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Interview with Sports Therapist Dougie Scott.

I’m really excited about today’s interview. The reason for that is cause it’s an area we all neglect, injuries! No matter if it’s a gym, sport, work or injury from everyday life we all tend to put off rest and recovery. But why is that? Especially when getting treatment is easier than it has ever been. I spoke with Dougie Scott owner of Back2Balance Bathgate to get his thoughts.

1) So first off tell my readers about yourself? Who you are, what you do, how long have you been doing it. What services do you offer?

too.I’m Dougie Scott owner of Back2Balance Bathgate Pain management & wellness clinic. We are a clinic that works on your 4 internal Doctors (Dr Movement, Dr Diet, Dr Quiet and .Dr Happy).

We have services that address all of your 4 Doctors-

Dr Movement- We offer sports therapy and numerous manual therapy treatments including

Sports massage, dry needling/acupuncture, spinal manipulation, kinetic chain release,

cupping therapy and osteopathic articulations to help you move better with complete range

of motion and without pain. We also offer postural analysis, gait analysis and muscle testing

to ensure you are moving optimally. On a Wednesday evening we have our DDP yoga class


Dr Diet - We offer C.H.E.K Holistic lifestyle coaching in which we use a series of

questionnaires and take detailed client history intake form to work out your metabolic type

and what diet is correct for you.

Dr Quiet- We help you with your Dr Quiet through our Holistic lifestyle coaching where we

look at your sleeping pattern and your circadian rhythm. Our in house Emotional health

coach James Allison also offers guided meditations, visualisations and mindfulness work to

help get you into that parasympathetic state in which we heal.

Dr Happy- We offer both Emotional health coaching and C.H.E.K Holistic lifestyle coaching to

peel back your layers and find out what truly makes you happy. We work to get rid of both

physical and psychosomatic pain, which of course, if taken away will have you feeling

happier and therefore healthier.

Our small clinic has been running for 3 years now and we feel we really are a one stop shop

for mind, body, emotional and spiritual health and wellness.

2) How and why did you get into sports therapy?

Having competed as a professional athlete in mixed martial arts I had my fair share of niggling injuries. This led me to not only visit physios & sports therapists but also do my own studying on mobility, stretching and self-care. This then turned into a passion and led me down the path of sports therapy and a career that allows me to provide my patients with high quality healthcare and keeps me involved in sport, including working with my sponsored athletes at Higher level MMA and with the Scotland rugby league squad.

3)What are the most common injuries you see and is there any way to avoid these injuries?

This is a hard question to answer. I’d say the most common type of injury I deal with is either overuse injuries or under use injuries. I get a lot of clients in, that are quite simply doing too much too soon. For example, Achilles injuries from running. When I say under use injuries it’s really from people living a sedentary lifestyle for example desk workers suffering lower back pain.

Now the best way to avoid both these types of injury is to exercise smartly. Don’t dive into exercise if you are not ready. I see all too often people getting injured when they’ve not done any exercise for a while and they get asked to play 5 a side football or something. They dive in and get themselves injured. Get fit for sport, get coached by good Personal Trainers who will advise you on progressive overloading and have you fit and healthy.

4) I work with people from various fitness backgrounds and sports. I tend to find a lot of ankle

and shoulder injuries. What’s your advice for those using this time in lockdown to recover from old or reoccurring injuries? What type of exercises would you recommend?

This is a fantastic time to use, to rehab persisting or ongoing injuries. My advice is to get in touch with myself or a good sports therapist/physio to get a bespoke rehab plan for whatever injury you may be dealing with. Back2Balance Bathgate are now offering online consultations which also includes a tailor made rehab protocol for you to follow at home.

5) I’m always emphasising the importance of warming up to my clients. What are your thoughts on this? Can a proper warm up reduce your chances of being injured?

Warming up the tissues and activating the muscles that are about to be used will definitely reduce your chances of being injured, as long as there are no underlying problems such as firing patterns issues etc. This can be pretty common in people who have had previous injuries. The body is a master compensator and unless you have rehabbed a previous injury properly under supervision of a sports therapist or physio it is very likely you will have a compensatory pattern going on.

6) How important is post exercise recovery? What main things should you do to aid in your


Post exercise recovery is very important if you want to stay pain/injury free. Too many people in my opinion have the train hard, train hard, train hard mentality. I always say if you train hard you have to rest harder! Afterall rest and recovery is the actual anabolic phase of training.

Quite simply the 3 best things you can do to aid recovery are – 1. Sleep 2. Nutrition 3. Hydration.

Sleep - make sure you are getting good quality sleep at least 8 hours.

Nutrition - Eat for your metabolic type and ensure it is highly nutritious organic food.

Hydration – Stay hydrated drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of high quality spring water.

Another couple of recovery tips I’d add which are free are 1. Take daily cold showers and 2. After training do some deep diaphragmatic breathing.

7) The online sports therapy market seems to be swamped with new tech to help with recovery such as therapy massage guns and tens machines. How effective are these types of self-help tools? Or are they just a gimmick?

I think there is a place for technology in Sports Therapy and these pieces of equipment can be utilised to help people when used properly. The only issue is unqualified people using them on clients or people using them incorrectly. I recently had a client in, who had hurt her neck doing Brazilian Jiu jitsu. One of her training partners had one of these percussion massage guns and proceeded to use it on her neck around her brachial plexus. This effectively made things worse and my client ended up suffering thoracic outlet syndrome. Used correctly they can be a useful tool though and I actually use some electrotherapy equipment in the clinic including a compex machine and ultrasound as well as a theragun when I’m on the side line for Scotland rugby league.

8) What are the benefits of sports massage? Is it just for injury rehab or is it good as a prevention tool?

Sports massage benefits include -

· Increased joint range of motion

· Increased flexibility

· Decreased muscle tension

· Decreased neurological excitability

· Decreased muscle spasms

· Increased blood flow

· Increased lymphatic drainage

· Increased sense of well-being

· Better sleep

If you are a regular exerciser or athlete a sports massage is a great treatment to help you

prevent injury or to help with recovery.

A big thanks to Dougie Scott for his time and input. I hope you have all found the interview as interesting and helpful as I did. If you would like to get in touch with Back2Balance Bathgate check them out on social media.

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