Jo Fleming (Nee Thompson) has started to teach one on one or small group Pilates at City Physio. She has trained with Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and completed Matwork one, the class instructor matwork two and later that year (2010) the Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates course.

All of which means Jo is able to help people recovering from low back pain or those who are or have been recently pregnant and feel they are weaker than they were pre-pregnancy. I strongly believe that Pilates can help anyone who wishes to give it a try, it’s an education as well as an exercise regime, helping the intelligent sports person to make the most of their game... and it’s not only for sports people- it really is for anyone to relax and enjoy while building strength and stability throughout the whole body…… and be prepared to feel you exercised the next day!
Nicola has moved from her LA Fitness location and re-located in house at our centrally located St Ann’s Square clinic. Our links with LA Fitness have been maintained. Members will receive a 10% discount on treatments. We continue to cross refer to and with the Personal trainers at the gym.
My treatment will give you relief from neck pain. Massage treatments will allow you to move freely and without pain. A series of massage treatments will give you greater flexibility and relieve built up stress. After just a few of my massage treatments you'll be feeling more flexible and free again.

Massage has been shown to:
  • Decrease stress
  • Increase circulation
  • Release muscle tightness
  • Improve joint range of motion and flexibility
  • Release endorphins
  • Diminish aches and pains
  • Reduce anxiety and depression associated with anorexia, bulimia, post traumatic stress disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome
Current research is beginning to validate what most clients already know about massage therapy: it can help ease or prevent many common ailments that are often treated with prescription drugs and/or hospitalisation. Massage therapy is based on the ability of the body to naturally heal itself.
Shin splints are a popular seasonal injury at this time of the year with many keen amateur runners upping their mileage in preparation for upcoming challenges. Call us today for an initial consultation[/caption]

What are shin splints?

Shin splints are generally described as pain in the front of the shins. This pain can be on the inside or outside of the shin bone (tibia). Typically, this pain gets worse with activity (although in early stages it can ease once warmed up, but then bites later!)


There are typically 2 causes.

Calf length: A calf muscle that is too tight can often cause pain on the inside of the tibia. It can sometimes cause pain on the outside shin muscle too as this is the muscle working in opposition to the calf - a sort of tug of war evolves. Rest, reduce loading (impact and calf effort can be reduced on a cross trainer or in the pool) combined with plenty of specific stretching to the group of calf muscles will generally solve shin splints caused by a short calf group. Some strength and balance work for the lower limb will also help with the endurance of the calf group and stability around the ankle. Proper instruction should be sought for these stretches.

Biomechanics: The alignment of your leg and back is influenced by a variety of tensions and lengths of muscle and by your foot position. Some or all of these can be present. Poor biomechanics can lead the outside shin muscle to tug at the outer covering of the tibia and cause pain. Assessment and treatment by an experienced sports physiotherapist is necessary to determine which areas of your leg/body need adjustment. Resting until these symptoms disappear will not fix the cause of the problem. The pains will return once running recommences.


If you seek advice from a specialist sports physiotherapist quickly, you will return to running sooner. Biomechanical assessments and podiatric advice on footwear and Orthotics are available at City Physio. A good running store will help you select the correct trainer type (control or neutral shoes) to suit your biomechanics. Some supportive insole (Orthotics) may also be required.

About City Physio

City Physio has 4 clinics in the centre of Manchester and on Harley Street, London. We have helped clients with injuries ranging from sprained ankles and sore knees to sporting injuries. To book in with one of our experienced physiotherapists call 0844 257 0122