Originating in India over 5,000 years ago, yoga is designed to focus on breathing, strength and flexibility. Whilst for many it is a practice and routine in its own right, it can also be incorporated into other exercise routines and workouts to aid training and improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.
Our knees are involved in nearly all physical activities we complete, so it’s no wonder they are often one of the first signs of injury our bodies display. Constant movement in and around the knee joint can lead to chronic knee pain. But if you don’t want to give up exercising and keeping mobilised is recommended, finding an exercise which helps but doesn’t hurt can be tough to find.
We all know we should be exercising to make ourselves fitter, stronger and healthier, but entering into a workout routine or the gym and blundering through without considering the impact on your body can lead you to do more bad than good, despite your best intentions.
If you are reading this blog, the chances that you are already aware of the importance of stretches is strong. But how many of us actually dedicate a portion of our workout to stretching? When we stretch before working out, we are preparing our body for exercise and by disregarding it you are risking injury every time.
The word holistic is derived from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning ‘whole’ and true to form, in holistic therapy, the body is treated as a whole rather than a sum of its parts. Instead of an immediate symptom being addressed, a therapist will endeavour to identify an underlying issue. This is done by considering all of our states of wellbeing; physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual.
Physiotherapy is a practice based upon restoring movement and function after someone has been affected by injury, illness or disability. It’s a holistic approach, which can be used to treat people of all ages with a variety of health conditions.
Here at Total Health Clinics, we are constantly looking for ways that we can continue to provide treatments and opportunities for people to improve their health and quality of life. Whether that includes a traditional or holistic approach – we pride ourselves on offering our clients a choice of treatments that suits their lifestyle and requirements. This is why we are proud to announce that our Peterborough clinic has introduced new Pilates classes.
It’s a commonly asked question, and those that have never experienced both treatment methods, it can be a tricky to try and differentiate between them. There are clear similarities between the professions, although the way that injuries and illnesses are approached, their underlying principles and philosophies differ.
The 9-5; some of us love it, some of us loathe it, many of us are indifferent…..but one thing we can all agree on is that at some point or another it brings an element of pain with it. From the lower back, neck, shoulder and even wrists that are vulnerable to stiffness, pain and lack of mobility, the 9-5 has a lot to answer for.
We are sent constant messages throughout our day to day lives, and one of those messages that has increased in prevalence over the last five years is the importance of regular exercise (along with ‘eating clean’). We have always been taught about taking part in physical activity, but never has such a focus been placed on it. And we are listening – consumer spending on UK gym membership increased by 44% between 2014-2015, and there has been a steady increase in the number of adults taking part in events such as Park Run and organised cycling and open water swimming.