Podiatry - Sports Medicine

Our focus is on understanding your individual foot, ankle and knee health / injury and how it affects your day to day and sporting activities is key. Providing you the best treatment, rehabilitation and education. An example of some of the conditions our specialist HCPC registered podiatrist can treat are: • Achilles Tendinopathy – Achilles Tendonitis • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Severs Disease... Read More

Our focus is on understanding your individual foot, ankle and knee health / injury and how it affects your day to day and sporting activities is key. Providing you the best treatment, rehabilitation and education.
An example of some of the conditions our specialist HCPC registered podiatrist can treat are:
• Achilles Tendinopathy – Achilles Tendonitis
• Calcaneal Apophysitis (Severs Disease)
• Hallux Abducto Valgus (Bunions)
• Hammer Toe
• Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
• Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
• Metatarsalgia (Ball of foot/forefoot pain)
• Morton’s Neuroma
• Osteoarthritis
• Peroneal Tendinopathy (Peroneal Tendonitis)
• Pes Cavus (High arched feet)
• Pes Planus (Flat feet)
• Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain/Arch Pain)
• Posterior Tibial Dysfunction (PTTD)
• Onychocryptosis (Ingrown Toenail)

These can be treated through:
• Advanced foot diagnostics
• Musculoskeletal Podiatry,
• 3D Biomechanical gait assessments
• Custom orthoses,
• Ultrasound imaging,
• Injection therapies,
• Minor surgical operations
• Shock wave therapy


Osteopathy

For your body to move and work freely as intended, its structure must also move and work freely. Which is why Osteopathy is so beneficial in the treatment of injuries. Its holistic system of diagnosis and treatment that concentrates on the relationship between the bones, muscles, ligaments and their connective tissues, ensuring they are all working together as one system. Which is why our ... Read More

For your body to move and work freely as intended, its structure must also move and work freely.

Which is why Osteopathy is so beneficial in the treatment of injuries. Its holistic system of diagnosis and treatment that concentrates on the relationship between the bones, muscles, ligaments and their connective tissues, ensuring they are all working together as one system.
Which is why our expert Osteopath works to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.

Typical conditions our Osteopath can help treat are:
• .Arthritic pain
• Circulatory problems
• Cramp
• Digestion problems
• Fibromyalgia
• Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences
• Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
• Joint pains
• Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
• General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
• Generalised aches and pains
• Lumbago
• Migraine prevention
• Minor sports injuries
• Muscle spasms
• Neuralgia
• Tension and inability to relax
• Rheumatic pain
• Sciatica
• Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain (as opposed to neck pain following injury i.e. whiplash)

Our amazing osteopath uses touch, physical manipulation, stretching, dry needling, KT taping and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. While always providing advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.


Sports Injury Assessments

Exceptional injury analysis allowing reduced injury and enhanced performance. As Injuries are complex and multifaceted, our Initial assessment, will focus on understanding the history and the mechanism of injury and how the bio-mechanical impact your sport / lifestyle places on your body. This is followed by completing a full musculoskeletal assessment, which helps identify the source of the ... Read More

Exceptional injury analysis allowing reduced injury and enhanced performance.
As Injuries are complex and multifaceted, our Initial assessment, will focus on understanding the history and the mechanism of injury and how the bio-mechanical impact your sport / lifestyle places on your body. This is followed by completing a full musculoskeletal assessment, which helps identify the source of the exact issues.
Our assessments, diagnosis and treatments are completed through a combination of methods that may include: manual therapy, manipulation and dry needling; modalities such as IASMT, taping, Cupping, Ultrasound, TENS and exercise prescription. Education plays an important role, and our teams goals are to return you to your optimal function and strength, while educating you about your injury. This allows you to independently maintain a healthy body without the constant supervision of a therapist, which is key in reducing recovery times and optimising performance and movement.

