Clinic developments

Clinic developments

Due to some wonderful collaboration with Ocean Sports Therapy clinic in Finchampstead, we are now able to offer a weekly Thursday evening clinic for those in the Wokingham area who would rather not travel in to our central Reading clinic.

We are also excited to announce that specialist MSK Physiotherapist Luke Anthony is currently offering a monthly clinic at GoPerform in Reading. He has spent the past 20 years working across professional cricket, rugby and football and still lives in the area from his time working as Head of Sports Medicine at Reading FC. He has also worked as Head Physiotherapist at Watford FC, 1st Team Physiotherapist at Gloucester Rugby and most recently as an injury prevention specialist at Norwich City FC. 

If you have a specific joint related injury or a longstanding issue you would like an expert to have a look we highly recommend you attend one of his clinics. As normal you can book in through our online booking system but feel free to get in touch if you have a question about your suitability for assessment. 

Working with Chronic Pain Patients

Working with Chronic Pain Patients

Although much of the last 14 years of my career has been spent working with elite athletes, by far my most meaningful work has been helping people with chronic health and pain conditions. There is increasing amounts of research highlighting how powerful hands on bodywork can be in de-sensitising the nervous system, reducing the production of pain neurotransmitters and helping to quieten the body enhancing sleep and all the benefits that bring. Lots of patients I see find it difficult to sleep and are permanently tired and in pain. This can inevitably lead to despair and the initiation of survival mode just to get through each day. These patients may have existing chronic health conditions such as Fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis or could simply be mums/dads struggling to get enough sleep with raging back pain.

Pain physiology has become a specific area of interest and I have learnt much from my experiences of working with a variety of patients suffering from Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuralgia, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. In our UK health system it seems that pain medication has become prevalent (exogenous opioids) I think there is definitely a place for helping to stimulate endogenous opioid release by performing suitable soft tissue treatment. If you feel you have a chronic health condition and feel that I may be able to help please get in touch. Finally here is a recent testimonial from a patient I had referred to the clinic from a local Sports Medicine Consultant.

" I have a long history of myofascial pain syndrome. The best way to describe finding a clinician that truly understands not only the pathophysiology but the treatment of this condition is, "like finding a needle in a haystack". I have been to countless therapists who have, despite their best intentions, made me worse. Dan's treatment approach is inclusive and takes every aspect of mind, body and spirit into account. He genuinely cares what his clients goals are and understands achieving them includes more than just one singular focus. I achieved relief that I did not think was possible under Dans care. I could not recommend him more"

 

 

Wellness Vs Fitness

Wellness Vs Fitness

I'm sorry for being so late to the party but I am loving yoga right now. Since January I have been following a 10min/day yoga challenge and I feel so much more connected and open throughout my hips and back in particular. It prepares my body for work, helps me unwind each evening, and is the perfect antidote to the hours I spend travelling. It really doesn't matter that I'm not very good.

These characteristics seem to be at odds with so many of characteristics of the elite athletes and individuals I see in clinic. Where are the people nurturing their body through exercise without feeling the need to continuously compete or achieve? The current trend of quick high intensity exercise seems to mirror the consumerist approach to modern life.  The constant search for aesthetic perfection and PB's in the gym leaves so many broken, in pain and struggling to find restful sleep. Surely its not supposed to be like this?

Why can't we focus more on being  mentally and physically healthy as a whole person and leave behind the facade of simple aesthetics. Believe me having worked over the years with some incredible athletes there are a limited number of  individuals I can think of who truly had this balance and were actually peaceful and happy in themselves. Don't worry I've not turned into a hippy just yet!

Dan

 

http://www.doyouyoga.com/course/the-mens-30-day-yoga-challenge/ 

 

 

 

Winter News (2015)

Winter News (2015)

Its been one month since GoPerform opened its doors in central Reading..