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Sports Therapy, Injury Treatments and Match Cover for Chew Valley Rugby Club
For 3.5 seasons I was very proud to be associated with Chew Valley Rugby Club.
Chew Valley RFC is situated in the Chew Valley, close to both Bristol and Bath. We have 2 teams that play in the Somerset leagues. The first XV team play in the Somerset Premier division with the second XV team playing in Somerset division 3 north.
Ground Address: Lobbingtons, Chew Lane, Chew Stoke, Bristol, BS40 8UE
Key to any team's success is consistency, and I see it as my job to make sure the players stay as fit and healthy as possible. I'm qualified in Sports Massage, Bio Stress Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and have taken the FA Emergency Aid training as well as the FA Level 2, and Level 3, Certificate in the Treatment and Management of Injury in Football.
Rehabilitation often consists of immediate treatment, massage and then a progressive exercise program. Players who are ready to go back to work often can benefit from a little protective strapping or taping, of joints or muscles, so that they can exercise these areas in real game situations. This often has the effect of triggering the body into rapid healing.
Although I love to watch the game, match days can be a little hectic and my first priority has to be with the injured players, to keep muscle injuries to a minimum and healing at its maximum. I provide the club with match day cover for games both at home and away.
Come rain, sun, frost or fog, when the whistle blows, it's up and down the sidelines, with a medical kit and an ice pack, just in case.
Referee's realize that rugby is a very different game to football and nowadays, referee's usually tell me beforehand to just to come onto the pitch if I see a man go down and he is in obvious difficulty. This means I can get to a player within seconds and make the assessment of his injuries.
Once the ref hears one of us shout, he is quickly on the scene to learn what the problem is and allow for pitch treatments or substitution.
Rugby players seem to get different injuries to some other sports. Whereas footballers tend to get lower limb injuries, such as knees, calves, ankles and feet, rugby players can, in addition, get a variety of upper body injuries, in particular, the shoulders, neck, wrist or fingers (mainly the thumb). Close body contact also makes them vulnerable to superficial injuries like cuts and grazes, and some of these are occasionally not so superficial, which usually means we are in a bit of a blood bath (head wounds, even small ones, often look like you've cut an artery!).
During matches it's not unusual for me to have to go on 10 times during the course of a game. Even the ref has been known to say 'Blimey, you're on the pitch more than the players', which can be amusing.
Training nights is a good opportunity to help assess and treat acute injuries, either those acquired during training, or from a previous match, but also provides the ideal setting where chronic injuries can be treated more thoroughly and for longer. It is during these times that I may need to liase with the coach and players to advise about a player's match suitability and ability.
When players need more treatment, or specialized treatment, that is difficult to offer match side or in the changing rooms, I have an established private practice and treatment room at The Haven Healing Centre, in Cheddar. The 'energies' and 'atmosphere' here are good. This means that players, coaches and family members can avail themselves of the help they need at a time to suit them and at a facility within a superb location and setting. This allows me to treat a whole range of sports people, like runners, footballers, climbers, skiers, cyclists and other people with a wide range of injuries and musculoskeletal problems.
Other specialized areas include; spinal and postural problems, static lymph and oedema problems, muscle imbalance problems, joint mobilisation and neuro-muscular therapy, trigger point therapy, pain therapy, counselling and sports performance.
Sports men and women of all abilities, and with even the most professional approach, get injured sometimes. It matters not whether they are professionals, amateurs or just a parent spending time with their kid. If you sustain a sporting injury, stop! Don't wait for it to get worse. Get treatment NOW!.
If you live anywhere near Bath, Bristol, Radstock, Shepton Mallet or Weston-Super-Mare, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I'd be delighted to see you.
Please call Phil Chave on 01934 740275 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.
DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.|
The Haven Healing Centre is located at: The Orchard, Draycott Rd, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3RU