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Deep Tissue Sports Massage Stirling Every Saturday 60 Minutes - £35 E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 00:00

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Deep tissue sports Massage 60 Minutes - Only £35 available from  8.00am every Saturday 

 Get in touch to book session call  01786 625025

Sports Injury Massage Therapy consists of a combination of soft tissue manipulation techniques, which can be used to help improve performance and optimise recovery following training or competition. All Sports Therapy Scotland therapists are skilled and experienced in Sports Massage Therapy and qualified to Degree level at least.

 
Football Close Season , Rest or Train or Improve? E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Saturday, 06 June 2015 10:53

Football Close Season , Rest or Train or Improve?

The long , virtually year round  football season comes to a close this evening with the showpiece Champions league final in Berlin with Juventus and Barcelona vying for the glory.How do these players last with minimal injury all season?

We are often asked by football players both amateur and professional if they should rest completely or do something to prepare for pre-season training? Especially after playing up to 50 games over the season.

 

There are a few factors to take into account and no easy answer but overwhelming advice would be to keep moving. Intensity of exercise is the important factors at this time. This is assuming that you aren't in exercise rehabilitation due to an injury where you will naturally be following that schedule regardless the time of year.

Lets separate the components of rehabilitation in the order i work to when treating clients and returning them to their sport. 

1 - Flexibility / Range of Movement

2 - Endurance

3 - Strength

4 - Power

5 - FN -Functional Normality

You should be able to work from 1 - 5 without pain or restriction to help maintain and ensure fitness for your chosen sport. Another way to put it is, if you are working on 3 - strength when you have an issue with 1 - Flexibility / range of movement then it makes sense that you will encounter a problem with strength training at this time and will unlikely change the flexibility issue!

Close season should be a time to identify a component ( 1-5) that may have been causing concern during the season and or improve on other areas of your fitness. Have a look again at the list above and ask yourself if you can work from one category to the next without any movement concerns or pain. If not take one step back and work on that area then return to the list and retest.

If you have any questions on the above please feel free to get in touch or call 07966570733 and enjoy the Final tonight if you are watching it!


 
Common Shoulder Injuries - Can we avoid them? E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Saturday, 18 April 2015 06:33

At our injury clinics we have seen lots of shoulder and neck injuries lately. In this blog we are looking to help explain why they may happen! Sports Therapy Scotland currently treats rotator cuff injuries , Shoulder impingement,frozen shoulder, pre and post op shoulder injuries. Get in touch if you have a question regarding your shoulder problem.

Common Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is the most vulnerable joint in the human body due to its complexity and mobility. Athletic activities involving excessive, repetitive, overhead motion such as swimming, tennis, pitching, volleyball and weightlifting frequently cause shoulder injuries. Everyday activities such as household chores and gardening, as well as trauma associated with falls and/or contact sports can lead to shoulder injuries. Shoulder problems also result from everyday wear and tear and may be a natural process of aging. Most problems in the shoulder involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons, rather than the bones. 


The shoulder is composed of only three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (upper arm bone). But did you know that the shoulder actually encompasses four joints including the acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, sternoclavicular and scapulothoracic? The acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints have little to no mobility, so trauma typically causes problems with these joints. The glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints, however, are very mobile. In fact, the ball-and-socket glenohumeral joint is the most moveable joint in the human body. The mobility of these joints makes the muscles, tendons and ligaments that stabilize them very susceptible to injury. The scapulothoracic and rotator cuff muscles must work together to stabilize and move these joints properly in order to prevent injuries. Pain and even injuries can result. Generally, two types of injuries can affect the shoulder. They can be classified as either overuse injuries or traumatic injuries.

 
10 great reasons to attend a kinesiology taping course E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 20:35

Many physios and massage therapists are already aware of the benefits of kinesiology taping for their clients yet a taping course could also be very useful to personal trainers and athletes, both amateur and elite.

The Level 1 Mobility Tape Pro Kinesiology Taping Courses offer the perfect introduction to learn how to use kinesiology tape for aiding sports performance and supporting faster injury recovery. 

1) To learn the history of K-taping
Kinesiology tape (or K-tape) was developed by a Japanese chiropractor Dr Kenso Kase in the 1970s. He specialised in the study of human movement but found that standard tapes restricted motion and so inhibited movement and ultimately the body’s ability to heal. He claimed that his kinesiology tape could better support muscles and aid the recovery of various injuries. 


2) To find out about the best modern kinesiology tapes 
Kinesiology tapes, such as such as Mobility Tape Pro, are 100% cotton and latex free. Among the many other properties, the tape can be stretched up to 30-40%, will remain adhesive for five days, allows the skin to breathe and can be worn in water. 

