Written by Davey Jenkins
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00
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
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 2016
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.
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.
FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATED DRY NEEDLING
PAIN MANAGEMENT & FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATION
VISION & NEED
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.
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
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:
Iliotibial Band. (TFL)
Extensor Hallucis brevis.
Flexor Hallucis brevis.
5.30pm to 6pm
Revision and questions
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:
Semi Spinalis Capitis.
12pm to 1pm
1pm to 2pm
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
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 .
Written by Davey Jenkins
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:53
Christmas Vouchers Available - Last minute gift? 10% off Everything till 24/12/2015
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
Written by Davey Jenkins
Monday, 23 November 2015 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 2015 and for 2016
Sports Therapy Scotland
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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?"
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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.
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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.