Here at the clinic we treat all ages from school children to the elderly.

Our clients are as young as 5 and as old as 93 whatever your age were here to help you ?

Why do children need treatment?

Well they’re constantly growing and this has a significant effect on the muscles. Heard of growing pains? It is actually a thing. As the bones grow, especially during a fast growth spurt, the muscles get pulled into tension. This tension causes pain in the muscles and the joints especially at night. If it goes on too long untreated it can become chronic, effecting later life and if they’re very active it can cause chronic inflammation and lead to these conditions;

Severs – juvenile heel pain. Excessive force through the heel during my adolescents, inflammation of the heel bone growth plate.

Osgood schlatters – juvenile patella tendinitis. This can lead to a painful bump on the knee where excessive bone growth is stimulated as the tendon attachment point on the shin bone has become inflamed.

Muscle pain– can occur in any muscle but mostly the legs. As the muscles are so tight they’re painful and cannot function properly without getting very tired. High risk of muscle tears. Restless legs at night.

Posture dysfunction– muscles that have been under too much strain or tension for a long time can cause their posture to change. Are they round shouldered? Slouchy? Have a strange curvature of the spine? Stand knock knee’d? Pigeon toed? Have head aches? Then get in touch we can straighten out the posture and reduce the risk of pain when they’re older.

We can offer massage and stretching to increase function of the body and allow the children and teenagers to continue sport safely.

Advise on a regular stretching routine and how to manage pain and prevent it in the future or when the next growth spurt occurs ?

Katrina, Bridport – Chronic illness sufferer

“‏I went to see Lucie with a reoccurring back problem. I was reluctant at first as I have a lot of chronic illness (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia to name a few) but I had observed previously how great she was with my daughter at Somerset Centre of Excellence.
When I got there she was warm and welcoming and had obviously spent some time researching my conditions and was able to talk to me with compassion and intelligence.
She identified several things that were linked to my inactivity and I had various treatments during my sessions and was encouraged to to do simple exercises at home that didn’t aggravate my conditions.
I recommended her to everyone I know and, despite having to drive for over an hour to get there, would never use anyone else.”

Massage for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Massage can bring a lot of benefits to fibromyalgia patients in terms of alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.

Massage therapy is the most widely used type of complementary and alternative medicine in hospitals because it reduces stress, helps relieve pain, decreases feelings of anxiety, and increases general overall well-being — all of which are great for people with fibromyalgia. Massage also releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

Maximise your pain relief

Tip from the top Fibromyalgia specialists is to see your massage therapist often. Depending on the severity of a person’s fibromyalgia symptoms, they usually recommend he or she sees a therapist two times a week for four weeks to get the routine down. He says the frequency can then taper slowly to once a week and then once a month, and that it’s helpful if you can do some self-care on your own in between sessions. Self help exercises and routines will be given by your therapist and tailored to you.

Examples of therapies used in our sessions

Trigger point therapy

Fibromyalgia can be treated with a variety of massage techniques, but I personally like trigger point therapy the best. Trigger points are painful spots located in bands of muscle fibers, and people with fibromyalgia generally have more of them than people without the condition. Trigger point therapy involves deactivating trigger points using finger pressure. Once you are able to identify those painful points and apply the pressure needed, you can often have a good outcome in terms of fibromyalgia pain and discomfort management.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release involves applying gentle sustaining pressure into connective tissue. It helps eliminate fibromyalgia pain and restoration of motion by elongating muscle fibers.

Passive stretching

Passive stretching involves exerting an external force on a limb to move it into a new position. People with fibromyalgia often have very stiff joints because of the constant muscle spasms associated with the condition. By gently moving their arms and legs in the same direction, we can loosen up those muscles and joints.

Sports massage

Sports massage is most often used before or after an athletic event, but it can also benefit people with fibromyalgia. Sports massage can alleviate stress and tension that build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It reduces heart rate and blood pressure, increases circulation and lymph flow, improves flexibility, and can help relieve fibromyalgia pain.

If you think we can help you with pain relief from fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus or any other chronic pain contact us we would love to help you

Here’s some information you may not know about us… Get in touch for some free advice and how we can help you

THERAPIST PROFILE

Lucie Spraggon Soft Tissue Therapist

Qualifications:

  • NLSSM graduate
  • SMA Member silver
  • Sports Massage Tutor – Strode College
  • Acupuncturist
  • Kinesiology taping

Specialisms:

Muscle and joint pain. Rehabilitation through advanced soft tissue techniques, increasing mobility, flexibility and function of muscle tissue. Decreasimg pain. Sports performance. Posture correction. Gait analysis

Specialist sports:

Swimming, Powerlifting, football.

British, European and World champion. 7 x world record holder in Powerlifting as a junior.

Work in ELITE sport:

  • Therapist at London 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic Games
  • England u19 women’s football
  • Rugby world cup 2015 Argentina squad
  • Yeovil Town Ladies FC women’s super league
  • WORLD indoor Athletics Championships 2018

I am looking for a graduate Soft Tissue Therapist/Sports Therapist/Physiotherapist to join my busy clinic on a part time basis in GLASTONBURY, Somerset.

