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Massage Therapy at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne

Lushington Chiropractic is an award-winning chiropractic and massage therapy clinic in the heart of Eastbourne. We’re a large multidisciplinary clinic. Our team of chiropractors and massage therapists all have different specialities, but what unites us is our drive and passion for delivering the highest standards of clinical care.

Apart from chiropractic, the most popular service at the clinic is sports massage therapy. This blog is about what motivates our massage team, and why they’re proud practicing from Lushington Chiropractic Clinic.

A wide range of people from across Eastbourne and the surrounding Sussex area see our massage team with a range of problems, or simply for a relaxing massage. The massage team here are particularly highly qualified and experienced, covering a range of massage techniques from deep tissue sports and remedial massage to the gentle and nurturing type of relaxing massage.

Image shows Sue, Oly and Ryan, part of the Lushington Chiropractic Massage Team

Sue, Oly and Ryan, part of the Lushington Chiropractic Massage Team

Oliver Ody BSc(HONS), MSc – Eastbourne Massage Therapist & Conditioning Coach

Associate Sports Massage Therapist; Consultant Personal Trainer; MSc Applied Exercise Physiology; BSc Sport Science; Advanced Diploma in Personal Training; REP’s Registered Level 3 Personal Trainer; TTR Studio Cycling, Gym Boxing, Circuit Training, Sports Nutrition; Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist; Rock Tape practitioner

Oly has worked as a massage therapist and personal trainer here in Eastbourne since 2011. He has a BSc degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Applied Exercise Physiology which he completed here in Eastbourne at Brighton University. As well as being a keen sportsman himself, Oly’s worked as an elite level Strength and Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer in Eastbourne, based at the Brighton University Gym in Denton Road, Meads.

As a reflection of Oly’s reputation he was asked to be a Massage Therapist for the Samoan Rugby team, when they were staying here in Sussex for the Rugby World Cup 2015. Rather than jetting off around the world to continue that work with elite athletes, we’re delighted that Oly’s decided to further his career here in Eastbourne when he joined our Chiropractic Clinic at the start of 2016.

Here’s why Oly wanted to practice sports massage and rehabilitation exercise therapy with us here in Eastbourne:

“Lushington Chiropractic has an excellent reputation, not only here in Eastbourne but amongst local massage therapists and other practitioners.

 I am proud to work within a team of highly qualified practitioners, across a multitude of disciplines. I’m always confident and happy to recommend friends, family and personal clients to come here. I know they’re in good hands, whether they’re going to see someone for acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, nutritional therapy or whatever they need.

 Eastbourne is a small town, and reputation sticks, which is why I was particularly drawn to the high standards of chiropractic treatment and sports massage therapy delivered at the clinic. What impressed me from the start was everyone’s positive attitude and focus on being the best they can. All the practitioners are focused on developing their skills and knowledge to better benefit the guests that they care for.

 I work most closely with the massage therapists and chiropractors. Most of us live close to Eastbourne, so it’s easy to meet on a weekly basis to discuss cases, share learning form CPD courses and genuinely work together as a team.

 I particularly appreciate the positive mindset and productive energy everyone has at the clinic. It’s great to work here and is a rare opportunity to be able to work with such motivated and kind team of sports massage therapists and chiropractors.

 I’m also proud to be a sports massage therapist in a clinic that puts so much emphasis on health promotion. In fact, HEALTH is one of our core values. We treat the person not the symptoms with a focus on wellness, growth and improving performance.

 Lushington Chiropractic has rightly got an excellent reputation in Eastbourne for its very caring approach and results with treatment. I’m proud to be a part of the team, because of their high standards, positive energy and the genuine focus on health, and caring for people as an individual.”

Sue Hudson BSc(HONS), LSSM(Dip), MISRM – Eastbourne Soft Tissue & Sports Massage Therapist

Associate Soft Tissue Incorporating Sports Massage; BSc (HONS) Technology; Level 5 Diploma London School of Sports Massage; Member Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage Therapists; BTF Level 2 Coach; UK Athletics Level 1 Coach

 Sue has completed the London School of sports Massage Level 5 diploma in massage therapy. She’s practiced with us here in Eastbourne as a sports massage therapist since 2013. Sue’s very popular with her guests and has a large group of people who see her on a regular basis.

As well as her massage therapy Sue is a qualified triathlon and athletics coach, keen cyclist and sea swimmer. Sue makes the most out of our excellent location to keep fit, cycling through the Sussex Downs and swimming off Eastbourne’s beaches. Sue lives, works and competes in Sussex, so it was particularly important to her to find a clinic which had a reputation she could be proud of.

Here’s what Sue says about why she chose to practice massage therapy with us here in Eastbourne town centre:

“I’m proud to practice from this Eastbourne based chiropractic and sports massage therapy clinic which has a range of practitioners who are experts in a wide range of clinical areas, including acupuncture, massage, podiatry, exercise rehabilitation and more.

