Sore does not = torn!

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I think there may be a slight tear
I don’t think I’ve torn anything…

It seems many of the patients we see in the clinic think about a lot of their injuries on the basis of whether something is torn or not, but pain is much more complex than this!

First, a (really) brief introduction on pain

There is NO nerve for ‘Pain’ in your body. Your body contains Nociceptors which are a kind of nerve ending, these respond to mechanical (pressure), thermal and chemical stresses. They respond to these by sending an impulse through your nervous system to the brain, here your brain decides whether or not you experience pain.

Pain is in the brain. Now do read on, as we ARE NOT saying that it is all in your head!

Think of your brain as a processor, receiving information from hundreds of thousands of nerves all of the time. These impulses are nothing more than a chemical/electrical stimulus. These are then processed by the brain and you perceive (or don’t) pain.

However, you can experience pain without information from your nociceptors. So you can have pain in your calf with NO physical damage to the muscle structure! Think to how people who have limbs amputated report that they have pain in their hand/foot which is no longer there, there is no nerve to send a signal, it’s all occurring in the brain!

Our pain experience is processed in the brain. The area you feel pain doesn't need to be damaged first!
Our pain experience is processed in the brain. The area you feel pain doesn't need to be damaged first!

What does all of this have to do with my calf pain?

There are a multitude of reasons you will experience pain that don’t involve the muscle being physically damaged. Likewise the area you experience the symptoms is not always the root cause of the problem. Looking back to our recent blog on shoulder pain you can see that 50% of power at the shoulder comes from the trunk.

So is it not reasonable to think that actually some dysfunction in the trunk could lead to shoulder pain? Likewise our muscles work together, often more than one working to provide one action at a joint, so again we see how one could potentially overwork causing pain and fatigue but NO physical damage!

How can we help?

At ProSport Physiotherapy we aim to find the true cause of your pain and help you manage this to continue a pain free and active lifestyle!

What others have to say about us!

  • "Dave is a top class Physiotherapist who has got me back from numerous injuries always weeks earlier than expected. Dave's hands on treatment approach is one of the best I have ever experienced. Highly recommended"

    Paul O'Connell
    Paul O'ConnellMunster Rugby, Ireland and British and Irish Lions
  • “I have seen Dave O’Sullivan on several occasions over the last few years and I have always been 100% satisfied by the work he has done and the exercises and advice he has given. In fact, I am often amazed by the way he can work out what is causing what and how to put it right. Usually only 2 or 3 visits are needed, plus exercises done at home. I completed my first marathon 3 years ago, largely due to his expertise – I could hardly walk a week before race-day. I would definitely recommend Pro Sport Physiotherapy (and have done!)”

  • “Just thought i would drop you a line to let you know how im getting on with the stretches and the core work that you suggested. I have been doing these for around an hour to an hour and a half each day since i saw you, the difference i have found is massive. Its hard to explain how i feel whilst running and cycling now, it just feels like my body is more planted. The cyclo cross is finished now, i done my first fell race today on only six running sessions maybe not the best idea in the world however because of the excersises i have been doing my body felt stronger than it ever has. I have no technique at running downhill and would normally end up with a tight back doing that type of race where as this time no tightness. Thanks for all your help and advice”

    KennyCounty Durham
  • “The first time I saw Dave with chronic back pain I was struggling to walk properly when I went in but I walked out more or less back to normal, and this is a normal result for Dave. The treatments are different to any I’ve experienced but my whole posture, long term injuries and problems continue to improve. Although some of the treatments are not pleasant the pain is well worth it for the results gained. If you need a physio go and see Dave and/or his colleagues.”

  • “A 140-mile round trip to visit Dave is well worth it as he’s restored my confidence to overcome injury, using techniques you will probably not encounter elsewhere. Dave’s manner is excellent, taking time to explain things simply and being available to clarify concerns. Many exercises prescribed are provided by video link with is far superior to the dodgy photocopied exercise sheets traditionally supplied as they ensure you can review and perform your rehab using good technique. In my opinion the ProSport experience is years ahead of the game as it adopts the advances being made in its field whereas regular Yellow Pages clincs stick to dated methods. A big plus is that Dave is also interested in getting you right.”

  • “I’d been struggling for the best part of a year with what I (and my old physio) thought was a damaged hamstring. I’d heard about Pro Sport and read about their Soft Tissue Release Techniques and thought I’d nothing to lose by trying a new approach. Thank goodness I did….. Darragh Sheehy correctly identified I actually had a partially trapped Sciatic nerve and set about “releasing” it…. That’s another way of saying pain…..but it really is “no pain, no gain”. After one session I left feeling considerably better. I ran at the weekend with a huge grin on my face……I was thinking “I’m back!” A few sessions later and following Darragh’s exercise regime I’d improved again and within a few months had a new 5k PB.”

  • “Pro Sport Physiotherapy are amazing! I was having trouble with my hip whilst running over a certain distance. Shane worked out within 15 minutes that a tiny set of muscles near scar tissue was preventing my glute and core from firing. I worked on my exercises for a week and returned to my next appointment to find I was cured. A couple of sessions followed to ease my aching muscles now they were working and I am now fully fit to run my first ever half marathon this autumn. I have recommended the company to anyone who will listen. They are professional, knowledgable, fast workers and friendly. 5 star service with a smile :)”

  • “5 years after breaking my leg and 3 surgeries later, Dave O’Sullivan was recommended to me after I received NHS physio where I was told I was a lost cause! Dave’s work is fantastic, I felt an improvement after the first visit and now feel better than ever. He explains everything, follows up the treatment with easy to follow videos and is a nice guy. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dave!”

    Lucy Flockton, Wakefield
  • "Pro Sport are professionals who take the greatest pride in their work. Their hands on approach to treatment and rehabilitation has helped me to not only be healthier and a more durable athlete but aided in improving  my athletic performance."

    Jamie Peacock
    Jamie PeacockLeeds Rhinos and England
  • "Top class physiotherapists who I would highly recommend and indeed have recommended to family and friends!"

    Eorl Crabtree
    Eorl CrabtreeHuddersfield Giants and England Rugby League



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