A Stretch To Help IT Band Pain

A Stretch To Help IT Band Pain

The IT Band is not a muscle, it’s a really, really tough piece of connective tissue that has no desire to be stretched, even if you tried. It does, however, have various muscles in the hip/leg that attach on to it, and when these muscles get tight they can pull on the...
3 Ways To Prevent Back Pain

3 Ways To Prevent Back Pain

Unfortunately, back pain will affect most of us at some point in our lives. It’s probably the most common area to have some sort of pain or discomfort with and there are many ways that we can damage or injure our back – whether it’s a sudden wrong move or repeated bad...
3 Ways To Dodge Cramp

3 Ways To Dodge Cramp

What happens with cramp? When the muscle suffers cramp it goes into spasm. The spasm squeezes the blood out of the muscle like a sponge, preventing the muscle from getting its nutrients. In addition, if the spasm is severe then there may be damage to the muscle, such...
Stop Foam Rolling Your IT Band!

Stop Foam Rolling Your IT Band!

The Iliotibial band, or as it’s more commonly referred to as – The IT Band. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the dos & don’ts with treating the IT band, but my biggest bug-bear with clients *coughs* runners *coughs* is when they’re insistent on foam...
Stretch the muscle not the nerve!

Stretch the muscle not the nerve!

When you think of a hamstring stretch, you may think of one similar to this: You may have been told to “keep your leg straight, point your toes towards you and lean forward”, and if you were to do all of the above, you may also have experienced a burning,...
Stretching the calf – The Tortoise and the Hare

Stretching the calf – The Tortoise and the Hare

The calf muscle is actually made up of two different muscles; the gastrocnemius and the soleus. I like to think of these two as the Tortoise and the Hare. The gastrocnemius is the big, strong, powerful, flashy muscle of the calf. When you squeeze your calf, you’re...