8th ELEMENT CLINIC GUESTS - With the easing of lockdown, our regulators have been working hard with Public Health England and other professional bodies discussing how clinical practice will resume. We are pleased to say that our strict hygiene, infection prevention will continue in clinic, as your safety is paramount to us. Our COVID procedures which where put in place last year will remain in place . Please refresh yourself with our procedures and expectations through our website and via your email confirmation.

A brief summary of our policy is: * If you are poorly or have ANY symptoms of Covid, please call and reschedule your appointment. * Please continue to sanitise and wear a mask when moving around the clinic. * Please stay in your vehicle until your appointment start time - at this point make your way inside. * Our Virtual Injury Clinic will continue to run.

Run Lab

Our state of the art run lab is one of only 6 in the UK. Offering unparalleled analysis of both your running biomechanics and what your feet need via our Markerless 3D Gait analysis and Pressure Plate Trainer Selector respectively. GAIT ANALYSIS - after a 30-40 second run, our head up display and infographics provide indepth results of every aspect of your movement. From efficiency data, ... Read More

Our state of the art run lab is one of only 6 in the UK. Offering unparalleled analysis of both your running biomechanics and what your feet need via our Markerless 3D Gait analysis and Pressure Plate Trainer Selector respectively.

GAIT ANALYSIS - after a 30-40 second run, our head up display and infographics provide indepth results of every aspect of your movement. From efficiency data, strength, imbalances and restrictions, to loading and performance outcomes. Our team will discuss the results based on your goals - injury identification or performance requirements. Following the Show we'll send you all the results along with a detailed report on improvements, tweaks and requirements to enhance performance or resolve the injury thats been stopping you enjoying your running.

TRAINER SELECTOR - Taking the guess work away from knowing which trainers to buy. With over 6000 sensors measuring over 100 times per second, a few walks and runs over our specialist plate, allows us to map exactly how you move and interact with the ground. Cross referencing this with a global database of trainer construction we are able to tell you which trainers are best suited to you and your movement, straight out the box! Whats not to like!


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


Physiotherapy

Approved by major Insurances, our experienced MSK Physiotherapists clinical excellence, provides first class Injury Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation plans to empower you with taking ownership of your recovery.


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.


Private GP

Our GP and successful Ironman who has a specialist interest in Injection therapy in returning athletes with chronic pain back to sport, will be at the show ready to help in any way he can, from answering any medical concerns, to discussing sport and medical health review certificates along with how Injection therapy would be a suitable option in combination with sports specific rehab for your r... Read More

Our GP and successful Ironman who has a specialist interest in Injection therapy in returning athletes with chronic pain back to sport, will be at the show ready to help in any way he can, from answering any medical concerns, to discussing sport and medical health review certificates along with how Injection therapy would be a suitable option in combination with sports specific rehab for your return to sport.


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.


Sports Massage Therapy

An amazing array of treatments for any individual or athlete who is struggling with tension, spasms, postural imbalances and firing pattern issues within their muscles. Our experts offer a bespoke service of varying skills and techniques to suit your budget and requirments, from Myofascial release, chronic tension reduction, imbalance correction, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation ... Read More

An amazing array of treatments for any individual or athlete who is struggling with tension, spasms, postural imbalances and firing pattern issues within their muscles.
Our experts offer a bespoke service of varying skills and techniques to suit your budget and requirments, from Myofascial release, chronic tension reduction, imbalance correction, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM), cupping, TENS, trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, muscle firing correction and hot stone therapy.

Lets face it, we all push things too far sometimes, and at 8th Element we know a thing or two about movement. Which is where our specialist massage therapy treatments can help.
Its essential in promoting and improving muscle recovery, physical fitness and mental awareness; in turn helping to reduce rehabilitation times and alleviating physical and mental stress levels, promoting excellent performance, health and well being.
Each treatment is individually tailored, in order to help you release tension, relieve pain, improve imbalances and firing patterns through mobilising soft tissues in order to improve performance and prevent injury.
You’ll speed up your heeling process and significantly reduce any discomfort within the muscle fascia or connective tissue by mobilising, loosening, and helping eliminate cramps, spasms, tears and bruising.
Not only that, the increased blood flow and circulation allows significant toxin removal improving the supply of your wonder healing molecule ‘OXYGEN’, improving nutrient supply to the soft tissues. All in all assisting muscular Range of movement, muscle recruitment and recovery.


