The Hidden Cause of Leg Muscle Cramps: Is it Back-Related?

The Hidden Cause of Leg Muscle Cramps: Is it Back-Related?

Leg muscle cramps are an interesting phenomenon. Their seemingly random onset often belies how incapacitating they can be. Similarly, preventing leg muscle cramps is often a product of hindsight rather than proactivity. There are some widely accepted causes of muscle cramps – which we’ll get…

The Couch Stretch: How to Do One of the Best Exercises for Knee Pain, Hip Pain & Back Pain

The Couch Stretch: How to Do One of the Best Exercises for Knee Pain, Hip Pain & Back Pain

As a Physical Therapist, I’m often asked to reveal the “best” stretches for people to do. And with such an extensive catalog to choose from it can be a daunting question. However, there is one exercise that stands out. And that exercise is the Couch…

What is the Best Foot-Strike Pattern For Running? (And Why We Miss the Point)

What is the Best Foot-Strike Pattern For Running? (And Why We Miss the Point)

If you run, there’s every chance you’re aware of the heel strike vs forefoot strike debate. For those unaware, there’s no current consensus on which foot-strike pattern is “best“ to decrease injury risk and improve running performance. There are many well-informed and passionate opinions of…

Research: Grunting Provides a Competitive Advantage

Research: Grunting Provides a Competitive Advantage

The topic of grunting in tennis is both interesting and controversial. Many spectators see grunting as disrespectful and ultimately annoying to listen to. I personally know a few die-hard tennis lovers who can only watch certain players with the volume down. On the other hand,…

Why the Cause of Tight Chest Muscles is a Stiff Upper Back

Why the Cause of Tight Chest Muscles is a Stiff Upper Back

On the surface, treatment for tight chest muscles is well-defined. All you need is a consistent stretching regime to loosen those tight chest muscles up over time. It a no-brainer, right? But, what if I was to suggest that there’s more to tight chest muscles…

Research: Resistance Training Is an Effective Treatment for Depression

Research: Resistance Training Is an Effective Treatment for Depression

An Irish systematic review of current research has found resistance training may be a very helpful treatment for depression. And this may be important when we consider the impact depression has on the world today. Many of us have a broad appreciation of what depression…

Why I’m At Odds With Evidence-Based Practice in 2020

Why I’m At Odds With Evidence-Based Practice in 2020

Over the last few years, I’ve been questioning what the term ‘evidence-based practice’ means to me personally and professionally as a Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist). I understand what it is and why it’s important, but I can’t help but feel we’re collectively losing a little perspective.…

Research: Cold Water Immersion Stunts Muscle Hypertrophy

Research: Cold Water Immersion Stunts Muscle Hypertrophy

The thought of cold water immersion may not instantly sound appealing to the uninitiated. Yet despite this perception, we often underrate its ability to enhance our health and quality of life. Thanks to pioneers like Wim Hof and his Wim Hof Method, we are slowly…

The Marc Pro: 14 Unique Benefits to Revolutionize Your Rehab & Recovery

The Marc Pro: 14 Unique Benefits to Revolutionize Your Rehab & Recovery

How familiar are you with the Marc Pro device? If the answer is “not very” and you value fitness and performance then you’re hopefully in for a treat. The Marc Pro is a tool you need to at least be familiar with going forward for…

How to Recover Faster: 13 Ways to Optimize Your Post-Workout Recovery in 2020

How to Recover Faster: 13 Ways to Optimize Your Post-Workout Recovery in 2020

The rise of the internet has brought with it access to a worldwide network of cutting-edge fitness and workout information. We’ve never been so spoilt for choice when looking to push ourselves to the limit. And while there’s almost infinite depth to the training conversation,…