Marathon Treatment Package

As well as our new 2018 Health Scheme packages we have designed a SPECIAL package for anyone training for a marathon.

The Package

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.

A Regular “tune-up” can help you stay feeling better

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.

Are you are runner struggling with tightness?

One of the most common problems I see in the clinic is runners with tight rigid muscles. It is suprising how many runners can not do a full depth squat. Most runners will have tried ice baths, stretching, foam rolling and massage with little effect.

Part of my job is understanding how the body responds and adapts to exercise in order to help runners maintain and improve performance. Yes a lot of my work is deep tissue work but we also have to look at the whole picture; why is this muscle feeling sore? why is your posture not aligned? No one treatment will work on its own.

Most runners will say “I know I don’t stretch enough as what I should” If something feels tight it makes sense for you to stretch it right? If your feeling tight and you stretch, how long do the effects last for? do you have to keep stretching? Foam rolling is increasing in popularity but does rolling around in agony help? In my experience these offer only short term relief.

So what can you do?

Training exposes the muscles to load which can fatigue the muscles and they become tight. Increases in training and or intensity can overload the muscles if not done gradually. The solution would be to STRENGTHEN the muscles to cope with the demands.

Tightness/stiffness is how the body protects itself and can be one of the first signs of over training or injury. Pro-Am can help to reduce tightness in muscles with deep tissue work but also combine it with a functional strength exercise program.

 

 

 

Sciatica Causing You Problems?

Is Sciatica causing you pain? How can we help ease your sciatic pain?

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica describes a set of symptoms that can include lower back pain, pain in the glutes (buttocks), pain shooting down the leg and numbness and tingling in parts of the leg and foot. It is often just experienced down one side of the body and can interfere with activities of daily living and sleep.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, there are many causes and in order for treatment to be successful the right cause needs to be found. Common causes are tight muscles in the lower back or glutes, and disc or facet joint irritation .

Less common sciatic symptoms can be caused by spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) or a growth or infection.

What is piriformis syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome describes a case where the muscle known as the piriformis compresses the sciatic nerve due to its position deep in the glutes. This can be caused by poor posture when lifting, poor prolonged postures (office based, driving) or physical activity  overuse. If referral pain is present is usually stays above the knee sometimes into the calf but rarely, if referral pain travels into the ankle or foot is is most likely related to the disc. Sometimes piriformis syndrome can mimic a hamstring strain.

Piriformis_Sciatic

Can Sports Therapy provide effective Sciatica treatment?

In cases where muscle tightness and stiffness is causing impingement of the sciatic nerve, then yes. If your injury is caused by the disc becoming irritated or facet joint irritation without  damage, then yes. You have to remember that muscles control joint position and when tight can alter posture and create compression on the sciatic nerve. Even with a herniated disc we can advice you on exercises to help get you back to full fitness and how to prevent flare ups.

Early treatment intervention can prevent chronic muscle tightness from establishing itself. However even in cases where chronic tightness is already presenting itself sports therapy can still be an effective treatment intervention.

Often sciatica creates a pain cycle, once the nerve has been irritated by tight muscles, the body further contracts around the sensation of pain to protect itself. This exacerbates the original tightness. A Sports Therapist can manually locate, ease and soften tight muscles and provide relief of pressure and relief of pain. We educate about good movement patterns and use muscle energy techniques to change the bodies pain cycle allowing movements to become pain free.

If there are any underlying issues that created the primary irritation of the sciatic nerve sports therapy can work in support of other treatment modalities. Just inform the therapist if you already have a diagnosis of sciatica so they have the full details and can design a treatment plan to suit your needs.

How else  might we support you through your sciatica care?

We can show you how to do exercises to ease and mobilise stiff muscles and joints. At Pro-Am we believe starting with a good breathing pattern and good body awareness enhances the efficacy of the exercises given. We like to make you involved in improving on and maintaining the benefits our treatments provide.

Please note that this blog post is for information purposes only.If you think you may be suffering with sciatica please seek out an injury professional or see your doctor.

How to relieve a stiff neck and shoulders

Many desk based workers will suffer with neck and shoulder stiffness and not see anyone about it. Letting it build up can lead to many problems like headaches and repetitive strain injury. A regular sports massage can help treat and prevent problems from building up.

There are other things you can implement easily into your daily routine to prevent neck and shoulder stiffness.

1: movements

2: drink water

3: regular breaks

4: have a hot bath/use a heat pack or hot water bottle

5: get a sports massage

6: make sure your desk and chair are set up correctly for you

One way to implement most of the tips is using the 30:30 rule for every 30 minutes of work do 30 seconds of movement (shrugging shoulders, turning your head from side to side, standing up and stretching upwards ect.). Every 2 -3 hours get up for a longer break by going and getting a drink of water.

When you get home you can use tip 4 before you go to bed.

Even if you implement the above tips, tip 5 is still the most important. You can not get away from the fact you are seated for long periods of time which is not good for posture. A regular sports massage can stop neck and shoulder stiffness from progressing.

Here at Pro-Am we can advice you the best treatment strategy for you, we can show you how to implement self massage and exercise to prevent problems from building up.