Late December 2017 and early 2018 has been a very busy time for me. I am now working full time at Benfleet Physiotherapy and its great to be back and being part of a multi-disciplinary clinic, with a team of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists, Neurological Physiotherapist, Sports Injury Scientists, Gym and Rehabilitation Staff.

Over the last few months I have been studying hard to increase my soft tissue skills and this will continue for 2018. During December 2017 I attended Oxford Sports University to study Acupuncture and after sucessfully completing the course and case study I am delighted to announce that I now hold a qualification in Acupuncture for Sport. I have been seeing great responses in clinic especially for neck and shoulder injuries.

Late January this year I completed a course in Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation. I am now qualified to conduct the following manipulation techniques; Cervical Articulation, Cervical Thoracic Junction, Thoracic, Rib, & Lumber. I have experienced positive results in clinic with these techniques especially patients with chronic stiffness and especially a patient who has been suffering with chronic Costochondritis, which is inflammation of the costal cartilage, the structure that connects each rib to the sternum at the costosternal joint. The condition is a common cause of chest pain. Following mobilisation of the Ribs along with myofascial release of the intercostals the patient reports to be pain free following treatment and carrying out her home remedial exercise program.

I am sure many of you following the festive season are working hard to keep those new year fitness resolutions going and have planned challenging goals for 2018. Whether you are competing in a fun run, tough mudder challenge, marathon, triathlon, or cycle event / race, remember soft tissue therapy is an important part of your journey, helping you keep your body in good shape as you work towards your goal. I have seen too many patients in clinic who leave aches and pain hoping they will go away only to leave it until the symptoms are worse, impacting their performance and then disrupts their training regime.

You spend time on maintaining your car and house, surely your body is the most important to maintain?


Clinical Therapy

I am providing Sports & Remedial Soft Tissue Massage therapy Saturdays and Wednesday evenings at Benfleet Physiotherapy and from the 25th November I will be there Tuesday to Saturdays

Additionally I will be working from home providing Soft Tissue therapy and coaching services.

Look forward to coaching and treating you in the future , keeping you injury and pain free.

Did you know that within the top 10 tips on the London Marathons’ website is: Get a regular massage!

Did you know that within the top 10 tips on the London Marathons’ website is: Get a regular massage!

They state that:

– … massage has a number of benefits for body and mind. It can prevent injury, help repair injured muscle tissue, boost your performance and help keep you in all round good condition …

It is a good idea to build massage treatment/s into your running/training routine.

Booking a one-off session just before you run the race may help reduce psychological stress & make you feel more relaxed, but it is unlikely to make any significant physical difference to the outcome of your race/run.

However, having regular treatments can!
In my clinic, the more I see patients for regular treatments during their Marathon training, the less likely they are to suffer with on-going injuries & the less likely I am to see them in with an injury after the Marathon!

Running can cause damage to the muscles. If this is not treated it could result in a build up of scar tissue and this could result in injury. These problems can be exacerbated by the stress of racing.

Because of this, massage should play an important part in the life of any runner, whether you are injured or not and is a great chance to improve your performance.

Massage has a number of benefits which include:
* Maintaining the body in a generally better condition
* Preventing injuries and loss of mobility by pumping blood and lymphatic fluids around the body & keeping the muscles supple
* Assisting with the clearance of toxins/lactic acid from the muscles
* Supporting the stretching of tight/sore/stiff muscles
* Breaking down scar tissue and improving tissue/muscle elasticity.

It’s not only the physical effects that are beneficial. Physiological and Psychological effects are just as important. These include:
* The reduction of pain
* Anxiety reduction
* Invigorating

It’s not only Marathon runners/sports participants who can benefit from massage. Anyone can reap the benefit from massage treatments.

Keeping a healthy body helps the mind stay clear! So book your appointment now.

Claire Lee Advanced Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist. 07936 483 394

You can find me at: The Josephine Lawson physiotherapy clinics;

Wednesday 10am – 6pm 70 Fenchurch St / 50 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7AY
Friday 10am- 6pm 70 Fenchurch St / 50 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7AY
Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy Brentwood
Monday 8am-12pm (into offer £15 for 30 min)
Tuesday 1pm- 8pm
Thursday 1pm- 8pm

Benfleet Physiotherapy
Saturdays 12pm-5pm

Private clinic Mondays and Fridays

Happy New Year to all my clients

Don't forget to ease back into your excercise routines after the Christmas excesses. Remember to stretch post-workout.

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