Don’t be Hamstrung

If you are taking part in a marathon in the autumn, you are now entering a most important period of your training.
In the next few weeks you will be reaching your peak in terms of distance covered and in your speedwork.
It is also a peak time for picking up those little niggles. Nothing is as frustrating as been forced to miss training at this crucial period.
If you have any tightness in your hamstrings or calf muscles, get them sorted Now.
Dont let them become major issues.

Please Feel Free To call Me on 0862465163.
Joe Brady.

Specialised Therapy for Injuries, Chronic Pain,
and Tension.

A Healthcare Provider.

Runner’s knee?

The Knee joint is one of strongest and most important in the human body. It allows the lower leg to move while supporting our body weight. It also plays an important role as a shock absorber when we land after jumping.

Of all the joints of the body, i always felt the knee was a very poorly designed body part. Unlike the hip which is a ball and socket joint, and is really well supported and secure, the knee, a hinge joint is only held together with ligaments, tendon and cartilage.So it is no wonder, it is a joint that is most often injured.
Runner’s Knee is a broad term often used when
people suffer with various conditions ot the joint. It is not a term i feel comfortable using as
people who suffer with knee conditions may have never ran or may not be involved in any sporting activities. Knee injuries can be caused from something as simple as twisting the joint when walking or slipping on a wet surface.
Don’t get me wrong, a huge percentage of runners will experience knee pain during there running life, knee injuries are very common amongst the running population.
Some of the causes of knee pain, are due to running on unforgiven surfaces ie road.
Excessive downhill or uphill running.
Wearing worn trainers, tight ITB bands or can be caused by twisting the joint while running on uneven surfaces.
It is most important if you are experiencing discomfort in the knees to have the problem assesed and treated ASAP.
If you continue to train through the pain you may cause even more serious condtions to the knee.Condtions such as tears to the Cruciate ligament or to the Cartilage, you will then have to have surgical repair and then you will be forced to stop for an extensive period of time.
If you feel any discomfort in the body you need to have it treated. There is always a reason why you are feeling pain.
Pain is like an alarm system, telling us something is wrong. Don’t ignore it, do something about it.

Please feel free to call me on 0862465163
Joe Brady.

Specialised Therapy For Injuries, Chronic Pain and Tension.

A Healthcare Provider.


Putting the squeeze on Mortons Neuroma

Mortons Neuroma is a very painful foot condition that effects the forefoot and the toes.

Sharp, shooting pain is felt, under the ball of the foot, most commonly in the region of the 3rd and 4th toes.
The pain is like when you have just stepped on a small sharp stone or like that uncomfortable feeling when your sock has crunched up under the foot, causing real discomfort when you walk.
Pain can be greatly aggravated when wearing shoes with a narrow toe box or when shoes are tied too tight.
Pain can be also felt at the end of the push- off phase when walking or running.
That pain will reduce when you take off your shoes, as you allow the bones of the forefoot to relax (decompress) but that pain will return,
when you put your shoes back on.
The primary causes of Mortons Neuroma, are nerve compression, stress on the nerve.
A less common cause of the condtion can be having had a previous injury such as a fracture or ligament damage to the foot, that can produce scar tissue, that can reduce the space between the metatarsal heads, helping cause irritation to the nerve.
There are several nerves in the plantar surface of the feet so space can be limited. It is therefore must important to make sure the bones, muscles ligaments and tendons of the feet are not tight and compressed so as to help avoid nerve compression in the feet.
In my treatment of Mortons Neuroma i always focus on reducing all tautness in the feet, using specialised techniques combined with gentle stretching. I also find vacuum therapy is highly effective when used to reduce tightness between the metatarsals in the forefoot.
It is most important to change footwear if a narrow toe box has contributed to the condition . So a wider toe box will help to further reduce compression in the foot after having the condition effectivley treated.

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Joe brady.

Specialised Therapy for Injuries, Chronic Pain and Tension.

A Healthcare Provider.

Plantar Fasciitis, Good morning heal pain

If you have in the past or are currently suffering with Plantar Fasciitis pain , you will no doubt have experienced that excruicating pain, felt first thing in the morning as you place your foot on the floor, getting out of bed.

That pain will gradually ease as the muscles and ligaments of the foot and calf warm up,
after you have hobbled around for the first few minutes.
It is certainly not a really pleasant way to start the day. But it amazes me why some people will continue to go through with this daily ritual of hobbling about in pain every morning,
sometimes for several weeks, even months,
Before they will eventually seek help.
I will always state, the earlier you get this condition treated the better.
Don’t let this condtion become Chronic, there is simply no need too. When treated in its early stages Plantar pain can be quickly and effectivley reduced.
Plantar Fasciitis when treated in its early stages will also help prevent the formation of the dreaded heel spurs. Heel spurs are not always present , but are often involed when people are suffering with Plantar fasciitis, especially when the condition becomes Chronic.
There is no need to continue suffering Plantar Pain. I can help reduce your discomfort.

Please feel free to give me a call on 0862465163
Joe Brady.

Specialised Therapy for Injuries, Chronic Pain and Tension.

A Healthcare Provider

Calf muscle injuries , Have a little patience

Many of us have had to deal with calf muscle strains and tears when running.

