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Welcome to the Children's Physiotherapy Service


HELLO AND WELCOME Thank you for visiting our blog page, I am SUPER excited that at The Back and Body Clinic, Moulton we are now able to offer an amazing new Children’s Physiotherapy Service. Hopefully you're looking at this blog because Read More

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY- Does it hurt???


We get asked this question all of the time.  During the treatment Shockwave will feel uncomfortable but each treatment only lasts for 2-3 minutes and you can only have 1-3 areas per session so maximum of 9 minutes of Read More

Shockwave Therapy


NEW CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY HAS ARRIVED! What is Shockwave Therapy? It’s safe to say that Shockwave Therapy has taken the physiotherapy world by storm and we are proud to now offer it at The Back & Body Clinic. Shockwave Therapy is a Read More

Northampton 1/2 Marathon - Final Preparation


Final Preparation You’ve now completed months of training and preparation and the big day is in sight! These are some tips for the final weeks to make sure you’re as successful as possible on half marathon day. Dress rehearsal You should have Read More

Northampton 1/2 Marathon - Myth Busters


Myth Busters I need to just keep putting the miles in……. This is a classic case of quality over quantity! Regardless of distance, the quality of your run is the most important factor.  Interval training is a really efficient way of Read More

Welcome to the Children’s Physiotherapy Service

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HELLO AND WELCOME

Thank you for visiting our blog page, I am SUPER excited that at The Back and Body Clinic, Moulton we are now able to offer an amazing new Children’s Physiotherapy Service. Hopefully you’re looking at this blog because you’ve heard about this new service already and are intrigued to know more, got children of your own who at some point might need to come and see us or simply to find out a little about us and what we do, either way, welcome!

I should probably start with a little bit about me, who I am and what my background is, so you know who is treating your child…my name is Lucy, I qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Nottingham and since qualifying have gained a range of paediatric specific experience. I worked for a year in adults doing my core rotations before securing a job as a children’s physio (I have always wanted to work with children so securing that first job was amazing!).

Since then, I have worked as a children’s physiotherapist for the NHS and overseas at New Zealand’s leading children’s hospital (Starship). I have completed Bobath Modules in Normal Child Development and Typical development and utilise Bobath concepts within my treatment. I understand the importance of age; growth and the impacts puberty have on treatment and healing times. I have also completed paediatric specific training in taping, gait analysis (watching and assessing how your child walks!) and child specific sport injuries.

I fully believe children are not just little adults and with every child I see I will take a unique approach on and will utilize play in all therapy sessions to ensure sessions are fun, motivating and your child stays engaged (hopefully!).

So that’s me, to finish off this first post and so you know a little more about what we see and treat here is a little song I have written…some of you may recognize the tune from a famous children’s film which is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

A Chim chiminey new service:

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee
you’re reading and thinking oh what could this be?
Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo
We have a new service that’s coming to you…

Oh go on we’ll tell you,
We now see children too!

Now seeing as a children gets injuries too
And we know that they aren’t little versions of you,
They need some special who understands growth,
Healing times and milestones well Lucy knows both!

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee
We’re excited, ecstatic but what conditions do we see?
Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-oo
Cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and broken bones too…

This is by no means exhaustive, just give us a call
We could help teach your baby to learn how to crawl,
We can also see babies who only turn their head to the right,
Or your child who has suddenly doubled in height!

Children need coaxing and need to have fun,
And here at Back and body that’s exactly what’s done,
The secret ingredient to do this is through play
Whether they’re seeing us for a fracture or developmental delay…

Chim chiminey, chim chiminey, chim chim cher-ee
When you come in and see us, you’re in glad company
Nowhere is there a happier crew
Than us at Back and body singing chim chim cher-ee, chim cher-oo

Lucy Phillips – Paediatric Physiotherapist
Call us today to book your appointment 01604 493066 at the Moulton Clinic or for a Home Visit


SHOCKWAVE THERAPY- Does it hurt???

