How does Sports Massage help with training and injury?
Massage Therapy is a way to keep your body in tip top shape and ticketyboo!
How it helps:
- It helps maintain a good level of nourishment of tissues by increasing the blood supply. This promotes tissue health.
- It speeds up the function of your lymphatic system, helping your metabolism to get rid of its waste products.
- It releases endorphins which have a primary effect on pain signals and are secreted by the central nervous system producing a feeling of well-being and happiness.
- It helps you relax and reduce muscle tension accumulated with bad posture at work or poor self awareness.
Who can benefit from massage therapy?
- commuter cyclists
- football players
- body builders
- yoga practitioners
The “Wunda” chair really does work “wonders”
What is it?
Originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself as one of the comprehensive and versatile pieces of pilates equipment. It is basically a box with pedals attached to springs, providing resistance against exercise. The pedals can be separated and handles may be attached allowing for a myriad of exercises to keep things fun and interesting.
How is it used?
If you have experienced a Pilates reformer the wunda chair (although smaller and more compact) can do much the same plus more. It allows adaptations for people who may be unable to get down on a low reformer (ie elderly or acutely injured) or for those who may experience dizziness when lying down. The wunda chair trains the whole body for strength, flexibility and mobility in an exhaustive number of positions such as seated, standing and lying on or off the apparatus.
How can it help?
The wunda chair is exceptional for retraining imbalances within the musculoskeletal-skeletal system and “core” muscles in those who suffer from:
- back pain
- pregnancy related pelvic pain (PGP)
- neck pain
- posture retraining
- arthritis pain
- and much more
At Kennington Osteopaths and Physiotherapy, we treat a lot of women who suffer from pelvic girdle pain or other pregnancy related pains. The wunda chair has been a revelation for us successfully retraining and stabilising the pelvis to ease discomfort in women with PGP.
Contact us to find out more about how Pilates and the wunda chair may help you on your road to recovery back to doing the things you love again.
What is Pelvic Girdle Pain?
Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) can be an extremely uncomfortable condition that causes acute (brief) or chronic (ongoing) pain in the buttocks, groin, lower back or pubic area. It used to be called SPD (or symphysis pubis dysfunction) but has been recognised to affect many more areas that relate functionally or anatomically to the whole pelvis.
It is normally caused by the strain of ligaments and muscles as your body produces a ligament softening hormone (Relaxin) to allow the pelvis to accommodate your baby during delivery. This can cause muscles that overlie the joints to work harder and even go into spasm. When the muscles at the back of the hip (buttock) or front of the hip (groin) tighten or spasm it will make you limp and find it difficult to bear weight on that leg.
Symptoms of Pelvic Girdle Pain
- Pain / difficulty climbing stairs
- Difficulty turning in bed
- Pain transitioning to standing from sitting
- Pain initiating walking
- Standing on one leg
Occasionally, ligaments and muscles attaching the spine to the pelvis get strained or tighten up, giving you back pain and stiffness which can be very debilitating.
Physical and Emotional Effects of PGP
PGP is thought to affect up to 1 in 5 women. It can have indirect effect on your emotions, causing you more concern about your ability to have a natural birth, about burdening your partner or friends, not being able to manage older children and perhaps worrying about suffering pain after your baby is born when they need you most.
Some women might also wonder if the problem is their fault, may feel isolated as well as cheated of a joyful pregnancy.
How can PGP be treated?
To be clear, none of this is your fault. Osteopaths and physiotherapists are trained to identify specific ligaments, joints and muscles that are causing the problem and activities that might be limiting your body’s ability to recover. After identifying where the problems are, they are very well placed to use manual techniques to relieve muscle tension and joint stiffness and prescribe simple exercises that are adapted to your body and stage of pregnancy to help condition and strengthen the muscles that are overloaded.
If you are experiencing pelvic pain or some of the symptoms listed above during your pregnancy please get in touch with the team here at Kennington who will be delighted to advise and offer treatment to enable you to enjoy this special time pain free.
Headache affects nearly everyone at least occasionally.
It is a problem at some time in the lives of an estimated 40% of people in the UK and one of the most frequent causes of consultation in both general practice and specialist clinics as well as complementary therapy clinics such as osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture. Read more
What is RSI, who’s at risk and how to treat and prevent it.
What is RSI?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.
It most frequently affects the upper limbs and it is classified as a work-related non-specific limb pain.
Patients usually report pain on:
- forearms and elbows
- wrists and hands
- neck and shoulders
RSI symptoms can include headache, tenderness, stiffness, cramping, weakness, throbbing, tingling and numbness.
Swelling can also occur over the affected area when the condition is well established but at early stages symptoms tend to appear only while carrying out specific repetitive actions.
Who is at risk of developing RSI?
Desk bound workers are the most at risk category due to the amount of computer/laptop keyboard and/or telephone work involved.
