Sports Therapy – Osteopathy and Sports Massage
Osteopaths can help overcome injuries, improve performance and prevent further injury. By using their knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills, our osteopaths can help to restore structural balance. By improving joint mobility, reducing adhesions and soft-tissue restrictions, ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced. Treatment can also be used following surgery such as ACL repair to the knee, rotator cuff repair to the shoulder, discectomy, Achille’s tears and fractures to enhance the healing process.
Our massage therapists can also help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft-tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. Reduced muscle tension can also reduce pain and inflammation by stimulating blood supply to the tissues.
Massage is often used before osteopathic treatment to soften and prepare the person for manipulation. It is helpful as part of pre-event training to minimise injury, and post-event to encourage tissue repair.
Our osteopaths and massage therapists take an integrative approach to ensuring that your recovery time is minimised. Ultrasound, G5, passive resisted stretches and trigger point release are also used if appropriate, together with advice on rehabilitative exercises and hydrotherapy.
Sport is a fantastic way to keep healthy, fit, slim, and happy and should be a lifelong pursuit to maintain health. However sports injuries do occur, whether you are a serious athlete, gym junkie or simply like to keep fit. Although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
Many injuries are the result of overuse through playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or not cooling down after exercise. Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injury, for example ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injury (e.g. Achilles tendon injuries). Issues such joint dysfunction or soft-tissue restrictions limit the body’s ability to function correctly, directly affecting the degree of performance and may even result in further injury.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are put through exceptional physical demands before full adult strength is achieved.
Pre and Post Natal Massage
This is a gentle holistic massage that takes the special needs of the pregnant woman into consideration. It is firm but also relaxing and can help ease the general aches and pains of pregnancy, improve circulation, sleep and reduced stress levels.
This is a quick effective way to relax and relieve muscle tension. No oils are used and the client normally sits fully clothed while the therapist massages the back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands and scalp by applying pressure to specific points on the skin helping you feel refreshed and revitalized. It can also be used instead of needles as an alternative to acupuncture for children for example.
A firm but relaxing massage that works directly on all muscle groups, removing stiffness and soreness, easing tension and restoring balanced muscular function. May also help calm the mind.
A deep therapeutic massage used to release muscular tension by breaking up adhesions & scar tissue. Reduced muscle tension can increase joint mobility, reduce pain and inflammation by stimulating blood supply to the tissues.
Often used before osteopathic treatment to soften and prepare the person for manipulation. Also helpful as part of pre-event training to minimise injury, and post-event to encourage tissue repair. Ultrasound, G5, passive resisted stretches and trigger point release are also used if appropriate. Maintenance treatment can also be of benefit to prevent recurrence of repetitive work strain: