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Are you getting enough exercise?

Hiya,

Are you reaching the recommended amount of exercise each week to stay healthy?

NHS guidleines recommend adults ages 19- 64 should try to be active daily and should achive the following a week to stay healthy:

  • PHOTO-2018-10-16-12-08-11At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week and
  • Strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

    Or:

  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

20170525-IMG_0515At Emma James Physio we have expert personal trainers who can create tailor made exercise programmes for you incorporating strengthening and aerobic (cardio) exercise either 1:1 with the trainer or with a buddy or in a small group.

We also run spin classes and legs, bums & tums with our in-house top Personal Trainer/ spin instructor extraordinaire Kerry McCann.

More Information:

lisa

 

Blog Post by Lisa
Senior Physiotherapist
Emma James Physio

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Back Pain – signs, symptoms & treatments

Back pain is a very common musculoskeletal complaint affecting 80% of adults at some point in their lifetime, although the symptoms and severity will vary greatly. Many factors may contribute to your condition including injury and diseases, but for some cases there is no specific cause and clinicians refer to this type of pain as ‘non-specific’ or ‘mechanical low back pain’.

There are some signs and symptoms that must not be ignored. You should always seek urgent medical advice if you have back pain and:

  • A loss of control of your bladder or bowel
  • Numbness around your genitals, buttocks or surrounding area
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

How can I lower my risk of developing back pain?

  • Carrying extra weight, especially around your belly, puts added stress on the muscles in the lower back and can affect your posture and position of your pelvis; in turn leading to lower back pain

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  • Weak muscles and abdominals are unable to support your posture and trunk when you move, which can lead to overloading the small muscles in the back which are not designed to do this job and lead to injury
  • Your occupation could also affect your back. Those with manual jobs are at risk due to heavy lifting and repetitive bending, whilst those with sedentary jobs are at risk due to the amount of time they sit, particularly if they tend to slouch

 

How can I treat my back pain?

Try to keep mobile
It may be tempting to remain on bed rest until the pain subsides however evidence suggests that remaining mobile may actually help reduce the intensity and duration of your back pain as well as prevent it from returning. Start off with low impact exercise first such as walking or swimming

Take pain relief
People often worry that taking painkillers will make the symptoms worse by masking the pain, however by taking painkillers while you are in pain it will allow usually you to continue with your daily routine which in turn will often speed up your recovery

Try Physiotherapy
A physiotherapist can help identify the root cause of your back pain and use a variety of techniques including massage, acupuncture and home exercises to reduce your pain and prevent it recurring

Pilates
There is lots of evidence to support the idea that a weakened core puts pressure on the little muscles and supporting structures in the lower back. Therefore by strengthening the muscles which support our trunk and core, it will minimise your risk of developing back pain as well as help to ease the pain if you are already suffering.

Useful Info:

Dont suffer in silence, contact our friendly team to see how we can help you.
Main Clinic: 01442 870686  reception@ejphysio.co.uk

Blog Post by Jade
Emma James Physio

Ralf – My Apos Story

I have been an amateur runner throughout my life. However I hadn’t actually participated in races up to about 5 years ago. Approaching my 70th birthday also saw me running 10 km and even a semi-marathon in 2017.

In November 2017, training for my first dash of a full marathon I experienced terrible pain on my left knee. It did not come about suddenly but gradually grew over a few days. I stopped running since I was unable to make even a few hundred meters without feeling atrocious stabbings on my lower leg. Even walking became horribly difficult.
Not only my running life seems to have ended but daily chores involving my legs would preoccupy my thoughts for years to come.

The conclusion was evident: left knee arthritis. ‘’You have to alter your whole lifestyle. If you feel that this state affects only a quarter of your daily activity you are not ready for knee surgery. However a few more years of lowered energy and you definitely need one’’.

I was against surgery as I had heard of many cases of unsuccessful results. In May 2018, my sister, who is also a runner but definitely better than me, advised me to look into AposTherapy. She had witnessed the positive results in many of her friends who came back to run after years of forced inactivity.

The therapy started in May and went throughout the summer months, growing from 30 to 60 minutes a day. Some days when I did not find time to walk, I just put the computer on a high table and wrote standing.

In October my first baby runs took place: Only half kilometer or so. I was rejoiced by the fact that the pounding reduced although it came back after some distance. I continued every day with the therapy, even going out to the supermarket with my Apos shoes.
In November my weekly runs were up to 6 km although excruciatingly slow, taking me 1 hour when during that period previously I would have run a full 10 km.
My clearest objective for a nice start to the New Year was a Parkrun. These 5 km courses on Saturdays in parks all around Britain are great introductions for people of any age, who want to change their lifestyles by short runs.
I consistently delayed my first parkrun since even the slowest runner will finish in 45 minutes (9 minutes/km) and I was not sure the volunteers will wait for me, at about 50 – 55 minutes.

Therefore I was astounded when my first Parkrun was completed in 35 minutes. The 400 participants had probably created a magnetic field that just carried me to the end.
This was the most worthwhile gift for the New Year. I could run, respectfully. Of course there still was slight pain afterwards but the progress was evident.

It was nothing short of miraculous for me. I have to admit that Apos was not alone in this marvel. The open sea swims in summer and weekly strength exercises in my local gym were evidently helpful in reinforcing body and legs.

However first award goes to Apos. I am thoroughly happy and naturally reflect it on family and friends.

Blog post by Ralf
Apos Therapy customer

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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise aimed at strengthening the whole body, especially the core. Whether a beginner or an elite athlete and regardless of age and gender, Pilates could be beneficial for you. Practioners argue there is a wide array of benefits to practicing Pilates including improving muscles strength, balance, joint mobility and even stress relief.

