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  1. Compex: The Clinical Companion

    Stronglines Physio Clinic

    We hear from Managing Director of Stronglines Physio Clinic, Fred Braithwaite, as he tells us how Compex assists them on their mission to rehabilitating their clients.

     

    Compex is an awesome product. We have used it at Stronglines for years. We have used it post surgically, to facilitate muscle recruitment and to utilise eccentric overload without direct joint stress. We like it because it works and it fits perfectly into the rehab process.

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    At Stronglines we are very selective with the clinical intervention we use. Often products that physio’s use are trying to replace hands on treatment or apply some mystical powers to the area with very little clinical reasoning at all. Compex is NOT this.

    Compex is unique in its ability as it is not trying to replace anything. It acts as an adjunct to accelerate treatment and allows the therapist and client to work together toward a common goal. It is the only clinical intervention that really facilitates active rehabilitation. Aside from it being the best in the market, it also has products available for both clinicians and clients. This makes it clinically relevant and applicable as the client can take home the benefits from using it in clinic.

    We view it as a useful clinical tool to facilitate 3 main things:

     

     

    #1 MUSCLE INHIBITION (see video)

    • In the first clip you see near total involuntary contraction of the quads. The Compex is extending the knee joint almost entirely. For the client, it is uncomfortable yes, but it gives fantastic input and the benefits far outweigh the discomfort.
    • Even if there is total 100% muscle inhibition we can fire it up and gain some afferent input as well as stimulating all muscle fibres to help prevent as much atrophy.

     

    #2 NEUROMUSCULAR REPROGRAMMING (see video)

    • The second clip is a patterning exercise, this a nice way to create or reinforce the engram without excessive load but offers a real challenge for lower limb control also.
    • The electrodes are on the glute and quads in this
    • Once the muscle is firing we can put it into a functional pattern and use Compex to turn the heat up on it.

     

    #3 MUSCULAR CAPACITY  (see video)

    • The third clip is a squat to build capacity in the movement. The Compex creates a massive eccentric component which will bring on serious DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) with very little volume or intensity.
    • The electrodes are on the glute and quads for this.
    • Once the muscle is patterned we can build capacity with very little loading. Whilst the Compex is on there is little fatigue, but the eccentric component creates superb adaptation.

     

    #4 ECCENTRIC OVERLOAD (see video)

    • The fourth clip is an example of loading with Compex. Again you can use relatively low loads but yield high stimulus with Compex.
    • The electrodes are again on the glutes and quads.
    • Get the most from the protective and restorative effects of eccentric training using Compex. The DOMS from Compex are second to none! This means micro trauma, which means supercompensation leading to a solid recovery.

     

    With all these benefits clinically, you can also use it to recover from sessions with the massage settings. That’s why we love Compex. It is so useful for all clients, from post-surgical, to athletes, to weekend warriors it has a huge potential application.

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  2. Self-Care in a Stressful World with Dr Sue Knowles

    Dr Sue Knowles is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, who works for Changing Minds UK (www.changingmindsuk.com), and an author of self-help books for young people. Dr Sue Knowles

    Top Tips for coping in Stressful Times:

     

    1) Getting a good night’s sleep – Sleep is so, so important for your health and wellbeing. Maybe use this opportunity of being in lockdown to think about and improve your sleep routine, and you’ll see a big impact upon how you generally feel. Start by asking yourself, am I getting enough sleep every night? Do I have a proper bedtime routine? Do I generally go to bed and get up at about the same time? Is my bedroom an appealing place to sleep? (cool, dark, quiet). Then start to make little tweaks to your sleep routine and notice yourself start to feel a little more refreshed each day.

    Sleep Compex Tip: Why not enhance your endorphin release using Compex programmes such as relaxing massage before bed.

     

    2) Closeness and connection – We need closeness and feelings of connection with others – it’s what makes us human. Although it can be hard to be physically close to others right now, think carefully about how you can continue to connect. It might be sending a text, photo or video, checking-in with friends or family, sending an email, or having a videocall, or finding ways to play games together online. You may even want to go old-school and send a letter.

     

    Relaxation Compex Tip: Why not multitask and run a massage or recovery programme using our wireless devices whilst catching up with friends and family via emails or on a videocall.

     

    3) Keep up with our exerciseFor lots of people, exercise is one of the best coping strategies. It can relieve stress and tension, help us to ‘let go’ of the day, make us feel physically better, and improve our mood. It can also be an important part of our daily routine. Although you might not be able to exercise in the ways that you usually would (such as going to the gym) seek out other ways to exercise and be creative.

