A Marathon Challenge For BAFTA-Winning PhysioMatters Client!

We’re excited to reveal that one of our patients, Richard Harrington, is running the Marathon de Sable. Richard, who is a BAFTA Cymru award-winning actor, has been preparing for this ‘ultra’ marathon which is taking place in the sweltering Sahara Dessert.

Sounds gruelling? The course, which runs over six days, is around 156 miles (or 254km), which is the equivalent of running from London to Dover, deciding not to go to France after all and then running back again… in 120 degree heat… with a backpack on!

A documentary crew have been following Richard’s incredible journey – including his preparation at our Cardiff clinic – and we will be sure to keep you posted on its TV air date.

As with all forms of exercise, physiotherapy plays a vital role in minimising the risk of injury before, during, and after running a marathon. The most common conditions that arise from endurance challenges such as the Marathon des Sables are muscle cramps and soft tissue strains, and – to a lesser extent – joint and bone injuries.

If you are currently training for any long-distance running challenge, why not click here to get in touch to see how we can help you maximise your potential and minimize your risk of injury?

For more information visit www.marathondessables.co.uk

Focus On: Rolfing

Focus On: Rolfing

Named after biochemist Dr Ida P Rolf, who developed the technique in order to improve the body’s structure, posture and movement while enhancing both physical and emotional wellbeing, Rolfing’s goal is to reduce gravity’s adverse effect and release tension patterns to optimise the individual’s capacity to breathe and to move free of unnecessary restrictions.

Rolfing is excellent for:

  • Restoring posture in people who spend many hours at the computer, driving or standing for long periods of time
  • Keeping golfers and tennis players in the right swing by increasing the range of movement and strength
  • Giving rugby players more sense of using the ground to increase power
  • Enabling dancers and athletes to find the inner core that gives strength, balance and grace to movement disciplines
  • Allowing yoga practitioners to breathe more evenly and deeply, and have more supple joints and muscles
  • Encouraging a flatter stomach, more youthful face and a longer back
  • Keeping ageing at bay – and even turning back the clock on niggling restrictions that make activities such as gardening and pottering about uncomfortable

Common conditions that respond well to Rolfing include:

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Golfers or Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Tension Headaches
  • Sports Injuries
  • Neck, Back and Pelvis Pain, Stiffness and Injuries

At PhysioMatters, our Rolfing expert, James McCormack, trained at the European Rolfing Association in Munich and qualified as a Certified Rolfer in 2010. His interest in manual therapy was sparked by his experiences in long distance cycling events for charity, and later in golf, fitness training, running and country walking. His particular interest is in the realm of the individual’s potential for optimal strength, efficiency of movement and body awareness in physical activity.

To find out more about how you can benefit from this highly effective technique, click here to get in touch today.

PhysioMatters Welcomes Acupuncturist & Fertility Specialist Yulia Heaton to the Clinic!

PhysioMatters is pleased to announce that acupuncturist, fertility specialist and yoga teacher Yulia Heaton has joined us at our Llandaff clinic! 

A highly skilled and experienced acupuncturist specialising in fertility and women’s health issues, Yulia  is also one of the UK’s leading Yoga instructors. As well as running courses, workshops and retreats, Yulia works with the BA Acting students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) as part of their Movement Skills module.

Upon completing her first degree in Psychology in 1999, Yulia discovered Yoga and has been teaching for the last 13 years in both the UK and abroad. She was invited to join the Devon School of Yoga teaching faculty in 2003 and continues to actively participate in the evolution of the school by teaching on both the Teacher Training and the Yoga Therapy courses. Yulia has a good understanding of physical injuries and how to address them therapeutically with Yoga and Chinese Medicine.

Yulia obtained a second degree from the London College of traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (LCTA) in 2008. Having run two acupuncture clinics independently, she joined The Natural Health and Fertility Clinic (NHFC) in Cardiff  as a full-time acupuncturist in 2010. This provided Yulia with solid experience in using acupuncture to aid fertility in couples who are either trying naturally or through assisted methods. She later completed ‘Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine’ course with Jane Littleton.

PhysioMatters is Proud to Sponsor Thornhill Athletic Football Club!

PhysioMatters is Proud to Sponsor Thornhill Athletic Football Club!

Thornhill Logo High ResWe’re excited to announce that PhysioMatters has become a key sponsor of the incredibly talented Thornhill Athletic Football Club! As experts in physiotherapy, sports massage, injury prevention and rehabilitation, it only seemed right to give back to our local community by supporting a team that has shown real potential.

The team  – who are currently sitting fourth in the league –  are expected to finish in the top 3 of the division this season, and we must say that their new all-weather training raincoats look fantastic! We would like to wish them every success this season – and will keep you all updated on their progress!


Physiotherapy plays a key role in producing a strong, quick and injury-free football team, but it is not solely reserved for this discipline.

Participating in any sport or physical activity increases the likelihood of injury, and although the body can eventually heal on its own, the bones, muscles and other tissues can be significantly weaker after injury if appropriate measures are not carried out.

Following an injury, many people are tempted to refraining from activity to avoid pain, however, lack of movement and exercise can worsen the problem by causing joint stiffness and muscle atrophy.

PhysioMatters’ sports injury and rehabilitation treatment programmes have been designed to help stretch vital muscles, tendons and ligaments safely to regain both strength and range of motion – and encompass a variety of techniques to relieve muscle stress and pain to promoting optimum wellness. Soft tissue manipulation and massage are among the most beneficial techniques physiotherapists employ to target imbalances in muscles and bone structure, and certain sports or activities may also be recommended for particular conditions.

If you’re taking part in any activities or sporting events this Winter – no matter at what level  – then get in touch today to see how we can help you maximise physical performance and minimise the risk of injury!