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Are you ready for the two oceans and the comrades?

Two oceans and the comrades:

Pounding pavements – the name given to those grueling hours spent in preparation for a big ultra marathon like the comrades or the challenging Camber hill of the Two Oceans.

The mere thought of an ITB, Achilles tendon or calf tear injury is giving athletes nightmares.  You warmed up, you stretched, you “took it easy” on the days your body felt tired and “stressed out”.  Oh, why is this happening to me?

Do you know someone struggling with an injury that just does not seem to disappear?  Share the good news and you may just contribute to a pain free race…

Running is such a natural, yet complex sport.  Multidirectional movement occurs in the body as a whole.  Groups of muscles work together to perform certain functions and direction of movements or stabilisation.

If athletes suffer from pain on one side of the body it means that parts of their body work harder than others causing a compensation in the body as a unit.

To get rid of the pain or discomfort it is important to get rid of the compensation.  Lynotherapy is a treatment technique that focuses on the compensation and associated weakness in the body.

Fascia is the connective tissue that holds all the muscles and structures together. It transmits the forces generated by the muscles in order to produce movement.  If you remove all the fascia, muscles will be unable to move you.  It is vital to have fascia that works 100% in order to move in the proper fashion.

The different layers of fascia need to move in a gliding manner.  If the body is put under excessive strain or stress, the fluid that serves as lubrication between the layers densifies and become a sticky glue like substance, preventing movement of the layers, causing a compensation in body movement and function resulting in pain and injury.

Lynotherapy is a beacon of hope in the runners’ world and can change the way you move during running and possibly your performance.  A Neutral body is a happy body!

If you are a runner or know a runner suffering from pain or an injury it is vital to rehabilitate the body as a whole.

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Contact us at 011-616-0975 or 074 280 0975 to make an appointment and assess how well your body is keeping you up and whether it copes with the amount of training you do.  There is still time to sort yourself out for the comrades!

2015 – NOT a pain in the neck

2015 – NOT a pain in the neck!

 We just arrived in the New Year – JVS Physiotherapy would like to wish all our readers a wonderful and prosperous 2015.

Some of us are already in full swing at our workplace preparing for upcoming new challenges and financial year end is around the corner so it is easy to forget that you just had a relaxing holiday…

We start off our monthly newsletter with pain in the neck.  From many years of experience it is clear that neck pain is a very common injury especially around financial year end.

Possible causes:  Stress, posture in front of your computer/desk and prolonged stationary positions is the most common, but not the only causes.

The normal curvature of the neck (fig 1, left) is the way you were designed.   Joints serving as shock absorbers, the front neck muscles stabilising and controlling backward movement of the head as opposed to the muscles at the back of the neck controlling forward movement of your head.

Upper cervical flexion - JVS Physiotherapy Bedfordview

With stress or repetitive poor posture, the curvature changes into “hyper extension” (fig 1, right).  Joints are now unable to serve as shock absorbers as it is compressed.  Muscles in the front of the neck are in an elongated position resulting in weakness and trigger points that may cause pain such as headaches.  Muscles at the back of the neck are continuously in a shortened position.  This causes tightness and trigger points resulting in pain such as headaches or shoulder pain.

Trigger points are tender points within the muscle fibers.  Latent trigger points are painful when being touched or pressed.  Active trigger points is either painful to touch or painful with movements.  Active trigger points can cause pain in other areas of your body (referred pain).

The picture below is an indication of where you may experience pain resulting from a dysfunction in your neck.

Neck pain referral patter - JVS Physiotherapy Bedfordview

It is advised that you restore normal function as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent changes to your otherwise normal and healthy neck.

Should you experience any symptoms or pain, give us a call at 011 616 0975 or 074 280 0975.

Let us assist you in starting 2015 pain free – allowing you to keep on moving!

Desk job neck exercises

Backward shoulder roll - JVS Physiotherpay Bedfordview     Here are a couple of desk job neck exercises.

Cervical chin tuck - JVS Physiotherpay Bedfordview     Try them out and see which ones work for you.

Cervical neck stretches - JVS Physiotherpay Bedfordview     Try and do them once for every hour you sit behind your desk.

Cervical rotation - JVS Physiotherpay Bedfordview     Please let us know if you have a stretch or exercise that work.

Desk stretch - JVS Physiotherpay Bedfordview    Happy working everyone!

Recurring running injuries

Recurring running injuries

Running does not have to be painful.  If anyone has told you not to run because you will cause injuries, think twice before believing them.  Recurring running injuries occur if your body is not in neutral.  That means that some parts of your body is working much harder than other parts to compensate for the dysfunction.  Do that for 10 km, 21 km, 42 km continuously and you too will understand why you feel that annoying yet very painful ITB, inside knee or right shoulder pain.

If you are one of the victims of recurring running injuries that is stopping you from achieving the time you want during a race, consider a treatment technique called Lynotherapy.  Lynotherapy aims to restore your body in it’s neutral alignment.  If your body is in neutral, all muscles and other structures should work like they were designed too.  No excessive strain on the joint surfaces. No soft tissue structures that are meant to move has to lock and hold on for dear life.

If you are in neutral, you will train and condition your body in neutral.  This means strengthening muscles in the right pattern and getting the benefit you deserve.

There is lots to learn about this technique and its effect and possible solution for your body, so give us a call or drop us an email and lets see to it that you run pain free from now on…