     

    Training Compex Tip: Incorporating Compex into your Home Exercise Training plan is a great way to supercharge your workout. See the Training Pages on the Compexstore for more information on how to train with Compex.

     

    4) Self-soothing – One of the best ways to make ourselves feel better, is to find things that help us to feel soothed. Is it snuggling with a blanket on the sofa, having a bath, having a bowl of warm comforting soup, sitting in front of an open fire, or kneading dough? Everyone is a bit different, so you can have fun exploring what works best for you. For example, some people prefer warmth (a hot water bottle, hot bath etc.) and others prefer the cold (a cold compress or icy cold drink).

    5) Opposite emotion – One way to alter our emotional state, is to do things that play into the opposite emotion. For example, if we’re feeling sad or low, it can be useful to watch a funny film/comedy show, read an uplifting book or listen to a high-energy playlist. Or if we’re feeling angry, we can listen to calming music and try to relax our bodies.

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    6) Release any tension – When we get stressed, angry or anxious, we tend to hold this emotion within our bodies. Sometimes we don’t realise that we are feeling this way until we do a body scan. Try checking in with your body right now – how am I feeling in my body? Am I tense? Are my shoulders relaxed? If you feel any tension, gently let it go on each outbreath. Slowly notice your body start to relax. Other useful ways to let go of any tension are doing progressive muscle relaxation exercises or having a massage.

    Release Tension Compex Tip: Why not release some tension with a self massage from the Compex Fixx 1.0. Loosen those tight muscles and get some immediate relief from the comfort of your own home.

     

    7) Tune into the here and now – When going through a stressful period, we might notice that our minds race, and our thoughts feel overwhelming. But when we can calm our minds, this can help us to feel much better, more in control, and reduce feelings of stress. Mindfulness is a technique that helps us to pause, quiet our minds, and ‘be aware’ in the present moment. There are lots of great apps out there with guided meditations that you can use, or you might want to try out the ‘breathing mindfulness exercise’ below.

    8) Remember what works for YOU – We have often been through tough times in our lives and have somehow learned ways to get through them. Try to think back of what has helped you to cope in the past: what did you learn from that experience? What strengths can you draw upon now to help you to cope with what you are currently going through? What coping strategies can you use again?

    9) Be kind to yourself – In this stressful time, the headlines suggest that society is generally being more empathic and compassionate. It’s absolutely true that lots of people are going out of their way to care for, and support, other people. But sometimes, we forget to do this for ourselves. We can continue to hold unrealistic and high standards for ourselves, when we would never expect this of others. It’s important to remind ourselves that we are going through this too, and that “It’s okay to not be okay”.

     

     

    Mindful Breathing

    Find a comfortable position, whether you are lying down or sitting on a chair. If you’re sitting, make sure that your back remains straight, but allow your shoulders to gently drop. Notice your eyelids starting to feel heavy and gently close your eyes. Feel your body becoming heavy and allow it to sink down into the chair or bed. Acknowledge a sense of your body and mind slowing down. When you’re ready, bring your attention to your breathing, breathing in slowly…and out slowly.

    Bring your attention to your chest, feeling it rise gently on your in-breath, and fall on the out-breath. Continue to focus upon your breathing, staying with each in-breath and each out-breath.

    Every time you notice that your mind starts to wander, as it naturally will, gently bring your attention back to the feeling of the breath. If your mind wanders from the breath a thousand times, then your job is simply to gently bring your attention back to the breath each time, gently and compassionately.

    Now, when you feel ready, gently bring your attention to your nose. Feel the cold air rushing through your nostrils on the in-breath, and the warm air rushing out through your mouth on the out-breath. If you find it hard to focus, perhaps swap this around, and breath in through your mouth and out through your nose.

    Finally, when you feel ready, bring your attention to the whole breath. Notice how the cold air rushes in through your nostrils, how your chest rises and falls, and the warm air rushes out of your mouth. Be with each breath for its whole journey.

    To end the mindfulness exercise, slowly bring your attention back to the room, gently open your eyes, and wiggle your toes.