An example of the typical Injuries we treat are:
• Ligament and joint Sprains and Strains
• Muscle Strains and tears
• Tennis / Golfers Elbow
• Running Injuries – Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Achilies tendinopathies, stress fractures etc.
• Bio-mechanical irregularities
• Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
• Sciatica
• Pre and Post Operative rehabilitation.
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Spinal Disk related Injuries.


Chronic Pain Management

‘getting your life back on track’ with exceptional chronic pain management for ongoing, long term pain, with structured and measured outcomes for your pain reduction. The 8th Element Program delivers evidence based methods for chronic pain treatments and self-care, to help anyone experiencing pain of any form, from recent and minor injuries, but more specifically to chronic conditions that h... Read More

‘getting your life back on track’ with exceptional chronic pain management for ongoing, long term pain, with structured and measured outcomes for your pain reduction.

The 8th Element Program delivers evidence based methods for chronic pain treatments and self-care, to help anyone experiencing pain of any form, from recent and minor injuries, but more specifically to chronic conditions that have been ongoing for years. Our aim is to provide relief and improved quality of life for patients with progressive and degenerative conditions.
The ultimate focus is on achieving real outcomes. Using evidence-based treatments with measurable results. Educating you to take control and getting you back to embracing what you love through becoming balanced, strong, mobile, confident and in control of your movement.

How It works
Before any treatment, patients undergo a thorough history and bio-psychosocial assessment based on your health, pain and condition. Followed by a physical assessment which may include posture, strength and flexibility.
Once an appropriate assessment has been completed, and any short and/or long-term goals discussed, the practitioner will offer a treatment plan aimed at achieving specific goals. Two phases are then implemented – the physical and psychosocial:

The Physical – Advanced Clinical massage and biomechanical movement analysis / rehabilitation merge together within this application

The Psychosocial - When pain persists, becoming “chronic,” it also becomes more complex. Modern pain research shows that psychological and emotional elements can play a major role. These non-physical components can help the brain “learn” to be in pain, re-wiring the body’s neural circuitry to perpetuate the sensation of pain.
With proper therapeutic attention the brain can "unlearn" pain, paving the way to physical pain relief, which our practitioner helps to implement. Research shows that methods like education, writing, meditation, visualisation, and cognitive behavioural therapy can successfully help the brain to stop this recurring pain cycle.

The result
Minimising pain while maximising quality of life, leaving you confident in your ability to self-manage, control and reduce your pain at home.


Anatomy In Motion

Focusing on the relationship between movement, dysfunction and pain. Our AiM practitioner will unravel the hidden issues that cause our bodies to make adaptations by either restricting movement in one part of our body and compensating by making another part move too much, or by preventing us from doing a certain movement altogether. Throughout our lives, our bodies through go through a lot ... Read More

Focusing on the relationship between movement, dysfunction and pain.

Our AiM practitioner will unravel the hidden issues that cause our bodies to make adaptations by either restricting movement in one part of our body and compensating by making another part move too much, or by preventing us from doing a certain movement altogether.
Throughout our lives, our bodies through go through a lot – this includes, but not limited to, injuries, surgeries, our posture or lack of movement (i.e. being in one position regularly for significant parts of the day). This leads to our bodies making adaptations by either restricting movement in one part of our body and compensating by making another part move too much, or by preventing us from doing a certain movement altogether. Over time this new movement, or lack of it, becomes the norm and we don’t even realise we have changed. Pain is usually caused by a joint or tissue being forced to move in a way it does want to or being overworked (due to something else not working properly). This is why treating just the area of pain does not usually relieve the pain long term.

AiM helps to truly unlock your restrictions and improve movement.


