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Has knee pain stopped your running?

Do you experience knee pain when running?

If you have answered yes to the above question then this blog post is for you! Today we will focus on a very specific yet common issue that is the problem of knee pain whilst running. This blog post explains why this occurs and gives you the advice and tools to prevent knee pain during exercise.

I think it is fair to say that running and taking part in challenges such as Tough Mudder or Run’a’muc have seen a steady rise in participants over the past few years.

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ATTENTION ALL DUBLIN MARATHON RUNNERS

An insight into carbohydrate loading

Digest this blog like you do your post-run meals and you will be well informed of the science behind carbohydrate-loading in time for the big day.

Step one  –       Understand the Science.

When you run, your muscles require fuel to move.  This fuel is called Glycogen.  Glycogen is simply sugar stored with water in your muscle cells, and also your liver cells.  I can safely say that anyone reading this who has been training for months and eating well in preparation for the Dublin marathon will have bigger glycogen storing capacity in their muscles now compared to a time when you were not regularly training.  There is the potential to almost double the size of your glycogen stores with regular training and sufficient carbohydrate daily intake.  This is yet another added benefit to regular exercise, in that the more you do, the better your body becomes at doing it.

Carbohydrate loading is the topping up of these glycogen stores to the absolute max so that your muscles have a full tank of fuel on the day.  Why then is there the need for thousands and thousands of gel sachets available on the streets of Dublin come October 26th, because no human has a tank big enough to get around the 26.2miles without adding some more fuel into the furnace.  So whether you’re a glass half empty or half full person, in this instance, make sure it’s completely full.Read More

Back pain:don’t blame your bed, blame your head!

A personal story of overcoming persistent low back pain.

I hear this in clinic a lot, “I even bought a new mattress and it still hasn’t improved”.  The mattress that was minding its own business for many years, that provided many comfy nights, suddenly becomes the target of blame, and gets replaced at the drop of a hat! I am speaking from my own personal experience here also, having bought an orthopaedic mattress when I complained of back pain from 2001 until 2007 –  more on this later.  We are going to discuss the array of myths and public perceptions surrounding back pain.  An old mattress being a cause of, or contributory factor to back pain, is one such myth.

There is a brilliant article in the Irish Independent by an established Irish physiotherapist and researcher named Kieran O’Sullivan Read More

Knee pain when running. Part two. What to do.

Welcome back to Madison Square Gardens for the fight of the century.  The bell has just sounded to signal the boxers back to the ring.  I can tell you now, it will need to ring a little louder to wake up The Tendon Tornado after the pounding he took in the last round!  Ground Force Frederick is commanding this fight.  The Tendon Tornado’s corner team should listen to the following advice to have any chance back into this fight.

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