Gaining Momentum… clinics restart tomorrow!


It’s been a while!

Back at my happy place tomorrow from 10:00 -13:00.

Momentum training

CrossFit Hackney

Arch 328

Stean Street

E8 4ED


So happy to see the gyms, sports clubs and martial arts centres open and seeing people do what they love doing.

In line with the latest government, NHS and HCPC guidance, I will be using PPE whilst in treatment sessions and allowing time between appointments to clean the room and equipment.

If you have any questions regarding re-opening or any injuries, please get in contact.

Stay healthy and train hard!


Don’t miss out on our FREE marathon preparation evening!

Complimentary Marathon Preparation Evening with Complete Physio!

Following the success of the last three years, Complete Physio is hosting its fourth annual Complimentary Marathon Preparation Evening to prepare both your body and mind for the grueling 26.2 miles.

Join Sports Physio, Chris Myers and the Complete Physio Team for an evening of marathon preparation. The evening will be packed with insight, experience and education which will aid novice runners through to regular marathon competitors.

The topics being discussed are:

  • Injury prevention with physiotherapist Chris Myers
  • Marathon training plans with personal trainer Ben Leach
  • Optimum nutrition with sports dietitian Rick Miller
  • How to train your brain for success and how to use mental rehearsals to improve performance with hypnotherapist Phil Dobson

The event is totally free and will be held on Wednesday 28th January 2015 at 6:30 p.m. on the 30th Floor of the CityPoint building.

Please click the EventBrite link to find more information and to RSVP, and we look forward to seeing you on the 28th!
Best of luck with your marathon training!




Just received a really nice little article written by Jarrod Antflick and good friend and colleague Chris Myers!

They have been working with UTC and tendinopathies over the last eighteen months or so and have some really good data and thoughts on rehab now.

You can download the article for FREE at:



This newer imaging technique should really make you think about the way you load tendinopathies from now on…

Looking at rehab specifically, the authors highlight a few key points:

Consider the irritability of the tendon when designing a loading programme. 3 x 15 reps eccentric loading is not always the solution!

Consider adding in moderate and heavy isometric exercises.

Don’t forget Soleus strengthening!

Be cautious loading into end-of-range with irritable tendon  or if you suspect the plantaris involvement.

Make sure you download a copy for the full read!

For more info and to book in for UTC, you can contact Chris directly:

Cheers guys!


Do you need a MARATHON MOT?

January is nearly up and it seems like everyone is up and running… literally!

So if you have already entered or considering a distance event this year then prevention is better than cure!

To discuss or to make a booking with us at Angel, Shoreditch or Dalston clinics please contact:

emerson@xphysio / 07903247247

Squat, squat, squat, squat… ouch.


I’ve been doing regular CrossFit-type training for about six months now and have done A LOT of squats! Stiff, tired legs and DOMS are not on my Christmas card list! This seems like a good junction to talk a little bit about knee pain and one of the most common over-use type injuries, namely cartilage and meniscal issues!

Cartilage is a thin, elastic tissue that protects the bone and helps joint surfaces slide easily over each other. There are two types of cartilage in the knee: articular (joint) cartilage, which covers the surfaces of the knee joints (patello-femoral and tibio-femoral); and hyaline (meniscus) cartilage, which sits in two distinct thickened, disc-like shapes within the tibio-femoral joint and essentially acts as a shock absorber providing structural integrity and spreading load. In addition the menisci have an important proprioceptive role, providing lots of functional joint stability feedback.

Have a look at this 3D representation of how the menisci function:

Various factors affect how well the meniscus and cartilage function: foot/knee/hip position, stance and posture; work/sport; flexibility of the great toe; muscle imbalances; gluteal control; age; weight; other joint problems; previous injury…the list goes on.

CrossFitters are generally not spring chickens and often carry previous injuries–so it is quite possible that you may have damaged your cartilage in a past knee injury from playing sports or tripping whilst drunk or maybe even dancing badly then waking up with odd bruises and swelling that you have little recollection of. These can be fairly insignificant and heal quickly. Larger trauma like fractures and tendon or ligament injuries often come with a serving of meniscal damage but may be a less significant problem at the time.  However minor these injuries may seem, they add up over time.

Unfortunately like any other machine, the joints of the human body are subject to wear and tear simply through the numbers of repetitions performed, and this is the main point I want to make in this blog!

Just like a mechanical component, let’s say the tracking alignment of a car chassis and the effect it has on tire tread, if something is off line it will cause an unequal pattern or wear. So poor technique when doing squats, lunges, jumps, deadlifts, pistols, etc. can create that same wear on the meniscus. Over time this leads to a learned dysfunction and then inevitably to pain!

StreTch, Josh, Geoff, Tom and all the other trainers consistently drill us about technique when performing complex movement. Their aim (apart from building fear and denting our pride) is that we carry on this correct form into our capacity work, strength training and most importantly into the WODs and competitions. Unfortunately when I see people with injuries, usually they can pin point the start of their problem back to an intense training session or WOD.

When we fatigue, form lapses and injuries can happen. Continued poor mechanics and pain lead to further ‘shearing’ of the articular surfaces (this can go down to the bone) and meniscal tears.

The menisci are relatively avascular therefore it is thought that menisci don’t repair and regenerate very well (with the exception of the outer rim) – another reason why careful attention to pain and symptoms is recommended!

Do you have a cartilage or meniscal problem?

Well, you may if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Locking or popping of the knee
  • Instability of the knee
  • Persistent swelling-exercise or activity related
  • Pain or inability to fully squat (sit on heels)
  • Pain/pinching with your leg fully extended
  • Pain on twisting, turning or change of direction

What can you do?

  • Work out what movements/exercises cause problems. Try to correct faults and work through the full range. Talk to the coaches and get others to watch you perform movements.
  • Don’t ‘bounce’ on your knees during movements or reps! We are all looking for a nice deep squat below 90 degrees but you must maintain muscular control through the full range. Otherwise you are just relying on recoil and momentum to bounce you back up from your heels putting extreme pressure on the ligaments and posterior horns of the menisci. These forces are magnified exponentially when you add weight!
  • Look at your alignment with all knee movements-is left the same as right? If not, why?
  • Wear the correct footwear! There are so many trainers out there! Do you over pronate or under pronate, and does it worsen when you squat or lunge? If you can’t correct it then consider an orthotic.
  • Check the mobility of you hip, ankle and big toe–is there a restriction on the problem side?
  • Check the flexibility of the main muscle groups on the affected leg – hams, quads, glutes, gastroc. and soleus. Fix this with stretches and foam rolling!
  • If the knee is swollen, rest it. You don’t have to stop training! There are hundreds of exercises for you to do, so be smart and work around the knee.
  • Don’t ignore it! Most musculoskeletal problems can be fixed if you get at them early – the right advice and management can save you a lot of pain, money, missed training and a meeting with an Orthopaedic Surgeon!

Hopefully this post gives you some things to think about whether you have knee pain or not! If you want any further information or want to talk about your knee or any other niggles, feel free to grab me down at the arches or send me an email:

Happy Xmas and New Year!

Cheers, Emerson