Sports Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the discipline of improving body movement and biomechanical function. It, therefore, lends itself just as naturally to sports conditioning and training as it does to the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries.

We have experience in treating and working with all sports enthusiasts from elite athletes to recreational weekenders. We can help at any time during recovery, from immediate post injury through to full return to sport and competition and we often collaborate with coaches or fitness instructors to maximise individual goals, whether for sport or general fitness.

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Sports Screening/ Performance Enhancement

Sports screening identifies real or potential problems before they cause injury as well as enabling identification of areas for performance enhancement. This involves looking at your body movement in relation to your specific sport; taking that knowledge and designing an individualised regime to meet your goals. This strategy is used for both injury prevention and performance optimisation. It involves a biomechanical assessment which will identify restrictions to specific movements and a functional movement analysis tailored to your sport. We will look at your postural alignment, assess any muscle imbalance, poor flexibility, reduced core stability or compromised balance. The results of these two tests will allow us to create a specific exercise regime. It is important to remember that identifying potential problems early will limit the risk of injury later.

Cycling screening

Heidi is a keen cyclist and has an interest in bike set-up. If you are finding it difficult to get comfortable on your bike, it may be your body and not your bike that is the source of your problems. An assessment with us might be followed by a recommendation to Chris Bush, a bike fit expert from Cycleart, as a joint approach can sometimes be very helpful.

Sports Injury

The most common causes of sports injury are direct and indirect trauma, overuse, inappropriate training or equipment.

During a thorough assessment we will identify any contributory causes to your injury ie previous injury, tight structures, inappropriate training techniques. We will discuss your goals and give you a realistic time frame for return to training and sport along with treatment. We will ensure other structures remain flexible and strong to prevent compensatory strategies, muscle wastage or tightening of other soft tissues.

Core Stability

Core stability is important as these are the muscles that support the spine/pelvis to allow a stable base for posture and movement. Any weakness in these muscles will limit performance. We work to strengthen these muscles as they are a base from which all movement occurs.

Back pain or injury is a major contributor to the malfunction of these core muscles.

Sports Massage Therapy

Sports massage therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues in the body ie muscles, ligaments and tendons. Used to help prevent injuries and alleviate stress and tension it can also be of benefit to anyone suffering from physical, occupational, emotional and postural stress. Sports massage therapy can be used to:

  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow

  • Prepare muscles for exercise

  • Assist in mental preparation for sporting activities

  • Assist in removal of waste products e.g. toxins and lactic acids

  • Encourage a natural form of healing

  • Remodel scar tissue when required

  • Speed up recovery after exercise

For more information please contact the Clinic or Alan Lattimer 07931 918610

Qualifications: Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

Sports Rehabilitation

Many injuries may appear to have recovered due to a reduction in pain and swelling to an acceptable level, allowing increased activity. Often, unfortunately, the joint or muscle/tendon structures have not regained there pre-injury status and re-injury occurs when training or sport resumes. Following a thorough assessment and understanding your particular activity requirements we will give you a specific personal exercise regime allowing a progressive rehabilitation of the injured structure thereby reducing potential re-injury.

Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to optimum muscular and skeletal function. It promotes a strong core, improves the health, flexibility and mobility of the joints through improved mobility and support from surrounding musculature. It increases muscle tone and encourages a more balanced posture. It can benefit a wide range of people of all ages, levels and abilities.

As a progression of treatment for many conditions, especially the neck and back, we introduce Pilates based exercises to facilitate injury prevention and therefore promote physical rehabilitation. Once achieved we will often recommend Pilates classes for self management.

We are working with Gill Glass and Adrian Bell both Level Three Pilates Instructors. Their method of teaching focuses on the individual’s needs and works at a manageable level both in a class or in ‘one to one’ sessions. Adrian also uses Pilates Reformers in both individual and class format.

For more information contact Gill Glass on 07742 885165.
Adrian Bell on 01670 785759 or see his website: www.precisionfitness.org.uk

Health and fitness

It is important for all ages to maintain a good level of health and fitness not only for personal well being but also to prevent injury. It is also vital for rehabilitation. Adrian Bell is an ACSM health and fitness specialist. He has been in the fitness industry for 12 years and has increased his skill levels to include pilates (level 3), low back care (level 4), postural stability (level 4) and cardiac rehabilitation (level 4). He works out of his own premises in Blagdon offering both classes and one to one formats. www.precisionfitness.org.uk

Bracing

Where support of injured ligaments is important and taping is not enough, we also recommend braces. We can help you find the right support for your injured joint and tell you where to obtain them. A good example of this is using a knee brace to stabilise the knee for sport if the anterior cruciate ligament has been torn.

Adolescent Development (Growing Pains)

Many adolescents develop restrictions and growing pains due to their physical development, this is often brought about by painful restriction in joints and/or diminished physical performance manifesting in reduced speed and poor coordination and balance. Major contributory factors to this are the growth and maturation of the body along with increased training requirements. Often the adolescent presents with specific injury to knees, ankles, shoulders or elbows in the form of osgoodschlatters, severs disease or tendinitis.

With a thorough assessment, a specific flexibility and stability regime can be put together to reduce pain and speed recovery and be used to prevent injury and/or improve performance. PLEASE NOTE ANY 16 YEAR OLD MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

Taping

We use both Kinesio ( coloured tape as seen on athletes and sportsmen) and zinc oxide taping techniques.

Kinesio Tape

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This tape can be used to: reduce swelling and improve circulation, improve muscle contraction or reduce muscle tension/spasm reduce the pain of inflamed ligament/tendons improve function by limiting or assisting joint motion.

Zinc oxide tape is used to support torn ligaments after an ankle sprain, for example, or to prevent further injury when the joint is potentially unstable. Zinc taping can also be used to stretch tight tissues and is very useful in reducing pain at the front of the knee caused by poor biomechanical alignment.