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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chronic Fatigue and Muscle Strains – they’re not related….are they?

16th March 2019

It is well researched that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can be worsened by physical activity. A study has suggested that flare ups of the condition can be caused by a muscle strain or nerve irritation. The study out of Johns Hopkins University in the USA proposed that Physiotherapy could be a perfect treatment option for…

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…