September 2018 - Core Clinic

September 25, 2018by Core Clinic

Cryostimulation – Sports Physiotherapy 

Sports medicine uses Cryostimulation in the treatment of both acute and chronic injuries of the soft tissue.

What is Cryostimulation?

The application of pressurised liquid nitrogen vapour to the skin, producing physiological changes in response to the localised applied cold temperature. Temperature is typically below -150 °C.

Cryostimulation has several physiological results on the area treated. Extreme low temperatures used in cryostimulation produce a rush of oxygenated blood, a natural analgesic effect and a reduction in muscle tension in the exposed area.

Post treatment, the microcirculation in the treatment area provide muscles with increased rates of healing and recovery. Analgesic effect and relaxation of muscles  continues therefore allowing the patient to increase their exercise tolerance which is very beneficial to athletes maintaining fitness/ strengthening musculature.

The most effective way of maximising healing effects is to have treatments close together. This maintains blood circulation aiding the metabolic processes occurring in tissue healing.

Cryostimulation is being used by many top athletes such as Mo Farah, Christiano Ronaldo, Floyd Mayweather, Jamie Vardy, Frank Ribery to name just a few.

We have Sports Cryo Clinics in Liverpool and Blackburn. Operating our Cryotherapy units are medical staff who all have experience in professional sport.

We offer an introductory session of £25 or 3 for £99! which is inclusive of rehabilitation exercises that are necessary to aid the cryostimulation of the respective area.

Please contact the clinic for further information or to book your appointment. 

0151 345 0156 

September 25, 2018by Core Clinic

Don’t let injury or pain de-rail your fitness resolutions!

Whether you’ve overdone it with the running, pushed a litte too hard in the gym or not even got started yet due to injury, we have a team of experienced Sports Rehabiliators to help get you back on track.

Pauline, Cai and Cloe have experience working with a range of patients – from professional athletes to weekend warriors and everyone in-between. We have appointments available in our Crosby clinic and have our in house Cryotherapy experts to help soothe your injury too.

The usual mistake when begining an exercise program is to throw yourself in full throttle, full of good intentions, without any thought to building up slowly and recovering properly.

As a result, overuse injuries are incredibly common.

Have a read below and see if you recognise any of the common overuse injuries, then call or e-mail and get yourself booked in!

0151 345 0156

Common overuse injuries

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of a thick fibrous tissue in the foot called the plantar fascia.  Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually centered under the heel and is often worse in the beginning of the day.  Plantar fasciitis can lead to some conditions that will cause more than discomfort.  These can include degeneration of the plantar fascia, cadll plantar fasciosis as well as many painful conditions of the knee.

Shoulder impingement syndrome

Common among people who lift weights, shoulder impingement syndrome occurs when the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle gets pinched in the upper posterior shoulder. The origin of shoulder impingement syndrome is often poor upper body posture because of strength imbalances. Correcting the source of the poor posture with stretching and strengthening exercises lessens the symptoms, while employing perfect technique while lifting enables you to train and not aggravate the condition.

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon.  The Achilles tendon is located on the back of the ankle and attaches the muscles of the calf to the heel bone.  This type of injury is usually precipitated by overuse and can be slow to heal as the tendon does not receive much blood flow. However the right massage and stretching regime can speed the rehabiliation process.

Patellofemoral pain (Runners Knee)

Runner’s knee is the most diagnosed condition in sports medicine clinics.  It presents as a burning pain between the knee cap and the thigh bone. This painful condition is predominantly caused by overuse but can be caused or exacerbated by unnatural mechanics.  Runners who are prone to Runner’s Knee should have their gait analyzed by a professional to determine if correcting gait problems could alleviate pain. A biomechanical assessment to analyse how much weight the runner is putting through each side of their body can also prove useful.

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS)

ITBS is a common injury that normally affects runners and cyclists but is also seen in weightlifters.  ITBS is one of the most common lateral pain injuries in runners.  The Iliotibial band runs from the hip to below the knee and pain from ITBS can present itself anywhere along the band.  This condition can be worsened by mechanical instability and may be alleviated by a motion control or similarly balanced shoe.

Shin splints ( medial tibial stress syndrome )

Shin splints is a medical term describing medial tibial stress syndrome.  It has many causes including tendinitis and stress fractures.  Shin splints in an athlete is generally indicative of a shin that is absorbing too much shock. It can be particularly common in overweight runners due to the force generated when running. Exercisers experiencing shin splints should try a more shock absorbing shoe and possibly an insole to counteract the shock of running. It may also be useful to consider cross training with lower impact sports.