What is the difference between ‘Regular’ and ‘Clinical’ Pilates?

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Regular Pilates is conducted by a Pilates instructor, whereas Clinical Pilates is prescribed and supervised by a Physiotherapist. The difference is very important because a physiotherapist has an in-depth knowledge of injury, pathology, body function and movement patterns. The physiotherapist will assess each person and determine which exercises will be the most effective for each individual. This becomes especially important if you have a history of injury such as low back pain, whiplash, hypermobility or an athlete coming back from an injury. There will be certain exercises which need to be adapted specifically for you.

For more information on our Clinical Pilates classes here at Physio Effect, email Mariam

Running injury prevention; do you need a musculoskeletal screening?

Sports-specific screening available!

Musculoskelatal screenings are available from our team of experienced and expert Sports Physiotherapists – but what is it? Imagine, someone could look you over and help flag issues before they become injuries!

Heres what Jonny says:
“A 60-minute assessment which will include a full body assessment of flexibility, strength, balance and body control to highlight potential for injury or problem shoot issues experienced by a runner. This may also include treatment if needed as well as education on issues flagged up with suggestions of how to fix these.”

We have a broad spectrum of sports expertise here at Physio Effect – everything from running, martial arts and football to rugby, mountain biking and roller derby! Whatever your sport or activity, whatever your level, we’ll be able to assess and treat you!

 

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Just what is it?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy uses the gentle pressure and receptive touch of the practitioner to encourage the body to heal naturally.

The soft touch used doesn’t involve any manipulation of the tissues and the client will be fully clothed on the massage table.

The biodynamic technique involves the healing process coming from within the clients system and not from the practitioner. There is always health available in a person’s body and the biodynamic approach taps into this health, so that it can assist the areas that are not functioning quite so effectively.

The purpose of this therapy is to improve the motion and flow of the craniosacral system: this system is made up of the cranium, spine, pelvis, membranes, cerebral spinal fluid and muscles that encapsulate the central nervous system (CNS). It is the core function of every human being.
When a practitioner makes a connection with the craniosacral system they can detect the natural rhythm that the system expresses. During the process of connecting, stress will be alleviated from systems of the body not only in the CNS, but also other systems including the endocrine, muscular skeletal, digestive and cardiovascular.

Physiologically the therapy focusses on listening to and feeling what the body’s system expresses through tissue and fluid motion. The practitioner can identify the natural motion of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds the CNS and brain. Identifying this motion can help relieve pain and tension in the body, which allows the entire system to reintegrate.

A trained Therapist will understand the negative effect that trapped and held emotions may have on the physical body; when we experience positive emotions we feel more at ease and want to smile and laugh. Whereas negative emotions like sadness, anger and loneliness, often raise our blood pressure and cause our muscles to contract, sometimes developing into trauma. Physically the human body tends to oppose negative feelings, which may result in stress becoming trapped in the tissues and CNS, leading to pain, anxiety or depression. Without treatment this pain can then lead to physical illness and weakness. The right touch in a craniosacral therapy session can assist the body to release this stress by freeing the restricted energy and enhancing fluid motion. Around every person’s body is an energy field known in craniosacral therapy as a biosphere.
This field lets us resonate with other people. This is why when we are close to a calm person, it makes us feel calm or if we are close to a stressed person it can make us feel stressed, due to the fact that we are resonating with the other person’s biosphere. There is an element of this connection in biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Practitioners are skilled in working with this connection and instead of pinpointing particular symptoms they encourage the client’s system to start their own healing process. Because of its gentle nature craniosacral therapy can be enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, from new born babies to the elderly. It is widely used for a whole range of conditions. In the elderly increased vitality and sense of wellbeing are common advantages, the delicate nature of the therapy is also a huge appeal to this age range.

New born babies often have conditions like colic, sucking problems during breast feeding and restless nights where they seem agitated, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy can ease all of these complications.

A practitioner provides a safe environment where the client feels comfortable, in control and feels that they can influence changes that may happen throughout a session. Clients are encouraged to engage with the therapist whenever a sensation is felt. This discussion will help the client to become more bodily aware. After the session has ended the body is still reintegrating and making adjustments, so often we can feel either fatigued or full of energy after a treatment. Many people use this therapy as a preventative measure, alongside other healthy lifestyle choices, to keep their physical, emotional and spiritual health in good condition.

Happy Christmas from all at Physio Effect!!

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Happy Christmas to you all! As a big thank you to all our wonderful customers, we’re planning a massive 12 Days of Xmas giveaway running from December 25th until January 5th!

Please keep an eye out on our facebook page from Christmas morning to take part and win yourself and your friends some fab goodies!!

We’d really love this to be a super-popular campaign, so please invite your friends to like the page so everyone gets a chance to win something!!

