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There are various ways to keep in contact with Pro-Am after your visit

Telephone 01723 363332

Email proaminjury@gmail.com

We love to hear how you are progressing and what activities you are up to!

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New Develeopments

Pro-Am is currently having some building work done which is very exciting. It does mean some treatments will move to the main house, whilst it is messy and noisy. Hopefully the builders will be out by the end of next week, which means you may end up with a paint brush in your hand for rehabilitation exercises in February lol!

THURSDAY 21st PHONE LINE WILL BE DOWN please call 07841426768 to book in

Here are some before pictures for those of you interested in renovations. I have to admit they always say it is stressful but you are never quite prepared for all the decisions that need to made so quickly.

 

Many of you know I have been planing this for a while, when I bought the main house with my mum 7 years ago the coach house was going to be mine to convert into my own space. The plan is to have a dormer put upstairs which will get converted into an bedroom en-suite and the gym will be turning into a lounge area with a lovely log burner (which may take another year to save up some pennies). The clinic will remain where it is. All this is to be done by Andy Whitelaw Joinery.

Kinesio Tape Tips

We sell ‘Sport Tape’ a British brand of Kinesio Tape. We usually have in stock 5cm x 5m £10, 5cm x 22m £38 both in beige. If you want different colours we can get these in stock within 2 days.

 Important application tips

1: Never stretch the ends, always leave 2-3 cm with 0% stretch. This will help the tape stick. Also you can rub the tape after application to activate the glue better and apply a good 30 minutes before activity as your body heat will also get it to stick better.

2: Always round the edges at the end of each strip

3: There are 3 main tape shapes I, Y and Web

4: Direction of tape applied really does matter. You have to think about the recoil of the tapes stretch – if you want to aid in muscle relaxation then you need to go from the muscle insertion to origin (recoil comes back to the insertion) and if you want to help strengthen and support a muscle you need to go from origin to insertion (recoil comes back towards the origin) this also works for lymphatic drainage to help decrease inflammation.

5: The amount of stretch is vital for the effect you are after. On the backing sheet the tape already has about 15% stretch. The bigger the stretch the more supportive and restrictive it becomes and can also irritate the skin more. The area to be taped is usually put into a stretched position first unless you are wanting to restrict motion like hyper-mobility or to protect an acute injury.

6: The skin must be clean from any oils or lotions. It will stick to hairy areas with experienced users but if using a lot it may be better to shave the area.

7: The tape can stay on for 7 days depending on where the application is and what activity you are involved in. Applications to the feet and ankle usually come off sooner. Do not wear for any longer than 7 days. Never apply to broken or irritated skin.

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.

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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.

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Don’t forget you can stay connected to Pro-Am via Facebook and twitter. We have a great monthly newsletter, full of injury prevention tips and our YouTube Channel has some great videos on self treating ankle sprains and foam rolling techniques. You will find all the links to Pro-Am’s social media in the footer of our website.

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