To keep up with demand from my clients there will be opportunities to work mornings, evenings and Saturdays around times to suit you as we build your clientele. My clinic is fresh, quiet and equipped with brand new equipment, with use of a gym at the facility for rehab.

Located at a leisure centre there are hundreds of members and sports clubs at the facility to gain as potential clients, as well as an already established clientele built on recommendations.

I have connections with county and international athletes and clubs aswell as the local private sports specialist school which generates alot of custom from a range of sports. You will get great opportunities to work with elite athletes.

This role is perfect for a graduate or established therapist to join a well established clinic with an excellent reputation.

Essential:

  • Level 5 NLSSM diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Or graduate with a First degree in Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • You must be professional, friendly, confident in your manual hands on skills and have good knowledge of a range of sports and rehabilitation. Driven and hard working.
  • Have your own transport.
  • Up to date first aid certificate, insurance, relevant society membership and CPD.
  • You will be working on a self employed basis and take care of your own accounts.

Preferred:

  • To have CPD in Kinesiology taping, Sports taping and Acupuncture
  • 2 years experience in clinic is desired but not essential.

Training will be provided and for the right person subsidised on going CPD. Excellent rates of pay, dependent on experience.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to luciespraggon@hotmail.co.uk.

It’s now OPEN at Tor Leisure Centre in Glastonbury.

A calm, welcoming, comfy waiting area with electric massage chair for your comfort, before or after your appointment. A spacious, light, treatment room with brand new equipment and everything you need to recover from your ailments.

Lots of Rehab equipment, supports, recovery goodies for sale. It’s a one stop shop for everything you need. Clients also have your very own parking space next to the clinic

I am looking forward to showing you all around.

Strength training will help you run faster, stronger and build healthy injury resistant muscles mile after mile. These exercises are functional and great to do at home, out on the track or in the gym. You don’t need any equipment. If you want to make them harder you can try the alternative option on each exercise below. You can always add a Thera band to make the movement harder by adding a resistance. (These are sold in our equipment store in clinic).

Work them into your routine twice a week on easy run or rest days.

3 sets of 10 reps is a good starting point. If you can’t do this yet just work up to these numbers.

Contact Lucie for more information on how to stay injury free and increasing your training gains by using Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy regularly.

Squat

Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread shoulder width apart. Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, then slowly push through your heels back into the starting position.

Make sure your front knee does not move forward past your toes.

Keep your chest up and don’t lean forward.

Jump Squat

Squat and then jump explode up as high as you can and land softly.

Lunge

Stand with your right foot forward. Squat down so that your left knee drops down toward but not touching, the floor. Hold and then rise back up. Repeat on the other leg.

Make sure your front knee doesn’t move forward over your toes. Keep your chest high and don’t lean forward.

Jump Lunges. Same technique keep in the lunge position. Pulse the lunge with mini jump.

Glute Bridge

Lie on your back with your knees bent, arms down by your side, and palms down. Draw your belly button in, and lift your hips up by pressing your feet into the ground. Contract your core and glutes to engage this position. Hold for three to five seconds.

Keep your hips level, don’t let one side dip while raised.

Glute bridge with leg extension. Same position and technique. When you have completed the bridge extend one leg and hold the position without wobbling.

Mountain Climbers

Get into a press up position. Bring your right knee in, then extend it back. Bring your left knee in, then extend it back. Alternate legs and move as fast as you can while maintaining good form.

Make sure your back, hips and ankles are in a straight line. Don’t allow your lower back to arch or drop. Hold in your core and don’t change the lower back position while you mountain climb.

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Vouchers available for all treatments either for single session or block booking.

Once paid for vouchers will be posted to your address or emailed. Must be used within 3 months of date on the voucher unless otherwise stated. Cannot be refunded and must be used by the voucher holder (named on the voucher) and not transferred.

Vouchers can be ordered by contacting Lucie Spraggon.

ALWAYS consult your Soft Tissue Therapist before carrying out these exercises!

A series of exercise routines you can do to help reduce any lower back pain (occasionally referred to as low back pain), including tension, stiffness and soreness.

Start gently to get used to the movements and work out how far you can go into each position without feeling pain.

These exercises should be done at least once a day if the pain allows. Other activities for mobility can be used along side including walking, cycling and water-based activities.

Stop immediatly if you feel pain. Always consult your therapist or doctor before proceeding.

Knee rolls

  • Start position: Lie on your back. Keep your knees bent and together. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in.
  • Action: Roll your knees to one side, followed by your pelvis, keeping both shoulders on the floor. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.
  • Repeat 8 to 10 times, alternating sides.

Only move as far as feels comfortable.

Place a pillow between your knees for comfort.

Bottom to heels stretch

Stretches and mobilises the spine

  • Start position: Kneel on all fours, with your knees under hips and hands under shoulders. Don’t over-arch your lower back. Keep your neck long, your shoulders back and don’t lock your elbows.
  • Action: Slowly take your bottom backwards, maintaining the natural curve in the spine. Hold the stretch for one deep breath and return to the starting position.
  • Repeat 8 to 10 times.

Avoid sitting back on your heels if you have a knee problem.

