Sports and Remedial Therapy
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy is an extremely effective solution to help reduce aches, pains and discomfort caused from intense training programmes through to everyday activities. It is a great way to help increase range of motion and joint mobility, whilst maximising performance in sport, reducing the risk of injury and aiding with recovery.
Originally used in sport (hence the name) to help enhance athletic performance, prevent injury and aid with recovery. Sports Massage has now diversified into everyday life and is commonly used across a wide spectrum of individuals – ‘sporty’ or not. Everybody can benefit from Sports & Remedial Massage, from Semi-Pro Athletes, to office workers, builders and senior citizens.
Sports & Remedial Massage is a form of Manual Therapy which involves the manipulation of Soft Tissues (muscles, tendon, ligaments, joints and connective tissue.) It works by breaking down adhesions (commonly known as knots) and tension build up within tissue fibres to create newly realigned and reformed structures, enabling normal function to be restored. Massage techniques open up pores in muscle membrane, allowing an increased amount of blood supply carrying fresh oxygen and nutrients to pass through the tissue fibres, speeding up the healing process of Soft Tissues.
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy uses a variety of Soft Tissue Therapy Techniques aside from the typical ‘massage’ strokes. It uses techniques such as Soft Tissue Release, Joint Mobilisation, Passive Stretching, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching, Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) and Neuromuscular Techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy. The combination of techniques can be used during treatments to bring about different effects on the body, for example, pain reduction, muscular relaxation or increasing range of motion.
- Alleviates Aches, Pains and Discomfort
- Reduces Muscle Tension, Spams and Soreness
- Eases D.O.M.S (delayed onset muscle soreness)
- Increases Mobility and Flexibility
- Improves Joint Range of Motion (ROM)
- Reduces Stress and Anxiety
- Aids with Injury Prevention
- Speeds up Injury and Post Exercise Recovery
- Enhances Athletic Performance
- Improves overall Soft Tissue and Joint Health
- Facilitates with Toxin and Waste Product Removal
- Increases Lymphatic Drainage and Blood Flow
- Promotes a Better Quality of Sleep and Relaxation
Physical Therapy & Injury Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy primarily looks at the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Is uses a wide variety of assessment techniques to correctly diagnose, prevent, treat and rehabilitate an injury or condition; whether it be acute or long-standing. It is a conventional ‘hand-on’ approach to correcting a problem or injury. Physical Therapy & Injury Rehab uses a combination of Soft Tissue Therapy Techniques including Sports Massage, Kinesiology Taping, Correctional Exercises and Rehabilitation Programmes. These treatment techniques and rehabilitation exercises aim to get an individual back to optimum levels of function, occupation and sports-specific fitness regardless of the age or ability.
Injury Rehabilitation can be used for sports and none sport-specific injuries; post orthopaedic surgery, choric pain, postural imbalances and musculoskeletal disorders. It doesn’t matter whether an injury occurred whilst playing Ruby on the pitch, tripping down a curb whilst walking the dog, or falling down the stairs. The rehab protocols and treatment principles remain the same. You do not have to be ‘sporty’ to benefit from Physical Therapy and Rehab.
Injuries can be caused for a whole variety of reasons, from external forces, to repetitive overuse, unaccustomed explosive loading, incorrect training techniques and weaknesses within the body. It’s my job as a Therapist to correctly assess, treat and rehabilitate an injury, whilst explaining how you can best manage and prevent it.
Sports Massage is very much a fundamental part of Physical Therapy & Rehab. The ‘massage’ part is where the majority of dysfunction within Soft Tissues are corrected. In many cases the vast amount of pain type symptoms can be alleviated using Sports Massage or Soft Tissue Therapy Techniques. The techniques used manipulate the Soft Tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and connective tissue) and break down tension build up and adhesions (knots) creating newly realigned and reformed structures, aiding with the healing process – leaving you feeling much better.
Injury Strapping and Taping
Pre-Competition & Injury Strapping
The principle behind Pre-Competition & Injury Strapping is to provide support to weakened areas of the body, allowing Athletes to continue performing with minimum amount of discomfort. Using tape and adhesive bandaging attached to the skin in order to physically keep joints, ligaments and muscles in a certain position; helps prevent movement and reduces stress through the weakened area. It can also be used as a great tool to help rehabilitate an injury during its acute stage of recovery.
Kinesiology tape, Kinesio tape or K tape refers to a very thin, stretchy, cotton fabric which is non-medicated and latex free – making it friendly on the skin! It is designed to relieve muscle strain or acute injury causing discomfort. It is used to help reduce inflammation, swelling and bruising; increase lymphatic drainage and blood flow, reduce pain and discomfort, helps restore normal muscle function, promotes proprioception, and acts as an aid to help support muscles and joints without restricting range of motion. Applied correctly it should last multiple days and withstand athletic activity and showering without coming off. It works by pulling up the dermal layers of skin and Fascia (connective tissue), changing the structures of the fascial lines which allows an increased amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients supply to pass through the soft tissues – helping with recovery. It can benefit people of all ages, professions and sporting abilities and it comes in lots of pretty colours to suit everybody (although there are actually no physical differences between the coloured tapes.)
Strapping or Taping may be applied in all sessions (free of charge) when deemed necessary, alternately you can book a separate 15 minute session for just £10.
Injury Assessment & Advice
Offering Injury Assessment and Advice for acute injuries that require a speedy recovery – suited to everybody. It’s the chance to talk about an injury, assess it, and advise on how best to manage it, without having to commit to a full treatment session.
You may have sprained an ankle at the weekend or picked up a shoulder injury whilst on the pitch. Maybe you had a fall at home, or a sudden awkward movement at work and you are now struggling to move. This session aims to give you an honest, professional opinion with regards to what you need to do to help.
This is not a treatment session, but instead a chance to get an injury seen to as quickly as possible so that you have the right care and advice to affect your rehabilitation process. It may also mitigate the need to see a Doctor or travel to the hospital in the first instance.
Whether you have an acute injury, long-standing issue or just a simple ‘niggle’ it is important to carry the correct stretching, mobility and strengthening exercises to help repair and rebuild soft tissues in order to help correct a problem or injury. This will enable Patients to return to functional activities and allow a safe recovery from injury, whilst preventing reoccurrence. This is why all Patients get prescribed bespoke home exercise programmes which are targeted to their needs, along with some useful information sheets and helpful aftercare advice. I use a leading industry exercise prescription software designed by Physiotherapist to carefully put together exercise programmes for Patients. The software includes a user-friendly interface, with helpful video content and explanations of how to complete exercises correctly.