Your first visit will require a full assessment and history of the injury. This involves asking some in-depth questions about the injury/complaint, how it happened, how long you have had it etc. A physical examination and assessment of the injury will then be carried out. After this, treatment and rehabilitation can start and a plan can be agreed. This will be continually assessed as the treatment progresses to make sure that you are on track.
The actual treatment will obviously depend on the injury. Treatments can include:
- peripheral and vertebral mobilisations
- sports massage
- trigger point techniques
- muscle energy techniques (MET)
- soft tissue release (STR)
Exercises to help rehabilitate the injury will usually be given as part of the treatment process. You will be shown how to do these correctly and an exercise plan will be given for you to complete at home. I aim to provide exercises that are realistic to your lifestyle and that can be adapted depending on equipment, space and time.
This can be a treatment itself as well as part of a larger plan. Sports massage is designed to release muscle tension and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system. Massages stretch muscles in a multi-directional way which allows a release of stored tension and pressure. After injury, massage helps realign the muscle fibres which can reduce long-term inflexibility and tightness and can reduce the potential for re-injury and pain. It can help pre and post exercise to aid the body in its preparation and recover for exercise. It helps create optimal conditions to help tissue healing and enables faster recover and can help prevent injury by reducing the strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments.