Treatments

Sports Injury Advice

Advice will be given constantly on the injury that is first diagnosed, through the various stages of treatment, followed by the rehabilitation of that injury.  As each Sports Therapist is trained to the highest of standards, the advice they give will need to be adhered to, to see the best results from the treatment received.

 

Sports Massage

Manual therapy may be defined differently within a practitioners scope of practice. Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.

 

Ice Therapy

Combines two of the principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to reduce pain and swelling from a sports or activity injury to soft tissues and recommended by orthopaedic surgeons following surgery. The therapy is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.

 

Core Stability

Relates to the bodily region bounded by the abdominal wall, the pelvis, the lower back and the diaphragm and it's ability to stabilise the body during movement. The main muscles involved include the transverse abdominus, the internal and external oblique’s, the quadratus lumborum and the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the main muscle of breathing in the human and so breathing is important in providing the necessary core stability for moving and lifting. It is the action of these muscles contracting together upon the incompressible contents of the abdominal cavity that provides support to the spine and pelvis during movement.

 

Exercise Programmes

Programmes will be determined on either the injury or the fitness of the patient, they will then be set out accordingly to those set criteria.

 

Rehabilitation

There are various levels of rehabilitation, again each level is determined by the injury, the rehabilitation package that will be put together will see the patient back to full fitness as the end result.

 

Relaxation Massage

Varies slightly in degree to the Sports Massage.

 

Medical Acupuncture

Medical acupuncture (dry needling) involves inserting fine needles into the soft tissue causing a therapeutic effect. It is an adaptation of the Chinese method using modern up to date knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Medical acupuncture no longer uses the Yin and Yang but however aims to provide a homeostasis within the body. Medical acupuncture (dry needling) is a simple, safe and effective way of working with pain which can be provided by a trained therapist using this method, trigger point pain can often be dealt with quickly and effectively with little discomfort to the client. This is done by identifying the trigger point and knowing about their pain referral pattern in a specific muscle and how to treat them safely and effectively with dry needling. Lisa is registered with the local council to carry out acupuncture treatments.

 

Kinesio Taping (K TAPE.)

Lisa is a certified K Tape practitioner. The K Tape method is a rehabilitation taping technique that is designed to promote the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of movement as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered. K Tape is designed to target different receptors within the somato-sensory system, K Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected area. K Tape can be applied in many ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

 

Biomechanical Podiatry Assessment and Orthotics

Biomechanical assessments involves an examination of the lower limbs, looking at their structure, alignment, strengths and weaknesses. The foot is a complex structure made up of 28 bones, 214 ligaments and 38 muscles bearing our body weight every time we walk. The examination does not just focus on the foot but includes the pelvis, legs and knees assessing the relationship between them. It is important to assess all the lower limbs as they are closely connected and pain in one area can be due to a weakness or structural problem in another area. Biomechanical assessment is the starting point of understanding the cause. We use video gait analysis as part of the assessment so you will be asked to walk and run in order to record your gait and then it will be played back to you. After the analysis there will be a range of treatments depending on the results. For people who have good structural foot mechanics you will be advised on the best footwear to reduce the risk of problems. If your mechanics could be causing you pain, insoles will be prescribed.

 

Contact your North Wales sports therapist with your enquiries