So you're out on a run, not even a long run! Just an average run... You may have ran twice this distance last week! But here you are walking some of your route. Well it turns out it's not always all in your head!
Under strain, such as prolonged running, the fluid is pushed out of the fascia that surrounds your muscles. Because of this, it becomes dehydrated and therefore doesn't function as effectively... The fascia is less springy and elastic. (Muller & Schleip).
A short break from running, by walking 1-3 mins of your route, gives the tissues enough time to rehydrate therefore giving you back that springy, elastic fascia! (Muller & Schleip).
So next time you're out for a run and feel less "springy"... it's time for a short walk! And tell your running pals, it's not "all in your head"... you're just "rehydrating your fascia!"
Not sure what fascia is? ... Take a look!
What would you spend £28 on each month?
Takeaway?...Often close to the £28 mark for 2 people! And more than once a month?
Meals out? ... If only £28 covered it!
Cinema? ... At around £8 each, plus popcorn/drinks.
Nails?... Easily £20-£25 each time.
Hair?... And that's before colour/tint...
All of these are things that we spend money on each month, without thinking twice! and why not! You work hard! But your aching neck, tight shoulders, bad back, sore knees, tired feet... They are neglected! Monthly maintenance massage isn't a LUXURY, it is a NECESSITY!
Keeping on top of those little niggles can mean that the little problems don't turn into bigger problems. IMAGINE going a whole day without a tension headache! or without that horrible constant ache in your shoulders!
At Maximise Sports Therapy, our prices are considerably lower than all of our major competitors, so that you can afford to have regular maintenance sessions without taking a chunk out of your disposable income. Not only that, but you are in very capable and safe hands! Jeni is a Graduate Sports Therapist with plenty of experience! Head over to the ABOUT ME page to find out more, and most importantly...
BOOK YOUR 1st APPOINTMENT NOW!
Thanks to our new iZettle Card machine, you can now pay by CASH or CARD for your treatments!
Please note: a 50p transaction applies for all transactions.
So why not pay for your next session or your next block booking by card, and have a receipt emailed to you immediately!
1. How many sessions will I need?
This is quite often a difficult question to answer, without saying "how long is a piece of string?" ... The amount of sessions you will need depends greatly on; your injury/pain, how long you've had it for, how quickly you got treatment, how well you do your exercises and rehab, how regularly you can have appointments.
In most cases, you should notice a difference after 2 sessions, but this may only be a small improvement. Generally 6 sessions is good to aim for, however some people will improve more quickly and others more slowly. After that, it may be a case of maintenance each month - 6 weeks.
(We are all different and heal at different rates!)
2. How often should I book in?
This depends what you are booking in for...
Injury - It is best to have a session every 1-2 weeks whilst the problem is aggravated, and then aim to maintain this with a session every 4-6 weeks. Again, this depends on the severity of the injury, how regularly you do your exercises and how long you have had the injury for.
Massage - For general day-to-day aches and pains, in most cases, a session every 4-6 weeks will help to keep those aches and pains at bay. Monthly sessions are great to aim for.
3. Is my initial appointment assessment or treatment?
All initial sessions involve assessment AND treatment. Follow up sessions involve a short assessment to see how you have been getting on, but are then mostly focused on treatment and rehab.
4. What does trigger point therapy do?
This is done as part of your treatment or massage and aims to reduce the "Hyper-irritable bands of muscle" that can cause you pain, stiffness, weakness, referred pain and headaches. This usually involves direct pressure to the trigger point, and aims to stimulate the muscles and the nervous system to make the trigger point release. Your therapist may ask you to move, or move your limb around while this happens.
5. How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is a great way to reduce your pain, encourage the muscle to "fire" properly, increase your range of movement and release tightness & stiffness. It works by stimulating the area as well as the muscular and nervous systems to promote healing, inhibit certain chemicals and encourage relaxation.
At Maximise Sports Therapy, we usually use acupuncture as part of your treatment, however stand-alone treatments are available - just ask!
6. When can I book again?
This is a question we LOVE to hear! Our patients wanting to re-book!
After your treatment, you can book straight away, whether the appointment that you want is in 1 week, 4 weeks or 8 weeks! It's a great way to make sure that you secure your appointment slot, and don't miss out by making a last-minute enquiry. Evening and weekend appointments book up quickly!
Have you made a New Years Resolution this year? Are you going to stick to it??
