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Sports Massage – Not just for Athletes!

Sports massage is regularly advertised as a treatment modality for only highly skilled athletic performers. The fact is, sports massage can be beneficial to ANYONE regardless of sporting ability or exercise participation.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage refers to a range of massage techniques that are applied in a rhythmic, deep and manipulative fashion. Yes, sports massage can be used to prepare athletes prior to an event or to reduce the effects of delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) following an event. BUT sports massage can also be used on a weekly basis to maintain muscular health, reduce pain and muscular tension and improve flexibility and range of movement.

Is massage right for me?

office-workersIf you are an office worker and suffer from regular tension type headaches or pain in your neck, shoulders or back, then sports massage can benefit you just as much as an athlete. Sitting at an office desk for 8+ hours can place great strain on your muscles, similar to the strain experienced by an athlete when training for an hour. During such circumstances, a gradual build up in muscular tension occurs which includes an increase in the presence of scar tissue and active trigger points.

The science behind a massage…

Massage generates heat, allowing tissues to become more pliable. As a result, there is an increase in circulation, improving the exchange of fluids to tissues. Different massage techniques stretch muscles transversely as well as lengthways, which allows scar tissue, adhesions and fascia surrounding muscles to loosen or break down – this can both help in muscle repair as well as releasing muscle tension. Massage can also be beneficial as a natural remedy to pain by reducing nerve compression.

What are the benefits?

  • pain-free

    Reduced pain

  • Relieved muscular tension
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of movement
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced tension type headaches
  • Relaxation
  • Soothe mental anxieties and depression
  • Improve your sleep
  • Relieve headaches
  • Improve sporting performance

50% off!

We are offering 50% off Sports Massage and Initial Assessments throughout September & October 2019 at our Hemel Hempstead Clinic, so book today! Come along to our lovely Hemel Hemstead practice to see how we can help. Don’t forget… Sports Massage is not just for Athletes!

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Blog Post by India
Sports Therapist at Emma James Physio

Super Cycling Simon

Hi,

Cycling is in the news as Super Simon Yates has recently won the Vuelta a Espana https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45540766 to complete a clean sweep of British victories in this year’s Grand Tours.
Britons Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas won the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France respectively this year.

Here at Emma James Physio we treat many cycling enthusiast, from wannabe Simon Yates’ competing competitively to recreational cyclists who enjoy a Saturday morning cycle around the Chilterns.

Cyclists can suffer from a range of injuries, most commonly low back pain, neck pain and knee pain. Most of these issues can be resolved with ergonomic advice about bike set up, training advice, hands on physio to address muscle tightness (over active hip flexors are a common curse of the cyclist!) and a cycling- specific strength and conditioning programme. Plus, sports massage for post-race recovery.
So if you are injured and desperate to get back on your bike pop along to Emma James Physio for an assessment.

Blog Post by Lisa
Senior Physio
Emma James Physio

 

A look at sports injuries – Football – Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

The ACL is one of four main ligaments in the knee and the most common to be injured of the four. The ACL gives stability during motion preventing the Tibia (shin bone) moving too far forward on the Femur (thigh bone). Most ACL tears occur during athletic activity. Activities which make fast cut movements such as planting the foot and twisting the body above, changing direction, or straight knee landing such as in football, gymnastics or basketball are common.

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Symptoms following an injury can include pain along the joint line, swelling, loss of movement and pain on weight bearing. A tear to the ACL primarily results in an unstable knee, and a common complaint is of the knee giving way. Damage can also occur to the two menisci cartilages which act as shock absorbers between the Femur and Tibia, or on the smooth articular cartilage lining the bones in the joint. Luckily an ACL injury is not necessarily career threatening. Rehabilitation is dependent on the extent of the injury, whether there is a partial or complete tear and does not require always require surgery.

 

Five top ways to promote quicker healing (including services at Champneys)

By creating an optimal psychological, nutritional and physiological environment, the body is able to focus purely on the job in hand – healing the particular injury/ailment.

The services provided through the Regenerate programme at Champneys Tring in Hertfordshire can help to create this ideal environment in the following ways:

 

  • nutritionDecrease emotional stress and distractions and ensure you are having the correct amount of rest and sleep
  • Decrease environmental stress
  • Ensure best and optimal circulation (acupuncture, kriotherapy)
  • Optimal and appropriate nutrition (nutritionist)
  • Exercising within the pain-free range and at an appropriate level for maximising healing potential (hydrotherapy, physiotherapy)

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Regenerate is the UK’s leading residential medical centre based within the world class Champneys Tring Health Resort in Hertfordshire. Offering a bespoke professional service for injury rehabilitation, Regenerate provides the ultimate medical expertise and treatments required to recover physically, mentally and emotionally from all aspects of injury. Clients also benefit from using Champneys many services, as well as their luxury spa facilities and treatments.

Regenerate provides the highest standards and employs leading professionals in the medical fields under the Directorate of Champneys Medical Director, Dr Michael Curtin MB ChB Dip Med Ac. MF HOM. Regenerates multidisciplinary team includes: Doctor, Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Movement Therapists, Nutritionists, Personal Trainers, and Motivational and Mental Skills Coaches. They will conduct comprehensive examinations and diagnostic testing, and provide appropriate treatment which may include physiotherapy, acupuncture, clinical pilates, kriotherapy, nutritional therapy, exercise and rehabilitation programmes, sports massage, vibrogym therapy and altitude training, amongst others.

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Blog Post by Emma James Feb 2016

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