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Muscle Mondays - Gluteus Maximus E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Monday, 18 September 2017 14:09

“Muscle Mondays”

Did you know you have approximately 640 muscles in the body?! They all contribute to our movements in different ways due to their strength and pliability. Here is a quick over-view of the largest and longest muscles in the body and how they can affect your daily routine…

In terms of surface area, the Gluteus Maximus, also known as the buttocks, is the largest muscle in the body and can be found posterior to the hip. It activates when extending the leg backwards as well as rotating the hip externally. If this muscle and other surrounding muscles such as the piriformis are too tight or too weak, they could present pain and stiffness in the lower back as well as the buttock.

The Sartorius muscle is the longest muscle in the human body and runs diagonally from the outside of the hip and runs towards the inner knee, where it inserts. Athletes who participate in sports involving kicking, or even people who regularly climb stairs daily, can suffer from tightness in this muscle. The symptoms can present at either the origin or insertion of the muscle.

We also have important nerves running through this are area with most commonly pain causing one being the Sciatic nerve. We see lots of clients who suffer from low back pain with the discomfort caused by sciatic nerve compression problems. We can treat this common issue with modalities such and Cryotherapy, Dry Needling and or Joint mobilisations.

If you you suffer with pain or injury from either of the following areas then don’t hesitate to contact us on 0141 334 1223 for an appointment. We can treat, rehabilitate and educate you on preventing further injury! Follow us to find out more information about muscles every Monday – next Monday we will discuss the smallest and shortest!

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours -

We are open and available for appointments  throughout the festive season with the only exceptions being closed Christmas Eve , Christmas Day , Boxing Day , 1st January and 2nd January.

Please call David on 07966570733 to book appointment.

Best wishes for the remainder of 2016 and for 2017

Sports Therapy Scotland

Top 5 Injuries likely to Happen When Playing Rugby E-mail
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00

With the Autumn tests well on their way, I thought wed take a look at the current top 5 rugby injuries happening today. Another important document worth a look is the The current IRB concussion guidelines link is at bottom of this blog

Winter Weather Workouts E-mail
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:00

Arctic-like temperatures and hazard winter conditions can be the scourge of Scotland at times. Such reports demand special attention of outdoor fitness enthusiasts.

Winter Weather

Injuries due to overexposure in cold temperature have risen in recent years due to increased participation in outdoor winter activities such as ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, and in all-season walking, jogging, and cycling. Short of relocating to Hawaii and taking up surfing, knowledge of potential hazards and prevention during cold weather is the key to keeping us safe during our outdoor fitness activities.

Cryotherapy Treatments come to Stirling and Glasgow E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Sunday, 30 October 2016 08:17

Cryotherapy Treatments come to Stirling and Glasgow

To Book a cryotherapy session call 0141 334 1223

30 minute session including 2 applications of cryotherapy £50 

About CryoStimulation

CryoStimulation (CS) is a technique for a drug-free, non-invasive treatment of pain, inflammation and musculo-skeletal trauma. Its indications are for both acute and chronic conditions.

Cryostimulation is the natural response of the body when exposed to extreme temperatures by raising the temperature of the blood and increasing blood circulation to stimulate metabolic processes.

This is called "Thermal shock" and this is achieved when the temperature of the skin is rapidly reduced by applying compressed liquid Co2 under a pressure of 50 bar.

Cryostimulation treatments triggers the body to relax and relieve pain symptoms as well as stimulating the processes which aid healing and recovery.

10 great reasons to attend a Voodoo Tape Kinesiology Taping Course E-mail
Written by Davey Jenkins   
Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

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 Voodoo Tape Kinesiology Taping Courses offer the perfect introduction to learn how to use kinesiology tape for aiding sports performance and supporting faster injury recovery. 
Functional Dry Needling Comes to The UK E-mail
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Thursday, 24 December 2015 16:21

Functional Integrated Dry Needling Course FIDN - Level 1 comes to the UK and Europe in 2017

Functional Dry Needling Courses Available to Book for 2016 - click here 

I first met Dr Mihir Somaiya from Mumbai earlier this year when we delivered Kinesiology Taping courses together in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He also took time out to spend several hours demonstrating his FIDN techniques and explaining the benefits to his many patients following this technique. 

A few months followed with Dr Mihir sending me the relevant literature on pain pathways and how his FIDN techniques have had  positive results with his clients at his Mumbai Physiotherapy clinic. This had me very interested indeed!

