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.
The piece potentially links weak Glutes to well... Just about everything :-)
Back pain, Knee pain, Ankle pain...
So here's the link and the Video piece with the recovering victim of Dormant Butt Syndrome - Note on her caption 10 seconds in, she 'Had' Dormant Butt Syndrome - thankfully it would seem she now has a lively Butt
Check the piece above
To all of our patients running the Cheltenham half on Sunday - good luck, you guys certainly aren't lazy Arses.
If you see our very own Francesca on the route - give her a shout - Good luck all of you
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Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, August 25, 2016
This is Novel
Sports Injury Prevention
I saw a chap this week who runs fast, and he was keen for a REVIEW OF HIS RUNNING TECHNIQUE.
Nothing too unusual about that I hear you say. Or is there???
Let's call this man 'Steve'. He's just completed a half iron man without too much trouble.
He's historically had some knee pain on and off, but not enough to stop him from competing.
But this is where his story differs. You see...
So Steve has a place in the London marathon for next year based on good for age times:
Steve has done enough running to know that he is likely to end up slightly sore at some point of his training regime due to this ongoing knee niggle of his. Like I said, this isn't enough pain to stop him running, but its enough to get in the way of a good training regime and probably enough to mean he comes to see us for treatment pre-race (exactly what he doesn't want).
So...he's come to see us to have his running style reviewed to eliminate the problems that he has had in the past.
That's out of the norm and an intelligent move! - But Steve is an intelligent guy and a quick runner :-)
Already it's become apparent on quick review, that he has a potential irritation to the FAT PAD of the knee (yes we've even got lumps of fat in them nobbly knees).
And at quick glance there looks as though there are some factors in his stride and foot placement that we can work on with running GAIT Re-Education.
So the plan is to review his running in detail, and work on running gait retraining over a 6-week period to modify his foot placement and reduce his RUNNING KNEE PAIN & irritation and while were at it, we will try to improve his PB and save him some money!
Save him some money???
That's right. With any luck Steve will be running pain free because of his diligence, and we won't have to treat him in the build up to the London Marathon 2017.
Thus Ultimately saving his some money.
What's that old saying...prevention is better than cure.
Happy bank holiday weekend from the Team.
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Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, August 04, 2016
Shoulder Injury and Sport-The Old Classic.
Common Rugby and Cricket related Shoulder Sports Injury - Rotator Cuff Strain.
Its a classic and I’ve said it before that its human nature to put things off. I use the analogy of not fixing the squeaky pedals on my bike until it reaches critical importance - i.e. they are about to fall off and I won't be able to get to work anymore.
Its exactly the same with the SPORTS INJURIES that we treat.
Its only when they become a limiting factor that people will do much about them. People can put up with pain and discomfort but when injury gets in the way of sport or regular day to day activity then people take action and become patients!
A few weeks ago I was reminded of such a scenario and it made me think about what might have been done if we had seen them sooner.
So…Classic SPORTS Injury and SHOULDER Pain -
The story goes a little something like this…Super sporty guy playing rugby, hockey and cricket. Back at the beginning of the year he suffers a shoulder injury while playing rugby. Nothing too serious, painful catching of the arm that caused a wrenching and SHOULDER Pain.
A bit or rest and all seems fine but on attempting to play Sport the same problem persists.
But this continues for months, same old scenario rest fine, playing = pain. Nothing too serious but clearly not clearing up anytime soon.
The Shoulder is Still painful, especially now that its cricket season. Its apparent that there is a SHOULDER INJURY, and throwing causes pain at the point of the Shoulder.
An injury rested for much longer than 6 weeks that is not getting any better is UNLIKELY to do so on it own!
This is exactly the type of SPORTS INJURY that we can be helping with at Straight Back Physio.
When we reviewed this chap there was a definite restriction in his movement and a definite weakness in his damaged Shoulder. All signs point to this being a problem with his ROTATOR CUFF -
The Rotator Cuff is a group of 4 small muscles that sit around the Shoulder Joint helping to keep the ball and socket held centrally together. When the Rotator Cuff muscles work well then there is great control of the Shoulder Joint and generally not much pain.
When there is either damage or weakness of the Rotator Cuff then we might begin to notice problems, especially in throwing and contact as per Cricket and Rugby.
These are Shoulder problems that can be fixed through rehabilitation exercise, but only when the problem has been diagnosed in the first instance.
Exercise to relieve stiffness and improve Strength and control of the shoulder joint are just some of the ways in which we fix ‘Cuff Injury’. and this can be fixed with Physio in weeks rather than months!
Injury doesn't have to linger on, and shouldn't linger on. When symptoms of pain and stiffness don't disappear in weeks rather than months its probably time to get it checked out!
If self help and stretching doesn't help enough then…Get Some Hands on Physio treatment
There probably isn’t a faster way to ease shoulder pain than by going to see a Physio…
At Straight Back Physio will be able to diagnose, soothe and relax tight aching muscles, as well as give you personalised exercises programme that will help strengthen your muscles and make sure your posture is perfectly aligned.
If you’d like more quick tips like this to help ease shoulder pain, visit our website where you can download my free tips guide instantly: http://www.straightbackphysio.co.uk/sports