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

  • Stiff Thoracic Spine

    The thoracic spine – middle and upper part of the back - is the stiffest part of the spine due to the ribs attaching here, but it commonly becomes too stiff as a result of poor postures. Please click here to learn correct sitting posture. Thoracic spine stiffness puts more...

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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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  • Disc Problems

    Disc injuries cover a whole spectrum of problems including disc degeneration, disc prolapse and a disc bulge, all in varying levels of severity. Minor injuries will feel like a localized ache over the spine; more severe injuries cause intense pain and immobility, with pain, pins and needles, numbness and/or weakness...

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  • Sacroiliac Joint ‘SIJ’

    Problems in the joint that joins your spine to your pelvis are still hotly debated in the physio, osteo and medical worlds. Strains can occur when the ligaments supporting the joint are loose (e.g. during pregnancy or with hypermobility) and we have seen many patients with SIJ pain following a...

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  • Knee Braces

    This information is on its way, please contact us at the clinic for more info in the meantime. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Shin Splints

    'Shin splints' is an umbrella term for a number of conditions causing pain down the front of your shin, which is usually aggravated by exercise and tender to touch: compartment syndrome, stress fractures, tibial stress syndrome and periostitis. It is commonly associated with a change in running technique, footwear, sudden...

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  • Hip and groin: biomechanical optimisation, exercises, post-op rehab

    The following advice is designed for you to work through with your physiotherapist so it is important that you DO NOT try and do it alone. Hence why there is some juicy physiotherapy lingo in there!

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  • Train deep core muscles

    The following exercise should be performed under the guidance of your Physiotherapist or Osteopath to ensure you are doing it correctly and prevent aggravation of your condition. Please click here to learn how the back works before reading the following.

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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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  • How to find pelvic neutral

    Please click here to learn how the back works before reading the following. Do not do the following if you have any back pain- you must see a Physiotherapist or Osteopath for a full assessment, diagnosis and guidance through the exercise. Please click on the link to learn how to...

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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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  • Correct your neck posture

    Please read how the neck works before reading the following. The effect of gravity on the head is that it moves down and forwards, away from the body. As a result of the head being lowered it then has to be rotated upwards in order to look straight forwards not...

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