Mobility Tape Pro is unique because it is the world’s first and only kinesiology tape with a heat activation agent, which provides pain relief and support for hundreds of common muscle pain, joint and tendon-related pains and injuries. 
It achieves this by reinforcing joints, with the added heat agent used to relax aggravated muscles. 

3) To understand how kinesiology tape works
Taping areas of the skin over muscles and joints causes a form of decompression between the skin and the tissue underneath. It’s claimed that the decompression of the skin and underlying tissue has four main functions:
Supporting role: The tape, when applied in different ways, supports the muscle to either inhibit an overactive muscle or facilitate an underactive muscle
Removes congestion: Blood and lymphatic flow is improved into and out of the taped area so there is a faster removal of waste products from an injury. 

Mechanical effect: The tape has “longitudinal stretch” properties that are similar to those of skin, muscle and connective tissue. So, the tape can work to help the body’s stabilisation system.

Neurological effect: It’s claimed that having the tape on the skin can create a “non-painful stimulus” in that area to make it more difficult for the nervous system to feel the pain. 

4) To discover the sports for taping
In truth, there are no sports people that will not find benefits from K-taping. Kinesiology taping has been shown to work for so many different sports participants including runners, cyclists, gymnasts, swimmers, tennis players, footballers, horse riders, badminton players and more.

5) To learn the benefits for multidiscipline sports 
Triathletes have found the transition between sports to be aided by kinesiology taping. One keen long-distance triathlete is Chris Stirling, who swears by taping for his events. 

Chris says: “I use kinesiology tape to support the chains of movement and use of different muscle groups as I move between the three sports or triathlon. I find that my muscles tire less quickly when using Tape and it is easier to hold good form.

“For example, when switching from bike to run, you go from being bent double for six hours to wanting to run nice and upright. The stretch of the tape reminds me not to lean forward too much and to pull my shoulders back.”

6) To find out how to perform like a star
Footballer Gareth Bale, tennis star Novak Djokovic, Olympic diver Tom Daley and volleyball pro Katrin Holtwick are among the many top athletes who have been seeing using kinesiology tape to great effect. 

7) To be free of niggling injuries 
Sporting injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tenderness, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, A/C joint dysfunction, low back/SI joint pain, drop foot, ankle sprains, hamstring pulls, repetitive strain injuries and general back, shoulders, neck and knees niggles, as well as pulls and tears, can be improved, supported and relieved through kinesiology taping. 

It is possible to self-apply many of the taping methods, while sports trainers and therapists can improve their injury and performance support for clients.

8) To enhance sports performance 
Taping can also raise the anaerobic threshold of muscles during endurance activity so this means you can train and race harder and longer without the usual fatigue. 

9) For bruising relief
It might sound strange but bruises (or oedema) can be more speedily overcome by using a special K-taping method. The decompression – or area of negative pressure – created by taping allows blood vessels and lymphatic vessels to dilate (open), thus increasing the circulation of both fluids. This in turn, speeds up the healing process. 

10) To relieve tension headaches
British osteopaths who used kinesiology tape found that it is a “highly effective” method for treating severe headaches. One expert said: “Using the kinesiology taping technique helps to reposition the muscles that are under stress and therefore relieve tension in the neck, which can help with tension headaches.”

Book a Mobility Tape PRO Level 1 Course
Sports Therapy Scotland boasts has the UK’s only certified Mobility Tape instructor. The Mobility Tape PRO Level 1 Course is aimed at health care practitioners, such as chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic therapists, physiotherapists, fitness specialists and personal trainers. It can also be attended by keen sports people. 

The certificated CPD course will teach you important movement, muscle testing, assessments and taping applications and procedures.

To find out more about Sports Therapy Scotland’s 2015 courses across the UK see course programme

 
What is the "Core" ? E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Blog kindly supplied by Sports Therapy Scotland member, Educator , Elite Weightlifter , UKSCA Coach and PT Andy Tsang

The term ‘core' has been widely used within the strength and conditioning and rehabilitation sectors for many years. Since the early 1980s, core stability and strength have been the topics of focused research and have been extensively studied (Hibbs et al, 2008), with a focus of investigations in the1990s looking at the timing of the trunk muscles and their relationship to low back pain. Since then, research into trunk control has become an important factor in helping scientists gain a deeper understanding of the neuromuscular reorganisation in relation to back pain and injury (Lederman, 2010). Consequent studies reinforcing the significance of having a strong core in relation to back pain and stability (Willardson, 2007; Hibbs et al, 2008; Nesser et al, 2008) have led to core stability and core training becoming a dominant research areas within the rehabilitation sector and has therefore due to publicity, gained a lot of interest in the public eye.