     

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  3. Compex UK Practitioners

     

    In these challenging times, many of our Compex Practitioners are still available to offer online or telephone appointments. To book a paid appointment please use the contacts below:

     

    South East

     

    Dan Grobler Biokinetics
    +447513771354
    dan@injuriesuk.co.uk
    www.injuriesuk.co.uk 

     

    Physiolistic
    01491598043 or 07887781606
    info@physiolistic.co.uk  
    www.physiolistic.co.uk  

     

    MSO Physio - Nick Wirth
    02082542150
    info@msophysio.com/
    www.msophysio.com
    (online consultations via Zoom) 

     

    One Physiotherapy
    0118 975 8000
    info@onephysiotherapy.co.uk
    www.onephysiotherapy.co.uk 

     

    London

     

    Total Wellness
    020 8372 5926
    robert@total-wellness.co.uk 
    https://www.total-wellness.co.uk/shop/physiotherapy-appointments/buy-now 

     

    Sprint Physiotherapy 
    0207 9381350
    https://www.sprintphysio.co.uk/ 

     

    Forge Physio
    josephoconnor750@mac.com
    www.forge-physio.co.uk

     

    Physiotherapy London
    mani.bhangra@physiolondon.co.uk
    https://www.physiotherapy-specialists.co.uk/
    Covered by all major insurers to complete video/ telephone consultations

     

    South West

     

    The Physio Clinic Bristol - Pete Tang  
    01454540066
    Www.thephysioclinicbristol.co.uk 

     

    Physio Fitness Dorset 
    01202 611 244
    reception@physiofitnessdorset.co.uk
    www.dmphysiofitness.co.uk 

    £25 an online session or FREE for any NHS employees 

     

    Active Therapy Clinic Cirencester
    01285 643080
     activeciren@gmail.com 
     www.activetherapy.info 

     

    5 Valleys Physio
    Contact: Geoff Twinning
    07930957796
    www.physiofive.co.uk 

     

     

    East Midlands 

     

    Stronglines Physio
    01933 228 520
    info@stronglines.co.uk 
    www.stronglines.co.uk 

     

    Prime Performance Physiotherapy
    Guy Rogers – 01949 485084
    www.primeperformancephysio.co.uk 

     

     

    West Midlands 

     

    Hawkes Physiotherapy
    01782 771861
    07866195914
    https://hawkesphysiotherapy.co.uk 

     

    CS Physiotherapy
    07790351687
    www.cs-physiotherapy.co.uk 

     

    Resolve Physiotherapy Ltd
    0121 293 0237
    info@resolve-physio.co.uk
    https://www.resolve-physio.co.uk/ 

     

    The Net Physio
    Chris Skitt
    http://www.cs-physiotherapy.co.uk/products?id=67 - 6 week core plan
    http://www.cs-physiotherapy.co.uk/products?id=70 - 3 week COVID19 home strength plan

     

    North East

     

    Clare Davison Physiotherapy 
    07794118934
    Info@clare-davison-physio.com
    www.clare-davison-physio.com 

     

     

    North West

     

    Duncan Mason
    info@worsleyphysioclinic.co.uk
    www.worsleyphysioclinic.co.uk 

     

    Tim Piggott
    info@prestonphysioclinic.co.uk
    www.prestonphysioclinic.co.uk 

     

    Altius Healthcare - Doug Jones
    07884010906
    Doug.jones@altiushealthcare.co.uk
    www.altiushealthcare.co.uk 

  4. Partnership Renewal with Bahrain McLaren for 2020

    Compex extends partnership with Team Bahrain McLaren

     

     

    Compex is pleased to announce that we will be Team Bahrain McLaren’s official muscle stimulators partner in 2020.

    Compex is a Swiss brand that over a period of 30 years has become the world leader in portable muscle stimulators for improved performance & recovery in sports.

    Our partnership will allow Bahrain McLaren’s athletes to take advantage of Compex technology through the Compex SP 8.0. Sonny Colbrelli is happy about the partnership in helping his performance “I’m really happy to have Compex onboard. It’s a reliable and excellent support both to perform and to recover better. In one tool we can work on activation, recovery and strength. I use it, especially after a long day of training. It’s the best choice for muscle recovery, to recover faster and better. Moreover, it is easy to use and carry with us during our travels. In this period in which there are no competitions, I do two sessions a day: one in the afternoon and the other in the evening. This serves me to keep the muscles active and recover better after training efforts. I use Compex even in the case of small contractures because I saw that it helps me a lot.”

    Arno Bosman, Global Compex Expert, said: “Compex aim is to help improve the performance of the team and relieve muscle pain, so we work together with the Team Bahrain McLaren staff to integrate Compex in the daily life of the cyclists.”

    Pascal Bily, Compex General Manager, said: “We’re delighted to extend our successful partnership with the Team Bahrain McLaren with the renewal of our commercial partnership, we look forward to helping the team train stronger and recover faster.”

  5. Compex Meets... TJ Garcia

    TJ Garcia

    Physiotherapist and L1 CrossFit Trainer, TJ García walks us through integrating Compex with your functional training routine.

    Compex: Hi TJ, hope you're well! What benefits does Compex give you for your functional training?