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We get asked this question all of the time.  During the treatment Shockwave will feel uncomfortable but each treatment only lasts for 2-3 minutes and you can only have 1-3 areas per session so maximum of 9 minutes of pain for a huge gain!
Also our therapists are completely in control of the machine, they can turn the intensity up or down quickly to ensure you are comfortable. They can also stop the machine for a break half way through if needed!

What should I expect during a typical Shockwave Treatment?

At your first visit, you will meet one of our friendly and highly skilled therapists, who have been rigorously trained to carry out the Shockwave treatment. You are likely to have been highlighted as a potential candidate for Shockwave Therapy by your initial therapist however your eligibility will be confirmed by the present practitioner.

Your first Shockwave Therapy session is 30 minutes which includes a thorough assessment of the injury.  Your therapist will take some outcome measures so that you can track the improvement. The actual treatment only lasts for 2-3 minutes per area treated, however you can have 1- 3 areas treated in one session for the same injury. Follow up Shockwave sessions are for 15 minutes.

Your therapist will first apply gel to the area, similar to if you have had an ultrasound scan.  Then they will apply the head of the machine to the affected area and start the treatment. The head of the machine delivers compressed air pulses through the ultrasound gel and onto the injured area.

Be prepared for it to make a loud clicking sound as treatment starts!

The intensity of treatment really depends on how much you feel you can tolerate. Your therapist will start the machine at a low level (level 1) and gradually increase it with your feedback to as high as you can tolerate. Ideally we want to get as close to level 5 as possible for maximum benefits of treatment. At first it can feel quite uncomfortable however, as you get used to the sensation it will feel more and more tolerable.

The second session will start where the last one finished, so that you will find you can gradually increase the intensity with each session.

How can I prepare for Shockwave Therapy?

We recommend you avoid taking any anti – inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) or ice therapy for 3 days before your first session and throughout your course of Shockwave Therapy.  

Wear comfortable clothing so that your therapist can access the affected area.

What should I expect afterwards?

Some patients report feeling ‘tingling’ or ‘soreness’ immediately after treatment but this usually improves quickly. Some patients experience a reduction in their pain immediately following treatment, but this does tend to vary from patient to patient. It’s normal to feel slight discomfort the day after treatment for 24-48 hours.

What do I do after Shockwave?

We recommended that after your Shockwave session you refrain from physical activity, especially activities involving the affected area, for at least 48 hours.

It’s really important that during your course of Shockwave Therapy you continue with all your physiotherapy management – whether that’s home exercises, postural work, a strength program or anything else! Shockwave Therapy provides a fantastic opportunity to get on top of an injury, but your physiotherapists advice is still really important.

If you are feeling sore after Shockwave you can take pain relief, however, as discussed above avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) and using ice therapy afterwards

If you have any further questions on Shockwave  please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help!!

 

 

 

 


Shockwave Therapy

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NEW CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY HAS ARRIVED!

What is Shockwave Therapy?

It’s safe to say that Shockwave Therapy has taken the physiotherapy world by storm and we are proud to now offer it at The Back & Body Clinic.

Shockwave Therapy is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for persistent soft tissue injuries.

It is ideal for those who don’t seem to be able to get rid of their pain despite every effort. All hope is not lost!

Shockwave Therapy may be the answer!

What happens during a Shockwave Therapy Session?

Firstly the therapist will ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your case. Only if your specifically trained therapist deems the treatment appropriate will they go ahead with it. The treatment consists of  delivering therapeutic shockwaves via a hand held probe that is held onto the area of your body that is affected. Before switching on the machine, your therapist will pin point the exact areas to treat. The intensity of treatment really depends on how much you feel you can tolerate. Your therapist will start the machine at a low level and gradually increase it with your feedback to as high as you can tolerate. Ideally we want to get as high as possible for maximum benefits. At first it can feel quite uncomfortable, however as you get used to the sensation it should feel more and more comfortable. During the controlled procedure high-energy waves are transmitted through the surface of the skin directly to the affected tissue areas.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Shock waves have a mechanical effect on the tissue that stimulates the cells in the body that are responsible for healing. The micro trauma of the repeated shock wave creates new blood flow to the area. It is the new blood flow that promotes tissue healing, breaks down scar tissue and kick-starts the inflammatory process. All resulting in a reduction in pain and improving function.