I was then lucky enough to be invited to Mumbai to spend 5 Days time with him in his practice where he expertly instructed in the  me use of his FIDN techniques in a real life scenarios with his clients I had the opportunity to meet with some of his past clients and of course his current clients who are in for treatment for various neural and musco-skeletal issues.

I must say the results as expected are quite superb. After discussing symptoms , treatments , timescale of treatment and results with his clients these are techniques i will most definitely be introducing into my clinical practice.

FIDN is an essential addition to anyone who is in clinical practice and i you weren't sure about attending the FIDN course then think again. This course is a must !

Dr Mihir recently taught at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines and before arrriving to teach in the UK in April he will be teaching FIDN in Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

Whats different about Functional Integrated Dry Needling to "Normal" Dry Needling and what is it for?

  • Normally dry needling is done on trigger points but what if there are no trigger points? 
  • Hence FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATED DRY NEEDLING is a new phenomenon which is done on not only trigger points but tender points.
  • FIDN also follows the peripheral nerves and therefore the flow of the pain pathways.
  • Intra discal needling and the stimulation of the cartilage /menisci of the knee will be demonstrated and taught. 
  • For more details see the course itinerary below.

Who Can Attend, Entry Requirements?

The course is open to Sports Massage Therapists, Remedial Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, McTimony Chiropractors, Osteomyologists, Homeopaths, Shiatsu practitioners and Manual therapists. It is also recommended for General Practitioners, Chiropractors and Osteopaths for CPD. 

Therapists must be qualified and have a good working knowledge of surface anatomy, palpation skills, physiology and basic pathology. 

Course Tutor

Taught by FIDN foundr -  Dr Mihir Somaiya of the Asia Health Care Center, Mumbai, India. 

These 20 hours courses consist of a minimum 4 hours study via manual before attending the course.Then a practical 2 Days,16 hours taught by Dr Mihir .

On Completion of the course Balens Insurance Can offer both a top-up policy to your current policy or provide full cover including the use of Functional Integrated Dry Needling to your current practice.



As we all know that unless required nobody in the world want to go for surgery or on medications as far as musculoskeletal pain is considered.

According to the statistics by WHO (2015-2016) an approximate of 82% people opted out not to go for surgery for spine and 76% not to go for knee replacement surgery.
The following treatment ensures and helps in avoidance of surgery for various conditions with proper references and researched papers. 

Course Details and Itinerary
  • Functional Integrated Dry Needling for Pain management and Functional Rehabilitation is a neurophysiological evidence based treatment which is based on the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the human body unlike acupuncture which is based on meridians as per the old Chinese technique. 
  • The needling is performed on the trigger points, tender points, the pain pathways(modulation of PNS to CNS) which then are responsible for the proper conduction to the muscles, which is responsible for core pain management and functional rehabilitation(Pain is the means by which the Peripheral nervous system (PNS) warns the central nervous system (CNS) of injury or potential injury to the body).
  • The course has also high weightage of proper mechanism of stimulation of cartilage of knee joint with evidence and subsequent antidode effect.
  • The course is developed by evidence based practice as well as references from the earlier studies.
  • The functional dry needling training can help in providing the healthcare professionals as a great tool to serve their patients and clients with great result in conjunction to their therapeutic modalities.
  • Functional integrated dry needling course also helps delegates in developing adequate knowledge in diagnosis and proper evaluation of various conditions and how to safely needle them.
  • Delegates will develop skills to not only give treatment or needling for pain management but also restoring their functional abilities and restricted movements.
  • Delegates will be having enough practical and laboratory sessions so as to get hands on needles and also to maintain OSHA standards and guidelines of safe needling and avoid any adverse effects. 
Module 1
Functional Integrated Dry Needling is a two day course and has a total credit or CEU’s of 16 HRS.
 Physical Therapist, Acupuncturist, Chiropractisioners, Medical Professional people can attend this course. 
The Course will consist of the following:

9 am to 12 noon

What is dry needling? 
Different Models of dry needling
Introduction to pain
What is functional dry needling?
How does it act?
(1) Nerve Flow Stimulation.
(2) Antidode Mechanisms.
(3) Stimulation of the pain gate mechanism & nociceptive fibers.
(4) Cartilage stimulation

Indications of dry needling
Effects of Functional dry needling
(1) Analgesic effects
(2) Biochemical Modulation
(3) Mechanical Effects.
Adverse effects of dry needling
Limitations of dry needling