Ensure correct positioning with the help of a mirror.

Only stretch as far as feels comfortable.

Here are some tips for how to do it properly.

  1. Stretch for 10 minutes every day.Regular stretching improves your balance, strength and flexibility, hold each stretch for 30 seconds to maximise lasting effects. Gentle stretching can improve your circulation and a steady blood flow helps reduce muscle tension and soreness.
  2. Get advice to avoid injury. Check with Soft Tissue Therapist before stretching if you have an injury, are unsure of how to stretch properly or have had a previous injury.
  3. Warm up your muscles before stretching. Try 10 minutes of gentle exercise like walking. Stretching cold muscles may result in injury.
  4. Hold a sustained stretch for 30 seconds. Don’t bounce when stretching. Overstretching causes muscle to contract and can cause small tears in fibres.
  5. Only stretch to the point of mild discomfort. Once your muscle feels comfortable, increase the stretch then hold it again. If it hurts, you’re pushing too hard.
  6. Breathe normally when stretching. Don’t try to hold your breath or perform special breathing exercises.
  7. Balance your routine. Work opposing muscle groups each time you stretch. If you start by stretching the muscles in the back of your thigh, then follow by stretching the muscles at the front.

Make stretching part of your other warm-up and cool-down activities. It will help put you in the right frame of mind before exercise and help you relax afterwards.

Pilates and Yoga are great classed to improve your core strength and overall flexibilty giving you more movement and mobility now and later in life.

The SMA Road2Rio Athlete Sponsorship Programme has been in action for a few months and we’re really excited to hear how this has been received by SMA members and the athletes they are working with. With therapists offering up to 50% discount for treatments it’s a fantastic way to support our unfunded athletes.

We’d seen a great initial response from the launch back in Autumn 2015, when SMA members who had signed up to the programme were sent their welcome packs and polo shirts.

The countdown to Rio is well under way with trials fast approaching for final team selections. As the Official Sponsor to the SMA Road2Rio programme our team at Physique are really proud to be involved in such a beneficial scheme and thought it would be great to share the experiences of SMA members and their prospective Rio athletes.

SMA Member Lucie Spraggon has generously sent us the following article, it’s a really inspirational piece and one we hope will motivate other athletes and SMA Members to get involved with the fantastic programme.

Lucie’s story…

After having an amazing experience working at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic games I was itching to get involved in some way again, this time with the Rio games. I have been working with international teams and athletes since 2012 for various matches, competitions, World cups and tours, but nothing quite compares to the Olympic and Paralympic games. This is the ultimate goal for all sports men and women.

I first heard about the Road to Rio programme by chatting to my former teacher at NLSSM Nick Mooney from the SMA. I thought it was a great idea and so many of our top UK athletes would benefit from this sponsorship. One name popped into my head straight away.Rob Holderness

  • Athlete: Rob Holderness 25 yrs
  • Swimmer – 100m and 200m Breaststroke.
  • Country Wales
  • Club – Millfield Swimming, Street, Somerset
  • 2014 ranked 9th in the world
  • Competitor for wales in the previous 2 Commonwealth Games

I have known Rob for many years going to school in the same town and competing with him as youngsters,he has always been at the top of the rankings and continued in the sport. I wanted to help Rob as much as I could leading up to the GB swimming trials in April. Rob is unsponsored so receives no medical support or funding. The Road2Rio Sponsorship Programme gave me a chance to give my expertise to athletes like Rob.

Rob is a Breaststroker specialising in the 100m and 200m, representing Wales multiple times in the past two Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Delhi. He was ranked 9th in the world in 2014 before training was put on hold to pursue a career in Accountancy. Rob has now returned to training up to 5 hours a day exchanging his career aspirations for clear goals on competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The treatments are aimed at maintaining the level of optimum physical fitness that is needed for the intense training Rob has to do for swimming. 4-5 hours a day of training includes land training, strength and conditioning, mobility and flexibility work as well as in the water training. Recovery massage and maintenance treatment is important for injury prevention, and promoting the wellbeing of the athlete. Soft tissue therapy is allowing Rob to become more aware of how his body is reacting to training and recovery, boosting his performance and preparation for competition.

The programme is really fulfilling as a professional to be involved with. You are investing some time and sharing your expert skills into our best athletes who could be living in your town. The best achievement for me as a therapist would be to see an athlete I have treated and helped physically and psychologically through Soft Tissue Therapy appear on the TV competing for Team GB at this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics.

Good luck Rob!

A word from the athlete…

“As an unfunded athlete, it can be extremely difficult to split my time between work and training. Thanks to the SMA Road 2 Rio program and especially Lucie Spraggon I no longer have to worry about the extra costs associated with my physiotherapy.

Lucie is a highly qualified Soft Tissue Therapist who has experience dealing with athletes, so to receive treatment from her for a fraction of the price means I get the support I need. Lucie works around my schedule as not to interfere with training and only lives a few miles away.

I have also recommended that a fellow Olympic hopeful Tristan Slater join the program, as I believe that any athlete needing help should make the most of what SMA are trying to do!”

Rob Holderness
Swimmer- 100m and 200m Breaststroke

Download the full article here.