Thanks so much and have a wonderful holiday season from all at Physio Effect!

Sedentary job or Lifestyle? We’re here to help, read on!

So, as you know, we’re regular contributors to the Sunday Herald magazine along with our pals at EveryDay Athlete gym here at 100 Borron Street!

 

This week, Danny wrote a follow up to his “is Sitting the New Smoking?” article where he give detailed instructions, accompanied by some images of a number of stretches you should be able to do in 5-10 minutes to help ease any stiffness…

So… check it out and give us a shout if we can help with anything!

 

 

INTRODUCTION

At Physio Effect we routinely treat the general population for injuries and pain which can be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle. We have previously discussed the risks posed by excessive hours of sitting and how this is reaching almost epidemic levels in the Western world. Today’s article provides some general exercise recommendations that can go some way to reducing this risk and counteracting the negative effects of sitting.

In an ideal world, those of us who have sedentary or sitting based occupations should aim to move, stretch, and be active for at least 1-2 minutes of every hour. While some of the exercises shown here may not be suitable for your particular work environment, any effort to perform a routine of this nature for 5-10 minutes before or after work or during a lunch break would go a long way to reducing the risk of pain and injury. General exercise and safe varied movement of any kind is also highly recommended.

Thoracic Rotation

  • Start on all fours with one hand placed behind your head.
  • Slowly turn the elbow towards the ceiling allowing your trunk to rotate and stretch
  • Hold at top position for 3-5 seconds. Repeat x 10 with each arm

 

Dart

  • Lay face down with thin pillow or folded towel for head support
  • Arms by your side, gently stretch your fingertips away from your shoulders allowing your shoulder blades to glide downward and slightly inward
  • Palms facing your hips, have your arms floating just off your side and not touching the floor
  • Keeping the back of your neck long and eyes looking to the floor, gently lift your head and upper body just off the floor – imagine lifting from your breast bone
  • Hold the finish position 3-5 seconds. Repeat 10 times 1-2 sets

 

Hip Flexor

  • Take a kneeling / lunge position as shown – use support of wall or furniture for balance if required
  • On the kneeling side gently engage your buttock and lower abdominal muscles – imagine you are tucking your tailbone in between your legs
  • You should feel a stretch at the front of your hip/ thigh. If balance allows gently raise the arm on the same side as the kneeling knee.
  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds minimum and repeat 2-3 times each side.

 

Cobra

  • Lay face down with hands palms down about shoulder height
  • Using your arms slowly press out peeling your upper body slowly off the floor
  • Remain heavy in your hips trying to keep them in contact with the floor – relax your buttock muscles
  • Hold the finish position for 5-10 seconds, return to the start and repeat 5-10 times

 

Shoulder Bridge

  • Lay flat on your back with feet shoulder width apart and knees bent
  • Using your lower abdominals gently tilt your pelvis to press your lower back flat to the floor
  • Pressing through your heels, using your buttock and abdominal muscles gently peel your spine up from the floor starting with your tail bone.
  • Finish with your weight resting across your shoulder blades and your shoulders, hips and knees in a diagonal line
  • Hold finish position for 3-5 seconds, return to start and repeat 10 times for 2-3 sets.

 

Superman Start Position

 

  • Start in all fours position with knees under hips, hands under shoulders and spine relaxed
  • Slowly extend out opposite arm and leg pointing the toes behind and the fingertips to the front
  • Keep gentle tension in your lower abdominals – think about drawing your bellybutton in towards your spine
  • Try to maintain spinal position throughout the movement, return slowly to start position
  • Repeat with opposite arm and leg, try 10-12 repetitions for 2-3 sets.

 

Thoracic Extension with Foam Roller

  • Lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat, place a foam roller under your mid-upper back as shown
  • Take a deep breath in and then, as you exhale, slowly extend back over the roller to stretch your back. Try to keep your lower abdominals engaged to avoid over-arching your lower back
  • Support your head with your hands and be careful to stay relaxed in your neck. If you find this too intense or uncomfortable, try using a pillow or pillows to rest back onto
  • Hold the finish position for 2-3 breath cycles, return to start position and repeat 5 times
  • Move the roller to another position in your mid-upper back and repeat the process, aim to work on 3-5 positions along your spine

 

Pec Stretch

  • Stand as shown with arm at approximately shoulder height and palm to forearm placed against the doorframe
  • Slowly turn your body away by stepping your feet around to open and stretch the front of your chest and shoulder
  • Lean gently into the stretch, keeping your neck relaxed, hold for 30 seconds+, repeat x 2 on each side
  • Alternatively, use a doorway to position both arms in the stretch position, step forward to feel the chest and shoulder open and stretch. Hold 30 seconds+, repeat x 2.

