Sports massage is for anybody who wishes to have one and is certainly not just for competitive athletes! Many people love the deep soft tissue work that sports massage provides as they can really feel ‘those knots being ironed out’. Muscular stiffness, aches and tension affect us all, whether we are competitive or recreational
athletes, busy mums, DIY fanatics, office workers or keen gardeners.
Deep tissue massage targets specific areas to help release tension, recover sore muscles and reduce the chance of injury. It can be used as a warm up before a big event (or after as recovery) or just to keep
the body at its peak.
It can be a regular treatment to maintain/ restore balance to the musculo - skeletal system or to aid in the recovery following an injury. Multiple benefits include pain relief, reduced risk of injury, promote healing, increased range of movement, reduced muscular spasm and improved posture.
It is also great for stress relief, stress is a major factor in many peoples lives these days, and it is amazing what deep tissue massage can do! It is also particularly useful for those who spend countless hours sitting
behind their computer.
INJURY DIAGNOSIS & REHABILITATION
An injury diagnosis can be made based on full injury and medical history combined with a thorough clinical hands on examination. Manual muscle testing, ligament stress tests and ‘special testing’ are used to help pinpoint the damaged structure.
Following the injury diagnosis an action plan can be constructed and rehabilitation can start. This may involve specific stretching, correctional exercises or an adaptation to your training program or daily activity.
At West Wales Sports Injuries we believe that understanding a condition is key to recovery, from understanding how treatment will aid recovery to understanding how to avoid re-injury going forward. It is crucial that people with long term or chronic conditions are well educated, this will lead to better management of symptoms, avoiding aggravating factors and dealing with acute flair ups.
A good understanding of a condition leaves patients with a positive and confident outlook on their path to recovery. Patients will be well equipped to limiting risk factors whilst maximising the benefits of the treatment they receive. On a practical level be able to plan for the future and limit the effect the rehabilitation
process has on your lifestyle.
What is trigger point Dry Needling?
It is a fast and effective technique used for pain relief, targeting specific muscles with fine needles. Used to treat muscular tension and spasm that commonly accompanies acute injuries or work related conditions.
it is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.
It is NOT acupuncture! Trigger Point Dry Needling is based on Western medical research and principles, whereas acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The main similarity is that the same sterile, disposable solid filament needles are used.
Trigger Point Dry Needling can assist with:
• Neck/Back Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Tennis/Golfers Elbow
• Hip and Gluteal Pain
• Knee Pain
• Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
• Chronic Pain
• Improved Athletic Performance
Kinesio tape involves no surgery or medicines, so it as almost no side effects and can be used on everyone, including pregnant women, children, and the elderly!
The unique design of this tape, when correctly applied, results in skin lifting, increased circulation of blood, improved metabolism and PAIN RELIEF. In addition, Kinesio tape can increase range of motion, helps improve proprioception, and normalises alignment for improving performance.
It supports and stretches soft tissue to help speed the healing process, prevent injury and increase performance during exercise!
• Reduce pain and sensation disturbance.
• Prevent injury/help with injury rehabilitation.
• Normalize abnormal muscle tone.
• Reduce muscle stiffness.
• Improve range of motion.
• Muscle and proprioception re-education.
• Reduce swelling and inflammation.
Spinal and Joint mobilization is a technique used to restore the small, involuntary movements that assist joints to perform to their optimum movements. It is used where pain and joint tightness limit motion and also used to relieve back pain and re-establish accessory motion in the vertebral segments.
Joint mobilization involves performing a back and forth passive movement to create oscillation of the skeletal joint in order to increase range of movement or to decrease pain. This is done using a thorough knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics.
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to reduce pain and increase range of motion.
Many people seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury, trauma or surgical procedure which causes Myofacial restrictions.
Symptoms can include tightness of the tissues that restricts movement or pulls the body out of alignment, causing overuse of one joint.