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Overwhelmed? Stress can have an impact on every area of your life, and is something most of our patients mention. We've put together a short routine that you can do in five minutes each day to help you unwind. Includes videos, an audio track, the science behind the pose and even a mood tracker so that you can keep an eye on your progress - and it's all free. Give it a go on Thinkific, here.
Knee pain is a common problem, but there are lots of simple and manageable things you can do to help improve your knee pain. In this course, we go through some quick and easy exercises (as well as the science behind them) so that you can reduce your knee pain and get back to moving easily.
Books We Recommend
Keep Your Joints Young by Sarah Key
Recommended for anyone with stiff or painful joints - this book not only explains what happens when joints become stiff, but gives lots of really great exercises to help you loosen them up again.
Back Sufferers' Bible by Sarah Key
Do you have a sore back? This book explains Sarah Key's 5 Stages of Back Pain and helps you to work out what stage your back is at, and what exercises you can do to make it better.
Mindsight by Daniel Siegel
Recommended for people with chronic pain, this book explains the science behind how we think, and helps us to change our brain chemistry for the better.
The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge explains the concept of neuroplasticity - how we can remodel our brains. Meet the doctor who is still practising at 90 and the stroke victim who, through a series of exercises, rewired his own brain and learned to walk, eat and talk again.
The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman Doidge
Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge explains the concept of neuroplasticity - the way the brain changes - through some remarkable stories about people who have learned to control their chronic pain, their Parkinsons symptoms, brain injury symptoms and Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.
The Pelvic Girdle, by Diane Lee
A "must" for therapists who want to understand how the body works - in the 4th edition of The Pelvic Girdle, pioneering physiotherapist Diane Lee has put the pelvis into the context of the rest of the body, explaining how it relates to the Integrated Systems Model that we practise at Victory.
Your Inner Physician and You by Dr John Upledger
Read about the birth of Upledger Craniosacral Therapy (one of the treatment methodologies Nell uses) via some phenomenal case studies, by the founder of craniosacral therapy, Dr John Upledger.
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Dr Kelly Starrett
Improve your joint mobility, treat stiffness, improve your athletic performance and- in short - learn to move beautifully in this classic text by physiotherapist and CrossFit guru Dr Kelly Starrett, the founder of MobilityWod.com.
Products We Recommend
As used in our yoga sessions, yoga straps can help you to achieve positions and stretches that would otherwise be very difficult.
We use yoga bricks as a version of Sarah Key's famous "back block". Check out our YouTube channel for our back block routine.
Foam roller - 90 x 15 cm
We recommend foam rollers for the self-massage of tight muscles. Have a look at our YouTube channel for some ideas.
Spiky massage balls
We use these massage balls in clinic. They're softer than most massage balls, which means you can really relax into them, whilst the spikes stop the ball from rolling away. They're perfect for small muscles the foam roller can't reach!
We use resistance bands in a range of tensions for exercises here in the clinic. They're great for building resistance during functional movements.
Also known as jumpstretch bands, these thick elastics are perfect for joint mobility exercises, Supple Leopard style. Stabilise the joint with the band, and then move to create space.
Available in a range of resistances, these tubs of hand putty are great for rebuilding hand strength after injury or surgery.
A really important piece of equipment for anyone rehabbing from a knee or ankle injury, standing on a wobble cushion helps you to rebuild your proprioception and strengthen your core and glutes.
Books We Wrote
If you spend all day sitting down (think sitting at your desk at work, and then on your sofa at home), your muscles eventually shorten and adapt to the demands you place on them. So – here are four very simple stretches you can do at home to help you feel less stiff – with minimal equipment required.
Thinking of buying a bike and want to do it properly? Or a regular cycling or triathlon competitor who wants to get every ounce of power out of your legs? In conjunction with Swift Cycles, Helen discusses 5 really common issues that prevent cyclists from achieving the power outputs that they might reach if they only knew how…
Knee problems are among the most common issues we see here at Victory, and a big Scandinavian study in 1995 found that the most common cause of permanent disability following a sports injury was injury to the knee. So it's worth looking after you knees properly! Here are some quick exercises you can start today to keep your knees in good shape.
Recommended Nutritional Supplements
Get your 5-a-day in one fell scoop with this powerful mix of powdered green vegetables. Packed with grasses, berries and digestive enzymes, it goes really well with apple juice for a morning pick-me-up. Lean Greens give you more energy, less bloating, improved digestion and reduced sugar cravings. Win!
Sleep is vital for recovery – but why are so many of us so rubbish at getting enough quality sleep? Drift Off tablets combine magnesium with zinc and vitamin B6 to help you sleep better and recover more efficiently.
A quality fish oil supplement to help you improve your metabolism, cardiovascular health, brain and memory – and regulate your cholesterol levels.
Created by Matt Lovell, nutritionist to England Rugby and England Football, R5 Aminos can help you recover after exercise and improve your sleep – a vital factor in stress control. We recommend mixing a scoop of R5 Aminos with Lean Greens; weirdly, the unusual flavours cancel each other out.
Another powder from Matt Lovell, this nootropic is a powerful blend of amino acids, herbs and synergistic ingredients designed to support mental alertness, focus and memory. The amino acids reduce environmental stress and increase the availability of neurotransmitters to the brain, and the adaptogenic herbs reduce the physical and mental effects of stress on the body. Again – tastes better with juice than with water!
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