 One of the reasons I’m proud to work at this chiropractic clinic in Eastbourne is because of the range of practitioners practicing here. The team cover a wide range of clinical expertise, including acupuncture, massage, podiatry, exercise rehabilitation and more.

 The practitioners here are highly experienced and work hard to continually develop and improve their skills. For example, my massage therapy colleagues and I regularly attend training and professional development courses throughout the year to maintain our high standards and keep up to date with research and development.

 Each practitioner is responsible for their own development and it a source of pride for each person to maintain their standards both professionally and personally. Developments within the various fields are ongoing and fast paced, it is important that this personal development is maintained at a high standard. We discuss cases, techniques, the latest research and ideas that are coming up in in our own area of expertise.

 The mutual support and common vision to make a difference to the people we see has resulted in a dynamic and progressive clinical environment. Since I joined the clinic I’ve seen the standards and variety of sports, remedial and relaxing massage services we offer develop, driving forwards the standards, professionalism and care available to local people in and around Eastbourne.

I am also particularly proud of the clinic’s ethics and values. The chiropractors, massage therapy and reception team promote a genuinely caring and friendly environment, which is a pleasure to work in. Everyone treats our patients as holistically as individuals, with physical and emotional problems which need to be addressed to help improve and optimise their health.

 From the reception team to the practitioners each person is concerned with the overall welfare of the patient. The whole team strive to offer the best possible treatment, whether that’s massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture or whatever they need.”

Ryan Keats BSc(HONS), MSTO– Eastbourne Sports Therapist

 Associate Sports Therapist & Massage Therapist; BSc(HONS) Sports Therapy; Member of the Sports Therapy Organisation;

Ryan has completed a degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Kent, where he was made an ambassador of the University for services to charity and the local community.

Ryan grew up in Eastbourne and observed with us whilst he was still a student deciding which way to take his career. After graduating as a Sports Therapist, he began working privately himself in Eastbourne, and for Eastbourne Borough’s Football Academy. When we had a sports massage vacancy in 2017 he joined our team here in the town centre. He quickly developed a loyal band of clients of all ages and abilities who particularly enjoyed his approach to massage therapy.

Ryan’s degree in Sports Therapy allows him to combine a range of techniques and diagnostic tests with his sports massage. He often compliments his treatments with a range of advice and exercise.

Here’s what Ryan says about why he chose to practice as a Sports & Massage Therapist with us:

“Having grown up in Eastbourne I’ve known of clinic’s reputation for some time. Back when I was still studying for my Sports Therapy degree I contacted the clinic to observe some of the chiropractors here. When I visited I was really impressed by the standard of patient care delivered by the chiropractors, massage therapist and other practitioners, as well as the clinic’s genuine focus on contributing in various ways to the local community in Eastbourne.

 Something I noted at the time and I’m now a part of, is the focus on providing genuinely patient-centred chiropractic or massage treatment.

In a team like ours the patient (guest) always get the best treatment for their personal needs. The various massage therapists and chiropractors will recommend what’s best for the patient, and not just carry on doing the treatment they like doing.

 As a Sports Therapist I can help a wide range of people with various problems (not just sports people with sports injuries). However, if I’m not the best person to help, then I can easily recommend someone else to help if it’s in the guest’s best interest.

 For example: one of the chiropractors recently referred a lady to me for some sports massage to relax her tight neck and shoulder muscles to get long-lasting results with her headaches. The combination of treatment was ideal for her.

 Everyone here is happy to refer to other therapists when they feel a guest’s ailments exceeds their own professional scope. The emphasis on personalised care is something which is even in the clinic’s mission statement. This kind of patient-centred clinical team work is something I’m proud of.

 There are no egos within the team just great professionalism and teamwork throughout, we all want the best for who we see as our guests.

 Another reason I’m proud to be a Sports Therapist here is because of the clinic’s community values and the work we do for people in need and charities in Eastbourne.

 I am carer myself and believe strongly in the importance of helping others. I’ve always done a lot of charity work, be it Cancer Research UK, as part of various “buddy schemes” or providing post-event sports massage at the London Marathon and other events for children’s trust.

 Similarly, the team at Lushington Chiropractic are actively involved in supporting local and national charities like Eastbourne’s Food Bank, The Santa Run on Eastbourne’s Seafront, Dr Barnardo’s Children’s Charity and more.

 Shortly after I joined the clinic, we all entered a local charity fundraising event. It was a team effort and for a few hours we had to close the clinic to take part in the relay run along Terminus Road, in Eastbourne.

