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Dancers' Day

March 14, 2015
Dancers are often hypermobile, but can still have ultra-tight muscles. Here's yesterday's tale: treating 3 dancers in one day.

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Self help for sore neck and shoulders

March 7, 2015
Learn some self-help tips to help relieve sore shoulders and neck.

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The hamstrings

February 28, 2015
The 3 muscles running down the back of the thighs are called the hamstrings. Read what they do, how they work, and how they can be treated when they hurt.

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All or nothing - muscle recruitment

February 21, 2015
How do muscles work to lift different weights? Learn about the way muscle fibres are recruited to the task.

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glute strain

February 14, 2015
Apparently, glute strains are like London buses - you don't see any for ages, then a couple turn up at once.

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The musician as athlete

February 7, 2015
Whether you're a an amateur or professional, practice of a musical instrument can lead to repetitive strain injuries. The techniques of sports massage can help relieve pain and discomfort and keep you playing for longer.

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Massage and diabetes

January 31, 2015
Is massage safe if you're a diabetic? To find out, read on...

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The quadriceps

January 24, 2015
The 4 muscles running down the front of the thighs are called the quadriceps. Read what the quads do, how they work, and how they can be treated when they hurt.

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Ted's story - deep tissue massage

January 17, 2015
Ever wondered what's involved in a deep tissue massage? Read Ted's story and find out.

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Muscle Energy Technique

January 10, 2015
Muscle Energy Technique (or MET) is a technique used by Sports Massage Therapists and Osteopaths to help improve the range of motion of muscles and joints. Read about how it works in this latest blog post.

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Gyms in Hitchin and Letchworth

January 3, 2015
If your New Year's resolution this year is to join a gym, then here's a round-up of some in the local area.

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Callum's story - running style

December 27, 2014
We all know that problems in one area of of the body can lead to problems elsewhere: here's an example of how shoulder movement can lead to foot problems.

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How much caffeine is too much?

December 20, 2014
The website caffeineinformer.com will let you know how much of your favourite coffee or energy drink you can drink in one goe without killing yourself (for me it's 141 espresso shots!). In this blog post I tackle something a little more useful, though actually quite tricky - how much is the right amount of coffee to drink?

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Heat

December 12, 2014
If you've got muscle aches and pains, one of the best things that you can do to ease the pain is to apply heat. Jetting off to a nice sunny place is one option, but if that's a bit inconvenient, read about other ways you can help youself.

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The sixth sense - proprioception

December 6, 2014
The difference between clumsiness and skill? It's all in "proprioception"

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The biker's story

November 29, 2014
Tony rides his motorbike on track days once a month. The riding position means that he's hunched over the handlebars for hours at a time, putting stress on his muscles. What muscles are affected and how are they treated? Read about the bikers story in the latest blog post.

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Massage and IBS

November 22, 2014
IBS is a long term condition that affects the digestive system causing pain, discomfort and changes in bowel habits. Find out what triggers irritable bowel syndrome and how to manage it.

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Trigger points

November 15, 2014
You know those "exquisitely tender" points you sometimes find in your shoulder? They're called trigger points. Find out more in this week's blog.

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The dancing calf

November 8, 2014
A story from the Stevenage Marathon 2014 massage couch.

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The patellar tendon

November 1, 2014
Over-using the kicking muscles of the quadriceps at the front of the thigh (often through too many squats, kicks or jumps) can lead to inflammation of the patellar tendon. Find out more, and how to fix it.

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5 myths about weight training

October 25, 2014
Troy Martin is a fitness and nutrition coach based at Kinetic Cycles in Hitchin. In this guest blog post he tackles 5 common myths about weight training.

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Charlotte's story - modern dance

October 18, 2014
A case study: read about how regular sports massage helps a young dancer stay at the top of her sport.

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All about muscle contraction

October 11, 2014
Learn how to build muscle fast and what sort of exercises should you do after injury.

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Runners - how good are your glutes?

October 4, 2014
If you have perennial aches, pains or injury in your legs, it could be that the problem is in your glutes. Learn about the recruitment order of muscles in the biomechanics of gait (walking and running) - and why your bum is so important.

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The rotator cuff

September 27, 2014
The 4 muscles of the rotator cuff sit around the shoulder joint: find out what they do, and when things go wrong.

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