Joint Lubrication Therapy

FLEXISEQ® Sport is an injection-free biolubricant that maintains active joints that are either compromised by arthritic symptoms or those that are at higher risk of suffering wear and tear. The topically applied gel provides Joint Lubrication Therapy by delivering Sequessome™ vesicles to joints which coat the cartilage surfaces to minimise friction and wear.

FLEXISEQ® Sport is being used across sporting disciplines as a drug-free solution to joint pain and stiffness as well as an additional step in players’ rehabilitation and after-care. Replacing painkillers (such as commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) saves sportsmen and women from the well documented risks of side effects.

Pain Management

Pain is something we’ve all experienced after a hard training session, especially if it’s the first of the season! Whether professional, amateur or someone who simply wants to remain active, how we manage this pain is very important.

Using traditional anti-inflammatory painkillers in sport to stay competitive presents athletes and healthcare professionals with a dilemma, as the treatment puts the athlete at risk of side effects and delayed recovery.

The pain problem realised…

"50% of the team that won the championship took diclofenac" "Marathon runners warned not to use painkillers after study shows increase in cramps and other side effects" "FIFA alarmed at widespread 'abuse' of painkillers" "40% of players at the 2010 World Cup were taking pain medication prior to every game" "Painkillers taken before marathons linked to potentially serious side effects" "Retired NFL players misuse opioid pain medications at a rate more than four times that of the general population" "Concern raised over painkiller’s use in sports" "Robin van Persie needs rest not painkillers, says outspoken Dutch fitness coach" "Is pain medication in sport a form of legal doping?"
 

The habits around taking pain killers were explored among a large sample of runners at the 2010 Bonn marathon. Click here for full article.

The study concluded, "Use of analgesics (pain killers) before participating in endurance sports may cause many potentially serious unwanted adverse events that increase with increasing analgesic dose."

In addition to the side effects recorded, it was found that runners recovered from muscle pain more slowly than those who did not take pain killers.