Run Lab - 3D gait assessment

Our state of the art run lab is one of only 6 in the UK. Measuring and analysing your complete movement / running profile across all 3 planes of motion, helping you to understand why you have that annoying injury or niggle at 5miles and how to rectify the causes of it, or using the data to enhance your performance from couch to 5k beginners to elite sprinters and ultramarathon athletes, and any... Read More

Our state of the art run lab is one of only 6 in the UK. Measuring and analysing your complete movement / running profile across all 3 planes of motion, helping you to understand why you have that annoying injury or niggle at 5miles and how to rectify the causes of it, or using the data to enhance your performance from couch to 5k beginners to elite sprinters and ultramarathon athletes, and anyone in-between.
Whether you are an individual looking to improve your PB, a sports team or coach looking for the edge in assessing athletes or a healthcare professional requiring in-depth data to help in the treatment of patients, we tailor our Rub Lab service to provide exactly what is needed at an affordable cost. Let our gold standard lab change your performance, movement and life!
You'll receive a full summary and copy of your data, results and strength, conditioning, imbalance correction, gait adjustment advice and any other info provided.

Issues Commonly Identified:
* Tendon ‘stretch shortening cycle’ efficiency or weakness
* Bilateral elastic exchanges (Hips, knees, ankles)
* Stride rate (cadence) – differences, speed and capacity.
* Hip position and control issues.
* Individual Knee position and movement issues.
* Forces absorbed by the individual joints.
* Running style (bouncer or glider) and the weakness’ associated to your profile
* Joint Range of motion restrictions through the 3 phases (stance, transitional and terminal)
* Muscle firing patters and how they function when fatigued
* Eccentric muscular control and tendon health
* Weakness’s that lead to deceleration control issues and thus injury.
* Compensation injuries
* Torso positioning
* Bio-mechanical lateral forces that affect energy expenditure (one of many)


Athlete Body Stats

For years 8th Element has helped Individuals, PT’s, and organisations alike attain scientific and relevant data on individuals to help enhance their knowledge and efficiency of their fitness journey. Within our Athlete Body stat service, you’ll be weighed, measured and tested, using clinical Harpenden skinfold measurements, tape measurements, Lung function analysis and at an additional surch... Read More

For years 8th Element has helped Individuals, PT’s, and organisations alike attain scientific and relevant data on individuals to help enhance their knowledge and efficiency of their fitness journey.

Within our Athlete Body stat service, you’ll be weighed, measured and tested, using clinical Harpenden skinfold measurements, tape measurements, Lung function analysis and at an additional surcharge Bioelectrical Impedance analysis (which is also subject to a fasting protocol).

Allowing athletes and fitness personnel to:
* Assess their body composition prior to the commencement of training or before implementing a new nutrition/training program – allowing for optimal tracking of progress.
* Track improvements in muscle gain
* Track fat loss
* Ensure muscle atrophy (loss of muscle tissue) isn’t present in the process of fat loss
* Ensure Hydration levels are optimal, allowing for optimal absorption of nutrients and minerals into the vital muscles, enhancing performances and reducing unwanted fat gain and muscle cramping
* Understand each individual’s metabolic rate, allowing for nutritional analysis and advice to be provided, that is relevant to your goals via your PT.
* See changes in physical measurements and external skin fat, allowing you to track the location of change
* Checking and tracking your Forced Expiratory of air within your lungs in 1 second, providing us with a total volume measurement and comparing that to the ‘standard’ amongst your age. Allowing to track elements of changes in fitness and lung function


Shockwave Therapy (R-ESWT)

A revolutionary therapy clinically proven and highly effective for soft tissue tendon injuries and chronic pain. High-tech, non-invasive treatment for chronic soft tissue, tendon and certain bone conditions. Our Radial Shockwave system exerts a mechanical pressure and tension force (high energy pulses), which are applied through the applicator head-on contact to the injury site, and dependa... Read More

A revolutionary therapy clinically proven and highly effective for soft tissue tendon injuries and chronic pain.
High-tech, non-invasive treatment for chronic soft tissue, tendon and certain bone conditions.

Our Radial Shockwave system exerts a mechanical pressure and tension force (high energy pulses), which are applied through the applicator head-on contact to the injury site, and dependant on the site and condition you are treating, its scientifically proven to yield and speed up approx 82% in the healing process through 3-6 sessions.