Another reason as to why core training has gained such popularity in recent years is due to the culture. Through media and westernization, the young adult generation that we have nowadays have been brought up to believe that in order to look good, we all need to have a 6 pack and a well defined torsos. Although there is nothing wrong with being in great shape and is in my opinion a good thing; it has created a generation of health and fitness enthusiasts with limited knowledge and bags of enthusiasm. Some folk who believe that core training will help with posture and health are usually executing some form of inefficient or potentially dangerous core based exercise. Others who are obsessed with their vanity will usually result in doing some form of fancy ab crunch type manoeuvre trying to get their abs to ‘push through’ and basically just overdoing it.

Just to clarify, many people tend to associate core stability and strength with having well defined abs. This is a flawed way of thinking as visibility of abs is more related to low levels of body fat. If you wish to achieve visible abs then you have to reduce your body fat. Many people have this misconception that as long as you do enough core exercises then your abs will show. This is not possible, and without a low level of body fat percentage, you will not have the six pack look you desire. Although core training can strengthen up your midsection and build your abdominal muscles, you will still have a layer of fat surrounding the muscle tissue. If you want to have that cover model midsection, it can only really happen if you have a sound diet and a low body fat percentage along with your training.

Back on topic - some of the coaching world myself included, try to look at the core in a different manner. We try to look at the function of the core and what it actually does in regards to motion. Since we are all living organisms and are ever changing our positions and movements; a better understanding of the core will help us to select more appropriate exercises that will positively impact our performance. If we understand more about the core and how it helps us to move or resist movement, we can in theory develop more logical ways of strengthening our core and to build it’s musculature to improve our physical qualities. Believe it or not, even though there has been heavily publicized research into core stability within the rehabilitative sector and its benefits, there has been very little research examining the sporting performance benefits of core strength training, despite its popularity in many strength and conditioning programs (Willardson, 2007; Hibbs et al, 2008; Nesser et al, 2008). To add to this, core training has also changed and evolved multiple times due to different influences and theories. Bodybuilding influences as well as research into injury prevention and sporting performance have all played part in ever changing methods creating lots of confusion surrounding the core. One of many reasons for the lack of conclusive research in this field is due to the inconsistent testing methods and is often conflicting.

Although there are many different conflicting methods to core training there are however some similarities. Most coaches agree that there is some importance of core training and how it can aid in injury prevention and improving athletic abilities even though they might disagree on the methods chosen. Although some researchers have questioned its effectiveness, especially within a sporting context, it could be that the improvements in the strength and stability of the core from low load motor control exercises facilitate indirect impacts, allowing athletes to train pain free more often (Hibbs et al 2008).

The most important factor with core training though is to ensure that you include a variety of different exercises to challenge the core in various manners for maximal results. This is key as one of the main reasons is due to the chaotic environment in which the body has to deal with resisting or assisting the many different types of motions that occur in performing movement based tasks.

Hibbs et al (2008) reiterates this by explaining that “There is not one single exercise that activates and challenges all of the core muscles; therefore, a combination of exercises is required to result in core stability and strength enhancements in an individual.”

References

Hibbs, A. E., Thompson, K.G., French, D., Wrigley, A., & Spears, I. (2008). Optimizing Performance by Improving Core Stability and Core Strength. Sports Medicine. 38 (12), 995-1008.

Lederman, E. (2010). The Myth Of Core Stability. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. 1 (14), 84-98.

Nesser, T. W., Huxel, K. C., Tincher, J. L., & Okada, T. (2008). The Relationship Between Core Stability And Performance In Division 1 Football Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 22 (6), 1750-1754.

Willardson, J. (2007). Core Stability Training: Applications To Sports Conditioning Programs. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 21 (3), 979-985.

 
Who can use Kinesiology Tape? E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Sunday, 22 March 2015 00:00

A question i'm often asked by clients is ,- " who can use Kinesiology tape? " and "How can it help?"


Kinesiology Tapes such as Mobility Tape has been a growing modality in the health field since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Until recently, Kinesiology Tapes were primarily used by health care practitioners such as Chiropractors, Massage Therapist, and Physical Therapist to help heal injuries, provide pain relief and be part of the rehabilitation process.

Kinesiology tape goes over the muscle, not around it, which helps to stabilize it while still allowing full movement. The tape lifts the skin and fascia (connective tissue) covering a muscle so that blood moves more freely around it. As a person moves, the tape, skin and fascia also move. This creates space for blood and lymphatic fluid to flow around the muscle, which cleanses the muscle or tendon and reduces swelling.

