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Tissue Mobilisation

“My hamstrings are tight” or “I can’t sit cross legged as my hips are tight” are two statements we often hear in our clinic. Many people are aware of limitations in their flexibility. Mobility classes and yoga are becoming more and more popular in the sporting population as an adjunct to their regular sport in an attempt to optimise flexibility and performance. Some people go for regular massages to try and resolve their tightness or pain whereas others prefer to go to a Physiotherapist for tissue mobilisation. But what’s the difference? Why go to a physiotherapist when I can get a cheaper massage elsewhere? Whether you go for a standard massage or seek the advice of a Physiotherapist; soft

Back Pain Treatment

The cause of back pain is the determining factor of the treatment for said pain but there are a few elements which we at Perfect Balance look at in every patient who attends our clinic with back pain. We always look at alignment, posture and core stability in standing/sitting/lying of all of our patients as well as functional movement to determine any imbalances due to weakness/tensions. Regardless of cause of pain we always feel important to work on alignment first. The reason for this is simple: “Are you moving poorly because you are in pain Or are you in pain because you are moving poorly?” Our approach is as always multi-faceted, looking at overall view as well as current acute symptoms.

How to exercise the pelvic floor

I am often asked what it feels like to contract the pelvic floor, which can feel different for everyone. Elevation is key! You can picture it like an elevator moving up, or a tent being pulled up from the apex. However, a common misconception is breath holding and an abdominal contraction. Being able to isolate the pelvic floor can be quite a challenge. Whilst contracting or activating your pelvic floor, there should not be any abdominal contraction, glute/bum contracting or shaking in your legs and holding of your breath. Try this. Sit or lie on your back in a quiet room – breathe in and as you exhale, picture your pelvic floor; draw up and picture the internal elevator I spoke about earlie