How many of you know how to use the lace lock system correctly? It can make a big difference and reduce the risk of some injuries. This article below explains it well, with a video to show you how to use your lace lock system, your toes and feet will thank you.
As well as our new 2018 Health Scheme packages we have designed a SPECIAL package for anyone training for a marathon.
Total Cost £176 can be paid whole or in 4 monthly payments £44 (saves £6 per treatment)
(The contract runs for 4 months from the date of first payment received. Once expired any outstanding treatments are lost. Any payments not received make the contract null and void any treatments completed will be charged at full price and an invoice issued to be paid immediately)
What is included?
7 x 40 minute treatments to use as you please within a 4 mth period.
Recommended usage 5 treatments (1 every two weeks) training up for the marathon, 1 pre race massage (2-4 days before race day) and 1 post race massage (4-6 days after race day). To be started 12 weeks out from your race day. Or to be started 6 weeks out from race day having 1 massage a week using your 7th as a post race treatment.
Having a sports massage program can not guarantee you stay injury free, high mileage is tough on the body but if one occurs you can use your treatments for the injury instead of sports massage, with any extra sessions required at 15% discount.
Why go for this package?
For most of us, running a marathon is a massive challenge and commitment. So the last thing you want is an injury that could force you to pull out before the big day.
Sports massage can help you through to the finish line. But many runners are unaware of the physical and psychological benefits of sports massage when preparing for a marathon – maybe considering it a luxury. Everybody is different and the effects of heavy mileage is different for each person, understanding how your body responds can help you recovery better and prevent injury. Sports massage can help by making you more in tune with how your body feels, your muscle may feel fine until some one works through them. Our bodies are pretty good at telling us when something is sore we just have to work out why. Along with the sports massage we can discuss how you are training and make changes if needed.
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We also have Christmas gift vouchers available £35 the receiver can use if for any service they want (1hr). That means they can use it for an injury, sports massage or just for relaxation.
We also have some super stocking fillers of reusable cold/hot pack £3 and exercise bands/kits starting from £3. If you want any pillows tape or foam rollers you need to order before 5th Dec.
If you have a chronic or recurrent problem, such as back pain, neck pain, headaches or arthritis a regular “tune-up” may help you enjoy life more.
Most of these problems mentioned respond very well to a course of therapy. In conjunction here at Pro-Am we usually give you self treatment exercises to help you improve your problem and maintain this improvement.
Some problems unfortunately can be recurring and can make life feel miserable. If this is the case then a regular maintenance treatment can make this more manageable. Treatment will help to keep you mobile, release tension and update self treatments as and when required so they give you the maximum benefit. By having a fortnightly or monthly “top-up” it can be more cost effective than having to have extensive treatment for acute episodes of pain.
“Tune ups” are also beneficial for those who have jobs that involve prolonged postures, repetitive movements, heavy lifting or perhaps your hobby or sport is demanding on the body. With a regular maintenance treatment you can keep your muscles and joints in good balance and, pick up on any niggles before they develop into a nasty injury. Our goal at Pro-Am is to keep you active in the activities you enjoy.
As a Sports Therapist it is vital to keep up to date with the latest research and thanks to technology and the development of blogs and webinars it has become a lot easier to find out what is being studied and the results.
One blog I follow is by Dr Peter Malliaras (Tendinopathy Rehabilitation). I was lucky to go on one of his courses a few years ago but even now things are moving on. His latest post was updating his own most popular blog post 9 tendinopathy truths that you MUST know.
In short for those suffering with Tendonipathy, here are the truths
1) Tendinopathy does not improve with rest
2) Tendinopathy is not considered to have a classic inflammatory response, no need for anti-inflammatories.
3) Tendinopathy can be caused by many different risk factors, not just related to activity changes.
4) Exercise is the most evidence based treatment for Tendinopathy.
5) Modifying load is important in settling tendon pain.
6) Pathology on imaging is NOT equal to pain
7) Tendinopathy rarely improves long term with passive treatments such as massage, therapeutic ultrasound, injections, shock wave therapy etc.
8) Exercise needs to be individualised.
9) Tendinopathy responds slowly to exercise. You have to have patience.
There are no short cuts is recovering from Tendinopath, exercises have to be adjusted to pain and function and progressive loading applied to enable restoration. Seeking out a therapist to discuss and talk through your Tendinopathy is recommended. Usually only a few appointments are needed to explain and advance the rehabilitation process with continued minimal contact with the therapist to monitor and discuss progress (mainly via phone, email)
If you are a clinician for more in depth information on Tendinopathy I recommend you check out Tendinopathy Rehabilitation
Back pain is the most common area of pain I treat in the clinic. Everybody at some point will have an episode of back pain and for those unlucky few ongoing recurrent problems.
The approach to back pain has changed a lot and challenges many widespread beliefs about the condition. Here is what I have found out throughout my 10yrs of experience.
1. Back pain is common and normal.
Most back pain is due to strains and sprains and usually resolves within 6 weeks. Only a very small percentage go on to develop long standing disabling problems and many of these may improve with the right help.
2. Scans are rarely needed. You would think that a picture of the spine would explain why you are in pain but it is not that simple. The scans will often show up things that are poorly linked with pain. Many people who have no pain are shown to have bulging discs, degenerated discs, arthritic changes etc. If you are told you have these problems it can lead to further distress and avoidance of activity.
3. Back pain is not caused by something being out of place. Many people may feel better after manipulations/mobilisations but this is mainly down to short term reduction of pain, muscle tone/tension and fear. As therapists we use these techniques to help get you moving better not to realign you.
4. Bed rest is not helpful. This can create stiffness, muscle de-conditioning and fear. Stiffness itself is painful and treatment and exercises will be painful to get movement back again.
5. Increased back pain does not mean more damage.
6. Surgery is rarely needed. Many people who have back surgery still have pain after because they have not taken a multi factoral approach to getting better. No one treatment will work on its own.
7. There is no perfect sitting posture. It is about moving and altering posture instead of maintaining posture that is important. The body will never like being stuck in one position for any length of time.
8. Lifting and bending are safe. Yes it may cause a strain in the back but should never be avoided as it is good strength work for the back and body. And yes there are bad techniques that can lead to injury, just remember you have a pair of legs to help you. Don’t lift silly amounts of weight, be smart. The length of the activity also has an influence break it up into smaller manageable amounts.
9. Avoiding painful activities is not the way forward. Fear of pain can heighten your senses of back pain and increase stress on the back due to an altered movement pattern.
10. Poor sleep, stress, low mood and worry all influence the back.
11. Exercise is good and safe and persistent back pain CAN get better with it.
Long standing back pain has to have a whole body and psychological approach. Manual therapy can help but exercise is very important as well. So is general health, looking after you weight, healthy diet, good sleeping pattern and knowing how to cope with stress. Everyone is different so what works for one person will not work for the next.