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Gift Vouchers Now Available

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Give that special person the gift of Massage this Christmas..

Sports Massage Gift Vouchers make an Ideal present for Sports and non Sports people alike. There are many benefits of Sports Massage, one of them being the release of endorphins and that feel good factor, especially good in the winter months…

Most people can benefit from a Sports Massage, there are a few contra-indications that are discussed at an initial consultation to make sure the treatment is appropriate for the individual. You can view my consultation form here.

My Gift Vouchers can be purchased at any value and Massages start from as little as £22. Gift Vouchers can be used at any of my Sports Massage clinics in Cornwall, including Penzance, St.Ives and Carbis Bay and are valid for 1 Year from the date of purchase.

Please contact me if you would like to order a voucher which I can post direct to your door.

Health and happiness,

Ben

 

My New Practice

Clarence House, Penzance.

img_1287Exciting news!!…….From December 6th 2016 my new Penzance practice will be at Clarence House Therapy Centre

I am really looking forward to being part of the team. Clarence House has a well established and highly regarded reputation, including Physiotherapy, Yoga, Pilates, Acupuncture, Sports Massage and much more all under one roof.

My New Treatment Room

img_1273I am loving my new treatment room, it is clean and light with plenty of room to conduct a consultation, demonstrate stretches, foam rolling and strengthening exercises. My room is on the ground floor close to the comfortable waiting room and easy to reach for patients with limited mobility.

A warm welcome awaits you at Clarence House where I will be running my clinic every Tuesday from 8.30am to 6.oopm. Please feel free to contact me any time if you would like to make an appointment to see me.

Remember to keep an eye on my blog and Facebook page where I will be giving away gift vouchers for Sports massage to use at my new Clarence House practice.

Health and happiness, Ben

 

 

A New Testimonial

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How nice it was for me to receive this wonderful testimonial from a patient of mine. What made it all the better was the fact that I never asked Andrew for a testimonial, he was so pleased with his treatment and improvement to his injury that he volunteered to write it.

Thank you Andrew

You can read more testimonials here

Health and Happiness, Ben

Communication is Key

img_1177It is always encouraging to get some positive feedback from a patient who has taken the time to let you know that your treatment has helped them.

I think it is important not to underestimate communication and keeping a channel of dialogue and conversation open.

From an initial phone call to me or when making an inquiry to find out if my treatments are right for you, I will be looking to see if it is indeed the best course of action for you or do you need to be referred ?

I will begin by letting you tell me your specific problem, pain or injury. In my 12 years of clinical practice I have seen a wide variety of problems from a broad spectrum of different people, so please don’t worry.

 

The next step is coming to see me, some people are nervous to begin with as they are not sure what to expect. I will do my best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed and there really is nothing to worry about. We need to go through a consultation form together and I find this a good opportunity to find out more specifically what the problem is. From here we can begin your treatment which can include massage, ultrasound, kinesiology taping, stretching and strengthening or a combination of more than one.

If you feel you may benefit from a Sports Massage please contact me.

If you would like to read more testimonials then look here.

Look out for my next blog where I will be talking about the importance and benefits of having a massage that you might not have thought of.

Health and happiness, Ben

What are the benefits of Sports Massage

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Sports Massage

Sports Massage was originally developed to serve athletes as a way to prevent injuries by detecting areas of tension and imbalance and also to promote healing , speed up recovery from injuries and reduced the likelihood of re-injury.

Sports Massage is a type of massage that can alleviate pain in the body which athletes and non athletes alike can gain physiological and psychological benefits from.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Prevention

Sports Massage can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, delayed soreness typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after exercise. Sports massage prevents onset muscle soreness by encouraging blood and lymph flow throughout the body which assists in the removal of metabolites and other toxins. integrated into a weekly training regimen, athletes may avoid DOMS, relax and revitalise muscles, feel calmer and more focused before and after events.   (Zainuddin, Zainab et al. Effects of massage on delayed onset muscle soreness, swelling, and recovery of muscle function. Journal of athletic training.)

Stress and Pain Reduction

Sports Massage can help a person manage stress. When a person receives a sports massage, their body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. Endorphins are released by two areas of the brain known as the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, and they act as the body’s natural pain reliever. Endorphins that are released due to receiving a  sports massage help to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve mood and enhance a persons state of wellbeing.

If you feel you may benefit from a Sports Massage and wish to discuss your query with me then please get in touch, I would be happy to hear from you.

Health and happiness, Ben

 

Type 2 Diabetes-The Hidden Killer

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This BBC Panorama documentary follows patients and vascular surgeons at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. It is a study into type 2 diabetes, the health epidemic that afflicts almost 1 in 10 people in Birmingham and can lead to heart failure, blindness, kidney disease and leg amputations. You can watch it here

Some facts revealed in this programme are that there are over 4 million people in the UK with type 2 diabetes, with one new case being diagnosed every 2 minutes and set to rise by another million in the next 10 years. It also states that 9 out of 10 patients are over weight or obese and that in most cases type 2 diabetes is avoidable as the triggers are a bad diet and lack of exercise. One consultant told us that type 2 diabetes out numbered  all types of cancer diagnosis in the uk by a ratio of 3:1.

Put in simple terms, the higher the blood sugar levels, the more damage it does. Blood sugar is measured in mmol/litre and is ideal below 8. In the programme one 15 year old boy had a blood sugar level of 18 mmol/litre. He was encouraged to do more exercise and was seen walking in a park, great, drinking a bottle of lucozade at 29% sugar content, not great!