Here at Emma James Physio, we offer a range of different classes including Clinical Pilates which are led by highly qualified instructors. If you have back pain and would like to see how we can help, please call us 01442870686 or visit our website www.ejphysio.co.uk

shutterstock_76433809NEW PILATES CLASSES – 2019

Our latest Studio Timetable and all Pilates & Yoga Classes for January onwards are now up on the website so check out a time that suits you, grab a friend and start the new year as you mean to go on!

Blog post by Jade
Emma James Physio

How to keep your brain young – Just keep moving!

Hiya,

I found this informative article by Celia Dodd about the cognitive benefits of exercise. Researchers at the University of Canberra in Australia found that regular aerobic exercise dramatically improved cognitive abilities such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning.

Muscle strengthening, meanwhile, had a significant impact on memory and the brain’s ability to plan and organise.

All this is an excellent reason to re-think the exercise you do, with research showing that even those who have done little exercise before the age of 60 can see cognitive benefits almost immediately.

Increasing your walking speed to brisk, carrying the shopping home rather than getting the car out, and digging the garden can make a huge difference.  Consider signing up to a regular exercise class (strength and conditioning, spinning, pilates) to increase the motivation to complete regular exercise and enjoyment exercising in a group.

You can read the full article here:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6178025/How-brain-young-just-moving-says-Celia-Dodd.html

Keen to try something new? check out details of all our Exercise Classes on our Website or you can ring Reception for more information.

lisa

Right… Im off to my Pilates Class! 🙂
Lisa
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Blog Post by Lisa
Senior Physiotherapist
Emma James Physio

Don’t be scared to weight train, Ladies!!!

Happy new year to you dear readers,

Working in a gym environment I get a lot of comments from the lady gym members about not wanting to do weights because they don’t want to bulk up. I do chuckle to myself whenever I here this comment, as it’s such a pre-conceived misconception that simply isn’t true! As a personal trainer, I believe it is important for people to understand the importance of weight training, so I am going to explain the benefits of including weights into your fitness programme.

If you include 2-3 weight sessions a week it will help with your weight loss because weight training will increase your metabolism and therefore burn more calories throughout the day. When we are pounding the streets doing our running or cardio in the gym, we are working hard and burning calories, but when we stop, the calorie burning slows down.

Weights are important because while we are doing weights, we are burning calories and will continue to burn calories throughout the day even after the exercises have stopped. The reason for this is that weights build muscle and the more muscle we have, the more fat we burn.

So in conclusion, someone who doesn’t do weights will not burn as many calories throughout the day compared to someone who adds weights to their workout.

On top of this, muscle is much denser and more compact and takes up less space than fat, whereas fat is soft and squishy, so therefore takes up more space within the body.

The more muscle content you have, the better your body shape will be compared to someone who has no muscle content.

Adding Weights to your programme

When adding weights to your workout ladies, please do not take it to mean that you only do light weights with high repetitions. This type of weight training uses your slow twitch fibres, the same as you use for your cardio. I suggest you use heavy weights with low repetitions to change your programme around. I promise you, you will not bulk up, you will tone up!

To add, one of the reasons behind this is that we do not have enough of the male hormone testosterone to get big and bulky. Your diet would have to be very different to a normal healthy balanced eating plan if you wanted to bulk up.

So, in a nutshell, there is no way you will bulk up, so don’t be scared of lifting weights.

Tracking your progress

When tracking your progress, I say ditch the scales and use a tape measure instead, or try a pair of jeans or a jacket that are tight on you and then, hopefully, after following a weight training programme accompanied with healthy eating and cardio, you will notice a difference and your clothes will start to feel looser on you.

To summarise: along with a healthy balanced diet you can combine lifting weights and cardio and you will see the pounds falling off and see an improvement in your body shape and muscle tone.

Remember: The more muscles we have, the more calories we will burn – even when resting.

kerry-gym-managerMore info on my personal training can be found on our website

Kerry
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Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio 

Weight loss Tips

Hiya everyone,

Well.. we can all admit to eating too many mince pies or roast potatoes so heres my top weight loss tips after the festive season!

  • Don’t skip breakfast – Skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight
  • Eat regular meals. Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate
  • Eat plenty of fruit and veg
  • Be more active
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat high-fibre foods
  • Read food labels
  • Use a smaller plate
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Happy New Year to you all!

Kerry
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Personal Trainer & Gym Manager at Emma James Physio

Post Pregnancy exercise

Hi,

Being a mum I know the importance of exercise after having kids so heres my Top Tips on why Post Pregnancy exercise is so important to your wellbeing.

Regular exercise after pregnancy can:

  • Promote Weight loss, especially when combined with reduced calorie intake
  • Improve your cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthen and tone abdominal muscles
  • Help enhance your mood
  • Improve flexibility
  • Reduce the heavy postnatal depression with a healthy mind

 

Why not try our Post Pregnancy exercise classes at Emma James Physio:

  • Bespoke luxury personal training and physio studio
  • Specialist care for hypermobility, bladder issues, complicated biomechanics
  • Fitness studio for every women and people wanting to get back into exercise, we are almost the luxury stepping stone back to the gym
  • Rehab gym
  • You are not just a number in a class, our studio has a more personal feel
  • Exercise in a friendly and fun environment
  • Small group classes

Further Information:

Post by Emma James – October 2018

Treatment Rooms available to rent at Emma James Physio

NEED A CLINICAL SPACE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

 

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At Emma James Physio we have clinical space to rent in both our Central London Blackfriars and Hemel Hempstead Clinics.

More Information can be found:

Call our main Hemel clinic for availability and to find out more:
Tel: 01442 870686 or email us

All enquiries welcome.
The EJPhysio Team

 

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