‘I have suffered from pain in my wrist and elbow for several years, probably as a result of many years playing club level badminton. Recently my wrist hurt even more and specifically when I twisted my hand. I didn’t know what I’d done to it but it felt different to the usual pain so asked Anne if she could help. She suggested trying out Kinesio Tape. I was sceptical but willing to try anything. To my surprise, within a couple of days the pain had almost gone. I call it ‘magic tape’.
This client feedback was particularly interesting as it was a difficult case to treat. As mentioned in his feedback this client had suffered from joint pain in his wrist elbow and shoulders previously. The pre-existing pain was likely to be arthritis and a result of general ‘wear and tear’. The wrist pain was accompanied by swelling and the pain was in a very specific location and occurred on specific movement. This would indicate tendonitis which can be helped by Kinesio Taping.
Kinesio Tape can be used for a variety of injuries:
It can provide support for weak or injured muscles without affecting the normal range of motion. This works well for elbow and knee injuries.
It can activate muscles that have been weakened after injury, surgery or weakened by degenerative muscle wasting.
It can inhibit muscles that are tight, fatigued or overused, allowing them to relax and recover faster. This is particularly successful for the lower back.
It can correct postural imbalances. I use this most successfully on the shoulder areas.
It can be used to create a negative pressure areas of inflammation, encouraging lymphatic drainage to relieve swelling and improve circulation to speed healing. This can also help following surgery.
For this particular client I wanted to both provide stability to support the wrist, encourage the flexor muscles to relax and reduce the swelling. I used a technique of ‘I strip’ with 10% stretch over the joint area with a four fingered fan with no stretch, pictured below on the return visit 3 days later.
The tape stayed on well and by on the return visit the client was pain free and I was pleased with this result.
Much of the success of Kinesio Taping is dependent on the accuracy of application. It must be placed in exactly the correct place on the muscle requiring treatment, the tension must be accurate and the tape activated. I have found that practise is crucial to getting the most consistent results and the more I use tape the better the results become. While most of my experience has been with the lower back and shoulders this case showed that the same principle applied to another area also gives a successful result.
For more information on Kinesio Taping contact me or look at http://www.kinesiotaping.co.uk/
Welcome to the Norfolk Studio, set in a beautiful relaxing location with stunning views.
It is easily accessible from Aylsham, Roughton, Reepham, Cromer, Sheringham, North Walsham, Holt, Norwich or anywhere in North Norfolk.
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The Studio Norfolk offers a small range of specialist exercises classes for up to 6 people per class.
The I Move Freely Pilates is a modern programme Anne has created specifically for people restricted by tightness and/or pain. She has used the principals of Pilates for core stability, combined them with Bio Mechanic techniques for the release of tight muscles, and finally added exercises designed to combat back pain. This has moved Pilates from its origins and brought it up to date with current research. The addition of bio mechanic and back exercises give the extra benefits of all round core stability, improvement in back health, and better posture.
If you are looking for increased strength and flexibility and don’t have any back or knee injuries then our Freestyle Fitness Yoga classes may suit you. This is not a spiritual experience, there is no meditation nor relaxation element. Extreme postures that exceed the normal range of movement are avoided. You can expect to improve flexibility and strength within 10 weeks. In addition you can learn how to identify your bodies stabilizing muscles and use them effectively and efficiently to improve your posture and move with confidence
Biomechanics A new approach to reducing aches and pains.
Biomechanics really can improve many painful conditions, often following just one session. As a Bio Mechanic Coach Anne uses Bio Mechanic principles within the I Move Freely Pilates group classes but you may wish to consider a one to one session:
Why consult a biomechanics coach?
- Recurrent injury. If you have a recurrent injury, our Biomechanics Coach will be able to determine whether there are any biomechanical problems that may be causing it to occur repeatedly; a series of exercises would then be prescribed, to help minimise the risk of recurrence.
- Pain. If you experience pain, for example when running, sitting at a desk or working in the gym, a biomechanics coach can establish whether that pain has a biomechanical cause. If so she can then prescribe remedial exercises to treat the pain.
- Optimal performance If you are looking to improve your performance in a particular sporting or physical task, then our Biomechanics Coach will be able to prescribe tailored exercises to help you achieve your goals.
Personal Training with Functional Fitness – the ultimate personalised training experience for the way you live your life.
Functional Fitness is concerned with giving people the level of fitness that they need to cope with their normal every day life. For example; if you are not a gymnast, why train for extreme flexibility? However, you do need to be able to reach your feet to tie your laces, which is often a cause of back injury. We concentrate on those capabilities that you will use every day, intially core stability and subsequently more specific exercises e.g. for parents to combat back problems from lifting or carrying their children.
Classic fitness training, often using machines and weights, restricts movements to a single plane of motion for safety reasons. However this is not the way we move in every day life, so can result in imbalanced muscle development, and hence, an increased risk of injury.
Functional Fitness ensures that we exercise the muscles we use in our life, to the level required. Building a programme of exercises that target individual, and groups of, muscles to match your lifestyle.
In this way you can train your body to be capable of doing real life activities in real life positions, not just to lift a weight in an idealised position on a machine at the gym.
Do you suffer from recurrent pain or stiffness in the shoulders, neck or back?
It is often the case that this is caused by a postural imbalance.
We are pioneering a new approach to alleviating these issues by addressing the root causes rather than treating the symptoms.
Most of us are walking around with less than perfect postures although we may be quite fit and healthy. We may not be feeling any pain but could be building up problems for the future.
The postural imbalances may cause stiffness and/or pain which we accept as normal or part of the ageing process. Any length of time we spend in one position, for example, at a desk, using a computer, or driving a vehicle, can exacerbate these aches and pains.
These symptoms may be relieved by a massage or visit to a chiropractor but often recur. Postural assessment and correction may provide a long term solution. It is based on small changes to daily habits and regular tailored exercises. The exercises are small, simple, quick to perform and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
In addition to sport massage with its tangible results we also offer the more relaxing massage techniques. These are ideal for stress relief, the release of tight shoulders and for anyone who needs to relax but prefers a lighter touch. Choose from Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage or a regular Body Massage.