Helping you get better quicker, which is what we are all about at the Back & Body Clinic.

What conditions can be treated with Shockwave Therapy?

New evidence is being released all the time showing the powerful effects Shockwave Therapy can have on a variety of conditions. The list below shows some of the common conditions that have been shown to improve greatly following a course of Shockwave Therapy.

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Knee pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Relief

 

Your therapist will be able to determine whether or not they think your symptoms could be improved with Shockwave Therapy, so don’t worry, there are plenty more conditions that Shockwave can help with.

How Good Is Shockwave Therapy?

There is new evidence being released every month highlighting the amazing effects this cutting edge technology has on patients. Most recent research suggests that after only 3  treatments of Shockwave Therapy, over 80% of patients report a great reduction of pain and improvement in function/hobbies.

The recent big step forward for this new technology is being recognised and recommended by NICE (UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). This recognition has thrown this modality to the forefront in treating many musculoskeletal conditions.

Only until recently are the true effects of Shockwave Therapy being understood and the popularity of the treatment is rising. You need state of the art equipment to deliver this incredible treatment. That is why The Back & Body Clinic have invested in the very best – a Chattanooga Intelect RPW Shockwave Machine that has been shown to be one of the most effective on the market.

The team at Chattanooga have put together a document highlighting all the clinical evidence to support the use of this state-of-the-art technology, If you would like to read even more about the amazing effects Shockwave Therapy has had for so many individuals in recent years then refer to the following link.

https://international.chattgroup.com/sites/default/files/radial_shock_wave_therapy_-_scientific_literature_0.pdf

      


Northampton 1/2 Marathon – Final Preparation

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Final Preparation

You’ve now completed months of training and preparation and the big day is in sight! These are some tips for the final weeks to make sure you’re as successful as possible on half marathon day.

Dress rehearsal

You should have been running in your race trainers already, but make sure you have at least one run with your full marathon day kit on so you know that everything is comfortable. It works really well to complete this dress rehearsal as your penultimate or last long run. Make sure you eat in a similar way to race day, warm up properly and time yourself so you know what pace is comfortable for you. Completing this at least one week before half marathon day will give you the opportunity to change outfits or pre-race routine if you need to.

Taper

This is your opportunity to get some rest and recovery in preparation for the half marathon. Ideally start tapering two weeks before the race date. After completing your longest training run, tapering should consist of gradually decreasing the mileage (eg. Next long run 10 miles, then 7 miles etc). It’s a good idea to keep running as often during the tapering period to keep the habit of regular exercise, but the decreased time spent running will give you some well earned recovery and a chance to reflect on your training journey so far.

Pace yourself

When you first set off on half marathon day, you can easily find yourself going quicker than you normally would because of the crowds and the atmosphere. While it is good to feed off that initial adrenaline, it is important to make sure you don’t burn out after a few miles in. Have your optimum pace in mind and try to keep running to that. You are not allowed to use headphones during the race but singing along to your steps in your head can help to maintain a steady rhythm!!

Nutrition and Hydration

With pre- race nerves it can be difficult to eat but do make sure you have enough slow release energy in your body 2-3 hours before the half marathon starts. Make sure you practice your food routine prior to half marathon day and stick to what you know works for the day. Toast or porridge are the best breakfasts to consider before your run, and a banana can help give you last minute energy just before your run.

It is so important to keep hydrated before and during the run. Drink little and often and consider drinks with electrolytes to replenish nutrients lost during the run.

