Musculoskeletal/Sports Injuries

Our physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment, which will include taking a history of your problem and any relative medical history. Details of previous treatments, related injuries and information about daily activities may also be taken. This will be followed by a thorough examination of the problem area and related areas of the body.

After a consultation with you the physiotherapist will discuss your treatment options and advise you on the most appropriate course of treatment dependent on your circumstances, problems and needs.

Below are explanantion of treatments you may require. You may also be given a programme of activities to continue at home.

Manipulation

These are techniques used to mobilise stiff segments in the spine. A manipulation is small amplitude, high velocity technique to encourage end of range of movement.

Mobilisation

Mobilisations again are a passive movement, used by the physiotherapist to various different tissues including joints, tendons, ligaments, fascia, muscles and connective tissue. They can be used to encourage greater movement in tissues and can also be used to influence the healing process, normally used in a grading system dependent on the level of movement and resistance felt in the tissues.

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is a modality, which can be used by your physiotherapist. There are several forms of electrotherapy all having different effects on the soft tissue of the body.

Ultrasound:

Ultrasound is a modality used to help influence the healing process. It has been shown to increase blood flow in the microcirculation of tissues and also had a help to influence to lay down of scar tissue during the healing process.

Interferential:

Interferential is a modality used to help influence the nerves of the body by introducing an electrical current in order to help modulate pain fibres in the body.

Tens:

Small hand held device used to deliver low intensity currents to help stimulate and modulate the pain fibres of the body.

Muscle stimulation:

Muscle stimulation is used to enter a current into the muscle groups to help in the recruitment of muscles, which are damaged or weakened often used after injury or surgery.

Soft Tissue Treatments

These include Massage therapy, Specific Soft Tissue Mobilisations and Trigger point Release Technique and many more.  Soft tissue treatments have long been used by physiotherapists and have a number of therapeutic effects on the desired tissue. They can be used to help relax and inhibit tissues as well as stimulate tissues, increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage. They are also used to help mobilise and remodel scar tissue.

Exercise therapy

Exercise therapy is used in many different formats, whether it is to help the patient self-treat or to encourage the patient to return to their previous level of function.

Acupuncture/Electro Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, it is normally associated with traditional Chinese medicine.

Since the 50’s & 60’s, the practice of acupuncture has become more widespread throughout the Western world.Based on the energy channels passing through the body, traditional Chinese medicine uses the technique of puncturing skin with needles to enhance or diminish the effect of the energy (Qi) through the channels of the body (meridians).

In Western medicine acupuncture has been shown to help reduce pain by inhibiting pain messages that travel to the brain for interpretation as well as stimulating endorphin release, endorphin being the body’s natural pain relief.