Running

More than 70% of our patients are runners. We have Physiotherapists and Osteopaths that are specialists in running technique, assessment and creating tailored training programmes.

Running done properly is not bad for you, its all about the correct alignment and training regimen. We offer running assessments to analyse your technique using our treadmill and tweak it just enough to enable recovery and improve performance without causing more problems. If you have an injury you need to see one of our Specialist Running Physiotherapists who will get you back on the road, field, trail, treadmill or mountain ASAP.

Please use the search tool in this website to find lots of articles and information about running injuries, technique, training and marathons. We also have a running section in our exercise videos library, it is definitely worth you checking this out too. Please click on the following extract to read the full testimonial from one of our many satisfied marathon runners:

“4 weeks before I assumed that I would have to drop out but after a series of intense sessions ensured that I ran the marathon without any problems,” go to our Octopus Clinic testimonials section to learn more or check out our 100% five star google reviews, many of whom you will see are runners. 

 

Technique 

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We carry out presentations and workshops on marathon running (including half marathons and ultra-marathons) for running teams and charities which we consistently get excellent feedback on so please get in touch if you would be interested.  

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    Common Injuries

  • Achilles tendinopathy (previously called tendinitis)

    If the pain comes on gradually then it is probably an Achilles tendinopathy. It used to be referred to as an Achilles tendinitis but advances in research then showed that it was not an inflammatory condition, which is what the itis part of the word refers to. It is caused...

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  • Shoulder Blade Pain

    Pain behind the shoulder, behind or around the shoulder blade and/or in your upper back/neck is not strictly speaking a shoulder problem because the pain is probably coming from the back or neck. However, lots of people refer to it as shoulder pain because thats where the discomfort is felt....

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  • ITB Friction Syndrome (pain at side of knee)

    Please read how the knee works before reading the following. ITB friction syndrome causes pain at the outside of the knee and may be accompanied by stiffness, giving way or a clicking sensation and is commonly worse when running, going downhill or down stairs and tender to touch. The ITB...

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  • Hip Clicking

    Clicking or crunching in the hip can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and...

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  • Patello-Femoral Joint Pain (knee cap pain)

    Patello-femoral pain syndrome is sometimes referred to as Anterior knee Pain. Anterior is the medical word for the front of, which is why the term anterior knee pain in itself is not a diagnosis. It is in fact an umbrella term that covers a number of diagnoses, one of which...

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  • Knee Fat Pad Irritation

    The knee fat pad sits just behind and to the sides of the patella (knee cap) tendon, below the patella. The fat pad can be tender to touch and can be enlarged, puffy or inflamed.It can be irritated by sudden or uncontrolled extension, i.e. straightening of the knee and if...

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  • ITB and TFL release

    Please click here to read how the knee works before reading the following.

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  • Glut/ VMO/ leg alignment exercise

    Please click here to read 'how the knee works' before reading the following. This exercise trains the lateral glute muscle fibres, lower limb alignment, VMO (the inside part of the quads muscle) and stretches the calf so is a big hitter – if you can get it right! You will...

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  • Stretching

      A note on static stretching v dynamic stretching I bet you can't remember the last time you saw elite athletes doing a static stretches pitch-, track- or court side pre-performance. That is because research now shows that static stretching is not advisable before exercise. This is because it slows...

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  • Breathing and relaxation training

    Many spinal, hip and shoulder problems can be helped by retraining breathing habits and releasing the structures involved in breathing, such as the diaphragm and thoracic spine.

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  • Eccentric calf strengthening

    Please click here to read how the foot and ankle works and click here to read Achilles pain before reading the following. Make sure you have your heel pain diagnosed properly by a physio, osteo or sport doctor to ensure that heel drops are appropriate. There are some types of...

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  • Shoulder exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your shoulders including: 1) Train shoulder posture 2) Train your scapular stabilizers 3) Train serratus anterior muscle 4) Stretch the lats (latissimus dorsi) muscles 5) Train the rotator cuff muscles

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