 

CONCLUSION

 

While these are general exercise recommendations suitable for the majority of the population they are not prescriptive for any specific pain or injury. These exercises should be performed slowly and gently in a range of movement suited to your own level of ability and flexibility. The exercises should not cause any pain and we recommend that if you are in any doubt or if you are suffering from spinal or joint pain issues you should consult a healthcare professional for advice.

 

At Physio Effect we provide a wide range of services allowing us to not only treat your pain or injury but ensure that you are given the best advice specific to your individual needs to prevent your problem from recurring. We take a proactive approach to managing your health and offer advice on rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and flexibility as well as Clinical Yoga and Pilates and Mobility classes and products to help you reach your goals.

 

Gift Vouchers

We have gift vouchers available to buy – we can even post them for you! They can be made out to any amount and are valid for a full year from purchase date!

All we need to know is the Name, Value and who it’s from (also, the address if you’d like us to post it!)

We’ll use our nicest writing and get it in the post first class for you – or, pop up to Borron Street and pick it up!

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All the Mobility Aids!

Keep Mobile with the Physio Effect Team!

For those of you who are familiar with our Class Timetable, you’ll know we’re not just about physiotherapy services here, but we offer Pilates (both Clinical and Regular) as well as yoga and mobility classes…

Trigger point Wellness Collection - RRP £99
Trigger point Wellness Collection – RRP £99

 

The mobility classes run in 4-week block and are led by Khi, our resident myofascial release torturer instructor 🙂

If you’re interested in booking in for the mobility classes, please get in touch and you may want to have a look at our range of mobility aids too!

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Xmas Present ideas from Physio Effect!

Got a sporty someone in your life for whom you’re buying a present? Looking for a little inspiration? Are YOU that sporty someone in somebody else’s life that would like a little nudge in our direction maybe?

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Check out our different present ideas below with something to suit all budgets… We are happy to put bespoke packages together so get in touch if you don’t see anything you like

Hey! Big Spender! 

£550 Gets you the following for your loved one:

  • 11 Massage Card allowing 11 one-hour massage appointments
  • Trigger Point Wellness Kit
  • 10 Class Card allowing multi-class access to yoga, pilates* and mobility classes

*Clinical Pilates not included

 

Lots of other ideas for Xmas presents can be bundled up from the following…

 

 

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Class cards – take your pick of our selection of Pilates, Yoga and Mobility Classes – £55 (6 classes) or £80 (10 classes)

Massage Cards – treat someone to a regular sports massage with any of our massage therapists – this card is valid for any selection of the following: sports massage, swedish massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and deep tissue massage.

Gift Vouchers – The old faithful of Christmas presents! – We can make it out and post it for you if needed!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mobility Aids – Foam Rollers, Massage Balls, Voodoo Floss, Foot Rollers… our great collection of Trigger Point products for all your myofascial release needs! Price list is available here

Trigger point Wellness Collection - RRP £99 …just give us a call or pop in and we’ll get you all sorted!

 

 

Physio Effect Staff night out!

The Physio Effect team is off on a night out tomorrow night – we wanted something fun and reasonably active and then some nice food and in the end settled on a Live Escape game followed by some Japanese cuisine!

Anyway – the Live Escape didn’t happen to have a room big enough for 8, so we’ve split into two teams and we’re going to see who gets out of their room first!

 

Just so Shenanigans aren’t called, we pulled the names from a hat earlier and if you want to see who’s on Team Jonny or Team Danny – check it out below – Who’s going to win, what do you think? (and what should the prize be??)

 

So…

Team Jonny = Jonny, Raz, Nicki and Pavol
Team Danny = Danny, Mel, Mariam and Sarah

Buy a Block of Massages and save a Load!

Introducing our new Massage Cards!

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We’ve got two different cards, each with a great saving on buying massages individually and both with a decent expiry times, allowing you to plan for regular treatments in a realistic time-schedule.

These cards are great for anyone who’s a regular with our massage team (or would like to be!) and might just make the loveliest Xmas Present for someone in your life!

All our massage therapist are highly qualified and offer a range of services, from craniosacral therapy and reflexology, through to sports and swedish massage – just request more information when you book in! All massage bookings are one hour sessions, apart from craniosacral, which tends to have excellent results in just 45 minutes. The massage appointments and cards cover all the above treatments, and can be booked with any of our Massage Team. Email us or call 0141 230 4766 to book or for more information.

Pricing Structure

  • One Massage Appointment – £45
  • 6 Massage Session Card – £240 (saving over 10% per massage) – Expires one year from purchase
  • 10 Massage Session Card – includes the next one free! – £375 (saving over £10 per session) – Expires 21 Months from purchase.