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David Brown Sports Therapy & Sports Performance


          "Working hard

    to help you play harder"

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Providing treatment for sporting AND non-sporting individuals since 2002


"What conditions can SCENAR treat?"  -  In the UK, the British Standards Institute licensed the SCENAR device for pain relief only and that is how it is used by this practice.

Russian experience suggests that SCENAR affects all of the body systems stimulating the nervous system because of the nature of the device. It also suggests that it can be effective for a very broad range of diseases and conditions. However, because of SCENAR's development behind the 'Iron Curtain' the Russian findings have not yet been accepted by the West but extensive research is presently being conducted in the USA.


"Isn't SCENAR just the same as other devices such as TENS or ultrasound?"  -  No. SCENAR sends impulses through the skin that are very similar to the nervous impulses produced by the body. The reaction to those impulses are read by the device before it automatically sends another different impulse through the skin, so in a way it is 'holding a conversation' with your body, stimulating the nervous system and encouraging it to heal itself. Other devices send impulses that are very different from the body's natural ones and the amplitude and frequency of the impulses those devices generate are only altered by the operator changing the settings of the device.


"How often would I need a SCENAR treatment?"  -  In order to create a continuous flow of circulating regulative peptides SCENAR action is usually more frequent at the beginning of the course of treatments. As things improve the frequency can be reduced. Of course, the requirements will vary from one person to the next.


"What does SCENAR feel like?"  -  As the device is moved over the surface of the skin a comfortable tingling sensation is felt. In cases of severe pain or acute conditions the sensation may be stronger.  


"Is SCENAR safe?"  -  As the SCENAR impulse is similar to endogenous nerve impulses, it is non-damaging and safe. Only persons with cardiac pacemakers, cardiac fibrillation, a personal intolerance or someone who is or may be pregnant are contra-indicated for treatment.


"Is SCENAR the only electrotherapy you provide?" - No, there are a range of electrotherapies available depending upon your individual circumstances. Some are used to assist with pain relief, some are to assist with healing processes and others help with rehabilitation by providing electrical stimulus to the muscle via electrodes in contact with the skin. These include Ultrasound, Interferential, TENS and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). Also available is Surface EMG (also known as Biofeedback), where electrical impulses provided to muscles by the nervous system are measured. This provides information regarding the status of a particular muscle or function and can further assist to monitor progress throughout some corrective training programmes.


"What is Rehab plus?" -  A Great deal of available treatment and rehabilitation provides only that which is necessary to return the individual to what are referred to as "Activities of Daily Living". This means so long as you are able to get yourself to work, dress yourself, cook and generally fend for yourself on a day-to-day basis then you will be discharged from treatment. This is fine if that is all you want to do on a day-to-day basis, but for a growing number of people more is needed if the risk of repeat injury is to be minimised. Rehab Plus are sessions that will retrain you back to and beyond the stage you were at prior to your injury occurring. The training is very specific to the structures and biomechanics surrrounding the injury site.


"What is the diffference between Finess instruction and Rehab Plus?" -  Fitness instruction involves collecting information about why an individual wants to train, e.g. in preparation to take up a sport, for a charity event, weight-loss, etc., measuring their baseline fitness level, and then constructing a programme tailored to their specific fitness requirements. It can involve regular one-to-one sessions in addition to the initial exercise instruction and equipment induction training. Rehab Plus is very specific to the recovery and rehabilitation from injury. It could be regarded as the bridge between being injured and fitness training. Often the two can be combined to maintain some componenets of fitness whilst rehabilitation is being progressed.  

"I'm not a sports person but I still have......(aches, pains, injury, etc,)..... could Sports & Remedial Massage still help me?"  -  Yes, most certainly. Although the style of massage therapy is entitled Sports Massage it can help anyone that has muscular aches and pains, etc. After all, a day in the garden or doing DIY can give you just as much of a workout as a session in the gym.


"How do I make an appointment?"  -  Simply go to the 'Contact Us' page on this website and choose the most appropriate method to get in touch.


"How long does a treatment last?"  -  Treatments usually last an hour but half-hour and ninety* minute sessions are available depending upon your requirements. *(upon request only)


"How many treatments will I need?"  -  That depends on several factors such as whether you are recovering from an injury or other condition, whether you are having a general treatment for 'maintenance' purposes, how well you respond to the treatments, and so on.

Although the general aim of treatment following injury is to work with the individual to help them attain a level at or preferably above where they were immediately before sustaining the injury, obviously everyone is different and so are their requirements. Some have weekly treatments whilst recovering then progress to regular monthly treatments once they are fully recovered, others just book up as and when they feel they would benefit from a treatment. It's really your decision at the end of the day.


"How much does a treatment cost?"  - Fees are currently £43 per hour and £27 per half-hour with David and £35 per hour and £20 per half-hour with Matthew.  Late cancellations (less than 24 hours) and missed appointments may be subject to a charge of 50% of the full fee.


"What payment methods do you accept?"  -  Accepted methods of payment are by cash or cheque only. Sorry, no credit or debit cards accepted at this time for therapies. Online purchases from our shops can be made by credit or debit card.


"Can I claim for a treatment through my private health insurance?"  -  If you are insured with Pruhealth, provided you have the appropriate level of cover then yes, if not it really depends on your Health Insurer. Some patients have had their fees reimbursed through their policy but others have not. The best advice is to check with your insurer first.


"What happens during a treatment session?"  - A medical history will be recorded prior to the first treatment and those notes will be updated at the end of that and every subsequent treatment. A brief assessment will then take place to determine treatment requirements and a proposed treatment plan will be discussed. This is followed by the treatment itself. Throughout the treatment a gentle base oil or lotion may be used that is readily absorbed by the skin but it is asked that you wear suitable clothing in case some traces remain on your skin.


"I'm female or under 18 and not sure about seeing a male therapist by myself " -  I fully understand your concerns and I encourage any individual with such or similar concerns to feel free about bringing a chaperone with them to any consultation.


"And after the treatment?"  -  Some post-treatment soreness may be felt in the affected soft tissues but this is quite normal and nothing to worry about and usually disappears within a day or so. In fact, it is normally an indication of the positive effects of the treatment taking place but it is often advisable to allow yourself at least an easy training day the following day.


On this page are listed some of the most common questions that people ask when deciding that the service offered by David Brown Sports Therapy Practice is for them.


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If you don't find the answer to your question here please feel free to get in touch using any of the methods provided on the 'Contact Details' page.


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