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Pain Is As Individual As the Person Experiencing It

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Pain means different things to different people, in different contexts, and based on different experiences. Acute, short-lived pain following a traumatic injury, in many cases heals. The pain that becomes increasingly hard to live with and manage, is the pain that has persisted month after month and often year after year, particularly when the source often can’t be diagnosed.

Living with chronic pain is almost a disease in itself. It slowly and progressively eats away at you, your confidence, self- worth, and independence. It can consume your life and thoughts, often alienating you from your friends and family even your workplace.

Living with pain is exhausting, lack of sleep, anxiety and depression often go hand in hand with pain, which in turn can lead to anger and frustration and problems with your relationships at home and with yourself.

And the physical pain can stop you from doing things you love, like taking walks, playing sports and socializing, which also has an impact on your mental health.

You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”, well we believe it takes an army to survive and thrive with chronic pain. Although it’s important that you are in control and are the driver of your pain management, it would be unrealistic to assume you can do this alone. You need the support of friends and family, work colleges or associates and pain specialists and therapists.

Sport and massage therapists are experts in handling pain, finding the source of the pain and treating your body holistically. Massage and physical therapy can be very beneficial in managing chronic pain by promoting joint movement, using exercises to reduce stiffness and improve muscle strength – all of which can reduce your pain and improve your mobility which may help with daily activities. Specific nerve mobility treatments can help reduce sensitivity to pain and massage has always been a trusty stalwart as it reduces stress and anxiety as well as pain.

This month we’ve put together a range of resources that can help you learn to manage this pain, whatever pain level you’re at.

We have leaflets on the following topics:

-          The Strain of Pain: Dispelling the myths behind chronic pain with strategies for managing your pain

-          Understanding Chronic Pain

-          Skills to Cope with Chronic Pain

-          How Massage Therapy Can Help You if You Suffer from Chronic Pain

-          How Pain Affects Your Life (infographic)

-          Relaxation for Chronic Pain (exercise handout)

-          Building Activity into Your Everyday Life If You Suffer from Musculoskeletal Pain

-          Chronic Pain: Tips for Managing Activity Levels

These resources are packed with practical tips and advice, along with worksheets, exercise leaflets and infographics that combine to help you master your chronic pain.

You can download the resources here https://t.co/TinuAk2UkV

If you’re living with pain on a regular basis, there are many ways we can help so if you need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

And if you know anyone who could benefit from any of these resources, please feel free to share this blog post with them.

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Golf:  Is it the Most Dangerous Sport?

 The PGA may not look like it has much in common with professional rugby - but you may be surprised to learn that golfers are actually injured more often than rugby players.

It’s true.

 In fact, 62% of amateurs and 85% of professionals will sustain a significant injury associated with playing golf.

And with a staggering 60 million golfers worldwide - that’s a whole lot of people getting injured.

 The problem is, and professional golfers often overuse their muscles with frequent play and amateur golfers are usually out of shape or have poor swing mechanics,.

 Trauma to the lower back accounts for one third of all injuries and can happen to anyone regardless of age or ability.

 There are a two logical reasons for this.

 Firstly, compared to other sports, golf puts a lot of pressure on your spine. Consider the average golf swing produces a compression load on your back equal to 8 times your body weight, whereas a sport like running produces a compression load just 3 times your body weight.  

 Secondly, a good golf swing requires significant club-head speed, which is something that is only achieved by applying a lot of torque (force) and torsion (twisting) throughout your lower back

 Golfers experiencing low back pain typically have one of the following types of injuries:

  • Disc Injury
  • Altered Joint Mechanics or Motor Control
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Bone Fracture
  • Muscle Strain or Ligamentous Sprain

Other top golf-related injuries include trauma to the elbow, wrist/hand or shoulder. (So much for golf being a low-impact activity!)

 It’s helpful to understand not only the types of injuries associated with golf but also the main causes of injury which include:

  • Inadequate warm-up routine
  • Frequency of repetitive practice (overworked     muscles)
  • Suboptimal swing mechanics
  • Poor overall physical conditioning

With the average recovery time lasting 2-4 weeks, addressing the main causes of injury is well worth the effort.

So, the question is - How can you enjoy the wonderful game of golf while reducing your risk of injury?

The simple answer is through targeted and routine conditioning.  Golf requires strength, endurance, flexibility and explosive power in order to play the game well - and not hurt yourself in the process.

Physical conditioning routines designed specifically for golfers can help you stay on the green and out of pain.

And as a bonus, conditioning your body to avoid injury while playing golf also helps you improve your game.