Warm up/ Cool down

On race day it is vital to complete a proper warm up to reduce the risk of injury and optimize your performance. This should consist of a gentle 5-10 minute jog to get everything moving, running drills and dynamic stretching. There can be some waiting at the starting line so be prepared with a warm-up exercise to complete for the last few minutes before setting off on the run. There are videos on the Facebook page with step by step guides of running drills and dynamic stretches.

Afterwards, make sure you put some time aside to cool down efficiently. This will reduce post-run ache and give you a chance to assess for any niggles which have presented during the run. See Andy’s exercise video on the Facebook page for cool down ideas!

To book your pre and or post race Sports Massage call the clinic today.
Wootton – 01604 875950 Moulton – 01604 493066 

 


Northampton 1/2 Marathon – Myth Busters

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Myth Busters

I need to just keep putting the miles in…….
This is a classic case of quality over quantity! Regardless of distance, the quality of your run is the most important factor.  Interval training is a really efficient way of preparing your heart and lungs for a long-distance run, whereas hill running challenges different part of muscle groups.  A varied training programme should focus on all aspects of running and not just mileage.

I will get strong just by running so I don’t need to do other training…..
When you run you are asking a serious amount from many different muscle groups. If we are weak in some muscles, then its likely other muscles will compensate and cause injury.  Just running will not strengthen the weak muscles, but only increase the compensation.  In other words, if we just run, only the strong muscles get stronger! A physiotherapist can help identify where your weaker muscles are and what you need to do to strengthen properly.

Every week we are posting a new strength exercise to help with your training programme – keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

I am training my core by doing lots of sit ups………
This is a common misconception! While sit ups do work some muscles in your abdominal area, they don’t work our deep core muscles.  A better idea is get guidance through your physiotherapist or personal trainer on how to work your core. Pilates can be a great option as it focuses on working your deep stability muscles.

Running will ruin my knees…
This is the most common myth we hear! Knees do frequently get injured due to running, but this is usually due to muscle imbalance or training programme.  If you are running with a good programme and strong muscles, there is no evidence to suggest you are damaging your knees!

The best way to recover from a run is to drink protein shakes…
There is no substitute for good sleep, good nutrition and good hydration. Protein shakes may be beneficial in some cases, but the foundations should be

– diet filled with complex carbs, protein and a variety of fruit and veg.

– Good hydration, not only when running but throughout your whole training programme.

– Sleep, which is the very best way to repair muscle tissue after a run. And it’s the thing we skip most!

I will prevent injury if I stretch before running…….
If we are talking about static stretching (holding a stretch for a certain amount of time) recent research suggests this isn’t the best way to prepare for a run. A good dynamic stretching regime (stretching with movement) is definitely more sensible as you will warm up your body, prepare the muscles for the task ahead and get the blood pumping to all the right areas!

Getting a stitch is a sign of being unfit……..
There are a number of reasons we might get a stitch while running. Surprisingly the most common reason is due to digestion.  If our body is working hard to digest a pre-run meal, it can cause pressure on your diaphragm, leading to a stitch.

Additionally, a stitch may also signal that your muscles are not getting enough oxygen, in which case you may want to look at your breathing technique

Visit our Facebook page to see our strength exercise videos – https://www.facebook.com/BackAndBodyClinic/


Northampton 1/2 Marathon – Injury Prevention

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Injury prevention

There is nothing worse than progress being stunted by injury. Here is our most important advice to keep you running happily.

Gradually increase mileage
Having a well thought out training plan means your body can adapt to the increase in activity. The general rule is to increase mileage by 10% every week. If you are introducing any new types of training, like hill running or intervals, ensure these are introduced gradually to allow your body to acclimatise.

Your training plan should factor in enough time for rest. Rest is a huge part of marathon training, our body needs to repair and adapt the new demands. If we skip this then out risk of injury increased dramatically.

Listen to your body
Our bodies are very tuned in to what’s going on and where needs your attention. A niggle is a warning sign that something isn’t quite right. Almost all niggles are fixable, but it’s so important to not ignore these warning signs – if we do then it’s likely to quickly turn from a niggle to an injury!