This mechanical pressure causes cavitation (formation of empty space) in the tissues. As these bubbles collapse, they create smaller secondary energy waves, further assisting in the breakdown of pathological deposits within the damaged tissues. The several thousand shockwaves that are applied through injured tissue help create stimulation of fibroblasts (cells fundamental in the formation and healing of our muscle/tendon/ligament/skin tissues) and osteoblasts (cells that form new bone) enhancing the healing process and cell generation of soft tissue and bones.

Reducing Pain:
ESWT also targets pain by stimulating anaesthesia where nerves sending pain signals to the brain become over stimulated resulting in decreased activity thus diminishing or eliminating pain. After a few treatments the pain gate control mechanism alters its stimulation, and as a result, we see longer periods of decreased pain. Finally, ESWT is believed to trigger a ‘reset’ button that recalibrates pain perception centrally.

So why not target your tendon, ligament, muscle or joint pain effectively and enhance post surgical recovery, while receiving tailor rehabilitation for your lifestyle or sporting needs?

Issues Commonly Treated:
* Plantar fasciitis
* Shoulder pain, e.g. calcific lesions of the rotator cuff and bony spurs
* Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
* Medial epicondylitis (golfer‘s elbow)
* Patellar tendonitis (jumper‘s knee)
* Tibial stress syndrome (shin pain)
* Achilles tendonitis
* Hip pain (bursitis)
* Heel pain, heel spurs
* Chronic neck dysfunction
* Illiotibial Band (ITB) Friction Syndrome


Postural, Skeletal and Movement MOT

This bespoke service focus on providing your body a full body MOT from head to toe. A non diagnostic, 'hands on' service that is designed to provide a comprehensive overview, treatment, and neural / movement reprogramming of your body, identifying historic and current issues that will be affecting and limiting skeletal, neural and movement disorders and limitations, that cause pain, poor mo... Read More

This bespoke service focus on providing your body a full body MOT from head to toe.

A non diagnostic, 'hands on' service that is designed to provide a comprehensive overview, treatment, and neural / movement reprogramming of your body, identifying historic and current issues that will be affecting and limiting skeletal, neural and movement disorders and limitations, that cause pain, poor movement and poor physiological responses, which hinder our mood, sleep, stress, focus and immune system.

Initially you'll undertake a consultation and assessment with our Master of Osteopathy for 60 minutes, who will look at posture and screen your entire skeletal system looking for irregularities and restrictions, while discussing your sleeping patterns, current training and work loads and external demands and psychosocial stressors that are placed on your body. Along the way he will provide the appropriate manipulations or mobilisation treatments while documenting and explaining the findings. This information will be then passed over to our Movement Specialist for a separate and bespoke AIM appointment. whereby every aspect of the way you move will be practically investigated, correcting irregularities and alignment / weakness issues, while improving your neural response and movement ability, through treatment and movement prescription. This session will last 1.5hrs.
You'll leave invigorated, released and full of movement awareness. You'll also receive a bespoke exercise plan, directly to your phone where by exercises, movements and videos will be waiting for you via our Physiotrack app.

Included in our package is a follow up 'release' treatment with our Massage Therapist. While you have spent a few weeks working on habits, movement and strength, you body will thank you for a perfectly times 'release' session to enhance your progression.

We place so much stress and strain on ourselves in a physical and psychological way, with hectic lifestyles, work stresses, gym or training loads, postural strains from work, driving and time spent behind phones, laptops and computers all compromising our body's natural movement, position and responses. This in turn causes chronic posture problems, pain patterns and restrictions in life (mentally and physically), which is where this special package will help.


Personal Training and Sports Massage

This package allows you to experience the perfect combination of both a revitalising and restoring sports massage with a bespoke personal training session, tailored to your needs.

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Unit 2, Cliffe Yard, Chaucer Close, Medway City Estate, Strood
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