John Stevens not only plays professional rugby for Cornish Pirates on his days off he also works on his local family farm. If that doesn’t sound like much of a break, it’s because it isn’t! Both roles are incredibly physically demanding, with enduring pain at times an accepted feature of the job. For John to continue succeeding on the rugby field and in his family’s fields, effective pain management is key.
BioWaveGO x Cornish Pirates
Following the partnership between BioWaveGO and Cornish Pirates for the 2020/21 season, John was naturally keen to try BioWaveGO – our portable pain management tool, which blocks pain and aids rehabilitation without the need for drugs. John’s physical workload combined with his desire for quick recovery meant he was the ideal candidate to benefit from using the device.
“Some jobs can be very physical and other jobs – you can be sat in the tractor! The pain management does help, especially now recently that we’ve been playing and calving. If you’ve got to get a cow and tag them, you can be sore. You realise it especially Sunday or Monday morning when you’re trying to get out and do something and maybe your shoulders are stiff, and you’ve got to lift something above your head.”
Aiding Player Rehab & Recovery
John plays back row for the Pirates, one of the more physically demanding positions on the rugby pitch. His position means that he’s heavily involved in scrums and tackles and his body can take some serious blows over the course of a match. Using BioWaveGO not only helps to relieve his pain and quicken his recovery, but its portable nature means that, as a busy man, he can use it in his own time.
“With the nature of the position I play, you tend to have to make quite a few tackles so for the shoulders and neck it helps. If I’ve got to rush home to do something after training and I haven’t got to sit there and wait for a couple of hours to use the machine if other lads are, it means I can come home and jump on the BioWaveGO in the evening, and it helps a lot.”
A Tool for Club Physios
The partnership between BioWaveGO and Cornish Pirates means that it’s not just John who has regular access to the device’s pain-relieving properties. Several of his teammates are also feeling the benefit by using the device under the guidance and recommendation of the rugby club’s Head Physiotherapist, Simon Edwards. Simon is a fan of BioWaveGO because:
“The BioWaveGO system is both small and very user friendly. There is a simple app to download which controls the unit, and as the unit is small it can be operated either static or portably, allowing the user to have treatment in any situation.”
A Drug-Free Alternative for Players
Simon recognises that one of the device’s key plus points is its ability to block pain without the need for painkilling drugs. He adds:
“There are a lot of reasons to use BioWaveGO over pain medication. Medication is always a difficult decision as most drugs are not without risk, either in terms of side effects, addiction, and overuse to name but a few issues. BioWaveGO allows the user very real pain relief without any of those risks mentioned and, being simple to use and rechargeable, it effectively doesn’t run out at an inopportune moment.”
BioWaveGO can help acute sporting injuries like shoulder pain, and it can be equally effective with chronic pain like lower back pain or pain caused by a condition such as arthritis or endometriosis. No matter how intense your workload or your level of discomfort, our pocket-sized device can help you forget about pain – and get on with being you.