused whether you should be moving or resting? 

Here we explore the common myths surrounding back pain and 8 EASY steps you can take to help yourself! This will ensure you can get back gardening, playing football with the children or even sitting without severe pain.

by Daisy Collins 09 Mar, 2017
I conducted a small study looking at back pain in horse riders and got an overwhelming response! An incredible 617 riders of all disciplines completed the questionnaire and it gave some pretty shocking information.

96% of riders had experienced some sort of back pain - what a huge percentage of individuals that had suffered from back pain.  More incredibly 50% of the 617 riders reported experiencing their symptoms whilst riding or just after.

This study just highlights how important the use of therapists really is.  How can you perform at your best if you are suffering from back pain, more worryingly 40% of the individuals who completed the study were 18 - 24.
by Daisy Collins 21 Jan, 2017

Riding is a very unique sport for the human pelvis, it requires symmetry when applying aids bilaterally (with both sides) but also when conducting more lateral aids the pelvis is required to accommodate a more asymmetric position when one leg moves independently of the other.

It has been well documented within scientific literature that many riders are aware of the terms 'crookedness' or 'collapsing' at their hip. This is likely to be produced as a result of a flexibility or strength issue within the pelvic musculature, and may be more evident in novice vs experienced riders. Over a period of time this can influence laterality and asymmetry in our horses (Martin, et al., 2016).

This asymmetry is likely to be further exacerbated as the speed increases due to the forces and momentum produced by your horse along with the influence of acceleration and deceleration. When we look at rising trot, riders will to some degree instill some stability through the stirrups, no-stirrups increases postural instability to a greater degree as the rider is unable to counterbalance using the stirrups.

In a study looking at rider asymmetry, riders were treated using simple massage, techniques aimed to improve motor control (muscle control and activation) and limb specific rotational movements. Following intervention, left and right symmetry was greatly improved with a more equal pressure distribution noted on pressure sensors (Nevison & Timmis, 2013).

Physiotherapists can assist you in identifying your pelvic weakness or flexibility and prescribe a tailored, individual and discipline specific exercise programme which can improve your stability and symmetry.

A couple of exercises you can have a go at to improve your pelvic strength include the Pilates 'Clam'. You can increase its level of difficulty through adding resistance bands or varying this exercise by extending your leg and rotating your toes to the ceiling. Remember - don't let your pelvis tip backwards!

Prior to riding why not have a go at 'waking up' your gluteal muscles by pressing the outside of your knee against a wall (see the picture). Press as hard as you can against the wall but try to keep yourself straight (and don't cheat by using your arms!) - if you've got this exercise correct you will notice a slight ache in the muscle on the outside of your hip. None of these exercises should cause you any pain.

by Daisy Collins 18 Jan, 2017
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
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