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Benefits of Pilates Classes

Written by willem van der Meijden | June 7 2016

What is Pilates? Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. It was created during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabilitation program for casualties. During this period, Pilates was designed to aid injured soldiers in regaining their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilising key muscles. Why Pilates? Pilates prefers fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and

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What is Dry Needling?

Written by willem van der Meijden | May 29 2016

Dry Needling What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc) resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Research has shown that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation. What

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Written by willem van der Meijden | May 5 2016

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition that causes a tingling sensation, numbness and sometimes pain in the hand and fingers. Usually, these sensations develop gradually and start off being worse during the night. They tend to affect the thumb, index finger and middle finger. What causes carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of one of the nerves that controls sensation and movement in the hands

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Kinesiotaping (how it works)

Written by willem van der Meijden | April 5 2016

Kinesiotaping. Kinesio tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase 25 years ago. Kinesiotape is made of stretchable material so as not to restrict movement as normal bandage will do. But what does Kinesio tape do? Kinesio tape is placed over muscles, to minimize pain and inflammation. The tape aids in proper blood flow and lymphatic drainage. As you move, the tape, skin and connective tissue (or fascia) over the muscle

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ITB syndrome explained

Written by willem van der Meijden | March 5 2016

What is ITB? IT Band Syndrome is an overuse injury. It is commonly found in both runners and cyclists. The pain most often occurs on the outside of the knee and is very painful. The pain ‘switches’ on and makes running impossible. The pain results from the IT band rubbing against the lateral epicondyle of the knee. The letters, ‘ITB’ stand for iliotibial band. There are a number of causes

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