It is much easier to fix an injury in its early stages rather than later, when there might be compensation or stiffness from surrounding structures. And remember- prevention is better than cure so if you have any doubts get yourself booked in to see a physiotherapist for an MOT to catch any issues before they become a problem.

Footwear
Having a good pair of trainers is essential. We advise you change trainers after 300-500 miles of running. Running shops are usually helpful at looking at your foot position and gait and advising accordingly. The Back and Body Clinic would recommend ‘The Running Shop’ in Northampton, who has provided running trainers for lots of happy marathon runners.

Look after your feet during every run, use blister plasters as soon as you notice some discomfort to prevent the skin getting more damaged (these could be carried with you in a pocket when you run!)

Nutrition and Hydration
Putting the right nutrients into your body will really help you to get the best out of it! Carbohydrates will be the main fuel during training and race day and it is therefore essential to include these in your diet. This could be with toast, cereals or porridge.

It is also vital to make sure you stay well hydrated before and during each run. Drinking little and often is the best way to do this without feeling too full! It is recommended to drink electrolyte drinks during and after running, which will aid your performance and recovery.

To minimise your chances of getting a stitch, ensure you eat a lightweight meal 2-3 hours before your run. You could have a power snack like a banana just before setting off.

More on avoiding stitches below!

Warm Up and Cool Down
One of the biggest causes of a side stitch is setting off too fast, so the diaphragm does not have sufficient blood circulation. This can be avoided by ensuring you warm up really thoroughly before starting your run. This is also very important to reduce the risk of muscle strains and other injuries.

A good warm up should consist of some dynamic stretching, progressing to more active running drills to get your heart pumping a little faster. You might also find it beneficial to do a few specific strength exercises to really switch on the right muscles.

An efficient cool down routine will help to decrease that post-run muscle ache and aid recovery ready for your next training! This could consist of gently decreasing your effort at the end of your run (perhaps walk for 5 minutes before stopping), prolonged static stretches, and foam rolling.

Visit The Running Shop website – https://www.therunningshop.org.uk/
Watch our exercise videos on our Facebook page


Northampton 1/2 Marathon training – Top Tips

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‘Top Tips’ guide to running

First things first are our Top Tips guide to running. Whether you’re embarking on your first or tenth half marathon, this guide will help you with all the most important considerations!

Prepare
Preparation is key, so creating a training plan is a must for everyone embarking on a half marathon! Make sure you start your training within plenty of time to allow for recovery from any hiccups along the way.

It is best to increase your training efforts by 10% each week to reduce the risk of injury. This means if you are running for 10 minutes on week 1, you should increase your running to 11 minutes in week 2. As well as distance, the 10% rule also applies for speed and incline. Also, don’t forget to factor in at least one rest day per week to give your muscles a chance to completely recover!

Cross training is a fantastic way to keep up your cardiovascular fitness without over exerting the legs and feet with the impact of running. We would recommend spending at least one day per week swimming, cycling or rowing for maximum fitness.

There are some fantastic training plans online to help you build your own individualized timetable.

Stretch
We would recommend thinking about how you incorporate both static and dynamic stretching into your training plan.

Static stretching is stretching a muscle and holding it for a prolonged amount of time, whereas dynamic stretching is stretching with movement. A general rule of thumb is dynamic stretching is advised pre run, to warm up muscles and prepare them for the task ahead and a good static stretch will help them recover afterwards.

Keep your eye out for our videos on stretching and foam rolling on our Facebook page! 

Sam Whiteson patient postureStrengthen
When you run you are asking a serious amount from many different muscle groups.  Not only are some muscles working hard to propel us forward but others are also working hard to stabilise us in that position.  If we are weak in some muscles, then its likely other muscles will compensate and cause injury.

An assessment with a physio will be able to identify exactly where your weak muscles are and the most efficient and effective way to strengthen them.

