For many of, experiencing pain (and putting up with it!) has been part of our 'lock-down' experience. Whether that's putting up with sore muscles after our training sessions because we can't access our usual sports massage clinic, or tolerating a dodgy toothache due to dental surgery closures. And for some of us, chronic pain has been a feature of our lives for much longer (1). A lot pain management techniques revolve around...
Arguably, when we talk about biomechanics in a clinical sense there is a tendency to use 'qualitative' descriptions of motion, i.e.: planes of motion, ranges of motion. As clinicians or therapists, we describe qualities in a client's movement (i.e.: limited ROM, hyperextension, stiffness, etc). The intended outcome is often to categorise movement as either 'good' or 'bad', and/or to use these to explain a pain or injury. The main aim is for the output to inform our treatment/intervention selection.
One of the most common issues I treat in the clinic is persistent pain. Many of my clients arrive at the clinic after years of suffering. This is often a residual pain that started as a result of a traumatic injury... a muscle strain, or a broken bone. However, years after the injury has healed there is no reduction in pain - despite all the injured tissues healing and normal activities are resumed.
Although they are often confused, Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are two different overuse injuries of the tendinous structures of the elbow and wrist. More specifically, these injuries are categorised as 'tendinopathies'.
We have all heard the term 'flexibility'. But there's a new term on the block and it's being used interchangeably with our old friend 'flexibility'. But is there a difference between them two terms? If so, what? And why is it important to our training?