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Here at City Physio all of our therapists are experienced acupuncturists. While it is largely accepted these days that acupuncture can have significant benefit for chronic problems such as arthritis and persistent low back pain, very few are aware of its value in treating acute sports injury.

There is now a huge amount of evidence supporting the use of acupuncture as an adjunct to conventional physiotherapy techniques. Mobile brain scans and MRI scans enable us to objectively measure the effects that acupuncture has. When piercing the skin the nerve response sent via reflex has an instantaneous effect on the surrounding muscle. At the same time 20 minutes of acupuncture stimulates our adrenal glands to release cortisol, one of our bodies natural anti-inflammatory.

Specific needling techniques have developed over the years to enable us to maximise these benefits. For example:

Four needles surrounding an area of swelling stimulates cortisol production and can significantly reduce that swelling.

Trigger points that have developed as a result of injury, weakness or muscle spasm can be calmed very quickly as a reflex response to treatment.

There are also specific points we can use to ease stiffness and specific points to maximise pain relief.

If you have a sports injury and would like to know if acupuncture and/or physiotherapy can help please feel free to contact us.
The gym was taken over by Bannatynes. Bob has a new, centrally located clinic room opposite the gym. City Physio is now extending the 10% discount to Bannatynes gym members across all of their 3 City Centre gyms.

Bob’s central Chepstow street location is ideally located for end stage rehab for all sports injuries. His experience of treating top level dancers and wrestlers enables him to draw on a variety of different rehabilitation techniques to suit specific sports needs.
Jo Fleming (Nee Thompson) has started to teach one on one or small group Pilates at City Physio. She has trained with Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and completed Matwork one, the class instructor matwork two and later that year (2010) the Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates course.

All of which means Jo is able to help people recovering from low back pain or those who are or have been recently pregnant and feel they are weaker than they were pre-pregnancy. I strongly believe that Pilates can help anyone who wishes to give it a try, it’s an education as well as an exercise regime, helping the intelligent sports person to make the most of their game... and it’s not only for sports people- it really is for anyone to relax and enjoy while building strength and stability throughout the whole body…… and be prepared to feel you exercised the next day!
Nicola has moved from her LA Fitness location and re-located in house at our centrally located St Ann’s Square clinic. Our links with LA Fitness have been maintained. Members will receive a 10% discount on treatments. We continue to cross refer to and with the Personal trainers at the gym.
Swimming is often recommended for patients suffering from lower back pain. The benefits over a land based fitness programme are obvious: the non-impact, weightless environment removes pressure from joints allowing associated structures to relax and compression on the nerves is reduced. Swimming also helps increase blood circulation, thereby increasing nutrient and oxygen supply to areas of damage, aiding the healing process.

However, before you grab those shorts or costume you need to be aware that swimming with poor technique can exacerbate existing back problems. Muscles in the lower back area can become hyper extended due to poor posture whilst swimming. Particularly common is swimming breaststroke with the head held high up out of the water putting sustained pressure on the lower back. Front crawl is an ideal stroke to master for those looking to prevent undue stress on the lower back. 

It is essential, however, that the stroke is technically correct so that the movement through the water is smooth. Unnatural awkward movements in the water can easily damage tissue through the back. Top tips for mastering front crawl are:

  • Think straight lines. As you swim you should imagine that a view from the side (underwater) would show your body position parallel to the water surface; this is achieved by ensuring the face is submerged with the water, the abdominal muscles pulled in and up, and the glute muscles engaged. You should also imagine that a birds eye view of you swimming would show a straight line in the water - i.e. no lateral deviation or snaking.|

  • Roll with it. As you breathe to the side you must ensure this is timed with the roll of the body. Lifting the head or excessive twisting will at best slow you down, and at worst cause damage to cervical vertebrae. Be sure to rotate the head only within the axis of the body keeping the head down as much as possible.

  • Work towards bi-lateral breathing (alternating the sides to which you take a breath). This helps to ensure you have a balanced front crawl stroke.

  • Equip yourself. Goggles are an essential tool but equally short training fins are extremely useful for mastering the correct body position in the water. In more severe cases of back pain using a training snorkel can help reduce the awkward movement of the neck when taking breaths.
For more details of one to one training available in Manchester city centre with Bespoke swim visit www.bespoke-fitness.com or call James Atkinson on 07886 205851.