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Foot Pains

And so more and more of us are taking up walking and of course, what can come with that is foot and heel pain.

The foot is a complex structure of joints and ligaments with several significant muscle groups. These muscles have a role in both stabilising the foot and in propelling us along, as well acting as shock absorbers.
The two most common injuries or pain problems we see are heel pain (Policeman’s Heel), and plantar fasciitis.

Policeman’s heel is a term used to describe inflammation or irritation to the spongy pad or bursa which cushions the heel. Often extremely painful on weight bearing but more often a dull ache at rest. It is mainly concentrated around the heel but can refer through the sole of the foot. This condition normally becomes aggravated on high impact activity, a landing injury from a height, increased activity levels or worn trainers which result in a lack of shock absorbency and poor biomechanics.

Plantar fasciitis is an overload injury often causing micro-tears through the plantar fascia resulting in an inflammatory response but in the chronic stages causing the tissue to degenerate. The plantar fascia is the tissue that stretches from the heel to the base of the toes, along the sole of the foot. Patients will often experience start up pain on weight bearing with it easing with gentle activity, becoming sore with over loading and often pain at rest. This is common with people who decide to increase activities such as walking and running but increase them too quickly causing the overload. Often increasing activity whilst wearing poorly fitting footwear or inappropriate footwear being used for the activity being undertaken.

With both these conditions treatment revolves around reducing the load by rest from aggravating activities and by correcting any biomechanical problems through the lower limb and foot. This can often be in the form of an orthotic, strengthening and stretching exercises or strapping techniques that can be applied by your physiotherapist. Ice can be useful in the early stages to help with pain relief.

Generally, both conditions settle with early diagnosis, correct advice, exercises and treatment. If you currently have foot pain and would like us to take a look or if you would like some free advice then please don’t hesitate to call the clinic and one of our physio’s would be happy to help. Contact us on 01952 462330 or email at

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Facial Acupuncture

You can erase years from your face safely, painlessly and without surgery with facial rejuvenation acupuncture at SB Sports Injury & Physiotherapy Clinic.

For thousands of years the Chinese have known that beauty comes from within. At least as early as the Sung Dynasty (960 AD -1270 AD) acupuncture rejuvenation practices were employed for the Empress or Emperor’s Concubines. The Chinese discovered and utilised ways to change the energy flow within the body to initiate the healing process for rejuvenation. It therefore makes sense that treating the underlying cause of why someone is aging is preferable to masking the outward symptoms and allowing further decline and dysfunction to continue within the body.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is often referred to as an acupuncture ‘facelift’, however, it is more than a cosmetic procedure, it is in fact a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture involves the insertion of hair thin needles into specific areas of the face, ears, hands and legs along meridians of energy called Qi (pronounced chee). This manipulation of the movement of energy in turn stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. The Chinese discovered that many meridians either begin or end on the face while some have internal branches that go to the face.

What are the effects?

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture has been reported to potentially erase as many as 5-15 years from the face. Fine lines may be eliminated, and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, lifting of droopy eyelids or double chins minimised. Other results include moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face, increased collagen production, muscle tone, tightening of pores, brightening of the eyes, improving hormonal balance to help acne, reduction of stress evident in the face. All in all, bringing out the innate beauty and radiance of the individual.

The effectiveness of acupuncture is due to its direct manipulation of the body’s energy system – balancing removing blockage of adding energy when necessary.

A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. These effects included improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles, levelling of wrinkles, a ruddier complexion and overall rejuvenation, not confined to the face.

What is the course of treatment?

Generally, it consists of 12 treatment sessions. Each person responds differently depending on their condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. The effects become more noticeable and lasting on or about the seventh session. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results of 5 -10 years.

Facial acupuncture is an excellent alternative to Botox and Cosmetic surgery. It is a safe, virtually painless procedure, has no side effects or risk of discomfort.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a subtle rejuvenation that can take years off one’s face safely and naturally whilst improving overall health.

Here at the clinic we offer Physiotherapy assessments at times to suit you, with early morning and evening appointments available.

For further information or to book an appointment call 01952 462330 or email or visit our contact us page.

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Lockdown 2021

Although the country has been placed into a period of lockdown. As a health provider we are allowed under the current guidelines to remain open.

So if you are in need of Physiotherapy please be reassured that we are following all current guidance on the provision of PPE and infection control to ensure we are providing a safe and COVID secure environment for you to receive treatment.

For further information on our COVID secure practices please see the latest news section on the website.

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Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain is a term used to describe pain at the front of the knee. It is an umbrella term and covers several conditions for example Chondromalacia patella (wear and tear or softening or the retro patella surface), Inflammation of the patella tendon/fat pad and surrounding structures often referred to as Jumpers Knee.

The cause of anterior knee pain can be multifactorial due to the wide and varied structures that could cause the pain and so it is relatively poorly defined. Often underlying factors such as overuse, Muscle imbalance, weakness and patella abnormalities or even varied foot postures can lead to symptoms.

Patients can present with a variety of symptoms due to the varied source of the problem but characteristically patients with anterior knee pain often demonstrate functional pain problems on walking, squatting, descending stairs and sitting for prolonged periods with the knee’s bent. On occasions it can present as joint instability and with giving way of the knee.

The assessment and diagnosis of anterior pain is tricky and so a detailed knowledge of the anatomy as well as experience in treating the condition is essential. Once a diagnosis has been determined the treatment again can be challenging often rest from activity is required while your physiotherapist goes on to advise on exercise therapy to correct any weakness/muscle imbalances. Your physio may use techniques to help with patella alignment or position such as strength exercises or tapping techniques. If there is significant pain again tapping can be useful as well as electrotherapy treatment and the possibility of acupuncture may be considered. It maybe that strength work on your foot posture will be required and even an orthotic to correct foot posture is often considered.

In all, most anterior knee pains are very treatable and so if any of the above sounds familiar then here at SB Sports Injury & Physiotherapy Clinic Ltd we have the staff to assess and successfully treat the condition.

If you would like to arrange an assessment, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01952462330 or email

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