The physiological and psychological benefits of sports massage are well documented and can be a valuable adjunct to active individuals and those recovering from injury. Regular sports massage has the following effects on the body:
Improve/restore muscle mobility and flexibility
Release endorphins which increases feeling of well-being
Minimising muscle tension and stress
Correction of muscle imbalances
Reduced risk of injury
Exercise rehabilitation is an essential part of injury recovery. It aims to restore range of motion, restore strength, reduce pain, correct biomechanics and reduce swelling. With the absence of an appropriate ‘rehab’ program, normal bodily function may never be restored.
Following injury, it may be important to correct human biomechanics which could potentially predispose an injury. It’s impossible to predict an injury, but ensuring your body is in optimal condition will reduce the possible risks of these. This can be done by providing a tailored exercises, stretching or treatment intervention.
Manual therapy is a term used to cover a wide range of techniques to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I will often use Maitland joint mobilisation techniques with the aim to restore full range of motion within a joint. This method is extremely effective, especially when used along side other soft tissue therapy and corrective exercises.
Strength & Conditioning
Strength & Conditioning isn’t just about lifting weights. “The aim of an S&C programme is to specifically maximise athletic performance, by working on speed, agility, plyometrics, endurance and core stability with strength training being just a small part of it. An effective S&C programme can also help athletes with injury prevention and develop the proper mechanics within their sports performances.” English Institute of Sports, 2016
It is essential that a thorough injury assessment is taken out before dealing with any injuries. Without a proper assessment, an injury can be misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated, resulting in a delayed recovery or even exacerbating the injury . With experience in both private practice and professional sport, I can recognise when an injury can be treated or if a referral is necessary.
Observing your posture, how you stand, walk, run as well as your specific movement patterns gives a picture to which muscles and structures are over or under active. This allows me to specify your rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes to your individual needs.