Ankle Sprains – Phoenix’s Story!

3rd January 2019

Lateral ankle sprains are among the most common injuries that individuals experience during athletic or recreational activities. A sprain refers to a ligament which has been overstretched. The anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) is reported to be the weakest and the first ligament injured with an ankle sprain, followed by injury to the calcaneofibular ligament and…

You’ve heard if it, but what is an ACL Injury?

26th November 2018

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located behind the knee cap and is one of the four key knee stabilisers. It connects the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone). The main role of the ACL is to ensure the tibia twists relatively to the femur, stopping any abnormal movements such has knee valgus…

Rotator Cuff Injuries

29th October 2018

What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons which surround the shoulder joint. They work together to keep the shoulder stable meaning the ball (humerus head) stays in its proper position in the socket (glenoid cavity). The supraspinatus is responsible for abducting the arm, the infraspinatus…

Everything you need to know about Heel Pain!

4th October 2018

Plantar fasciitis is literally translated as inflammation of the plantar fascia and is the most common cause of heel pain with 11-15% of the population suffering each year. The plantar fascia is the flat ligament on the sole of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. If this ligament is strained it can…

The most effective treatment of Lower Back Pain

20th September 2018

Low back pain is a major health problem among Western industrialised countries and a major cause of medical expenses, absenteeism, and disablement. People with acute low back pain usually experience improvements in pain and return to work within 1 month and further but smaller improvements occur up to 3 months after. Following 3 months, pain…

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

14th September 2018

Injuries happen, fact. It is estimated that 29.7 million sports injuries alone occur annually in England and Wales. Commonly, the first things that springs to people’s mind when an injury occurs are “how badly am I injured” and “when will I be fit to play again”. The first thought is always concerning their physical state…

Training Cycles – Part 3 – Transition Periods and Competition

31st July 2018

Part 3 of our blog series on training cycles, written by our resident Personal Trainer – Paul McBride. The transition periods This is the period when the level of performance drops off and where the player must be able to recover physically and mentally from the exertions of playing.  The period usually lasts between 4…

Training Cycles – Part 2 – Preparation and Competition

17th July 2018

Continuing on from last week, Paul McBride comments on the preparation and competition phases of an athletes training cycle. The preparation period This is the key period for getting the players and team in the right physical condition. this phase should last between 4 and 10 weeks (depending on the level of the players and…

An Evening with Jamie George

11th July 2018

Co-owner Jamie George will be hosting a Q+A session at the practice on Wednesday 15th August from 7pm. Jamie will be discussing the recent South Africa tour, his pre-season at Saracens and the season ahead. He will also give insights on what recovery and injury management strategies he uses to ensure he remains in peak…

Optimizing Performance: Training cycles – Part 1

10th July 2018

Continuing on from our recent post about optimizing performance, this 3-part piece focuses on the role of training cycles in elite performance, from the viewpoint of our Personal Trainer and Rehab expert Paul McBride – himself a former football professional.   Training cycles   The development of a football player and the preparation of a…

Optimizing Performance: How do we make sure the best athletes in the world achieve greatness on the biggest stage?

14th June 2018

With the World Cup in Russia starting today, we thought it would be interesting to explore just how elite athletes peak at the right time. How can a professional footballer make sure they are in the form of their lives leading into the World Cup? How can an Usain Bolt make sure he is ready…

All you need to know about Pilates at The Carter & George Practice

4th May 2018

You might have heard a little bit already about the wide-ranging benefits of Pilates, as the unique approach to rehabilitation and conditioning – developed by U.S-based fitness instructor Joseph Pilates in the 1920s – has become hugely popular in recent decades.   And for good reason! Practitioners say regular Pilates practise can help improve posture,…

We’re open for business

18th April 2018

On Monday, after months of planning and preparation, we opened our doors for the first time and saw our first patients.   We’re so excited to be able to show you all what we’ve been working on for the past few months. The video below gives you a little taster of what our stunning new…

Running and recovery tips from our Personal Trainer

12th April 2018

With the London Marathon fast approaching, we asked our personal trainer Paul McBride for his advice on running, training, and recovering from the biggest race in the country. With over 40,000 competitors running 26.2 miles, it’s important to be prepared!   This is what he told us…   “When it comes to running, form and…

Official opening date & introductory offers

3rd April 2018

After months of planning and preparation, we are officially set to open on 16th April! In just two weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy elite physiotherapy at our state of the art clinic in Hoddesdon.   To celebrate the opening, we’ll be running the following introductory offers, which are valid if you book an appointment…

How keeping active will help you get the most out of Spring

23rd March 2018

Spring has officially sprung; and although it doesn’t always feel like it, now is a great time to start making the most of the brighter days with some exercise.   The benefits of exercise are no secret; mentally and physically, just thirty minutes of physical activity a few times a week works absolute wonders for…

It’s time to take care of your joints

9th March 2018

Joint pain can become a major issue if left untreated, stopping you from doing the things you love by slowing down movement and causing discomfort. It’s therefore imperative that you take proper care of your joints, to ensure you can enjoy life without the pain caused by stiffness and inflammation.   Below are some suggestions…

Warm-ups that will make you less susceptible to sporting injury

28th February 2018

In order to truly welcome one of our new personal trainers Luke Davis to the C&G team, we thought we’d ask for his tips on warming up and warming down properly when you exercise.   Physiotherapist (and Carter & George’s Co-Director) Rhys Carter has seen countless patients in the past whose injuries could have been…

Pop-up physiotherapy clinics in Hertford this month

6th February 2018

Can’t wait until we open to try some of our elite physio treatments? Neither can we. That’s why we’re hosting FOUR pop-up clinics at two locations in Hertford this month, so that you can be treated at a hugely discounted rate, and see for yourself how physiotherapy could benefit you.   Members of our team…

All you need to know about IMS needling

23rd January 2018

IMS (or intramuscular stimulation) is similar to traditional acupuncture, in that it involves the insertion of needles into the body to relieve pain. The difference resides in the fact that IMS is a far more specific and purposeful method of pain relief than its older counterpart. Rather than focusing on pre-mapped points in the body…