Whether your Resolution is to Lose weight, Exercise more or be stressed less... regular massage can help! We can help to keep those aches and pains at bay in the New Year so that you CAN keep going for longer, and maybe actually stick to your New Years Resolution!
Take a step towards a healthier, happier, pain-free you, and book your appointment today!
What is Medical Acupuncture?
… a modern adaptation of the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is defined as “a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of fine needles into certain points across the body to encourage healing and pain relief.” (1)
Why is it used in Sports Therapy?
…to help manage pain and inflammation. Acupuncture can help to relieve pain by stimulating the brain and nervous system to produce pain-relieving chemicals.
The chemicals released during acupuncture (including endorphins) are thought to help promote the body's natural healing process, which can be essential in the treatment of painful musculoskeletal problems. (1)
What’s the difference between Medical & Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
…the main difference is that the ancient beliefs of 'yin', 'yang', and the energy 'qi' is substituted for a combined knowledge of physiology and pathology, anatomy, and the common principals of evidence based medicine. (1)
Does it hurt?
…the sensation varies from person to person.
Most people feel nothing at all, whereas some people feel a slight sharpness. The needles are very fine, so it won’t feel like an injection/blood test. (1)
Most people find that Acupuncture as a method to treat muscular pain is much less painful than trigger points and deep tissue work. You should feel an “ache” or a “heavy” feeling.
How is it used in my treatment?
…your therapist will add Acupuncture to your normal treatment, as it is most effective when used alongside other soft tissue work such as; trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and joint mobilisations.
For more information, contact Jeni on 07984008186, via Facebook, or MaximiseST@gmail.com
When an injury occurs, the tissues go through 3 main stages of healing - Inflammation, Proliferation and Remodelling...
Our bodies are very clever, and always try to heal themselves after injury, although this doesn't always work as effectively as you would like!
The time scales overlap (as you can see below) and vary massively, depending on...
So say you've sprained your ankle...
Inflammation occurs initially. This is your body "kick-starting" the healing process.
All kinds of chemicals and cells are acting fast to clean up the area and protect from further injury.
Your signs and symptoms may include; Heat, Redness, Swelling, Pain and Loss of function.
Then comes the Proliferation stage. This is where the wound attempts to "rebuild" by laying down new tissue and developing new blood vessels.
Signs and symptoms; Reduced pain, Swelling starting to reduce, Bruising may appear, Heat and Redness reduced.
Finally is the Remodelling stage. The wound is getting stronger, but the new fibres aren't aligned well, so scar tissue is produced.
Signs and symptoms; Some pain, Movement gradually improving, Minimal to no swelling, heat and redness.
Although your body is attempting to make the injured area stronger by laying down scar tissue... this can result in an increased risk of injury and a reduction in range of movement. The scar tissue also develops additional nerve endings, meaning more pain can be felt in the area.
A Sports Therapist will aim to;
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... "Manual therapy is the use of hands in a curative and healing manner or a hands on technique with therapeutic intent"...
Manual therapy involves joint mobilisations that can be done on any joint in the body... from the spine to the ankle!
The therapist will encourage movement, increase mobility, reduce pain and stiffness by passively moving the joint in different ways...
Movements that you can't "consciously" perform but that are essential for fluid and pain free movement. These include ROLL, SPIN and GLIDE actions.
Movements that you CAN do yourself, and do on a daily basis, but that are done with you in a relaxed position, whilst the therapist moves your limb/joint to increase mobility and promote relaxation of local tissues.
Movements that are similar to the original "pain-causing" movement, but that are done in a different manner, so as to encourage healing and increase your range of movement, whilst reducing pain.
A movement slightly beyond what you can do when you do the movement yourself. Your therapist will perform this movement whilst you are relaxed with an aim to increase your mobility and flexibility and reduce your pain.
Get in touch to see how this can help with your pain!
Gift Vouchers are now available!
Give the gift of pain relief and relaxation this Christmas, Birthday or Anniversary.
They are available in any amount, so you can spend as little or as much as you like! This gives you the option to pay for a 30 minute, 60 minute or 90 minute session, or pay a smaller amount towards a massage or treatment session.
A thoughtful gift for your partner, brother/sister, family member, teacher or trainer!
Contact Jeni on 07984008186, MaximiseST@gmail.com or via the Facebook page for more details.
To meet the needs of our lovely patients (present and future), our sports injury and massage clinic is now open on SATURDAYS at Unit D, Catherine Street, Warrington WA5 0LH.
Appointments are available 9am-2pm.
Get in touch to book! We look forward to seeing you :)
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