Consultation Process

Your initial 15 minute consultation will be FREE. During this time we will discuss the nature of your injury/pain and your individual requirements prior to commencing any physical treatment.


Once the nature of your problem has been determined, a treatment plan will be devised, ensuring this takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities and general health. There will usually be a minimum of 30 minutes treatment on your first visit following on from the consultation.


It is advisable to bring a pair of shorts with you to your consultation and follow-up appointments as you may be required to undress down to your underwear.


Children under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

 

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Sports & Remedial Massage

Sports massage is a form of massage which is growing in popularity. It is used by athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as many non-sporting individuals due to its many benefits.


Sports massage is used to help keep muscles supple and toned. It helps to keep joints mobile and helps to improve sporting performance and flexibility.


Pre-event sports massage can help to reduce the risk of injury from sprains, strains and muscle tears. Post-event sports massage can help aid recovery following physical activity. This is achieved by reducing post-exercise soreness, re–establishing full range of motion and enhancing blood flow to tight muscles.


Remedial massage can be used in the treatment of specific injuries, such as hamstring strains, as well as to help correct muscle imbalances, overuse and postural issues…

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It is these issues which should be corrected in order to prevent future injuries and improve the efficiency of our muscles and so enhance our performance. A regular remedial massage can help prevent injury by improving the condition of the muscles.


Massage has a number of benefits for physical, physiological and psychological well being:


  • Improved circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
  • Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Increase or decrease muscle length
  • Remodel scar tissue when required
  • Pain reduction
  • Relaxation
  • Anxiety reduction

 

 

 

 

 

Postural & Joint Assessments

A postural assessment identifies any imbalances that may be causing (or likely to cause) you musculo-skeletal problems.


Using a variety of techniques combined with stretching and strengthening exercises, I can assist in improving your posture. Postural improvements can help with sporting performance and general health and wellbeing.


A joint assessment involves testing the functional movement available, the strength of the muscles involved in those movements and the functionality of the ligaments. The injured and non-injured sides are compared to pin-point the exact nature of any injury or weakness you may have.

 

 

 

Soft Tissue Treatments

As well as massage, there are many other soft tissue treatment techniques that can be used during your treatment plan.


Dependant on the nature of your injury or issue, it will depend on which of the soft tissue treatments will be applied in order to gain the most benefit. The types of other treatments include:


Myofascial release – This hands-on technique seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Mild, sustained pressure is applied to gently stretch and soften the fascia.


Soft Tissue Release – This is a combination of stretching and pressure techniques applied to specific muscles where muscle fibres are congested or restricted…

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Trigger Point Therapy – This is a technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle.


Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Muscle Energy Technique (MET) – These are forms of flexibility treatments that involve both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted to help strengthen them and lengthen them, respectively.


Cryotherapy & Heat Therapy – Advice on the uses of cold and heat therapy in the treatment of your injury.

 

 

 

Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy is used post injury for rehabilitation, to help improve performance and ensure your speedy return back to sport, exercise or activity.

 

Although exercise is the major causing factor for sustaining injuries, it is also the main component of their rehabilitation. Exercise therapy incorporates all the basic principles of fitness training, but in a very specific context:

 

  • It effectively strengthens the injured region
  • Restores functionality
  • Increases your confidence in using the injured region again
  • Maintains a good level of general fitness

 

The exercise rehabilitation plan will be carefully and individually tailored and progressed. The rate of exercise progression will relate directly to the way in which your injury is responding to the treatment and rehabilitation.

 

Various pieces of equipment can be utilised within exercise therapy plans, such as wobble boards, resistance bands, fitness ball, free weights, resistance machines, medicine balls and general aerobic machines found in gyms such as cycling and rowing machines. If these are not available to you, then alternatives can be suggested such as a cushion instead of a wobble board and bottles of water instead of free weights.

Core Strength Training

Good core strength is important at every age and fitness level. Whatever your goals, find a way to incorporate core conditioning into your routine to reduce fatigue, avoid muscle strain and improve your strength and mobility.

 

The core of your body is the midsection of your body, from your groin to your shoulders. The core includes the pelvis, abdominals, back and chest muscles. It is this core that offers stability, balance and flexibility. Every movement you make originates in the core – whether you are reaching for your toothbrush or running a marathon. If the core is not properly strengthened it will limit your physical abilities.

 

The exercises and products developed to strengthen your core stability do so by creating resistance or instability so that the core muscles must respond to maintain balance. The exercises are gentle on the body but are intense and beginners will quickly 'feel' the muscles being used. Proper alignment is key to core stability training so you need to ensure you receive the proper advice on how to check your position, which will help you perform the safest and most effective exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

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Core stability exercises often imitate moves that we employ in daily life or sports and thus train the body to rely on the core and reduce the strain we put on our limbs. Two popular forms of exercise that develop core body strength are Pilates and the Swiss ball.