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 Thursday, May 25, 2017
Is your Back Crooked?
I think that American Backs are made the same as Brisitsh Backs...
Here is a link to a pretty novel book exposing the 'Crooked Back Pain industry', got to hand it to the creatives for that book title :-)
Check out tis authors 6 year mission to highlight just what Back pain is and how it can REALLY be treated.
Check out this exert of the interview:
Perhaps the most shocking statistic in your book was regarding your poll of 100 doctors.
This was a question posed to spine surgeons: ‘Would you have spine surgery?’ [Specifically lumbar fusion or disc replacement surgery.] And resoundingly, in this group, all said ‘No,’ except one. Now, that should tell you all you need to know.
Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, May 18, 2017
How deep do you want it?
Meet Luis - he's the main man when it comes to Sports Massage, and he's going to be working out of our treatment room.
We don't work with clinicians or coach's that we don't trust or believe in, and that's why we don't ever refer to anyone else in Cheltenham for Sports Massage and there is a very good reason for that...
This is a man who will listen to how you like your Sports Massage:
Luis doesn't believe you need to leave people screaming and squirming on the couch to be effective.
Luis doesn't believe you need to leave people covered in bruises to give an effective Sports massage - Actual Bodily Harm isn't right!
Sports massage is going to help you recover from sports faster meaning you can 'go again' sooner than you'd realised.
With the help of Deep tissue techniques you will find a reduction in exercise-induced swelling and improved muscle and tendon flexibility...letting you train harder and faster again.
Preparation to perform well before, during and after training is what Luis is all about.
With his arrival comes an awesome deal:
Luis treats for 30 or 60-minute slots and we are so convinced you will love what he does and find his work useful that until the end of June he's offering an hours treatment for only £30. A great discount on his normal rates.
**Please note this offer is only for new patients to Luis and is valid until the end of June only**
Please get in contact with us here at Straight Back to either find out more or schedule a session.
Posted by Stuart Fossella on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Consistency...in fixing Sports Injuries
So you have a sports injury (or injury that’s not necessarily caused by sport) and it just won't settle and disappear.
You have waited 4-6 weeks already and its now starting to get frustrating. It's stopping you from training, competing or working well. It might even be affecting your sleep.
By now you probably still haven't given up hope of the injury getting better on its own. But maybe it's time to take the plunge and get some help - particularly if you want to fast track your recovery.
By now your partner is probably as fed up as you with the injury because you can't stop moaning about it :-).
Well it's time to begin to help yourself
What’s the next step you really should be taking to get yourself going again? Well, let us explain more because if you can begin to help yourself, well you are going to start to feel better, be more positive and your partner will be happy as well (as your moaning and groaning begins to dry up).
The topic of this post is about consistency in performing Physio rehab when recovering from injury, (sports related or not).
So what do I mean by consistency in Physio rehab exercises?
Well…dedication to sticking with a rehab regime and consistently sticking to it for probably 6 weeks + - yeah not what you wanted to hear?, but likely to be more fun than not doing anything for 6 weeks (which is probably what you have been doing up until this point).
‘Straight forward’ injuries, if there is such a thing, such as muscular strains and ligament sprains require input, even at the most basic level. When we are injured the body works hard, and a heck of a lot harder than you would imagine to self-heal. Now, this is all good and well, but you need to do yourself a favour and help out a little (or probably even quite a lot in all reality) and this is where consistency in rehab comes from. In order for you to make lasting changes muscle, ligament, tendon and the Cardio Vascular system you need to stick to training or rehab, or whatever you want to term it.
The body does respond to a training regime or Rehab programme, but it takes time, weeks in fact of Consistent Rehab or training. Let me explain…
If I go to the gym 1 x per week and lift the smallest dumbbells that I can find am I likely to get rippling muscles that look good on the beach and make me stronger? Not likely - I’d need to consistently train with heavier weights and be specific about training for increasing muscle size (consistency).
If I'm a novice runner and I want to train to run a half marathon, then I could take in 1 run a week and stick to plodding along at an 11-minute mile pace, at this rate I'm not likely to ever be able to run 13.1 miles anytime soon am I? I need to base my training towards being able to run 13.1 miles, and make it specific to this (by being consistent in my training by gradually increasing the distance of my training runs).
If I eat nothing but chips every day of the week for lunch and follow this by eating nothing but pizza for dinner - I'm probably going to get heavier and fatter and prone to a heart attack because I've been consistent…in eating a crappy diet that is.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
What I'm suggesting is that consistently doing nothing about a sports injury means my injury is likely to persist for longer than it should, and improve at a very slow rate. But if I addressed the injury and began to stretch out damaged or scarred muscle, and consistently did it - it will probably help.
If I stuck to a specific programme of exercise that was designed to help my torn muscle heal and get stronger it’s likely to heal in time (with accurate and consistent loading).
If I stuck to and consistently performed balance exercises to help heal damaged ankle ligaments, then I'd probably end up with better balance and stronger ligaments in the longer term, get it?
Of course its not as simple as doing willy-nilly exercises. They need to be specific and accurate for the particular Sports injury that you have.
Keep rehab consistent, and accurate and Progressive! - the other key ingredients to a successful rehab programme.
I only have to consider how we treat the pros over at Cheltenham Town FC on a day to day basis - you might believe it now when I tell you that we treat them with specific, accurate and progressive exercise that’s also consistent. It's their job but these guys are doing their Physio rehab every day, with perhaps 1 rest day a week. It’s why they seem to get back to sport quicker than us mere mortals - because they are treated with consistent frequency.
Sure there is more to overcoming injury than just doing the basics every day. But as a good starting point, you really should be doing your basic rehab , probably consisting of stretching and strengthening every day - consistently :-)
You know where we are - you can find our contact details on the website. If you need more input, we’d love to help you if we can.
Because we love what we do and love helping people out.
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Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, April 20, 2017
We've moved home
You can now find us at Gym 66
The team at Straight Back Physiotherapy would like to inform you that with immediate effect all of our clinics will now be run out of Gym 66 in Cheltenham, just off Alstone Lane.
As the crow flies our new home is less than 1/4 of a mile from the High Street so we hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone too much.
In fact rather than inconvenience anyone we hope that our new home will benefit everyone. There is Free Parking available on the trading site - in any free slot, you can find.
There is a nice and comfy waiting area for you to sit in, and we have a new and sparkling treatment room to work out of.
Of course, there is a fully packed out gym with probably the best equipment in town.
In a few weeks time, we will have a new website filled with useful tips and tricks for you.
We hope that you benefit from our new location, and we hope that your overall experience of coming to see us will improve no end. We are just trying to provide excellence all round. Hope to see you soon.
Please see the link below for detailed information on where to find us now: