Bothered with persistent or recurrent back pain?
At Fit Physio we have a different way of looking at and assessing bothersome back pain.
If you’re tired of being taped, rubbed, poked or prodded (with fingers or needles), then we may be able to help.
We come at things from an alternate perspective. We go through your history in more detail and really uncover how things started, what was going on around that time, what you have been told the problems are, your beliefs now about your back, what type of exercises you have been given, how these feel, which ones help more, which ones seem to aggravate things, how well your sleeping, whether things are going ok at work, any other stressors in your life, whether you can still do the things you enjoy, any other medical problems or past medical history. We take more time to understand you and how or whether this problem has started to effect many areas of your life.
You may feel frustrated, let down, angry, by other professionals or by your body. You may have followed diligently all the advice and treatment you were given, but still the problem grumbles on.
We look at things holistically so we can give you the best chance of being able to move on with your life and goals. Sometimes a simple problem can be become a lot more complex after receiving a number of different treatments and opinions that haven’t worked.
Our treatments for these types of problems rely on functional exercise, tailored towards your goals and providing the best advice and education, based on sound modern science.
Our aim is to give you all the knowledge and skills you need to control this problem for yourself.
You may still want to treat yourself to a massage every now and then, but do it for you, not for your back.
Training for a Marathon?
More research is now being completed studying all types of runners, including those who don’t manage to finish races. This has led to better evidence about how to train for marathons.
The most important attributes for being successful are becoming clearer.
After reading all the evidence and speaking informally to high level coaches the factors linked with better performance in marathon running are:
1) Upper arm girth (the smaller the better). This makes sense in the fact that the less mass you are carrying around the less energy that is required to move you and keep you moving.
2) Body fat % and BMI – again the lesser the better. We can put together a diet and exercise plan to help you achieve your target numbers for your body shape and specific event.
3) VO2 max – At #FITPHYSIO we have developed a protocol to be able to estimate these values.
4) Number of training miles a week – generally the higher the better, but this comes with the caveat of scheduling adequate rest and your baseline fitness level. We see a lot of people training for marathons or triathlons who get injuries in the preceding weeks. This can be devastating so pacing is vital.
5) Amount of cross-training. In one study of ultramarathon runners one of the biggest differences between finishers and non-finishers was the amount and type of cross-training they did! This time allows for recovery of running muscles, while still improving cardiovascular performance. At FIT PHYSIO we work with a range of PTs who have special interest in different cross-training modalities.
6) Sleep levels and quality. Sleep has shown to be vital for recovery. We have a range of strategies to help with sleep.
7) Mood state. The best runners in the world consistently share a typical shape graph when it comes to plotting the results of a battery of questions in regards to mood. At #FITPHYSIO we consistently monitor your results and adapt your programme accordingly.