Using Electrical Stimulation to Treat A Pectoral Tear

A patient of mine tore his pectoral muscle quite badly while doing some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Initially we used the Electrical Muscle Stimulation machine (EMS) to help pump the swelling and inflammation away from the area.

A few weeks later we are now using the device to elicit a stronger muscle contraction to help rebuild the strength. At the start of the rehab process this guy was only able to chest press a 2kg dumbbell (most men will be pressing a minimum of 14kg), so you can how much strength has been lost!

Patients Warning Patients Now!

Treating Viking Wong

Many of the patients I treat are members and fighters in the gym, so naturally a lot of them know each other.

This week I was treating one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belts around, Viking Wong, when all of a sudden a note got pushed under the treatment room door…

The note read “Get out while you can Viking…”


Treatments aren’t that bad really!

Thankfully Viking is a regular so knows what’s involved which is how he stays on such top form! That’s why he’s so good at BJJ! 😉

Treating UFC Fighter Davey Grant


Having worked as an osteopath in Urban Kings Gym in Kings Cross since its opening in 2010 I have had the opportunity to work with a total mix of people and injuries.

Being a mixed martial arts gym, some of the most common people I get to treat are fighters with all sorts of sports related injuries, and every now and then I get to assess and treat some top fighters, although when I meet them it is usually to get an opinion on an injury rather than for a chinwag. One such occasion was fairly recently when I met Davey Grant, a Bantamweight fighting in the UFC.

Davey came to see me having injured his knee in training just days before he was due to fight in the UFC on March 8th and needed to know what he had done and what he could do to be ready to fight (Davey has given me permission to mention him in this blog).

Davey’s knee was noticeably swollen and on testing appeared to have sprained his medial colateral ligament of the knee and there was little that could be done in terms of treatment so all I could do was to strap the knee using Rock Tape to give it a little bit more support and give him advice for the hours leading up to the weigh in.

Unfortunately Davey was unable to fight due to the diagnosis of Meniscus Tear given by the fight doctors, which is probably just as well as any kick to the leg or knee could have caused some serious problems!

Hopefully Davey’s knee is now well on the mend and he will be back to fighting in the very near future!

Rumble Rollers

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In the last week or two, I have has several people asking about the “painful looking” rollers we have here in the gym and what they are so I decided to explain them and see if I could help answer a few questions.

Foam rolling is thankfully something that has increased in popularity in recent times and as a result we are seeing better quality rollers such as the Triggerpoint Therapy Grid roller and the Rumble Roller.

This post is purely about the Rumble Roller since there are so many other great articles out there about the other types of roller but not the Rumble Roller.

Admittedly the Rumble roller is a pretty savage looking piece of equipment, almost like something out of medievil times, with its scary looking nodules. But before you avoid it completely let me assure you they are not as bad as they look.

The theory behind foam rollers is to break down adhesions of a film-like tissue in the body called Fascia. Fascia runs all throughout the body and can become “sticky” and “knotty” and therefore affect how your body functions. Using foam rollers is almost like rolling dough with a rolling pin- the roller squashes the tissues back into their correct alignment.

The Rumble Roller on the other hand works more like a deep tissue massage, working into the muscles, rather than squashing the muscles. The nodules can be described as similar to the thumbs of a massage therapist.

There are 2 models of the Rumble Roller; Blue and Black, which have different densities. The blue rumble roller is the less firm of the two and the nodules are firm but not solid, meaning that they are compressible. I would recommend the blue version to most people.

The black version is almost the same except that the material is even denser than the blue and thus harder to roll on.

The first time I tried a Rumble Roller I expected it to be even more painful than a standard roller but once I had been on one for the first time I would actually say I prefer it as I find my muscles get worked in to rather than just squashed.

Rumble rollers, like most other foam rollers, come in 2 sizes; 12.5cm x 30cm or 15cm x 77.5cm. I personally prefer the longer roller as you can roll all your body easily. I would recommend the smaller one for working into smaller and less accessible areas such as the rotator cuff.

Prices are much the same wherever you shop, with any variations being due to postage costs. I got mine from for £62 with free delivery- Rumble Roller Original Blue – Full Size 15cm x 77.5cm
(Blue/ Normal) or Rumble Roller Extra Firm Black – Full Size 15cm x 77.5cm (Black/ Extra Firm).

Hopefully that has helped you out but if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.


Chondromalacia Patella

Chondromalacia Patella (Patellofemoral Syndrome)


Chondromalacia patella facts
• Chondromalacia patella is one of the most common cause of chronic knee pain.

• Chondromalacia patella is also known as patellofemoral syndrome.

• The pain associated with chondromalacia patella is aggravated by activity or prolonged sitting with bent knees.

• Abnormal “tracking” allows the kneecap (patella) to grind over the lower end of the thighbone (femur), causing chronic inflammation and pain.

• Treatment involves improving the alignment of the patella during contraction of the thigh muscle.

What is chondromalacia patella?
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