Recovery Series: Do Ice Baths work?

In recent years, methods such as cold-water immersion/cryotherapy have become extremely popular as a way of maximising recovery after training intensely, picking up a soft-tissue injury, or exercising in high volumes.  But do they actually give the desired results, and how do they work?

“Does your back hurt when you perform the plank? This is probably why…”

My typical working week brings me into contact with a large range of individuals: people rehabbing injuries, recreational trainees looking to get in better all-round shape, competitive athletes...the whole spectrum.

But, perhaps surprisingly, one specific thing connects a lot of these people; a combination of poor pelvic/lumbar posture and poor core stability, that results in one particular, common problem: an inability to keep their spine in the correct position.

How diabetics can manage their condition with specialised workout plans

Diabetes is the most common metabolic illness in the world and approximately 9.6% of the Irish population are afflicted by this disease. Most of those affected have Type 2 Diabetes, which is primarily attributed to being overweight.

With this disease, your body’s blood glucose levels are too high, either due to your body not producing enough insulin (the chemical needed to break down blood glucose) or because your body is too resistant to insulin.

What is neuromuscular therapy and how does it relieve pain?

Muscle pain can be extremely annoying in your daily life, especially when it gets in the way of getting proper sleep, being active, or just walking around comfortably. There are many ways you can alleviate these pains, ranging from yoga to medicinal ointments, but one method that you might not be aware of is neuromuscular therapy (NMT).

Neuromuscular therapy, otherwise known as trigger point myotherapy, is a type of massage therapy that focuses on putting pressure on specific “myofascial” points in your body to relieve the pain.