Sports Injury Treatments, Expert Advice & Therapy
Sports Injury Advice
We are trained to the highest standards, and will give continuous advice throughout your injury diagnosis, treatment stages, and rehabilitation. For optimal treatment outcomes, we highly recommend that you follow our expert advice.
Manual therapy may be defined differently within a practitioners scope of practice. Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilising skilled, specific hands-on techniques. A physical therapist will generally use manipulation/mobilisation techniques to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures. This helps to modulate pain, increase range of motion (ROM), reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation, induce relaxation, improve contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability, facilitate movement and improve function.
Combines two of the principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to reduce pain and swelling from a sports or activity injury to soft tissues and recommended by orthopaedic surgeons following surgery. The therapy is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.
The core relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and it’s ability to stabilise the body during movement. The main muscles involved include the transverse abdominus, the internal and external oblique’s, the quadratus lumborum and the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the main muscle of breathing in the human and so breathing is important in providing the necessary core stability for moving and lifting. It is the action of these muscles contracting together upon the incompressible contents of the abdominal cavity that provides support to the spine and pelvis during movement.
The exercise programmes that we put together are based around the injury and/or fitness of our patients.
We provide various levels of rehabilitation depending on the level of your injury. When putting together a rehabilitation package, our aim is to see the patient back to full fitness.
Varies slightly in degree to a sports massage.
Medical acupuncture (dry needling) involves inserting fine needles into the soft tissue causing a therapeutic effect. It is an adaptation of the Chinese method using modern up to date knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Medical acupuncture no longer uses the Yin and Yang, but aims to provide a homeostasis within the body. Medical acupuncture is a safe and effective pain relief technique that a qualified therapist can provide. To alleviate pain with minimal client discomfort, dry needling can identify and treat trigger points in specific muscles effectively. Lisa is a registered acupuncture practitioner and authorised by the local council to carry out medical acupuncture treatments.
Kinesio Taping (K TAPE.)
Lisa is a certified K Tape practitioner. The K Tape method promotes the body’s natural healing process, provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting range of movement, and offers extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of administered manual therapy. By microscopically lifting the skin, K Tape targets different receptors within the somato-sensory system, alleviates pain, and facilitates lymphatic drainage. This lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin, which increases interstitial space and allows for a decrease in inflammation of the affected area. We can apply K Tape in many ways to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury, promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
Biomechanical Podiatry Assessment and Orthotics
Biomechanical assessments involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses. The foot is a complex structure, with 28 bones, 214 ligaments, and 38 muscles supporting the body weight while walking. The examination includes the pelvis, legs and knees, as well as the foot, to assess the relationship between them. Since pain in one area may be due to weakness or structural issues in another area, it’s important to assess all the lower limbs.
Biomechanical assessment is the starting point of understanding the cause. As part of our assessment, we use video gait analysis, where we ask you to walk and run to record your gait, which we then play back to you. After the analysis there will be a range of treatments depending on the results. We will advise our clients who have good structural foot mechanics, on the best footwear to reduce the risk of problems. We will prescribe insoles if your mechanics could be causing you pain.
Full member of The Society Of Sports Therapists.