Virtual Injury Clinic

Our Virtual Injury Clinic allows our expert practitioners to bring their clinical expertise, physical assessments, coaching, pain relief and rehabilitation directly to you.  Helping restore movement, reducing discomfort and enhancing way of life. During the Virtual appointments we'll coach you through postural screens, and injury tests so you'll need a little room to move around. Once com... Read More

Our Virtual Injury Clinic allows our expert practitioners to bring their clinical expertise, physical assessments, coaching, pain relief and rehabilitation directly to you. 
Helping restore movement, reducing discomfort and enhancing way of life.

During the Virtual appointments we'll coach you through postural screens, and injury tests so you'll need a little room to move around.
Once complete, we'll explain your injury, coach you through self treatment and create a bespoke rehabilitation plan for your lifestyle or sporting demands.

Our Virtual Injury Clinical appointments are just as effective, if not more so than a face to face consultation and can all be done from the comfort of your own home.
Our secure clinical Telehealth conferencing software, and payment services, ensure your information is secure and encrypted.


Pilates

Pilates is a deep dive into the way your body moves, compensates and feels. The sessions are personalised for your own goals and move at a pace suitable for you and are based on physiotherapy, biomechanical, anatomical and clinical research, with a special emphasis on pain, pathology and function. 1:1 Pilates is a fantastic way for you to become more in tune with postural and body awareness... Read More

Pilates is a deep dive into the way your body moves, compensates and feels.
The sessions are personalised for your own goals and move at a pace suitable for you and are based on physiotherapy, biomechanical, anatomical and clinical research, with a special emphasis on pain, pathology and function.
1:1 Pilates is a fantastic way for you to become more in tune with postural and body awareness; to learn precision of movement, breath control and mindfulness, promote core stability, flexibility, endurance and strength and with our APPI instructor we are able to help you, regardless of wether you are in early stages of rehabilitation; looking to complement your training goals or enhance movement at an elite stage,

Its perfect for:
• Those with persistent or ongoing pain
• Those finding certain movements challenging or difficult
• If your goal is to increase flexibility or strength in certain areas of your body
• Looking for accountability and tailored exercises
• Recovering from an injury, illness or surgery
• Mothers and Mothers-to-be
• Those playing a sport and are looking to Pilates to complement training to help keep you at peak performance and reduce the chance of injury.
• Those wanting time for self-care and a mindful-based approach to exercise.


Health & Wellbeing

Meet Mike

After first qualifying as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2004, Michael continued his professional development with a qualification in Kinanthropometry, as well as a BSc(Hons) degree in Sport Science, specialising in Biomechanics.

Since 2008 Michael has worked as a Senior Orthopaedic Practitioner in the NHS, and has studied and worked in a number of hospitals including Stanmore National Orthopaedic Hospital and Great Ormond Street.

In 2014, Michael graduated as an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist. and is now one of the highest 100 UK qualified Clinical therapists and has a wealth of experience of treating chronic pain and medical and orthopaedic conditions. His passion has seen him complete clinical research in the NHS on the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as becoming part of the teaching team at the UK’s most advanced clinical and sports massage institute, the Jing School of Advanced Massage and Training.

Mike is known for his ability to treat chronic pain that others can’t – His knowledge, research, experience and passion bring a new level of expertise to chronic / longterm pain treatment.

n.b. ‘Kinanthropometry’ is defined as the study of human size, shape, proportion, composition, maturation, and gross function, in order to understand growth, exercise, performance, and nutrition.

In his spare time, Mike loves spending time with his family and friends, and when he’s not DIYing, he loves to relax on the golf course.

