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Could your elbow pain be tennis elbow?

Here’s an interesting fact (though probably not that surprising) – you don’t need to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow! In fact, most people with tennis elbow haven’t swung a racquet in years. The technical definition of tennis elbow is lateral epicondylitis (inflammation of the lateral epicondyle – a part of the elbow […]

The Painful Arc Test for the Shoulder

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ The painful arc is one of the easiest yet most indicative tests we do to screen for shoulder issues. Watch as Jack talks you through the process. 1๏ธโƒฃ Stand in front of a mirror 2๏ธโƒฃ Raise your arm out to the side with your elbow straight, aiming to get […]

Ilio-tibial Band - Spiky Ball

The ITB (ilio-tibial band) is a long, thick band of fascia that runs along the side of the thigh from the hip to the knee. It is a highly overused (and hence tight) muscle, due mainly to strength imbalances and the way we use our bodies in everyday life. This can lead to a range […]

Lower Gluteals - Spiky Ball

The gluteals muscles (aka the “glutes”, or the bum muscles) consist of 3 main muscles – gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Glute tension is common in people doing lots of activity such as running or gym work involving lots of squatting. But far from being a condition that only affects athletes, glute tension […]

Pectorals - Spiky Ball

The pectoral muscles (consisting of pec major and minor) are found at the front of the chest, and are frequently tight in people who spend a lot of their day at a computer (which is most of the population!) Being seated in this position for hours on end causes the shoulders to roll forward and […]

Plantar Fascia - Spiky Ball

The plantar fascia is a thick layer of connective tissue on the underside of the foot. It frequently becomes tight, often with no apparent cause, and is the primary contributor to ‘plantar fasciitis’, a condition where the fascia in the foot becomes inflamed and aggravated. Excessive weight-bearing activity and fallen arches have both been linked […]

Posterior Deltoid - Spiky Ball

The deltoid muscle is part of the shoulder – it’s like the “cap” over the top of the shoulder joint that gives it the rounded appearance. The posterior (or “back/rear”) part of the deltoid commonly gets tight with overuse, typically with excessive lifting or activites that involve stabilising the shoulder for long periods, such as […]

Rhomboids - Spiky Ball

The rhomboids are a group of muscles that run between the shoulder blade and the spine on each side. Similar to the upper trapezius muscles, they frequently become tight in people who spend long hours at the computer or in a seated posture. Excessive activation of these muscles in repetitive lifting movements is also responsible […]

Upper Gluteals - Spiky Ball

The gluteals muscles (aka the “glutes”, or the bum muscles) consist of 3 main muscles – gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Glute tension is common in people doing lots of activity such as running or gym work involving lots of squatting. But far from being a condition that only affects athletes, glute tension […]

Upper Trapezius - Spiky Ball

The trapezius muscle is divided into 3 parts – upper, middle and lower. By far, it is the upper trapezius region that experiences the highest degree of increased tension of the three. It’s the area that almost everyone has tightness in when you poke your thumbs into the back of their neck & shoulders. There […]