Every week we will post a new strength exercise to help with your training programme.

Pre- events
Entering smaller running events is a great way to get used to the atmosphere and routine, in preparation for the all-important half marathon day. This will also help to keep you motivated when racking up the miles in the upcoming weeks!

Consider fitting in a 5 or 10 km run at the appropriate time in your training plan. It will allow you to try out your running gear, nutrition preparation and it will give you practice at pacing yourself over a shorter running distance.

Call us today for an assessment.
Wootton – 01604 875950 Moulton 01604 493066 

 

 

 


The Perfect Christmas Present

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The Perfect Christmas Present: A Massage Voucher @ The Back and Body Clinic

Do you have a loved one who always comes home from work or the gym struggling with aches and pains? Tired of them asking you to give them a massage to help?

If this sounds familiar, then why not treat them this Christmas to a Sports Massage here at the Back and Body Clinic? The perfect solution to get you off the hook and to make them feel great again!

Whether they are involved in a heavy exercise regime or are simply carrying extra tension due to a stressful job, sports massage could be the answer to their problems. With benefits such as:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Greater movement
  • Injury prevention

… just to name a few. You really can’t go wrong with this gift!

For someone who is in training for a big sporting event or simply just wants to feel at their best every time they exercise, feeling stiff and tight can be extremely frustrating as it can really hinder performance. For athletes, Sports Massage can assist in reducing delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) and preventing injury – both factors that are going to allow them to train to the best of their ability and consequently release the endorphins which make them happier and more positive (and kinder to you!!).  

For those who are holding tension due to extra stresses at work or in everyday life, Sports Massage can again make a massive difference. For these patients, even just taking an hour out of their week for themselves is so important but unfortunately a rarity. A lot of people under stress tend to struggle with affected sleep and pain.  Having a treatment which can help to alleviate both of these will have a hugely positive effect on mood and overall quality of life. That loved one in your life that is always working so hard definitely deserves this… and the best thing about this gift is that you can take all the credit without any of the hard work – RESULT!!

Our Sports Massage Therapists understand that everyone reacts and copes differently with the type of treatment we offer. We want everyone to feel relaxed and comfortable under our care which is why we take the time to really get to know our patients and find out what they expect from us and our treatment. So don’t worry if the person you are spoiling this Christmas has never had a sports massage before! With a range of different techniques up their sleeves, our Sports Massage Therapists can select the most effective and appropriate treatment to suit each individual, putting them at ease and enabling them to walk out feeling confident that they are on the road to recovery!  

– The recipient can chose either:

. Physiotherapy
. Sports Massage
. Podiatry / Chiropody
. Osteopathy
. Acupuncture
. 1:1 Pilates

How does the voucher work?

You can choose the value you would like to put on the voucher and the recipient can choose the treatment they want.

Either pop in to buy them from reception, or give us a call and we can put them in the post for you FREE of charge.

Call the Clinic today:

Moulton Clinic: 01604 493066
Wootton Clinic: 01604 875950

Or visit the website to find out more: http://www.backandbodyclinic.co.uk/

Merry Christmas everyone!!
Sarah Fountain, Sports Massage Therapist

Call us today for a Sports Massage, or a Sports Massage Voucher which we can send to you in the post in time for Christmas!!



Do you have a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) ??

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RSI refers to pain felt in muscles or tendons from repetitive movements, over use or poor work posture.  It can affect any part of the upper body e.g. wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck.  RSI is common in many occupations and activities but most commonly in those that use their upper body a lot e.g. working at a computer, assembly line, gardening, musical instrument, playing tennis etc.

What are the Symptoms?
RSI has a wide variety of symptoms which are normally most noticeable when performing the activity that causes them.  However, when the condition gets worse symptoms maybe constant and prevent you doing normal daily activities.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain/tenderness in muscle
  • Sharp/dull ache
  • Stiffness
  • Tingling/throbbing
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Cramp


Common RSI Conditions
There are dozens of different RSI conditions… here are just a few of the most common ones you might have heard of: Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, wrist, shoulder or elbow tendonitis or bursitis ie. tennis elbow, golfers elbow.