12 noon to 1pm

1 pm to 3 pm

Understanding needles.
Handling needles.
Self practice needling.
Directions of insertion/ basic insertion techniques.
Maintaining posture of the patients during needling and safety.
Introduction to the concept of Functional integrated approach & the concept of pain which is a way by which the Peripheral nervous system (PNS) warns the central nervous system (CNS) of injury or potential injury to the body needling concept which is based Neuro physiological effects is explained in detail. 
How to use dry needles, various sizes of needles and its importance 
Handling of the needles by maintaining atmost safety, direction of the needle, manipulation of the needle after insertion.
Procedure/hygiene/consent for from the patient/ proper disposing of the needles.

3pm to 3.30pm

Tea Break

3.30pm to 5.30pm

The functional integrated approach of needling of the following muscles, bands and tendons & its functional areas of the lower limb will be explained in detail with the practical sessions:

Gluteus Maximus.
Iliotibial Band. (TFL)
Tibialis anterior
Tibialis posterior.
Adductor Hallucis
Extensor Hallucis brevis.
Flexor Hallucis brevis.

5.30pm to 6pm
Revision and questions

Day 2
9 am  to 12noon

The functional integrated approach of needling of the following muscles, bands and tendons & its functional areas of the face, upper limb & trunk lower limb will be explained in detail with the practical sessions:

Splenius Capitis.
Semi Spinalis Capitis.
Upper trapezius.
Pectoralis major.

12pm to 1pm


1pm to 2pm

Supra spinatous.
Infra spinatous.
Brachio radialis.
Extensor pollicis longus.

2pm to 4pm

The needling of the following Conditions or deformities & its functional points as well as symptomatic points will be explained in detail with the practical sessions:
Carpel tunnel syndrome.

4pm to 4.30pm

Tea Break

4.30pm to 5.30pm

Exam (Theory & Practical)

Certificate Presentation and discussion on requirements on progression to the FIDN Level 2 course.

Functional Dry Needling Courses Available to Book for 2016 - click here .

Gift Vouchers - Last Minute Gift E-mail
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:53

Christmas Vouchers Available - Last minute gift? 10% off Everything till 24/12/2016

With Christmas on our doorstep why not pick up a sports Therapy Scotland Gift Voucher. These vouchers can be exchanged for treatment , goods or courses. Any amount available. Please get in touch.

Current Kinesiology Taping Courses Available to book.

Current Sports First Aid Courses  Available to book.

The vouchers are filled in with the individuals name so the can be printed off and put in a card.

This offer is available till Christmas Eve and there is no timescale on voucher redemption.

Email enquiries@sportstherapyscotland or call or txt 07966570733

SFN Expo 2015 SECC - Come see us! E-mail
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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Friday, 07 August 2015 19:17

After the success of last years SFN where the Sports Therapy Scotland stand was booked out for treatments early each day we have responded by providing 3 treatment benches with a minimum of 3 Physios to meet demand. 

We do however recommend booking your slot as early as possible by getting in touch with your preferred time from 9am. sessions are 20 minutes and cost £15. On Sunday the booking link will go live for everyone to book . This will allow you to enjoy the SFN EXPO without queuing for a treatment slot.

We will also be showcasing our unique Kinesiology Tape - Mobility Pro Tape which has an  amazing therapeutic effect due to being infused with Menthol ,Arnica , and Borneal. The adhesive is super strong and the tape is hypoallergenic.

We will be offering some free taping and of course it will be available to buy.This Kinesiology tape is unique and not available anywhere else in the UK and is exclusive to Sports Therapy Scotland and Callachans Health and Therapy. 

We will  also have our very own Indian Rosewood Swinging Clubs , we will be demonstrating the art of Indian Club Swinging. An incredible serious of movements using our very own  400g ,800g,1200g and 1600g Indian Rosewood Clubs which have been made to our specification and will be available to buy at the expo.

This forgotten skill is pivotal to maintain shoulder function and longevity and we believe a necessary skill to anyone who uses their shoulders for any activity.

Kinesiology taping courses for fitness professionals  and Indian club swinging courses will be available to book over the weekend.

Last but not least we will be delivering an evidence based lecture for fitness professionals - "Injury to Performance" ,- recognizing stages of injury and the relevant exercises that may help or hinder your clients.

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.

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