Sports massage has numerous physiological and psychological benefits. It’s uses include mantainence of your bodies condition, reduces the risk of injury and helps to restore and improve mobility.
Sports massage has also been helpful in improving performance, and enabling you to reach your full potential. It has been found to reduce pain, as well as release endorphins.
Exercise rehabilitation is an essential part of injury recovery. With the absence of an appropriate ‘rehab’ program, normal bodily function may never be restored.
Exercise rehabilitation aims to restore range of motion, restore strength, reduce pain, correct biomechanics, restore proprioception, and reduce swelling. All vital components required for injury recovery.
Following injury, or the initial assessment, it may be important to correct human biomechanics which could potentially predispose an injury.
In order to reduce the risk of injury, or even maximise athletic performance, it may be neccesery to prescribe you with appropriate programme including exercises, stretching or treatment interventions.
Manual therapy is a term used to cover a wide range of techniques to treat muscularskeletal pain and disfunction.
I will often use Maitland’s joint mobilisation techniques as part of rehabilitation with the aim to restore full range of motion within a joint.
This method is quite safe and extremely effective, especially when used along side soft tissue massage, and corrective exercises.
Strength & Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance. Strength and Condition isn’t just about lifting weights, the aim goal 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. A well designed strength and conditioning programme can increase an athletes tolerance to training and decrease the risk of injury.”
English Institute of Sport, 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 therefor mistreated, resulting in a delayed recovery or even making the injury worse. With experience in both private practice and professional sport, we can recognise when an injury can be treated or if a referral is necessary.
The positive health benefits of acupuncture have been known for centuries. At David Down Sports Therapy, we use a specific technique called ‘Dry Needling’. This method is beneficial for the management of pain and function in certain muscular skeletal conditions. The treatment itself causes very little discomfort, however results can be astonishing. Dry needling can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with other treatments.
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 us to specify your rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes to your individual needs.
The Recovapro is a cordless, state-of-the-art vibration massage device that relaxes sore muscles, increases circulation and range of motion, and improves the overall health of the body’s soft tissue. Brand new to the UK and shown to have excellent results. Try it here at David Down Sports Therapy.
Ultrasound is a form of electrotherapy used to assist with the body’s natural healing process.
Ultrasound therapy works by increasing the activity of a cell through a combined process of ‘Acoustic Streaming’ & ‘Cavitation’ thus increasing the cells metabolism, allowing for a faster healing time following an injury (Watson, 2008).
For more information visit: electrotherapy.org/ultrasound-therapy
Electric Muscle Stimulation
Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) uses electrical impulses to stimulate a muscle contraction. Its can be a useful training tool healthy individuals, assisting with rehabilitation for injured patients, or aiding recovery for elite athletes. EMS uses a device that generates impulses via electrodes which are placed on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles being stimulated. It is a safe an effective method of assisting with the treatment of various sports injuries.