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· 7 min read

Let me tell you about two conversations (and one rude remark) I had recently:

I was discussing an upcoming knee replacement with a neighbour. He is about 5' 5", very rotund and in his late 60's, and he said

"They won't do the surgery until my BMI is lower. They want it below 40. But the thing is, when I was 20 I used to play rugby, and I just don't think they're taking into account the muscle on my legs from back then."

I was telling a friend of mine, who is a personal trainer, about this conversation. His background is in boxing and martial arts, having been county champion about 3 years ago. He now trains athletes and is in excellent shape himself. He's over 6' tall and in his early 20s, and he said:

"I went to the GP recently about some symptoms I was having and he said that with my BMI being technically overweight, my issues were down to being too fat. I asked if he was kidding so he asked what I ate. I told him that, because of how I train, I have to eat around 6000 calories a day to maintain my muscle, and he told me I should cut it down to 2000."

Now for the rude remark. I was telling my mum about both of these conversations, when an extended family member, who is roughly half my height but weighs more than me and recently had open heart surgery, interrupted and said

"These two stupid women..."

· 5 min read

All the techniques described below are demonstrated on my Facebook live video about this topic.

Knee pain is relatively common in the UK and the good news is that it's often very easy to treat! Here are my top tips for knee pain.

1 - Hands on!#

The most common form of knee pain is muscular, that is, pain caused by tightness, tension or weakness in the muscles of the knee. In 90% of cases it's the vastus medialis oblique (VMO) muscle which is the culprit, so here's what you can do to help:

· 4 min read


If you're a bit squeamish you might want to skip this paragraph, because earlier this week I managed to slice into my thumb with a chopping knife while I was preparing dinner. The cut is reasonably deep and it bled quite a lot, but happily it is now healing nicely, even though it looks like a bit of a Franken-finger.

But it got me thinking about the healing process and how amazing it is. Specifically, it reminded me of a big debate that happened in the Sports Science arena several years ago on the best way to treat acute sporting injuries. Until then, the standard treatment had been known by the acronym RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. All of these actions were specifically targeted at reducing inflammation.