    TJ García: Sometimes functional training focuses on all-over exercises such as squats, dead lifting, and others. But we mustn’t forget the need for exercises that target specific areas, in order to avoid potential imbalances that can stop us from seeing improvements from these workouts. In these cases, electrical stimulation can help us to work on a specific muscle, such as the gluteus medius through squats, to make sure that the knee doesn’t go inwards.

    It also helps us to gain strength since electrical stimulation helps us increase the number of muscular fibres that respond to contraction, making it more powerful and efficient. We can also work on muscle resistance to make the muscles more resistant to fatigue. It is a great help in recovery, because it helps our muscles to relax, and it vascularises the area, cleaning waste products away from the muscle, which are generated when we train.

    Other benefits are the convenience of being able to stick on some electrodes anywhere, at a competition, in the car, before and after training, and with wireless technology you can easily include it in your training.

    Compex: How would you define Compex in 3 words?

    TJ García: Effective, convenient and versatile.

    Compex: Do you have any tips for anyone starting functional training?

    TJ García: Always start off with a good trainer who corrects your technique, and have the patience to learn to do the movements properly.

    Compex: What is it that makes functional training attractive and essential to you?

    TJ García: The fact that it helps us become more agile and stronger for our daily life, for lifting suitcases or children, having a strong and healthy back, being able to run after your child or your niece or nephew without getting out of breath, at the end of the day it helps us enjoy life more.

  6. Compex Meets... Mat Fraser

     

    Mat was a US Olympic weightlifting team hopeful until suffering a back injury. Despite doctors telling him he would never lift again, Mat was persistent in his recovery and returned to compete for Team USA.

    After retiring from weightlifting Mat found CrossFit to start casually lifting again. CrossFit became much more to Mat as he earned back to back second place finishes in the 2014 and 2015 CrossFit Games. Mat claimed the ultimate title as Fittest Man on the Earth in 2016 and 2017.

     

    Mat Fraser

    Compex: Hey Mat, please tell us a bit about how do you use your Compex device?

    Mat: I use the strength cycles on it quite a bit, especially on my quads. I have been using it on the muscles around my ankle pre and post workout. Using the warm up program helps loosen up the muscles while the recovery programs help me get through my long training days.

    Compex: Sounds like you’re getting great use out of it! How has your Compex device helped your training?

    Mat: It's supplemented and added to my training. Like I said I use it for recovery, activation and strength. So it has been very helpful all around.

    Compex: Why do you love it?

    Mat: I just really like how it is one tool for activation, recovery and strength. It's really easy to use and it works. It's a big part of my training.

    Compex: What is your favourite program on the device?

    Mat: I love any of the strength cycles. It's crazy to me how much I feel like I worked out after doing one. They are awesome to get some more work in.

    Compex: Awesome, thanks for sitting down with us, Mat!

  7. Compex Meets... Will Kane

    Will Kane

     

    Compex: Hey Will! Great to see you as always, let the Compex audience know a bit about you. What's your background?

    Will: Hey guys, so I am based in Cheltenham but own a gym in Worcester. I train at CrossFit Cheltenham and Bullpen Fitness. I've been competing in CrossFit for about 6/7 years now and became affiliated with the Compex UK team, previously I played national level rugby. 

    Compex: Thanks! Tell us more about your sporting career and your highlights...

    Will: I compete in CrossFit. I suppose a few highlights are: finishing twice top 10 in the European Regionals, winning a regional workout, winning an open workout (in my region) and winning various high level competitions throughout Europe.

    Compex: That's a great level to have reached and we've loved being a part of your journey. How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Will: For me, every time I squat I use my Compex SP8.0 WOD Edition afterwards. Ideally I'll use it within 3 hours just to get some blood flow through my legs and speed up the recovery process. I have had tendon problems in my knees in the past because of tight quads so the Compex definitely helps to relieve this tightness.

     

    Will Kane

     

    Compex: Which program/s do you use?

    Will: Mainly training or competition recovery after workouts and events.

    Compex: (If applicable) do you use other Compex products?   

    Will: Knee sleeves to provide support when I'm lifting - I can recommend those for sure!

    Compex: Tell us about your team training, if you can send a logo too and if you want any offers putting out.

    Will: So Team Training is an online programming company. We initially started writing CrossFit/functional fitness style programmes, but are now beginning to expand. We initially offered strength, conditioning and non bias programmes designed to cater for different athletes. These are priced at £10 per month. We now offer a 3-per-week program, a pure strength programme and a 16 week pull up programe=me. The strength and the pull programs can be purchased in blocks so you will start at the beginning of the cycle. All of our other programmes allow people to simply jump straight in. The strength and pull blocks are priced at £30.