Calf injuries always seems to happen just when we are in the middle of a training phase for a specific race eg a marathon. Just when everything seems to be going to plan , you are running well and feeling good.Then all of a sudden out of the blue,
You get that sharp pain in the muscle, and running simply becomes impossible.
It can be a really frustrating time and runners simply hate not been able to run. Unfortunatley many runners will not have the injury treated, will not allow the injury to heal and will carry on running through the pain , thus causing further injury to the muscle, leading to forced time out from running.
There is a great difference to a calf strain and a calf tear. A strain when properly treated and when the proper rehab work is done, may see a runner return to activity in a little over a week depending how severe the strain was.
A tear in the calf muscle is a different matter.
Calf tears need to be given time to heal.
Even micro tears in the muscle must be allowed time to heal. Tears in the calf muscles must be treated properly,
Manual therapy followed with a gradual closely monitored return to walking, jogging and only when feeling no discomfort , light running can then be introduced. Runners love to return to run the same distance at the same pace they did before injury, not always a good idea.
Its most important to build up distance and pace slowly, pain free when doing the rehab work, with a gradual increase in both distance and pace.
If the tear is not treated properly, given time to heal and the rehab work is not done there is no doubt the athlete will have to deal with the same calf injury in a matter of days or weeks at most. A viscous cycle then begins which can lead to months of inactivity.
Better to miss a few weeks and have the injury properly dealt with, then to return too soon to running and risk causing an even more serious injury.
Injuries need to be given time to heal.
Yes recovery from injury can be greatly speeded up,
Having effective manual therapy, making sure to do the rehab work and allowing the body time to heal, will help achevie full recovery from injury.
The rehab work is most important. Manual therapy without rehab work will not be as effective and will take even more time.
Always do the rehab work and remember,
Have a little Patience.

Feel free to call me on 0862465163.
Joe Brady.

Specialised Therapy for Injuries, Chronic Pain and Tension.

A Healthcare Provider.

Achilles’ tendons , always overworked , never treated

Speaking as an ex athlete it always amazes me

Just how little care and attention runners give to their calf muscles and especially to their achilles tendons.
A huge percentage of achilles tendon injuries are caused by runners doing too much too soon. They overload the tendon.
Sometimes less is more and with gradual increase in mileage, the risk of injury is always greatly reduced.
The workload placed on these muscles and tendons when we run is simply mindblowing.
Four times our bodyweight on each foot strike.
Just think of that impact placed on the tendon/ calf as the foot strikes that hard road especially when training for that crazy marathon distance.( how many times does the foot strike the road during those long runs?)
You may get away during a run with a tight calf but any feeling of pain/ discomfort in the achilles tendon is a different matter, always a red flag to me, simple as.
You need it looked at and treated, before any real damage is done to the tendon.
I won’t cover achilles tendon tears in this blog,
Hopefully we will never need to go there.
A large percentage of injuries long distance runners suffer are avoidable, thats a well know fact.
Back in the day before we done our track work at the West London Stadium we were warmed up and then we were taken through various stetches for all the leg muscles, by a coach from London Irish called Mick ( i cant remember his surname, im sure Tommy Maher will let me know) always finishing with the calfs, before the session started. You were not allowed on the track until you were fully prepared. If you arrived late the same protocol was followed no excuses.( and to think this was in the 80s)
If you ever had any issues as regards injuries or muscle tightness, you were advised to have it assesed and treated as soon as possible.
One of Micks favourite sayings was, “Prevention always better than cure”
I was lucky enough to have worked with Saracens Physio at the time and his magic hands helped keep me injury free season after season. To think that was 30 years ago, where has that time gone.
By making sure we always have a good warm up followed by stretching before and after running,the injuries we experience in our time spent running ,will be very few. We wont run injury free all our lives but injuries we experience will be few and far between.
And if you feel any niggles have them treated before they become major issues. Simple as that, why risk causing a more serious injury by continuing to run whats the point.
Runners always hate taken timeout even eg when its recovery time after completing marathons, buts its much worse when we have to take time out when injuried. Thats a very different matter isnt it.
Look after your Body, its your Temple.

Feel free to call me on 0862465163
Joe Brady

Specialised therapy for Injuries, Chronic Pain and Tension

A Healthcare Provider.

If your feet are happy, Then your happy

Don’t we really take our Feet so much for granted. It is only at times when we are start to feel discomfort in our Feet, that we will start to give a little attention to them.

Even then,some people will still continue to ignore the discomfort and hope that by some form of Miracle that the pain will go away.
Given time it may go away but it can take weeks, even months before it sometimes eases., but by not having the problem treated even more serious conditions can start to be experienced .
Why people continue to suffer pain without having the condition treated i can never understand.
When suffering with conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, they will start their day off hobbling around the floor after getting out of bed, for several minutes.
Eventually that sharp pain will gradually reduce after the ligaments and muscles have warmed up.
It is sometimes hard enough to get out of bed in the morning, without having to deal with any type of pain, so can you imagine starting the day, everyday in discomfort.
If you feel any discomfort in your feet or calf muscles,have it treated. When treated in the early stages conditions like Plantar Fasciitis can be treated more effectively.There is really no need to allow the condition become chronic. Once it becomes chronic plantar becomes more difficult to treat, and it can lead to problems in other parts of the body.
Have it treated as soon as possible, there is no need to continue to suffer in pain.
Pain tells us there is something wrong in our bodies, so please don’t continue to ignore it.
Your feet are amazing and the amount of work we put them through every day is unreal.
Look after them and they will look after you.

Please feel free to give me a call on 0862465163.
Joe Brady.

Specialised Therapy for Injuries, Chronic Pain and Tension.

A Healthcare Provider.