What predisposes you to RSI?
- Repetitive manual activities
- High-intensity activity for a long time without rest
- Activities that require you to work in an awkward position
- Cold working environment (not emotionally of course!!)
- Vibrating equipment
How is RSI treated?
The first thing to do if you have RSI is to address your working environment to prevent this from getting any worse. This process is called ergonomic workstation assessment and it is carried out by a specifically trained physiotherapist, occupational therapist or osteopath who will be able to advise on structural changes to be made to your desk and/or equipment. It is expensive so get your HR department to pay for it. After all you deserve it because you work hard.
You might also find it helpful to take some painkillers, your GP will be able to prescribe some to you. However, you should probably make your way to a physiotherapist or an osteopath as soon as possible.
How can physiotherapy and osteopathy help?
- Your physiotherapist or osteopath will be able to diagnose RSI by clinically examine you
- They will provide you with manual treatment which aims to relieve your pain by stretching your muscles and mobilising the affected joints
- They will prescribe an adequate home exercise program for you to follow to prevent worsening of the symptoms and promote a speedy recovery
- They will advise you on postural control and awareness
- They will be able to give you a prognosis and set your expectations on a realistic target.
How to prevent RSI?
If you think you are in an “at risk” category for developing RSI, following are simple things that you can do to prevent it from affecting you;
- maintain good posture at work – see how to sit at a desk correctly
- take regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks – it’s better to take smaller, more frequent breaks than one long lunch break
- try relaxation techniques if you’re stressed
- book an appointment with a physiotherapist or an osteopath to seek advice and check the state of your muscles and joints.
- remember … prevention is always better than cure!
Our highly experienced team of multi-disciplinary practitioners at Kennington are on hand to advise and help with any issues you may have with regards to RSI amongst other things. Please get in touch if you would like to know more on 02077356813.
Neck Pain: What is it? What causes it? How it can be treated?
Neck pain is one of the most commonly treated musculoskeletal complaints in primary care and it can be disabling to varying degrees. Research shows that two-thirds of the population will suffer from neck pain at some stage in their life, more commonly in middle age and with women being generally more affected than men (Arthritis Research UK, 2011). Read more
Women’s Abdominal and Sacral Massage – also known as Fertility Massage
At Kennington Osteopaths we pride ourselves in the vast range of regular and alternative treatments we offer. One such treatment is Abdominal and Sacral Massage or Fertility Massage, designed specifically to benefit women who are experiencing gynaecological, digestive or emotional issues and want to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. Read on to find out more about the history of this lesser known treatment and how it may work for you.
Here at Kennington Osteopaths and Physiotherapy we like to think of physiotherapy as a journey. No matter which stage of your life you are at, whether you are a young professional with no strings or a soon-to-be parent with a lot of worries, a three day old newborn or an older retired grandparent, we can rehab you!
6 Reasons why it’s important to not just sit and wait
Being on a waiting list for a bad knee, hip, shoulder or any other joint in your body can be a really frustrating time. It’s tempting to see the surgery date as a reason not to do anything in the meantime assuming that the surgery will solve all the problems and you can move on from there. It’s worth considering, though, that with a bit of work and preparation beforehand your chances of making a faster more pain free recovery substantially increase.
- Having surgery is traumatic to the joint and so exercising the muscles afterwards can be really hard. Your physio, who will be familiar with the procedure you’ll be having, can advise and demonstrate which exercises you can safely do beforehand to strengthen the area so that post surgery you’ll feel stronger quicker.
- Maintaining an adequate level of fitness of the injured tissues prior to surgery allows these tissues to stay hydrated and well supplied by nutrients.
- Injured joints lose their ability to balance, this type of skill is called “proprioception”. A joint whose proprioception has been exercised before surgery will be a more stable joint after surgery too.
- When it comes to legs, the good side needs attention too! Strengthening the opposite or good side will help your body to cope with the natural postural compensation that will follow surgery for the very first weeks.
- Focusing on the strengthening of the surrounding joint (say elbow and forearm if your shoulder is getting surgery) helps your body cope with the temporary lack of function that the operated joint will suffer.
- Getting a physiotherapist to understand your condition before surgery makes you feel in safe hands as well as confident in the rehab process yet to come.
At Kennington Osteopaths and Physiotherapy we offer support, treatment and advice pre surgery as well as rehabilitation packages to accompany you from day one after surgery to the full return to your every day routine, with patience, care, competence and professionalism.
If you want to know more about preparing for surgery or want to know if we can help call us on 02077356813.
How to Achieve Post Surgical Recovery
At some point in our lives some of us may face the prospect of surgery being the best solution to repairing a body part after injury, illness or through wear and tear. Whilst this can be a painful and traumatic time there are a number of initiatives and therapies that can be used to speed up the healing process and ensure that you achieve the best recovery possible from your surgical procedure. Read more