 I was new to the clinic and knew I’d made the right choice when the chiropractors, massage and reception teams all happily gave up their time, to contribute to the community by fundraising. I was impressed that rather than just staying open to treat patients, we closed for a short while to go out and raise money in support Eastbourne’s St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

 

Lushington Chiropractic’s selfless attitude of putting others first epitomises the reasons I wanted to become a Sports Therapist. Their focus ethical, patient-centred practice makes the clinic a rewarding place to work.

 I had the chance to work at other clinics in Eastbourne, but having grown up here it was particularly important to me to find somewhere with a set of values and ethics I could be proud of. Lushington Chiropractic certainly does that.” 

Book your Sports or Relaxing Massage in Eastbourne:

If you’re looking for chiropractic or massage therapy treatment in Eastbourne, then we’ll be pleased to help. Simply contact us to book a consultation either with one of the chiropractors or direct with a massage therapist.

You don’t have to be a chiropractic patient to have a massage. If you’re not sure who would be best placed to help you then ask for a call back or for a free chat with one of our practitioners. Our chiropractic and massage team will put your needs first.

The clinic is easily located in Eastbourne town centre. We have our own off-street parking and easily accessible being all on the ground floor, with late opening hours including Saturdays.

Look out for a future blog about our two newest massage therapists Kim Brown and Lizzie Wright.

Hamstring Strain Injuries? – Affecting your life?

How common are hamstring injuries?

Hello all!

I’m Ryan Keats, BSc Sports Therapist at Lushington Chiropractic. I am based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. I have written this blog to share one of the many injuries I have the experience of treating both in elite sports and at our clinic here at Lushington Chiropractic Eastbourne.

A hamstring strain injury (HSI) is a common type of injury I treat. In fact, it is the most common injury in professional football with one in three re injuring the same site within a year. Athletes within football go through comprehensive rehabilitation protocols, this could mean that the current methods of rehabilitation are somewhat inadequate, in any case, I will explain how and why they occur, the treatment and also how to prevent HSI’s.

What are hamstrings?

The hamstrings are a group of knee flexors and hip extensors that consist of three muscles

  • The biceps femoris
  • Semimembranosus
  • Semitendinosus

A hamstring strain is a tear within the hamstring muscle. It can be from a few fibres to a complete rupture. There are 3 grading categories in sport called Grade I, II & III.

  • Grade I is a slight tear within the muscle and can be painful but you are still able to walk and bend the knee for example.
  • Grade II is a partial tear in which more than a few muscle fibres have been detached, though the hamstring is still intact. It is very painful to walk and you may require crutches.
  • Grade III is a complete rupture in which the muscle is completely torn and is not attached. Swelling will appear immediately and there should be immobility.

Hamstring strains are the most common recorded injury from football and other team games because of sudden acceleration, deceleration, change of direction and jumping.

When an individual has been sprinting, both hip flexion and knee extension occur within one stride with maximal tension. Explosive force from a large muscle group such as the quads during take-off, needs hamstrings equally as strong in order to absorb and decelerate the explosive movement of sprint to retract the leg for another stride.  A HSI, or “pulled” hamstring, normally occurs when at least one of these muscles mentioned above increases in tension (gets stretched too far) and this can result in muscle failure (strain). During a highly intense sprint, the hamstrings are highly active during the swing stage as they are working eccentrically (contraction whilst muscle lengthening) to slow down the swinging tibia and controlling the extension at the knee. The hamstrings at the stance point are still active due to the concentric (contraction whilst muscle shortening) hip extension.

Treatment

Treatment for a hamstring injury can be categorized into immediate first aid and long-term treatment, which begins after the initial acute period, has passed.

Immediate first aid consists of the PRICE and will usually last 3 to 4 days depending on severity.

  • Principles of protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

A compression bandage or thigh support can be worn to minimize bleeding in the muscle and help control swelling.  A professional sports therapist may apply sports massage techniques after the inflammatory stage has passed.   After the inflammation period, a sports therapist will prescribe a full rehabilitation program to include stretching, strengthening and functional exercises. Performing foam roller exercises for the hamstrings can massage and apply myofascial release to the muscles. Pressure is applied from just above the knee upwards following the direction of blood flow.

Prevention

Ryan Keats from Lushington Chiropractic performs deep tissue work on the hamstrings to aid recovery

Deep tissue work on the hamstrings is a great way to aid recovery.

For prevention of a hamstring injury it goes without saying that good warm-up and cool-down routines are imperative. Allow extra warm-up time in colder weather.  If you want to avoid any hamstring problems, introduce strengthening exercises to your routine, for example hamstring kicks, squats and lunges. Do not increase intensity, frequency or duration of exercise by more than 10 percent a week. Flexibility exercises also increase the suppleness of hamstrings – yoga is excellent for this. 
Stop exercising if you feel pain in the back of your legs. Pain is you body’s way of saying ‘this is too much’.

If you would like to know any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ryan here at Lushington Chiropractic Eastbourne!