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Lower limb injury & therapy Upper body injury & therapy

StrideUK Injury & therapy clinic, it's not just running injuries we treat!

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Please note you don't need to have a running injury to visit us, in fact you don't need to be a runner at all should you need some relief or rehabilitation. We're just as experienced with shoulder injuries, neck and back pain, lumba and sciatic discomfort, we're even hot on tennis elbow if that happens to be your niggle of the month. All our treatments are fixed at 60 minutes (£62). This is solely due to the belief that this gives us the opportunity to be as thorough as possible to help get you back to function as quickly as possible. If you're planning on visiting us on a regular basis (lead up to a marathon or need a group of rehabilitation sessions), we offer a 6 treatments for the price of 5 package for £310 saving you £62! Regrettably we choose not to work with Insurance companies as the red tape just keeps on growing. if visiting us for the first time, expect to leave with a clear understanding of your present injury armed with all you need to know to help you overcome the injury by yourself. Needless to say, you're always very much welcome to visit us again if you would prefer support through your rehabilitation.

Easy guide to understanding how we get injured

Muscle fibers  / spagetti analogy

Look away if you have a Gluten intolerance!
Muscles are nothing more than a huge bundle of Muscle fibres (bit like a large pack of Spagetti) shortening and lengthening at any given movement to move levers (bones). These vast bunches of Spaghetti point in the same direction towards the lever making them super sleek, super strong to deliver super smooth fluidity in movement. We have fast twitch muscle fibres that create brief, powerful contractions that tires very quickly. We also have slow twitch muscle fibres that can hold contractions for longer periods of time. You use slow-twitch muscles in low exertion movement over a long period of time such as sitting, walking, cycling and long-distance running. You use fast-twitch muscles for activities requiring a high-force movement, such as sprinting or jumping.
Both types of muscle fibres can very vulnerable to injury whether it be due to doing too much, too quickly, too soon. Muscle fibres can often get triggered by the simplest or most innocent of movements. Muscle fibres can twist over each other which can cause a restriction in blood flow and can cause localised pain or discomfort (some refer to this feeling as a knot!)

Muscle fibre

Muscle fibre damage can occur in different ways. Micro-tears are more commonly found in repetitive movement (where the muscle is constantly being loaded over duration). Muscle tears tend to occurmore instantly whether being an increase of speed, a change in muscle length (running up a hill) or a change in direction. You can also experience a muscle tear if you choose to ignore a micro tear and carry on regardless! 
There are 3 categories of muscle tears:   

  • Grade 1 -  Mild sprain / strain (often can continue the sport)      
  • Grade 2 -  Partial tear (enough pain to bring you to a standstill)      
  • Grade 3 -  Complete rupture (pain / cannot weight bare) 

With Grade 1 and 2 tears, the body repairs itself by creating a fibrous glue like substance called scar tissue. Unlike muscle fibres which are smooth and unidirectional, scar tissue is aggresive, sticky and randomly placed.  Without appropriate rehabilitation. this often presents sharp localised pain throughout movement. Grade 3 (being a full rupture) may require surgical intervention depending on the severity. For eany of the above, it's always best to get it examined by a specialist to help guide you to the most suitable route to recovery, this can certainly speed up recovery time and prevent what could be a 2 week injury turning into a 12 week injury!

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