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Foot and Ankle Dorsiflexion

How to Increase ROM – Foot and Ankle




Last week we discussed a general strategy for increasing ROM at a joint. I thought since we used hip extension as our example in that post I would go to the foot and ankle next. I just want to show how the same simple strategies can apply in a joint very different to the hip. […]

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Stubborn Thoracic

The Stubborn Thoracic!!




Now I know we’ve all come across a stubborn thoracic spine before. I’m not a big one for worrying about posture.  However, sometimes it’s pretty clear even when static that you have a battle with a  stubborn thoracic spine on your hands! Though occasionally you get one that is stiff and very straight. It is […]

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Magic Tricks for the Shoulder!!




I’m sure every therapist has experience of these Magic Tricks! Whether you’ve done them yourself or observed them on courses. The seemingly miraculous happens and it is one hell of a rush when it does 🙂 Had 2 of these involving shoulders in the last couple of weeks. Magic trick 1! I was treating a […]

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How does the Knee Abduct?




I’ve become a little knee dominant over the last couple of weeks, but I’m getting some interesting questions about how the knee achieves some of its’ movements. Particularly, I get asked about ‘how does the knee abduct?’ It’s the one that is most common, because it is a little tricky to get your head around, […]

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Loading the Knee




Great response to the post last week on ‘The 3D Knee‘. So good in fact that I decided to follow it up this week with a post on loading the knee. On the surface of things it appears to be a really easy thing to do. In some ways of course, it is easy. When […]

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Functional Manual Therapy

The 3D Knee




I’m a big believer in the 3D knee. However, I remember when I was taught about the knee as a personal trainer and it was very much thought of as a hinge. This did’t change much through my training as a physio and still now I read a lot that almost ignores the knee in […]

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