Treatment ?
The first step is to work out what activity is causing the RSI.  If the RSI is due to an activity at work, then you need to speak to your employer or occupational health representative, as it might be possible to alter your work station.  It’s important to take regular breaks to stretch and move the affected area, as well as making sure you maintain good posture.  Regular exercise and the use of ice packs can also help relieve the symptoms of RSI.  Your doctor might prescribe some anti-inflammatories, pain killer, muscle relaxants or antidepressants, depending on your level of pain.

How can The Back and Body Clinic help?
Our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are highly trained in dealing with RSI and get lots of great result with treatment. Our practitioners will ask you some questions to help identify what is causing the RSI.  It is so important that they address both the symptoms, but also the underlying cause of the problem.   They can provide hands on treatment to release the muscles and make sure all the joints are moving well.  They may use massage, manipulation, acupuncture, electrotherapy and taping for example. They can also suggest ways of reducing the strain on the muscle and give advice on exercises and self-help techniques to help speed up your recovery.  On occasions, when rarely all the above doesn’t help they might suggest the need for a steroid injection, which can also be carried out at the clinic.

How can you help prevent RSI ?
Make sure your work station is set up specifically for you.  Take regular breaks and take time to stretch and move about.  Try and avoid repetitive exercises.

It’s better to see a healthcare professional as soon as symptoms appear as the longer it’s left and the worse it gets the harder and longer it takes to recover.

Contact the Back & Body Clinic today on 01604 875950 or 01604 493066 to book your assessment .


Knead a massage? That’s knot a problem..

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The body is a marvelous thing, made up of numerous muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and nerves that help us to function day to day, but without proper care even simple everyday tasks can become difficult.

Why should I get a regular sports massage?

The benefits of sports massage are endless and varied, so let’s break some of them down.

 

  1. Improve posture, movement and flexibility

Simple massage techniques aid in easing muscle tension which allows them to remain supple and more flexible. Sports massage works through the superficial and deep fibers of muscles, tendons and connective tissues which all have an impact on the range of movement you have available at a joint; by alleviating these tight areas in the soft tissue your movements are less compromised by areas of spasm and so your range increases. Healthy muscles and structures are more likely to do their jobs correctly and work harder to support the body as they are happy and tension free!

  1. Reduce pain, stress and improve sleep

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When a muscle is held in a tightened position for a certain length of time, the body’s nervous system begins to accept this as a ‘normal’ level of tension. Massage techniques such as Trigger Points help reduce this dysfunction by ‘resetting’ the level of tension. When these areas are treated, endorphins flood our body and calm our peripheral nervous system – these are natural chemicals released by the brain that help to relieve pain. Similarly massage also increases levels of serotonin, dopamine and delta waves in the body (these are the brain waves associated with deep sleep), so after a massage not only will you feel less pain, you’ll probably feel happier, calmer and have a peaceful night’s sleep!

  1. Prevent injury and aid rehabilitation or recovery

Tense muscles are more likely to become injured or strained than healthy, relaxed muscles; a massage prior to exercise can help to increase your circulation and blood flow to the area and ‘warm it up’ in preparation for activity. As it has also been suggested that massage can reduce muscle soreness (DOMS) and decrease recovery times, it may also help you to keep performing regularly at your current level too. Furthermore, if you’re currently injured and unable to train or undergoing rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, then sports massage can be a great addition to maintain or improve the health of your muscles and keep you in check ready for your big return!

Patients may react differently to treatments but a sports massage therapist has a variety of techniques at their disposal to combat this to help guarantee that you and your muscles can relax and recover.

Katie Mitchell (Sports Massage Therapist)
Contact the Back & Body Clinic today on 01604 875950 or 01604 493066 to book your Sports Massage for just £25.00.