Treatment often takes place over a six week period during which you will perform exercises and stretches to maximise the benefit of physio sessions.
With conditions that have become chronic it is essential to understand the history of the condition and how it has developed to
be confident we are treating the root problem rather than secondary conditions.
Some conditions can be resolved with just one session and follow up exercises, other conditions may be more stubborn but usually we can plan your route to recovery in your first session.
Over the course of treatment I use a combination of hands on techniques such as trigger pointing, ultrasound and massage, introducing stretches and exercises
for you to do between sessions. My aim is to progress you into the gym where I can help rebuild your confidence and assess your strength and mobility in weakened
areas. You will find that building a strong foundation will enable you to return to training with confidence - so many sports people return too soon only to find themselves back in physiotherapy
a few weeks later.
I often work with other specialists and can arrange appointments in therapies such as acupuncture or running biomechanics analysis.
Commitment to the Plan
Clients recover faster when they don't give in to the frustrations of their injury with a premature return to training.
I have found that clients who understand their condition and the stages of a phased recovery commit to the
treatment plan. As the measurable milestones are reached and passed clients become more confident that the end result will be successful.
I enjoy explaining what is going on and see alleviating the mental stress associated with injury as essential to recovery.
Common sources of pain and treatment
Low Back Pain
Low back pain is one of the most common causes of pain and often can become chronic if not dealt with appropriately.
In my experience it is usually due to a simple cause such as a stiff joint which has a
knock on affect for the rest of the surrounding joints and soft tissues which only makes the discomfort worse.
Hands on treatment and exercises can help free the joint and with the increased mobility the low back pain often disappears.
The knee is the biggest joint in the body and one of my favourites.
I am forever being asked about knee pain and the most common reason is not due to a trauma or an impact but because of its bio mechanics.
Our knees are vulnerable to what our other joints are doing so usually the problem originates from the feet or the hips.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Poor posture, over training and cutting corners with technique can
allow pain and secondary conditions to develop in our neck and shoulders. Sitting for extended periods with computers and hunching over mobile devices
can cause pain and the muscular tension and thickening that can lead to headaches. Hands on physio and massage
increases the range of movement and reduces muscle thickening which can stop headaches.
The calf is one of the strongest muscle groups and it has to deal with tremendous forces,
As we walk (predominantly a one legged affair)
this relatively small muscle group projects us forward with ease. These forces grow tremendously when we start to run and jump,
so there is no surprise they are susceptible to injury which can be very painful and literally stop us in our tracks.
Fortunately the calf responds well to a hands on approach mixed with strengthening work, and most people
make a strong and full recovery.