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There are hundreds of different types of sports injuries. They are commonly caused by a direct impact or overuse of structures. It can also be due to the amount of force placed on a particular structure, is too great to withstand. Injuries fall into two categories; acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur as a direct result of a sudden event, for example twisting your ankle. Chronic injuries are as a result of overusing the same muscle group or joint.

If pain persists, irrelevant if acute or chronic, it is highly recommended to seek a specialists opinion as soon as possible. This is better for your injury as treatment straight away can dramatically reduce recovery time. Further for optimal recovery, correct initial diagnosis and treatment is required which in turn may allow for the continuation of your favourite activities and reduce the chance of re-injury. Poor fitness, bad techniques or structural abnormalities can contribute to the development of sports injuries hence a full assessment it required.

The initial consult may take 30 mins to 45mins. It will involve filling out a medical and injury history form along with receiving a full and detailed injury assessment together along with any relevant treatment. This will form part of your treatment program follow up sessions will take 30 minutes. Sports injuries are best seen to straight away as it means you can recover and be back to your sport a lot sooner.

Sports Injury Rehabilitation:

This uses a variety of treatment methods from manual therapy, through to biomechanical motion control and postural assessment. With most sessions, you will leave with functional exercises to aid in your rehabilitation.

Manual Therapy:

Manual therapy is an application of a passive force to soft tissue. It Involves the use of manipulations, mobilisations and massage. This is all to encourage normal joint movement. Manual therapy is an effective way to reduce scar tissue, stretch tight structures, lubricate joints and aid the inflammatory response and in turn help the healing process.

Motion Control:

Involves the assessment of the posture to ensure the normal movement of the lumbar and cervical spine and the correct posture of the lower limb. Imbalances happen because the body naturally takes the path of least resistance and noticing these changes are a key factor to restoring and maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system which minimises the stress places on tissues and structures.

Injury Prevention:

The first question people ask as soon as they get injured and receive treatment is "will this injury happen again?" Answer quite simply put is highly unlikely. That is if the exercises are followed and maintained after treatment. With each treatment session a set of specific exercises will be given not only to help with your current injury, but to also ensure it does not happen again. Of course sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent some injuries but you can minimise the risk of that happening. All exercises prescribed will ensure you have a safe return back to your sport and you will have the knowledge of how to do these exercises perfectly and understand why you need to do them. It will also help iron out any other weaknesses. Advice will be given so that you can relate it to your sport training sessions, whether they are in the gym, sports club or at home.

All exercises are tailored to your specific individual needs and goals.

Sports Massage:

Sports Massage is a very deep form of tissue massage and can be used both prior and after your sport session. Not only is it for sports people, but it is also a great way to relieve tension caused by desk or driving jobs especially for those suffering from headaches or migraines. Sports massage reduces fatigue and muscle tension along with alleviating swelling and promotes flexibility. When required, it can remodel scar tissue and prevent injuries along with preparing an athlete for optimal performance. Sports massage is available to all sporting levels and can be known to take seconds and even minutes off peoples PB�s (Personal Best). This can be due to muscular imbalances which accumulate during training which in turn can impede performance and cause discomfort. Hence the benefits of a sports massage can be felt prior, during and even after competition. For those who have desk jobs or drive for a living, sports massage can be a great way to release tension and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system. As a result sports massage is effective for everyone and is a great form of maintenance to prevent aches and pains and makes you feel good!

Sports massage benefits:

  • Improved lymphatic flow and circulation
  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
  • Assist in preparation for sporting activities
  • Assist in recovery after activities
  • Remodel scar tissue (when required)
  • Increase or decrease muscle length
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Stimulate or sedate nerve endings

Acupuncture:

Originated about 2000 years ago in China and has been a main part of the medical system ever since. Acupuncture uses meridians which are pathways in which energy known as Qi flows. The Qi passes from one meridian to the next. Each meridian receives its Qi from a specific organ in your body. Hence TCM uses the whole body. It has been increasingly used in the Western medicine since President Nixon�s visit to Chinese clinics in 20th Century as the Pain mechanisms and its influence over the PNS, CNS and ANS.

Each meridian is yin yang paired. Yin represents calm, cool, preserving, moon, night, female whilst the yang represents active, warm, light, dynamic, sun, day, male. Modern science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals such as endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and give pain relief. If the Qi is flowing freely, the body is in a healthy state. If there is a problem, energy stagnates. The stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points frees this stagnation.

Reasons for the use of acupuncture, once a detailed assessment has been completed are: musculoskeletal pain, reduce inflammation and to promote healing.

Will it hurt?

This is the most common question when needles are used. When the fine needles are inserted it gives rise of a sensation like a pinprick, which should only be a mild, temporary discomfort. The deep needling sensation is part of effective stimulation.

Contraindications:

Wounds, Pacemakers, CVA within 48 hours, Active hemorrhage, Infection, Unstable Epilepsy and Diabetes, Metal allergy, Unstable cardio/medical condition.

Side Effects:

Drowsiness, Nausea/vomiting, Fainting, Bleeding/Bruising, Increase in symptoms can get worse for a day or two but then much better.

If it is your first session, acupuncture tends to last for 15 minutes as intensity of side intensity of side affects are unknown. Subsequent sessions can last from 25 minutes to 40 minutes. Acupuncture can be used alongside other treatment techniques and often works best when combined techniques are used, e.g. exercise programme followed between sessions.

Kinesiology (and Sports )Taping:

Is a relatively new concept. Many people in the sporting industry have now been seen to use bright blue or red tape especially during the Olympics and Wimbledon. Taping is used to aid muscles, ligaments and tendons in an attempt to prevent further injury. It also enhances the proprioceptive response of the muscle and reduces the stress on the injured structure. It can also enhance the persons confidence on returning to training following injury. The science is: athletes use the tape due to its influence on sensory nervous system, an increase in nociceptive afferent stimulation and an enhanced motor control. Simply put, the tape lifts the skin which can help the tissues underneath glide better. This reduces the pressure on pain receptors and in turn helps reduce your pain and assist the healing process.

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