Proper form in weight training

You have been told that you need to do some weight-training to tone and sculpt your body and improve muscle mass, but no one told you that using improper form during training can be dangerous. Improper form can lead to sprains, strains, fractures and other types of injury that can side-line you for some time …

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Pilates

In recent times Pilates has gained a lot of ground among fitness gurus and those anxious to lose weight. This form of non-impact exercise was designed by Joseph Pilates, a German nurse working in England in the 1920s. His goal was to enable his patients to improve strength and movement. Pilates used a system of …

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Over-training injuries

Over-training injuries are those sustained as a result of training too hard and too long so that muscles are not given sufficient time to recover. Instead of gaining strength, the muscles’ performance levels weaken and injury may result. It is normal to feel sore after your workout but to be at your peak performance, you …

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Naturally boost your metabolism

Boosting your metabolism is the key to getting and staying in shape. A sluggish metabolism does not allow the body to get rid of excess calories. The result is overweight and its attendant problems. When your metabolism is functioning well, you use energy and burn fat even while you are asleep. The key to boosting …

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Natural headache remedies

Headaches can take the wind out of your sails. But there are alternatives to medication. One is as simple as a glass of water. Drinking plenty of water from the time a headache looms can take the edge off. Keeping hydrated can keep headaches at bay. Another good remedy is to lie down in a …

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Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

Muscle energy techniques are osteopathic techniques used by physiotherapists to assess and correct asymmetry and dysfunction in the body. This asymmetry and dysfunction may be the response to acute trauma (such as a muscle tear) or may be related to more chronic conditions (such as prolonged poor posture), both of which can cause certain muscles …

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Massage therapy (soft tissue therapy)

Massage therapy, which physiotherapists commonly refer to as soft tissue therapy, is a popular treatment choice in many clinical settings. Massage therapy at a physiotherapy clinic is often called remedial massage therapy, which means that is practised by a qualified health care professional to help in the healing of muscle dysfunction rather than a massage …

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Lumbar stabilisation

One of the most common complaints that bring people to the physiotherapy clinic is low back pain or pain in the lumbar region. In some people, it may be a sudden onset after lifting or bending, or it may be a chronic condition with frequent flare-ups. Lumbar stabilisation involves strengthening your core stabilising muscles to …

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