We will undertake a range of diagnostic and assessment procedures to identify possible injury and dysfunction, including Postural Assessments, ROM tests, Palpation, Special Tests .(eg Thomas Test), Running gait analysis.
A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.
Rehabilitation will include the design of a treatment plan, (which can be emailed to clients mobile/tablet), this will involve some or all of the following treatment options ;
- Hot/cold therapy
- Strengthening & proprioception exercises
- Stretching- PNF, STR
- Joint mobilization
- Massage techniques
- Trigger point therapy
- Myofascial release
- Kinesiology or support taping
- Dry cupping (Rock Pods )
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation
- Radial Shockwave
Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports therapy can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
Soft tissue techniques employed by sports therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.
Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles.
Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation can be supplemented with the use of Kinesthetic tape or support taping methods.
In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.
Common problems we treat:
- Neck/Shoulder discomfort/injuries – Rotator cuff , impingement, frozen shoulder
- Overuse Injuries – shin splints, tennis/golfers elbow, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome
- Post Surgery – increasing range of movement and reducing scar tissue . Pre surgery preparation to speed up recovery eg Knee or Hip replacement.
- Muscles Strains
- Joint Sprains
- Back Problems – lower back pain, sciatica
- Issues related to running gait
- Postural issues from work or lifestyle
- General aches & pains plus many more!