During a Sports Therapy & Sports Rehab appointment, the Clinician will perform a subjective and objective assessment, and possibly a short gait analysis.
During this time, the Clinician will determine what types of pain and discomforts you are experiencing, what factors make it worse, and the length of time you have had your pain. The Clinician will then look at your posture and biomechanics and perform some simple movements and tests, establishing where and when you are restricted and where and when you are in pain. During this time the therapist will be considering your bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and fascia.
Once a diagnosis has been made and your aims of treatment have been established, you will receive your treatment. It is very important at Injury Mechanics that we establish a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for our clients in order to bring about the best quality of treatment for you.
Treatments may include mobilisations of the peripheral and spinal joints, massage therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, acupuncture and taping. Injury Mechanics always ensures the client is happy and comfortable with their treatment at all times.
If necessary, clients may also receive a structured strength and conditioning programme to complement and effectively speed up their recovery.
A Sports Massage appointment is only advisable for those that have a general and recent feeling of fatigue such as tight calves or shoulders. We advise to focus on a specific region in a treatment session to allow a change in muscle tone to occur. It is not realistic to be able to work on the full body in such a short amount of time. We generally advise those with longer standing discomfort of longer than 4 weeks to book a Sports Therapy & Sports Rehab appointment.
This appointment will also involve Sports Massage treatment, but the Therapist will look at the causes of injury and pain and design an appropriate strengthening programme to ensure the discomfort does not return.
Techniques used during your Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy treatment may include:
Soft Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Muscle Energy Techniques
Tight, thick, lumpy and aching muscles can produce aching, fatigue and sometimes clients can report headaches and the feeling of nausea. This happens because the muscles are in a constant state of contracting, as they feel they must protect an area of weakness or injury.
This results in the aching and discomfort you feel, and the muscles actually become weaker. When muscles become weaker they lose the strength they need to effectively produce movements.
Soft & Deep Tissue Sports Massage
Following an injury, surgery or trauma the body produces a healing response that may include collagen alignment to effectively stitch the torn fibres back together. Without the manual assistance of soft tissue therapies the alignment may not be smooth, and result in excessive scar tissue and restriction of movement.
Myofascia is the layer of tissue between your muscles and skin. It is very thick, and has a massive tensile strength. It also links the whole body together from head to toes. The Myofascial system has several courses throughout the body. For example, it follows a spiral route from each shoulder around to the front of the abdomen. It also has another course that runs from the skull down the back of the legs to the toes. It is important that your therapist understands the complex anatomy of the fascia as it is more often than not overlooked by many, yet it is crucial to the force absorption of the body.
Muscle Energy & Stretching Massage
Muscle energy techniques and stretching may be used to lengthen shortened muscles and fascia to achieve a more elastic and plastic result. They can also be used to help stimulate the brain to remember and or send the required firing signals that can be inhibited following disuse.
The main effect of Acupuncture is pain relief. Other effects of the treatment include, increase in circulation, reduction of heat in an injured or inflamed area, stimulation of the healing process in tendinopathies, release of tight tissues (muscles, fascia) improvement in well-being and relaxation. Acupuncture is commonly used within a Sports Therapy treatment session, but can be booked separately to unblock a meridian or treat a specific musculoskeletal condition.
Acupuncture can be used to treat conditions such as:
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Achilles Tendonopathy (insertional and non-insertional)
Lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow and golf elbow)
The Western view of Acupuncture
The Western view in general terms is the stimulation of the skin or muscle with an acupuncture needle sends a message to the brain via the spinal cord. This then releases endorphins and enkephalins that will relieve the pain. It can stimulate the healing process in the body on a cellular level to assist in the treatment of such conditions as Achilles Tendinopathy and Tendinitis. Please note, during any treatment the therapist will always gain consent from the client before carrying out any acupuncture services to ensure you are happy and comfortable with the prospect of acupuncture.
The Oriental view of Acupuncture
The theory is that the body's own life energy known as its "chi" flows via 12 bilateral meridians that are all interconnected like an electrical circuit. Good health, is therefore an even flow of energy throughout this circuit, otherwise known as a meridian. Any blockages within this circuit will produce pain. More often than not, the site of pain is the site of the blockage. This site of pain will present as a musculoskeletal condition, such as sciatica. By applying acupuncture needles on specific points around the painful area and possibly on distal points (further along the meridian) we will release the blockage in the meridian and therefore eliminate pain. The oriental view of Acupuncture can also look at diseases and functions of the internal organs and their corresponding meridians. For example, skin conditions relate to the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians.
For more information regarding Acupuncture services in Bolton, or to book your acupuncture session, please contact us.