Shoulder Pain

pain free functioning

I am 59 years of age. I would like to thank Guy Ashburner for helping my body return to a state of pain free functioning in a short series of 5 sessions. A few months ago I was about to embark on a rigorous physical and mental journey in a rural area for a few months …….. my mind was ready, but my body was not. A very active childhood growing with mostly boys, and having to “keep up” to belong.

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Burpees – Balancing the risk vs. reward

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn The Burpee is an exercise that was devised by Royal H. Burpee, an American psychologist in the 1930s. It was originally used as a“Burpees test” which consisted of a short number of “Burpees”executed in rapid succession to measure agility, coordination and strength. This test was utilized by the military to assess soldiers who need is to be able to drop into a firing position and then bounce back up lightning-fast to move to a safe position.

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Chronic Shoulder Tension

“When you have adjusted the physical to its normal demands nature supplies the remainder” Dr A T Still, Founder of Osteopathy. 1874 Chronic tension in the neck and shoulders is an extremely common complaint amongst many people, and the problem can have many underlying causes. The long and stressful hours people spend sitting at desks leave them with muscular discomfort that they carry out of the office like a weight on their shoulders.

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Tackling in Children’s Rugby

“Teaching proper tackle technique is imperative to allow players to be successful and run a low risk of injury” Hendricks and Lambert, 2010 Many youngsters enjoy rugby, especially playing rugby. Tackling in rugby is an art form, that when performed correctly can allow the smallest players on the pitch to stop the largest. Rugby is a physical game and a contact sport. Yes, the players get injured. Just as they do in athletics, gymnastics, horse riding, soccer, and indeed virtually every sport.

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Dangers of Over Stretching

“Stretching may increase your flexibility, but you will most likely be weaker and the results are often short-lived. In 2004, a report published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) questioned the efficacy of stretching; noting that more than 350 studies conducted over four decades had failed to establish that stretching prior to activity prevents injury.” When you stretch, you take your muscle to the point where you can feel a slight pull and hold this position for a few seconds without pain or discomfort.

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Static Pull-ups – Key to neck and shoulder health

“You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.” This expression, refers to the fact that the production of great force requires a solid platform — a concept that holds as true for the human body as it does for artillery. The scapula is commonly known as the “shoulder blade”, and rests on the upper portion of the back. The role of the scapula muscles is critical in the stability and mobility of the neck and shoulder joint as the shoulder girdle is held in position by muscle tone (levator scapula and trapezius muscles attach to the neck bones).

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Cycling Neck & Shoulder Pain

45 per cent of cyclists suffer from chronic neck pain, which is often worse after a ride” Wilber et al. 1995 Cycling posture requires bending forward at the low back and hips and maintaining the neck in an extended position to see the road ahead. This unnatural cycling position puts a lot of pressure on the junction between your neck and upper back due to the neck joints compressing against each other which may lead to neck irritation.

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Wall Sits: Good or Bad? Do wall sits do anything?

“The mechanical principles on which Osteopathy is based are as old as the universe.” Philosophy of Osteopathy A ‘wall-sit” is where you lean your back against the wall and hold thighs parallel to the ground in a squat position, or you have a ball against the wall and you move into said wall position. The ‘wall-sit” is a very common exercise used by athletes, coaches, exercise instructors and fitness enthusiasts.

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Thinking Straight

In today’s fast paced world, poor posture is a common ailment. With these tips, you’ll be standing tall in no time. The human body is not designed to sit for extended periods of time. Our ancestors spent most of their time on their feet, hunting for food and working to stay alive. Research suggests that four in five adults will experience back-related pain during their lives. Given the modern human’s chair-bound lifestyle, coupled with increasing poor posture.

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Squats may help your back

“Very few exercises are as natural as the squat. Since the very beginning of time, man has been squatting down to pick berries, gather food, light fires and cook. It makes sense then that the squat builds pure functional strength. Not only do they build huge amounts of muscle, squats also force your body’s nerve networks to work your muscles more efficiently.” The squat is fundamental movement that is vital for the health of your spine.

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