Services

Injury Consultation

Sustaining an injury can have a detrimental impact on not only sporting activity, but also when left untreated may impact daily life. Acute injuries typically occur due to direct trauma and are often easy to identify (Redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function), whereas chronic injuries can often be difficult to pinpoint, for example, Soft tissue injury can lead to pain and dysfunction in the remaining tissues if not rehabilitated correctly. The musculoskeletal system consists of the soft tissue system (muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia), neural system (nerves and central nervous system) and the articular system (joints). This works as an amalgamated functional unit, where all components work interdependently.

When one of the systems fails to work then the other systems must compensate. This may lead to overload of the tissues, fatigue and development of faulty movement patterns. Determining the exact nature of the pain involves a systematic examination of the various structures taking into account not only the painful region but also the surrounding areas, as pain felt in one place may be referring from another location. Once the cause of the injury has been determined a plan of treatment and rehabilitation can be implemented thus enabling prompt return to sport and or activities of daily living.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has been used in not only the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries but also in the preparation on recovery from sport and competition. there is little scientific evidence regarding the effects of massage therapy, largely due to testing being to invasive. Despite this lack of evidence, massage therapy continues to be one of the most widely used modalities in therapeutic practice. Massage therapy has many claimed benefits, which include facilitating the healing process by increasing the flow of oxygenated blood into the area thus removing debris, reduction of swelling via lymphatic drainage, increases muscle tone and elasticity, it has also been found that massage releases the body’s own pain releasing properties. With the many benefits of massage comes with it some contraindications, please check with your therapist before embarking on a course of massage therapy.

Mobilisation

Joint mobilisation is a form of treatment that comes under the term manual therapy, mobilisation is a passive technique which is provided to various joints of the body. the mobilisations are performed in an oscillatory movement, which is performed within the patients control. There are many proposed benefits of mobilisation therapy, which include increasing the joints range of motion. mobilisations are performed by the therapist within the joints physiological (where the movement can be performed actively by the patient) or accessory (these movements cannot be performed independently by the patient however these movements are needed for full unrestricted range of motion) movements. Mobilisations are performed in grades, therefore depending what stage the injury is at or what it is you are wanting to achieve (i.e. reduction of pain would be a grade I/II for stiff painless joints grade III/IV would be more appropriate).

Physical Therapy

Following injury to tissues they will sustain significant tissue damage, not only to the injured site, but due to inactivity the surrounding tissues will also suffer. when determining the best way to rehabilitate the injured area, close attention should be paid to not only the surrounding tissues but also the surrounding joints. Each component of fitness, including range of motion, flexibility, gait, strength, proprioception, cardiovascular fitness to name but a few, should be reintroduced in a systematic manor to ensure that re-injury does not occur and that the return to activity is as efficient as possible.

Postural Assessment

On a daily basis whether its at work, out shopping, participating in sport, or just sitting around the house individuals rarely execute perfect posture, even the slightest deviations can have a deliberating effect on not only sporting performance but also day to day life. Postural analysis is an important component in a musculoskeletal assessment, this will enable the therapist to determine whether the injury/pain or dysfunction has come from a postural deficiency.

Online Coaching

A relatively new service to Sports Injury Scotland, the online coaching service is a personalised programme to enable individuals to achieve the most from their training and competitions, while minimising the planning and management of the program detail. the Sports Injury Scotland coaching programme is an individualised service, taking into consideration the individuals life/work commitments as well as correctly periodising an often tricky race schedule. All components of training will be covered, ensuring the risk of overtraining, weaknesses and imbalances are minimised. For more information regarding our coaching service please click here.

Nutritional Advice

No matter whether you are an elite athlete of just a budding enthusiast, you should always follow a balanced diet, there are various myths surrounding the best ways to lose weight via dieting however they strongly depend on the individual. therefore it is imperative that the individual have a nutritional profile created to determine the most appropriate eating plan for the individual.