If you’re being held back by pain or an injury, it can be a distressing experience, particularly if it’s been going on for some time, or it’s a problem you’ve had before.
You’re in good hands.
We’ve been working in elite sport for over twenty years, looking after Team GB Swimmers and Divers, as well as RFU and FA rugby players and footballers. We’ve looked after athletes at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic games, and whatever your health or fitness goals, we’re able to bring all those years of experience to your care.
We’ll make a thorough assessment of your problem, so we can put together a treatment plan that not only gets you out of pain, but also works to resolve the underlying issues that brought about your problem. We’re big believers in education, so by the end of your treatment you’ll be robust and strong, as well as having a much better understanding of how to stay well and away from injury.
If you’re going to be undergoing surgery, we can guide you from the very first stages of getting gently moving through to playing that first game of tennis. We like to make measurements of your progress in terms of joint mobility, muscle strength, as well as endurance and balance.
As part of your physiotherapy treatment, we may introduce one or more of the following treatments:
When we’re in pain, it can inhibit our movement.
During rehab, Winback TECAR therapy can help reduce pain and improve range of movement. It’s a form of gentle, high frequency current that travels into the muscles and joints, and it helps to boost the natural healing of tissues by changing the polarity of tissues. It feels pleasantly warming and helps to relax muscles, so it’s a really useful tool to help get you moving more quickly in your rehab process.
This is a kind of training that involves exercising restricting blood flow into a limb using an ‘occlusion’ cuff –hence its other name- ‘occlusion’ training. It’s a way of training muscle groups hard, without needing to mechanically load them as heavily, which can be really useful for e.g. post-op rehab or improving muscle strengh around a sore joint.
It works by reducing the venous blood out of the limb, whilst still allowing arterial blood flow into the limb. This places some metabolic stress on the tissues, which brings about a physiological adaptation. In other words, it enables you to become stronger, whilst training with lower loads.
This is what it sounds like – using low level electrical stimulation to stimulate muscles into action. Small electrodes places on the skin deliver electrical impulses to the motor nerves of the muscles, causing rapid muscle contraction. It’s painless, albeit a little bit tingly. It’s a great too for reducing muscle atrophy around a painful joint, or if you’ve just had surgery. It can also help with improving explosive power and improving recovery after a heavy training session.
Sometimes we need to make a detailed assessment of how well someone is able to carry out a complex movement. For instance, we may want to see how force is delivered through the legs and feet during running, or how well a movement is coordinated during a tennis serve. We’re able to track such movements, real-time, using small wearable motion sensors, and this can give us valuable data as you go about a sporting activity. It can also help to give feedback to you as you’re performing an exercise, which will enable you to correct and perfect the movement.
Why you should choose us for your physiotherapy
All too often we hear of patients whose physio has ended once their pain has settled, and there hasn’t been a proper restoration of function and the skills needed to return to sport effectively. It’s no surprise that some patients then break down again, or don’t quite make it back to playing.
We’ll take you through the entire process, from start to finish, so you can have confidence in your body’s capabilities, whatever it is you want to get back doing.
We work as part of a mutltidisciplinary team, and that means we build a team around you that may comprise your physio, a strength and conditioning coach, a massage therapist, as well as a sports doctor, surgeon, nutritionist and psychologist. Great communication (we use Microsoft Teams) means that everyone is kept up to date and keeping you on target.
We’ve years of experience, and even if you’ve tried physio before, we’ll help you get back to doing what’s important to you.