Precision Movement's KT shares her latest case study of Andrea Domeninchini the creator of ManMade and Voices in the Dark. Dre was suffering with chronic pain that just would not go away. Find out what happened when he worked with KT. Dre has made a video series about his journey called ManMade.
I knew this would catch your attention - everyone loves a freebie, me included.
I start my year long remedial sports massage course this month. As part of my training I need to log 100 practice hours. So I need willing candidates to practice on... Cue the Freebie!
I'll be setting up a massage clinic on Friday afternoons in Mayfair from 4-7pm. You can book in for a complimentary 45 min massage by emailing me or Rosie by email or phone. There are only three slots available each week so you'll need to book early.
A small fee of £20 is required to cover the room rental but the actual massage is 100% complimentary.
If you cannot make Friday afternoons I may do some extra appointments but they will be scheduled around my working week and cannot be substituted for regular training sessions.
Practicing complimentary massage with KT will be available from September 25th 2015 - June 24th 2016 excluding all holidays and subject to my availability. For more information on scheduling please speak with Rosie or myself.
Form an orderly queue.... :)
At Precision Movement we often work in conjunction with medical experts and therapists to help clients get better faster. We've hand picked specialists in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, osteopathy, specialist chiropractic, nutrition, lifestyle and stress management. Our MO is to get you better - whatever that takes we'll make it happen. We want our work to benefit you at the right point in your recovery so we may send you to another specialist first or in conjunction with the work we are doing.
So here are our hand picked specialists and a bit about how they could potentially help you. Click on the links below to find out more about them and how to contact them.
Lucy Bransgrove is a private visiting Physiotherapist who specialises in back pain and injuries as well as working at Kings College Boys School in Wimbledon as their pitchside sports physio. Lucy provides treatment at the Precision Movement studio as part of our injury rehabilitation programme.
Heidi Grant is a NUCCA Chiropractor and specialises in head and neck trauma as well as how the alignment of the head and cervical spine affect the whole body. Patients range from professional athletes to those recovering from strokes, neurological disorders, chronic pain, and common injuries. I work in conjunction with Heidi a lot to help clients hold their adjustments better.
London Orthopaedic clinic
If you require more medical and invasive interventions from trauma or long term degenerative changes, Precision Movement recommends patients to The London Orthopaedic Clinic on Wimpole Street, W1. Founded by Mr Brian Cohen, it houses a team of 14 surgeons and specialist physicians who I would trust with my life!
Philip Waldman at Chelsea Natural Health
Philip Waldman is the owner of Chelsea Natural Health clinic and my personal Osteopath. As a local practitioner to my home I am always recommending his treatment to clients if they are close by. Many of my clients have said he has magic hands! He is truly gifted.
Karen Maidment at Pure Body Balance
Karen Maidment is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and is my go-to girl for all the inner workings of the body. Karen provides a comprehensive assessment of the digestive and hormone systems and helps you heal your insides with anti-inflammatory nutrition. She has also written a book called Meals that Heal which I have found invaluable. If you need any kind of nutritional support I highly recommend Karen - she does much of her work by Skype so don't let her home town of Cheltenham put you off!
Richard Skudder at Pure Sports Medicine in Kensington
ure Sports Med Richard Skudder is the Osteopath at Pure Sports Medicine Kensington and specialises in the biomechanical aspects of human movement, injury prevention and injury recovery. Richard helped me overcome my elbow tendonitis last year - a great practitioner.
Avni Trevedi at Avni Touch in North London specialises in women's and paediatric healthcare. Avni sees many women while they are trying to conceive, during their pregnancy and when the baby arrives often treats both mother and child.
Joanne Halstead is a remedial sports massage therapist working from practices in Mayfair and Shoreditch. She works with clients who need regular release work as a result of their sports and the stresses of every day life. Joanne comes highly recommended by me personally as I've hugely benefited from her treatments.
Fabs Massage Fabian Adami is a remedial sports massage therapist who has worked with Precision Movement clients to assist in their recovery from injury. He often works with rugby players. Having received treatment from him on a number of occasions I can highly recommend him. Fabian works in Putney and also offers a mobile service - visiting you at home which comes in very handy for us time poor busy folk!
Fitness Adventure Travel
Rob Tynan's company, Fitness Adventure Travel provide bespoke fitness travel life changing experiences. I am due to lead a trip to Vietnam this year for F.A.T and I highly advocate setting yourself a challenge like this and gearing your training towards it. Life is for enjoyment, adventure and experience, and if your training can support this then all the better!