It goes on to say that type 2 diabetes patients are twice as likely to have a heart attack and three times more likely to have kidney disease, and that 40% of patients on dialysis are type 2 diabetic.

One Vascular Surgeon, concerned with the longterm viability of such a strain on the NHS said ‘that each time a patient is admitted to hospital there is a huge price tag in terms of economic cost to mobilise staff and recourses’. The NHS spends nearly £1 billion per year on related foot ulcers and amputations in type 2 diabetes alone. Just one lower limb amputation and rehab costs £38,000. The average cost of a hospital bed for 1 night cost £400. In the documentary, Norma who required an above the knee amputation will spend 1 month in hospital recovering. It was revealed that the total cost to the NHS of type 2 diabetes added together is a massive £10.3 billion or 10% of the total NHS budget.

Some consultants propose that bariatric surgery is the way forward, removing most of the stomach and replacing it with a tube to prevent over eating, with a cost to the NHS of £5000 per operation. There are however risks with any surgery.

In my view some of the vast sums of money being spent could be used on education, teaching people how to cook healthy meals from scratch and access to personal trainers or fitness classes, providing a support network to help keep patients motivated , monitor their progress, to stay healthy and out of hospital and off the surgeons table. This would be helping people where they need it and would pay back in the long term saving the NHS money and creating a happy and healthy population along the way. Surely it is time for change.

 

 

Shin Splints (MTSS)

Medial Tibial stress syndrome (periostitis of the medial distal margin of the tibia) or ‘shin splints’ is a common complaint in athletes, especially those who change activity level or intensity over a short period of time, change of training surface, change of training shoe, alteration of technique (e.g. forefoot running from heel striking), but the most common is intensive training on hard tracks, streets or floors.

This syndrome can be triggered by running and other jumping sports, the main cause of the pain being repeated landing and take off from the surface. Runners who run with externally rotated feet (‘Charlie Chaplin runners’) and increased pronation can be a contributory cause.

Good preventative measures are to change training surface, duration and intensity gradually, warm up, cool down and stretch the posterior compartment muscles(Gastrocnemius, Soleus, Posterior Tibial, Flexor Hallucis Longus) regularly. I also find working on foot mobility including rolling the Plantar Fascia with a ball useful.

For treatment in my clinic I will conduct a thorough consultation looking at training plans/goals, training shoes and foot type.I will then asses the injury to get an accurate diagnosis and to rule out other lower leg pathologies including Posterior Compartment Syndrome or Stress Fracture etc. I will then, if appropriate massage the lower leg, both posterior and anterior compartments and apply Kinesiology Tape to off-load the affected area (as pictured ). I find this to be very effective, combined with cross training on a bike and swimming and temporary rest from running, excellent results can be achieved.img_1092

Dr Chris Van Tulleken

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Dr Chris Van Tulleken, an infection specialist and researcher has launched a very interesting study and 2 part documentary aired on the BBC. The aim of the study was to reduce the amount of medication some NHS patients are prescribed, particularly for pain relief and low mood.

Studies show that after 6-8 weeks on pain killers that there efficacy is decreased and may even be counter productive and can lead to liver damage as well as being addictive.

In his study, Dr Van Tulleken consulted with GP’s at a North East London surgery with 14,000 patients on its books that issues 200,000 prescriptions per year. It became clear that as Dr Chris sat in on a clinic that there is a huge pressure for Doctors to end a 10 minute consultation with a prescription, due in no small part to the patients expectation.

This view is echoed by Dr Muir Gray, chief knowledge officer for the NHS who said ‘Over medication is the most serious problem we face.’ ‘40,000 Doctors with 10 minutes to get closure with a patient who is lead to believe the solution is a prescription , the Doctor with nothing else to offer is under pressure to end with a prescription.’ Dr Muir ended by saying ‘we need to change the way we think, we need to change the way we do things.’

Dr Chris Van Tulleken took time to visit patients at home and put in place alternatives to help combat long term chronic pain and depression. The treatment prescribed was reducing doses and dependancy on pain killers and anti depressants whilst increasing exercise. The results were quite dramatic and well worth a watch for any one suffering from long term pain or depression.The Doctor who gave up drugs is available to view on the BBCi player.

In conclusion I think the Doctors of the future will look more towards disease prevention with support for patients to make the right choices and take regular exercise. Studies show that a 30 minute brisk walk 5 times per week can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In my opinion well worth the effort and in the long run a lot less costly to the NHS. As Dr Muir Gray said, ‘Its time for change’

 

Alberto Contador using Kinesiology Tape
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After crashing badly on stage 7 of this years Vuelta A España, Alberto relied heavily on his team Physio’s to prepare him for the rest of this very tough stage race.
One of the treatment strategies they employed was the use of Kinesiology Tape, amongst other treatment modalities K tape can be very beneficial as it will continue to work during an event even after the Physio has completed his other treatments, i.e manipulations, massage, ultrasound etc.
This approach definitely benefited Alberto as he not only finished the race but came in a very close and respectful 4th place overall.
I am seeing more and more professional athletes using Kinesiology Tape to improve performance and support injuries. This is being backed up in my own clinics with great results being seen in many of my patients conditions including Oedema Control, Achilles Tendonitis, Anterior Patella Pain Syndrome, Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome), Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) to name a few. I rarely use Kinesiology tape in isolation but will incorporate it within a treatment plan which may also include Sports Massage, Trigger Point work, Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) Ultrasound Therapy,  Re-Hab protocols and Stretching.