An 11-week targeted conditioning program found participants:

  • Increased their clubhead speed by 7%
  • Improved their strength up to 56%
  • Improved their flexibility up to 39%
  • Increased their drive distance up to 15 yards with     sustained accuracy

Whether you’re a casual golfer or serious about your game we can help you avoid injury and improve your skills. That’s why we’d like to share with you our free informational fact sheets on Golf Injury Prevention.

These fact sheets are completely free to download and are packed full of useful information to help you reduce your risk of injury while becoming a stronger golfer.

Download them here. https://www.co-kinetic.com/landing/page?user_id=1577&campaign_id=808 

And be sure to check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EnergizeSportsMassageWirral/  where we’re posting fun, informative tips and tricks to help you stay injury-free - whatever you’re doing.

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Hamstring Strains in Soccer Video

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Djv9U3jiI)

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FIFA World Cup Fever

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From the die-hard supporters, to devoted players, and little dreamers in the backyard – it’s unlikely that you’ll manage to escape the craze that comes with the FIFA World Cup. Even if you’re not normally a football fan, you’ll probably find yourself drawn into watching a few matches as the madness starts to engulf us.

 Football has the power to bring the proverbial pauper and king together. Like the Olympic games, it is a human experience that can bring races, religions, cultures and nationalities together with no other commonality than the joy of a shared experience.

 Football is an international language. According to Babbel, 1.5 billion people speak English (20% of the world’s population) and according to FIFA, 270 million people play association football (4% of the world’s population). But if you take into account the casual kick arounds in the parks, or on the dusty patches Africa’s huge continent, or in town squares pretty much anywhere in the world, the number is likely to dwarf the number of English speakers in the world. EVERYONE can kick a ball around for free, which makes it a powerful force for change throughout the world.

 Here are a few injury facts and figures that you can drop into conversation during this month’s World Cup.

1) Apart from concussions, nearly 83% of injuries occur to the lower limb, most commonly the ankle in men and the knee in women

 2} Nearly a quarter of all injuries are caused by tackling

3] Midfielders are most at risk experiencing nearly 40% of all the injuries on a pitch Muscle strains to the thigh – most frequently the hamstring muscle are in the top three injuries. {This is often a consequence of tight hip flexors in amateur players in my experience.)

4} Muscle injuries are often associated with a burst of acceleration/sprinting, sudden stopping, lunging, sliding (over stretching the muscle) or a high kick. Whereas ankle and knee injuries, where ligaments are strained, occur with cutting, twisting, jumping, changing direction and contact/tackling

·5} Groin pain is also a common complaint and may be due to poor kicking technique as well as weakness in the core and pelvis – 1 in 5 players will experience a groin injury in a season

· 6} And 40% of those groin injuries will cause a player to have to take more than 28 days off from play 

We’ve put together six printable/downloadable advice sheets on the most common soccer injuries, and how to both prevent and treat them so next time someone walks through the door with an injury, you can be ready to tackle their injury head on.

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 You can download the leaflets here, 

https://www.co-kinetic.com/landing/page?user_id=1577&campaign_id=781

 In most cases an underlying weakness or imbalance in the muscles of the leg, core and pelvis is the cause of many injuries. In fact your physical fitness is the single most important factor in preventing soccer injuries.

 Neuromuscular training for the knee can reduce the incidence of series knee injuries by 3.5 times

· A 3 x a week pre-season proprioceptive training programme resulted in a 7 x decrease in ACL injury and an 87% reduction in the risk of suffering an ankle sprain

·A strength training programme can reduce the incidence of injuries by nearly half (47%) compared to soccer players who did no additional strength training.

 If you want to understand more about any of these aspects then come and talk to us. A good training programme incorporating both strength and neuromuscular/proprioceptive training can go a very long way to helping you prevent an injury occurring in the first place.

Ticking all the right boxes and taking the right preparation will greatly reduce the chance of ijury but if obviously they still occur. So if you need help in tr.eating an injury or want to take steps in injury prevention I can help. I will assess range of motion and excess muscle tone and take steps offload the effects of games and training. 

If you’ve suffered from a soccer injury or your kids, family or friends have suffered from one, go and check out our downloadable leaflets at this link

https://www.co-kinetic.com/landing/page?user_id=1577&campaign_id=781&custom_page=https://landing.co-kinetic.com/soccerhandouts&thank_display=true

And be sure to check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EnergizeSportsMassageWirral where we’re posting some World Cup-special posts packed with fun and informative tips and tricks to help you stay safe on the football pitch.

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