Whilst heavily training for my latest half marathon target time l I unfortunately injured my hip. My initial hope that it would disappear miraculously was short lived and I initially didn't know where to turn...
Sarah and Stuart helped me back to running after an ankle injury and have provided me with the support not only to get back to running, but to take my sports to the next level. Without them there would be no way I would have been able to finish my half ironman triathlon season this year, or run my marathon at the end of it. A brilliant result given I couldn't run 3 miles without my ankle collapsing when I first came to see them.
When I pulled my calf muscle I didn't think that I would be able run in the Cheltenham Half marathon, thankfully Stuart was able to help me. He provided an accurate injury diagnosis and rehabilitation plan. By following his advice and doing guided rehab in the gym I ran the half marathon and was pleased with my performance. Especially considering I didn't think I would make the start line!
Sarah and Stu at Straight Back Physio have helped me move from the point where I was regularly picking up muscle tears, to the point where I am fitter, stronger and training better than I have been in years. My injuries have been treated successfully, and more importantly for me, the underlying causes have been found and dealt with - meaning I no longer attract the nickname "Mr Glass" from my refereeing colleagues....
As a rugby player injuries are bound to occur. I should of gone to see Stuart earlier to sort out my knee ligament after I tweaked it in preseason training. He gave me expert treatment and loads of advice so that I was well aware of the time scale of my recovery and what I needed to do. Stuarts support gave me the confidence I needed and I progressed week by week. He made me well aware of supporting my knee and building strength. I built up my training and was back to full contact after 6weeks. I would definitely recommend Stuart and I still do my exercises :)
After living with knee pain for 4 years I sought help from Stuart when the pain was beginning to get too much, and stopping me from training for a big ride I had planned. I had been trying to treat my knee myself believing that I would be living with the pain for the rest of my life. Stuart instantly diagnosed the problem and in the first few weeks I made more progress than I had done in the previous 4 years....
Straight Back Physio provide a really friendly and professional service which helped me to make a quicker recovery from my injury. They taught me how to manage my body better to prevent the same injury from reoccurring. Great for ongoing treatment or the odd check up. Sarah and Stu treat everyone as an indiviual and offer what's best for them. Would recommend Straight Back Physio to anyone.
Posted by Stuart Fossella on Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Are we in the Gym or Treatment room today?
This got me thinking last week when a patient asked me if I spend more time with patients in the treatment room or the gym?
It's true and part of what makes us unique at Straight Back Physio - we get patients in the gym and rehabbing.
We believe in order to have the best outcome from injury whether that be a long-term back problem or running injury, or any other injury for that matter you ultimately need to get strong again!
And that's why you will find me, Sarah and Francesca doing rehab work with patients in the gym.
Sure we work with patients on the treatment couch in the treatment room, because we value the benefits of soft tissue release and joint manipulation.
Some of you need taping up for sure but we know the best results cone from a balanced approach to care, and that includes work inside and out of the treatment room.
Not all gym rehab is the hard effort, sweat inducing, muscle aching exercise. Actually, more of it is about stretching and fine balance and control based corrective exercise!
But of course, we are only going to try to do what's right for you and what we as Physio and patient agree is required for you to achieve the best outcome in the long run. It's all we all want after all isn't it?
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Blimey, I've even heard about people who have slept in the office
before because of deadlines! That's got to be some kind of comfy office
chair you've got (and I don't believe that Occupational health have
been that kind to order you in a bed).
So in order to stop looking like a 90 year old Tin Man when you get in and out of your work chair, get moving some more.
Have a little look through this little list, there has to be something that you like, and something that the IT Administrator will let you install!
if you have followed a little of previous advice you are already
scheduling a walking break in the day, and now you can start the 3xhour
desk giggle by simply standing up, having a stretch and getting back to
My particular favourite method is the Pomodoro, check that
out, great Italian tomato sauce and time management :-) - which not only
sees you get up and move but maybe even makes you more productive, WIN,
So do yourself a favour and if you only do one thing this new year to help keep your back supple and moving - Get up and schedule a walking break into your day.
Maybe make it habit to walk at lunch time, get some fresh air in the lungs. Or perhaps when you park the car on the drive of an evening go for a 15 minute brisk stroll before you get in through the front door to slide into the slippers.
Its just and idea, but maybe now with the new year, its time to make a resolution to get a little more active - for the sake of your Back if nothing else.
PS Happy New Year from the Stuart, Sarah and Francesca
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