    Check our website for more details: www.teamtrainingprogramming.co.uk

    Compex: Sounds great and really enterprising Will. Best of luck with it and any upcoming events and we hope to see you again soon!

  8. Compex Meets... Frederik Van Lierde

     

    Compex: Hi Frederik, great to see you and hope you're well! Please give us an insight to you?

    Frederik: Hi guys, certainly so I'm from Belgium, living in Menen close to the border with France (Lille) and I'm affiliated to Compex Benelux team.

    Compex: Thanks Frederik, and how did you get into your sport?

    Frederik: I'm a Triathlete. I started when I was 17 (I'm now 40 in 2019) and I turned pro when I was 23, having previously been a competition swimmer. My goal as an athlete is to continue until 2020 and win as many Ironman as possible. I still have 3 years to prove my value. For me, the important thing is to believe in yourself, and that's what I do all the time.

    Compex: That's great, you've certainly been a committed Triathlete for a long time! How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge?

    Frederik: Compex helps me in every concept to improve. To recover faster and better so that I can train harder to get stronger.

     

    Frederik Van Lierde

     

    Compex: Good to hear! Which programme/s do you use?

    Frederik: I use it for Recovery after training and competition which really helps me a lot. I also use it before some training sessions to prepare muscle activity, which is very helpful!

    Compex: Do you use other Compex products? 

    Frederik: I'm really interested in using Compex Tape more often.

    Compex: Awesome, well we wish all the best for the season Frederik, we're sure you'll smash it!

    Frederik: Thanks a lot guys!

  9. Compex Meets... Tony Voisin

     

    Tony Voisin: Athlete OCR

    Fitness instructor and coach
    2017 Vice World Champion OCR

    Compex: Hi Tony, it's a pleasure to meet with you - please could you tell us a little bit about yourself? How you got into the sport and your relationship with Compex?

    Tony Voisin: Okay, so I practice the obstacle course. Sport for me is a lifestyle and I think that today it is the best medicine to guard against the bad things in the world. I've been affiliated to the Compex France team since 2018.

    Compex: Great, and which Compex device do you use? How did you hear about Compex and what programmes do you use?

    Tony: Currently I am using the Compex SP8 Wod Edition. I discovered Compex in 2016, when I visited the Compex booth at the Body Fitness Show. It was explained to me that this one device could help me recover from competition, and also to participate in my physical preparation and training.
    I started to learn a little more and I acquired a Compex device. I first started using the recovery program, and I immediately felt the effects. I also used the program Heavy Legs because I have a problem with blood circulation. Then I integrated the capillarisation and I felt real benefits before my races.

     

    Tony Voisin

     

    Compex: When and how did you really start integrating Compex into your physical training?

    Tony: I started to integrate Compex in my physical training in 2018, in view of the world championships. I first did a 5 week cycle on strength, twice a week, in addition to strength training in bodybuilding and a session in dynamics, that is to say box jumps or heels-buttocks.
    Then, I followed up with a cycle of 5 weeks in resistance. I took a week of recovery between the two cycles to recover.

    Compex: What did you get out of it?

    I feel that in the ribs, which was my weak point, I have more power and I can better resist lactates. I really progressed, my legs are much lighter too!

    Compex: The final word?

    I will end with a phrase that is a bit my leitmotif: Get up with determination to lie down with satisfaction.

    Merci, Tony!

     

  10. Compex Meets... Anouk Garnier

     

    Compex: Hi Anouk! Nice to meet you, please could you tell us a little bit about you and your sport?

    Anouk: Hi, my name is Anouk Garnier, I’m an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete. I’m Vice World Champion in OCR and I was also a member of the Spartan Race European champion team. I’ve also been a Compex France Athlete since 2018. 

    Compex: Wow, that’s an impressive CV. How did you get into OCR?

    Anouk: I like to push myself, test my limits and press them back at every competition. This improvement is important in my everyday life, it helps me to grow and to be better. One of my favourite feelings is passing a finish line, feeling that I gave everything – that's why I'm addicted to the obstacle races.

     

    Anouk Garnier

     

    Compex: How does Compex Muscle Stim help you to find a competitive edge? Which programme/s do you use?

    Anouk: I am now using the Compex SP8 Wod Edition, but I knew about Compex years ago. At first I knew Compex only through its aesthetic programs and I didn’t know that it could also be used for recovery.
    I tried the recovery program for the first time when I went to the OCR World Championships and felt a real difference in my recovery.
    I now use a lot of post-workout recovery, post-competition recovery and relaxing massage programs.
    Recently, I started physical fitness programs, including resistance programnes on the legs.

    Compex: Thanks Anouk! Great to hear from you.

     

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