Part of the initial assessment means that I can make sure the course of treatment offered is the best for you. Although Sports & Clinical Massage is my special area of expertise it’s almost always the case that other methods of treatment are incorporated so that we strive usefully and effectively, to achieve a good recovery. Sometimes the treatment I advise and provide will incorporate elements from the following possibilities:
Almost without exception any physical problem needs the help of some active exercises to get better. A personal programme, will be tailored to your specific and particular requirements:
Strengthening exercises are designed to restore power to weakened or inactive muscles.
Stretching exercises are designed to lengthen muscle and tendons that are shortened and tight, improving flexibility and mobility.
Proprioceptive exercises are aimed at re-educating nerves ans muscles that have stopped communicating.
Our aim with Exercise Prescription is to restore the body to it’s ideal and best possible way of moving. Good health.
Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves pitched way above the range of human hearing to treat musculo-skeletal problems, especially inflammation (tendinitis, bursitis). It is widely employed in treatments, and has been an extremely popular therapy since the 1950s. There are many variations of therapeutic ultrasound, using different intensities and frequencies of sound, but all share the basic principle of “stimulating” tissue with ultra-high frequency sound waves in order to speed the healing process.
A form of mechanical massage using a powerful electrical machine to do the hard work. This can help to achieve results faster and more effectively than manual techniques alone, particularly with injuries that require deep tissue massage into large muscles. The G5 doesn’t replace manual aspects of massage, but used appropriately it’s a fast strong and effective tool at our disposal.
Bright-colored strips of tape in odd patterns are increasingly being seen on professional and recreational athletes. Kinesiology tape can help take pressure off overused muscles, reduce swelling and alleviate pain from injuries, it’s sometimes called “magic tape” because it can produce some great results – sometimes. Scientific evidence is mixed but I’ve found this tape to be a very useful adjunct to the treatment plan.
I can apply and advise you on how to best utilise supportive tape to ease pressure on your joints when exercising. Often, taping a joint gives it stability and protection during an event and prevents injury.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Machine
There are some types of pain that can be greatly improved with the intermittent use of a TENS machine. This is a small, battery operated pack which sends small but frequent electronic pulses to a targeted area. The pulses block pain signals from being sent to the brain therefore the TENS machine reduces pain only when in use, but with no side effects. A TENS machine could be used as part of a treatment plan to reduce pain before recovery is complete.
Orthotics are a shaped insole which fits inside your shoe or trainer to correct inefficient movement of the foot. Many injuries and painful conditions, especially running related, are the result of pronation of the foot (an inward roll when walking or running). Orthotics are used to correct this, both immediately and in the long-term. I have years of experience and can assess your gait and advise on, and supply suitable orthotics that are tailor made for your requirements, and at very competitive prices.