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Treatments...

 

Remedial Massage
As a natural therapy, Massage is a safe and effective treatment to help ease pain and alleviate muscular tension, which can build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity and everyday living.  It can also increase flexibility and joint mobility, stimulate the nervous system and improve circulation and lymphatic flow.  This promotes the repair of body tissues and removal of toxins and metabolic waste products, reducing muscles fatigue and soreness.
 
Remedial Massage combines a deeper form of soft tissue massage with an understanding of pathology and injuries.  It involves a combination of techniques including myofascial work, trigger point release and muscle energy techniques.
 
Acute and chronic injuries can be treated, such as back spasm, muscle strain, ligament sprain, joint immobility and ‘whiplash’ type injuries. Remedial Massage can also provide early identification of potential problems which, if left untreated, may develop into more serious injuries.

 
Sports Massage
Physically active individuals may be more vulnerable to injury due to the stresses placed on the body by sport.  In every sport, the aim is nearly always to increase the level of training, subjecting the body to gradual and controlled over-use, in order to become fitter, stronger, faster or more agile.  This over-use may create excessive muscular tension, imbalances in the soft tissue and stress to the joints. 
 
Sports Massage is the most effective therapy for identifying and treating these problems before they develop into chronic injuries, which not only hinder the rate of training improvement but also compromise or impede performance.
 
Sports Massage helps to enhance performance by facilitating an increase in the quality and quantity of injury-free training.  So whether you aim to be the best you can be, or simply enjoy the health benefits of exercise, Sports Massage should be part of your regular training regime.

 
Mobilisations and Manipulative Therapy
Gentle, passive movements of a joint can improve range of motion, ease muscular tension and relieve pain.  Joints can become misaligned, stiff or locked for a number of reasons: lifting a heavy load, repetitive work in a fixed position, twisting, stumbling or falling.  This dysfunction then affects the surrounding soft tissues, which can lead to further compensatory injuries.
 
Mobilisations and Manipulative Therapy are used to re-align joints, stimulate ligament tension and re-balance the surrounding muscles in order to stabilize the joint effectively.

 
Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in both Chinese and Western medicine. Western or medical acupuncture is a more recent development whereby acupuncture techniques are used on the basis of a Western medical diagnosis.
 
Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected homeostatic points, which stimulate and activate the body’s natural healing abilities.  It is a safe and effective form of treatment, particularly in the management of pain, reduction of muscular spasm and neurological symptoms.

 
Rehabilitation Plans

A vital part of successful injury recovery is a rehabilitation programme, designed specifically for each patient.  A structured, progressive plan of exercises will be explained and demonstrated, with instructions and diagrams to take home.  These may include stretches to improve flexibility, strengthening exercises, information about the injury and home care advice.  This ensures that the patient gains maximum benefit from the treatment sessions, with injury rehabilitation continuing outside the treatment room to help a speedier recovery.
 
Biomechanical Assessment
Our static posture very much determines how we move dynamically.  And if we can’t get the fundamentals of every-day movement correct, we can hardly expect to move efficiently, with power, speed and agility, when we play our chosen sport!
 
Technical weaknesses tell us WHAT is going wrong with a certain movement but not WHY they’re happening.  If the cause isn’t addressed, compensatory movements develop which not only lead to a loss of power, efficiency and repeatability, but ultimately to injury.
 
Biomechanical assessment determines whether individual muscles are able to work appropriately and the synchronisation of these muscles in movement.  Neural firing patterns, flexibility, co-ordination and centre of gravity management are all considered in order to maximise performance without injury.
 
A conditioning programme will then be prepared in order to address these modifiable biomechanical dysfunctions.  If you are also under the guidance of a coach or personal trainer, they will also be consulted and an appropriate plan devised to address your specific needs.
 


 

  • Sports Injuries

  • Muscular & Skeletal Disorders

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

  • Pre- & Post-Operative Treatment

 

  • Sports Injuries

  • Muscular & Skeletal Disorders

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

  • Pre- & Post-Operative Treatment

  • Biomechanical Assessment

  • Rehabilitation Plans

  • Performance Optimisation

 

 

  • Back & neck pain

  • Sciatica

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Tennis & Golfer's Elbow

  • Whiplash 

  • Knee & Hip Injuries

  • Muscle Strains

  • Ligament Sprains

  • Arthritic Pain

  • Muscular Tension

 
The Treatment Plan...

A combination of these techniques may be used during a treatment session, depending on the person’s medical history, type of injury, state of recovery and the patient’s own objectives.  Other forms of treatment, such as ultrasound and kinesio-taping may also be appropriate.

 

Please see 'What to Expect' for further information regarding your treatment.