Florence Parot is a Sophrologist specialising in sleep and burnout. As you know I for me sleep is an essential foundation of health and wellness. It's where we heal and recover both mentally. For those really struggling with the quality and quantity of their sleep Florence can help you. As a former corporate ladder climber Florence knows how burnout starts, what it feels like and how to recover from a total crash.
Be Sophro is owned by Dominique Antiglio a sophorologist who specialises in birth preparation, stress management and preparation for special events. Sophrology combines gentle movements, visualisation and meditative practices which make it a comprehensive system for mental and emotional support and rebalance.
In summary, at Precision Movement we are specialists in movement - in rehabilitation and strength conditioning. We also highly advocate optimising all areas of your health and well-being and that's why we have picked these specialists for you should you ever need their assistance.
Helen Skehan specialises in the treatment of RSI (repetitive strain injuries). She is the owner of
clinic in Islington, a clinic that she built herself over 16 years, houses 9 therapists and also offers massage and ergonomic assessments in the work place.
KT: Helen, what is RSI?
HS: RSI stands for repetitive strain injury. It is a term given to work related non-specific upper limb injuries and does not always mean the injury has come from repetition or is a strain. Patients present with a number of symptoms that may not always be the same from person to person.
KT: What symptoms are common with RSI?
HS: I test for many things - often clients present with varied pain in the neck, shoulder and arm, tingling ,numbness, temperature changes, swelling. I look for specific tightness, muscular imbalance and postural misalignment. I may also send clients to be tested by a rheumatologist to eliminate other underlying conditions.
KT: How does RSI develop?
There are many different ways RSI can develop. It is often a combination of a poor workstation, poor posture, lack of exercise (although not always sometimes I see patients who are real gym bunnies),not taking enough breaks at work, high stress, lots of typing and ignoring initial symptoms.
KT: How does stress play a part in the development of RSI?
I would say stress exacerbates symptoms. Mechanically, stressed induces increased muscle tension in the neck and shoulders where the nerves exit the spine and pass through the shoulder joint down the arm. Also, breathing rate increases and during stressful times we tend to adopt a upper chest lead breathing pattern which utilises the accessory respiratory muscles surrounding the neck and shoulders. The nerves are supposed to glide through neighbouring structures but if the muscles are contracted it can squeeze the nerves causing pain, numbness and tingling.
KT: What is your opinion on exercise for RSI? Does it create more strain or can it help?
HS: I always try to get my patients to engage in some form of stretching, mobilization and exercises. There is always a role for graded exercise in the recovery of RSI. It is important to go by a tolerance factor - the patient should not work into areas of pain.
KT: What affect does posture have on the development of RSI?
HS: Sustained postures for long periods in poor alignment are definitely not healthy and can contribute to RSI. Typically patients that have RSI injuries have a rounded upper back, a forward head carriage and their shoulders are rotated inwards. It is very common to find neck an shoulder stiffness as well as a lack of mobility in the upper back. Some patients can suffer from headaches. Even more distally you find that patients often have hamstring and calf tightness.
KT: What impact does modern technology like smart phones and portable laptops and tablets have on the recovery of RSI?
HS: All these devices encourage a poor posture as you tend to look down at the device you are using. People tend to overuse their smart phones which stresses the fingers, wrists, hands and forearms. With tablets and laptops they can be heavy to carry around and we tend to look down when we use them which strains the upper back and neck.
KT: What advice can you give to people using smart phones and tablets for work?
HS: Modern technology is improving all the time. For smart phones you can use the voice activation system to cut down on your typing time. Try to avoid using your phone and tablet when you travel on the tube and bus to give your hands and arms a rest. At work place a tablet on a stand or a removable keyboard. For laptops and desktop computers invest in an ergonomic mouse or a roller mouse that sits at the front of your keyboard.
KT: What are the early symptoms of RSI?
Any hand symptoms that are related to desk work including pain, muscle cramps, tingling, numbness, swelling or feeling of swelling and restricted movement. Also be aware of any of these symptoms in the shoulder and neck area even repeated small episodes. We should be able to function without pain. I would recommend diarising your symptoms and check over a period of time whether the symptoms remain or get worse. If in 10-14 days the symptoms are still there then seek treatment.
KT: What other advice would you give to those suffering with RSI?
HS: For those with mild symptoms I would advise regular movement that is based on improving postural alignment and mobilising the upper back. Backstroke can be helpful and calming to some. Avoid cycling as the posture can encourage symptoms to get worse. RSI is an injury that develops over time and through the continual use of bad habits. The most important thing is educating yourself on how to minimise the risk of injury and taking responsibility for your health and wellness at work.
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