Although, Fitness Professionals and Trainers can’t diagnose conditions, they can assess movement patterns and muscle function and use Mobility Tape to improve function and performance and help their clients move better.

How can a fitness professional use Mobility Tape to improve performance?

Mobility Tape provides neurosensory feedback so that you do not feel pain/discomfort as much or at all, which then helps to activate the neuromuscular response and activation of muscles. For sports such as soccer, football, and hockey, it can help to facilitate muscle contraction/endurance.

Main Benefits of using Kinesiology Tape For Trainers:

1.  Supporting the Muscle – taping improves the muscle’s ability to contract even when weakened, reducing pain and fatigue and protecting the muscle from cramping.

2.  Removing Congestion to the Flow Of Body Fluids – taping improves blood and lymphatic circulation and reduces inflammation and excess chemical buildup in the tissue.

More About Our Courses:

As the world’s first and only kinesiology tape with a heat activation agent, Mobility Pro Tape provides pain relief and support for hundreds of common muscle, joint, and tendon related pains and injuries, by reinforcing joints and added a heat agent to relax aggravated muscles. With our dual action Kinesiology Sports Tape, it will always minimize pain and help your clients reach their true potential!

Engineered to perform in the harshest environments, Pro has the tenacity to last for an entire week, through multiple runs, daily showers, in humidity, cold, or in the pool.

Our Mobility Tape PRO Level 1 Course is a unique course for health care practitioners such as Chiropractors, Massage Therapist, Athletic Therapist, Physiotherapist, and Trainers to learn and integrated Mobility Taping techniques with and PRO and Sports Tape Series!

Our Level 1 course goes beyond your average Kinesiology Sports Tape Course as we teach Functional Assessment, Muscle Testing, Sports Conditions and Practical application. Our goal is to go above taping and help your clients reach the next level of pain free movement and performance!

Courses available to book - 

 
Golf Injuries What are they ? - Explained E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

Golf Injuries in Detail


1 Low Back Pain
2 Golfer's Elbow
3 Plantar Fasciitis
4 Knee Pain
5 Shoulder Pain


What is Low Back Pain?

Low back pain is the most common golf injury. The repetitive action of the golf swing is the number one cause of low back pain in golfers, so golf swing faults should be corrected by a professional. A 'Reverse Angle' swing fault is a common cause of back pain that occurs when the spine deviates from the vertical during the swing.

 
Top 5 Injuries likely to Happen When Playing Rugby E-mail
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Sunday, 15 February 2015 12:05

With the 6 Nations Rugby tournament into its second phase of matches i thought wed take a look at the current top 5 rugby injuries happening today. The current IRB concussion guidelines link is at bottom of this blog


 
Back Pain , What can we do about it , Part 2 E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:28

Back Pain Blog part 2, written by Robert Scott MXP Stirling

When You’re Back in the Gym

This is when you really need to be careful.  The golden rule here is the same as it always is: if it hurts – don’t do it!  There are ways that you can get a pretty meaty lower body workout, even with a back injury.  The key is to use exercises with little to no loading on your spine.  The exercises I’ve found to be most effective are:

-Dumbell Bulgarian Split Squats: these absolutely hammer your quads.  Doing them with dumbells means very little loading on your spine, so you can load them up pretty heavy once you’re used to the technique.  Start light though!  There’s a large balance component and if you sacrifice form for weight you can still injure yourself, so be careful.  Consider these a replacement for squats.  Regular lunges can work too, but I find the static nature of this exercise makes it a little safer.  The less movement, the better when there’s back pain involved.

 
Back Pain , What can we do about it , Part 1 E-mail
Written by Robert Scott   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:13

Thanks to Robert Scott from MXP Training Center Stirling for this excellent insight into Back Pain, enjoy!

It’s estimated that 80% of adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.  I’d bet that the number is even higher considering very few people ever actually report their back pain to a medical professional.  It’s mind-boggling when you think about it: if you had constant chest pains, or a constant migraine, then you would go to the doctor, but for some reason people just assume back pain is a fact of life which they just have to deal with forever.









Now before I go any further here, I should point out the obvious: I’m not a doctor, nor am I a medical professional of any kind.  If you have back pain then for God’s sake go and get it seen to!  I always deal with Dave Jenkins from Sports Therapy Scotland.  He’s a good friend of mine, so I’ll admit to being a bit shameless in plugging him here, but I can vouch for the fact he is the real deal and has done more for my back pain than a decade of seeing other physios.

 
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Top Tips to Stay Injury Free in 2015...

Looking to start 2015 injury-free? Well, follow these tips and see you you get on. 

1. Flexibility / Mobility, ensure that all major joints, including your spine, have a full pain free range of motion and sufficient muscle length.

 
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