Shockwave therapy revelation
I am a 22-year-old semi-professional cyclist. This year Revive health reached out to me to offer their
support in my pursuit to get to the top of cycle-sport. This year their support has been key in helping me
to achieve 3 top 10s in national time trials. 19
in the national time trial championships and numerous
open time trial victories and one road race victory.
I have had the pleasure of working with Ali for the majority of this season. He has kept me in fabulous
shape with weekly deep tissue massage ensuring that any niggles I had were worked out. The support
Ali has given has been a key part of my weekly consistent performances and ever improving results.
The massages at Revive health Chelmsford have been pivotal in managing a recurring injury that has
plagued me for many years. When I race in more aggressive positions such as that which is adopted in
time trials I suffer an irritation of my sciatic nerve, stemming from an imbalance in the gluteus muscles
group (piriformis synodrome). It causes pain down the entirety of my left leg although it does not cause
any great loss in power, it is a horrendous distraction.
Ali and I have been working together to do the best we can to alleviate the problem. When Revive got
their hands on a state of the art shockwave machine Ali was very excited to see how it might help. We
had an opportunity to try this cutting-edge technique on the injury. The window for this treatment was
very small 2 weeks during my end of season break. Ali decided it was the best opportunity we would get,
and we decided to go for it. The treatment has no negative effects save a little bit inflammation for the
48hrs post treatment. This is why it is essential for total rest post treatment for it to be as effective as
possible and why we could only do it during my off-season.
We Began the treatment as soon as I was on my break. It is one of the strangest things I have had effect
my body. The Shockwaves are extremely high-pressure air pulses. They break down scar tissue and can
even aid the repair of nerve damage. The pressure reaches much deeper into the tissue than any other
similar method. Ultrasound for example is not nearly as energetic. I have had ultrasound in the past and
this shockwave treatment felt instantly more effective and penetrative. I could feel parts of my
musculature release and move as the waves passed over and through me. After the first treatment my
left leg felt renewed, completely rejuvenated and different.
With each treatment (One treatment is 4 sessions of 15-20minutes of Shockwaves), I felt less and less
tender in the entirety of the areas that we were treating. The acid test would be when I returned to
training. The first session I did was just a short 1hr pre-fitness test ride. I felt amazing. My hips felt in
perfect balance. I hadn’t felt so at one with the bicycle for a long time. The next day I had a fitness test.
My lactate results were some of my best ever. The Ramps test was less impressive but then that’s as
would be expected following a 2-week break. Then I went on a 3 hour ride a day later and still the same
feeling of incredible unity with the machine.
It very much feels like we have rectified whatever problem I had in my hip. It will be very exciting to see
how my body holds up over time. So far, I’m amazed at how much difference it has made. Of course,
there will be a mental bonus too, but I am very aware of my body. It is an essential part of being a full-
time athlete. Since the treatment I have noticed numerous enormous and minute changes in equal
measure. My hip runs freely through various ranges of motion whereas before it was quite “crunchy”. My
toes on my left foot used to click incessantly. Although they do still click it is far more localised and less
frequent. It is clear to me that there has been a positive effect and I can’t wait to see how my body
sustains these changes over time. Sport is about always finding extra pieces to the puzzle and filling
them in, constantly improving and this has certainly appeared to solve one massive piece of the puzzle
for my performance. I can’t wait for the coming season! Thank you Revive health Chelmsford and Ali
I had a few injuries which I needed addressing. CJ and Ali carried out a full assessment of my body’s mechanics and listen to my concerns. Each week Ali was able to work on my body and flash out my muscles. At the start of each session he would also do a quick assessment for how by body has been since the last session. After each session I felt positive that my body was on the road to recovery.
I highly recommend Charlie. I have a myriad of physical problems due to weight and arthritis and Charlie helps me every time I visit. She is an expert on pinpointing issues I either know about or quite often ones I don't! The thing that really impresses me is the after care. I always go away with some "homework" and these are things I come back to time and again when I perhaps can't book in for a treatment straight away or existing issues arise again.
I've been having therapy and massage from both CJ and Charlie for some time and can't recommend them highly enough. They are a great help in managing long-term sports injuries and weaknesses, good practical advice and pointers for what to do away from the therapy room, and very friendly and easy to deal with.
Ali is fantastic at doing a thorough investigation before treatment and always keeping up to date with any recent sport events or injuries I've had, I feel at ease having a sports massage and he always adjusts the pressure to my preferences. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and friendly sports therapist
Both my husband and I visit Charlie and she always makes us feel so much better after a session. Charlie identifies the problems and treats exactly what that problem is and always gives us exercises that help us get back full mobility.
The treatment has been exceptional. Sam is knowledgeable and confident, and the results have been speaking for themselves.
I highly recommend Sam to any sports people who are looking for a general overhaul, or specific treatments to remedy injuries that may have plagued them for years.
The treatment I have received has been outstanding