Your Initial Appointment incorporates an in-depth assessment consisting of a discussion surrounding your current complaint whilst gaining a good history of previous injuries and potential contributing factors. After this, a detailed objective assessment will take place consisting of specific tests and movements that are relevant to the first part of your appointment.
Following this initial assessment your treatment will begin utilising modern practice and techniques, with the overall aim of reducing or eliminating pain caused by muscles, bones and joints.
A diagnosis will then be given, and a treatment plan created incorporating a home exercise programme to ensure that you are not only rehabilitated in the safest possible way, but also to prevent any recurrence of your current complaint / injury.
During your Follow Up Physiotherapy appointment, your progress will be monitored, further treatment will take place and a plan will be discussed for either an increase in exercises, a further follow up appointment or you may be discharged. You won’t be discharged until you are confident that you can continue to make progress on your own or you have fully recovered from your injury.
Sports massage is one of the most effective ways to treat muscle injuries and pain. It can also help in both prevention and recovery of your muscles and tendons. If you regularly participate in sport or exercise, then adding sports massage into your routine can help improve performance as well as prevent injuries.
However, you don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage! It has many psychological benefits as well as physical including: –
Reduce Muscle tension
Reduced blood pressure
Acupuncture originates from traditional Chinese medicine but today is widely accepted by the western world as an effective tool to relieve pain and treat a range of medical conditions. There is conclusive scientific evidence to show that acupuncture can offer pain relief to people of all ages, suffering from a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine stainless-steel needles into the skin. This stimulates the muscle tissue to produce endorphins and oxytocin, the bodies own pain and stress relieving chemicals. It also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and can help reduce the sensitivity of tender points on the body.
Acupuncture does not hurt. During the treatment you may experience sensations of mild tingling, slight soreness / numbness along the skin channel that is being stimulated.
An ergonomic assessment analyses a person’s workstation to ensure it is set up and designed to minimise injury and maximise productivity. The assessment is conducted by a trained occupational health assessor and is used to access a number of key factors that can impact your ability to work comfortably.
The Health and Safety executive describes ergonomics as “a science that is concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work”. It puts people first and takes into account their capabilities and limitations. Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment fit each worker. In short everyone that uses a computer, laptop or tablet to work from for more than 2-3 hours per day may benefit significantly.
An ergonomic assessment is beneficial not only to individuals but also companies of all sizes. Providing your employees with an ergonomic assessment will teach them best practice, recognise and avoid hazards related to injury and pain allowing them to be healthier and happier at work. This in turn leads to increased productivity, reduced absences and lowered costs for you or your business.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an innovative system used to evaluate movement pattern quality for clients or athletes. The key to the Functional Movement Screen is that it consists of a series of simple tests with a simple grading system. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopaedic problems but rather to demonstrate limitations or asymmetries in healthy individuals with respect to basic movement patterns and eventually correlate them with outcomes.
The test is comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability. These fundamental movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilising movements. The tests place the individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility is not utilised. It has been observed that many individuals who perform at very high levels during activities are unable to perform these simple movements. These individuals should be considered to be utilising compensatory movement patterns during their activities, sacrificing efficient movements for inefficient ones in order to perform at high levels. If these compensations continue, then poor movement patterns will be reinforced leading to poor biomechanics.