Sports and Spinal Physio LTD
24 Tallon Road
Hutton
Brentwood
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Uncontrolled Movement – Pain, Injury and Treatment

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

The Concept of Relative Flexibility and Stiffness The term relative flexibility refers to the theory that during movement the body and in particular our joints and soft tissues will take the path of least resistance, that is movement will always occur at a joint or region that is more flexible than a stiffer neighbouring one (Sahrmann 2002). This can occur in tissue and joints next to each other as well as ones that are opposite.  For example the fourth lumbar vertebra (the second from last bone in your lower back) might develop increased movement during backward bending to compensate for a stiff upper back or stiff hip flexors.  Once a joint or soft tissue has increased in its range of movement to compensate for the adjacent stiffness the supporting structures (ligaments, capsule and muscle) become insufficient at resisting movement...

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Bench Press and Shoulder pain

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Are there any precautions we should be taking when bench pressing? Should we be sticking to single arm standing cable pressing for maximum scapula (shoulder blade) movement to keep our shoulders ‘safe’ or do we just continue on with the big bench presses that are common in todays gyms? Bench has long been a favourite exercise of body builders, sports people and gym goers for development of hypertrophy and strength in the pecs, triceps and anterior deltoid. This is because bench press tends to get great results due to the ability to maximally load the muscles ie weight lifted/intensity. Lying on a bench to perform chest/bench press can lead to lack of scapula retraction (backward movement) and result in increased movement at the shoulder ball and socket joint. The forward shear of the ball on the socket will stress...

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5 reasons massage is not just about pampering yourself!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Massage helps to: 1.Relieve Pain – stiff tight muscles can lead to pain 2.Promote Better Sleep– reduce tension, improve relaxation and affect the hormones that help us drift off to sleep. 3.Relieve Mild Depression – stress increases our level of cortisol, this hormone affects our mood. Massage reduces tension and stress and has the potential to rebalance our hormone levels. 4.Reduce Post Exercise Soreness – Massage helps to flush away the build up of lactic acid and other metabolites that cause post exercise soreness. 5.Improve Circulation – Massage improves circulation and lymph drainage. In addition to these 5 benefits we use massage to loosen up the stiff bits in your body that limit your movement and cause you to compensate with with movement elsewhere. It is these compensations that cause pain. So it works great with your physio treatment too! Want to know more? Please see...

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IDD Therapy – Spinal Decompression – New treatment for bulging herniated and slipped discs

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

Well it’s here! Our IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression machine arrived two weeks ago. We feel very excited to be in the position to bring this fantastic new treatment for sciatica, back and neck pain to Brentwood and the surrounding areas. We are one of only 16 clinics offering this service in the UK. IDD Therapy Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy is the successful and trusted non-surgical spinal decompression treatment for back pain, neck pain and related conditions such as sciatica. We will become the 16th clinic in the UK to offer this exciting new treatment and we are very excited! Most spinal problems are as a result of a problem at a specific level, for example L5/S1 in the lower back. IDD Therapy can target the specific level and gently distract (draw apart) the segments of the spine by...

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Muscle Stretching – more harm than good?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Sports Injury | 1 comment

Stretching we all do it, but is it really necessary? Stretching became very fashionable in the 1980’s, there wasn’t a fitness programme or video that didn’t advocate it. But does it work and do we really benefit from it? What we do know is that static stretching for less than 40-60 seconds is a waste of time! Your muscle has built in stretch receptors that need to switch off to allow the muscle to relax and lengthen and it takes approximately 40 seconds for this to take place. Static stretching will make muscles longer, eventually and if done enough. However some research suggests that you have to stretch for up to 30 minutes a day to achieve this! So is stretching actually good for us? Lets take a good old fashioned stretch  – “touching our toes”. This can be...

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