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Meet Hannah

Hannah has always had a passion with the human body, its anatomy, nutritional needs and the physiological impact it endures.

She became a PT and a level 3 Sports Massage Therapist in 2017 and has excelled in every aspect. She is professional, polite and always taking pride in continually expanding her knowledge, to provide the best release, movement enhancement, pain reduction, exercise prescription, nutrition and injury prevention service she can.

Hannah says “Regular massage has always played a big role to my own performance and injury prevention. As a result i have been able to combine bespoke PT and massage services to a variety of clients, from overworked mums and under stretched desk workers to elite athletes. As a result, those clients now understand how to strengthen their bodies safely, supporting their recovery and working towards preventing further issues in the future”

Hannah is a dog lover, cake eater and a girl who loves to stay fit and spend time with her friends and family.

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Meet John

Founder, Sports Therapist, Movement specialist, PT, Rehab guru and Run Lab technician.

John has a huge passion for movement correction and performance optimisation. After qualifying from university with a BSc(hons) in Sports Therapy, he moved to the USA to further his education and knowledge. On returning a few years later he launched 8th Element with the sight to create an ‘all under one roof’ hub, where expert assessments, advice, treatments and education can be provided to everyone of all abilities at an affordable cost.

Alongside the management of the hub and his continued thirst for knowledge, John assesses Injuries, provides treatments and rehab using a wide range of modalities, including soft tissue and imbalance correction. He loves identifying postural weakness, imbalances and restrictions that are the contributing factors to injuries and performance deficits. Once identified, the rehab, release and education begins.

Over the years, he’s helped a huge range of workers and athletes from those who have been told they can’t be helped to those looking to shave off tenths of a second from their PBs.

As well as Injury assessments and rehab, John is proud to be able to offer and run the rare markerless 3D run lab. One of only a handful in the UK, its abilities are pushing technology to the edge, allowing for injury prediction, prevention and understanding while also allowing for performance enhancement.

Outside of the hub John loves all things adventurous, from track days on his motorbike to surfing, skydiving, kite surfing, obstacle course racing, running, and anything that’ll spike his adrenaline.

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Jo loves aiding people to live their life to the full, whether that’s for the competitive or recreational athlete, avid gardener or family person. Her passion lies in helping people reach their goals. After qualifying as a Physiotherapist from Brunel University in 2016, she volunteered as a Physiotherapist in a Health Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa. From this experience, she discovered her love for assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating those with musculoskeletal injuries. On returning to the UK she started working as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in GP surgeries and Sports Centres in and around Kent.

Jo has a particular skill set in taking a holistic approach to rehabilitation. She spent a year in a split role as a Physiotherapist and a Functional assessor for The Centre of Health and Disability Assessments. This provided a wealth of insight into the impact of mental health upon physical health and vice versa. Since then, she has qualified as a Mindfulness teacher through Mindfulness UK and prides herself on ensuring people feel well listened to throughout.

She loves to create individualised physiotherapy sessions through combining her knowledge of injuries with skilled manual therapy, education, empowerment, and tailored exercises. She also enjoys sharing her expertise as a qualified Pilates instructor through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Alongside treating injuries, Jo has a keen interest in the often under spoken areas of bladder and bowel incontinence and women’s health, which, can be just as limiting to sports and daily life. She is currently taking further training in these areas and is excited to bring this into her practice.

Outside of Physiotherapy, you can find her exploring new trails, outdoor swimming, running, heading to the beach, spending time with family and friends and detouring to tasteful coffee shops.

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Meet Alex

Alex qualified with an Integrated Master’s Degree from the European School of Osteopathy and has spent several years practising in Australia before returning back to Medway at the end of 2016, which is where he was born and grew up.

He is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. Alex’s passion lays with treating neck and back pain as well as sports injuries and headaches.

Alex is our osteopath here at 8th Element and also practices in the South East London area. He is registered with most of the leading Insurers.

Outside of work Alex enjoys sports and has a keen interest in travel, visiting the world and experiencing all that life has to offer.

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