As Physiotherapists we use tape in a number of ways to help with treatment. The effect for the patient is often a significant reduction in pain and as a result it is now widely used as part of the treatment programme. There are two different types of taping commonly used;
1. Kinesiology taping
It is very much a popular treatment and this brightly coloured tape is widely seen at all major sporting events. It is a dynamic taping that is designed to support and offload the following structures:
- Connective tissue
2. Inelastic taping
This offers a much firmer support if certain structures require need a lot of support and is commonly used for certain knee and foot problems.
All our physios here at The Physio Clinic are trained to use taping and will be happy to teach you how to tape yourself. Tape is available to purchase in our clinic.
- Pain Relief
Physiotherapists are specialists in pain relief. Here at the Physiotherapy Clinic we offer a range of treatments geared towards effective pain relief. We pride ourselves at using current research proven techniques and all our Physios regularly attend courses to keep up to date with the latest research and industry advancements.
The treatment approach may depend on the nature of your pain and how long you have had it for. Current research supports the use of acupuncture and electro acupuncture for both acute and chronic pain relief.
This works by creating a reaction to the needle and current passed through it. The body releases endorphins (a natural painkiller) in response to the stimulus.
Our physiotherapists may also use electrotherapy i.e. ultrasound and interferential and can also guide you on the correct use of a TENS machine which can help to provide relief at home.
We are also very keen on a “hands on” approach which includes joint loosening and various forms of soft tissue massage and release.
Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) is a widely recognised problem amongst children and adults. Whilst some don’t have any symptoms many are at risk of injuries such as dislocations and soft tissue injuries.
Joint Hypermobility Syndrome is caused by changes in collagen which is a type of protein found in skin and ligaments, it can affect up to 3 in 10 people; females more likely to be affected than males. It is common in children however most stiffen up by puberty but for others JHS can continue into adult life.
- Unusually large amount of joint movement
- Long term painful joints
- Repetitive dislocation or subluxation (partial dislocation)
Diagnosis is made through a series of tests looking at various markers such as joint movements and skin elasticity; following a combination of Brighton and Beighton measurements. For more information please go to www.hypermobilty.org
JHS needs to be managed over the long term with treatment of the short-term injuries. Physiotherapy is the best approach. A chartered physiotherapist can teach exercise, coping and pacing mechanisms, provide pain relief with modalities such as acupuncture, soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations
It is vital that the individual learns to self-mange JHS to ensure a better and more comfortable quality of life.
- Post Surgery Rehab
We are very lucky to have on site, at the Gosling Sports Centre, access to a spa pool which is ideal for exercising all conditions in the early stages of rehab, once the stitches have been removed.
We also work very closely with some of the top surgeons in the London area, who utilize the most progressive techniques and trust us to deliver a five star treatment approach aiding the recovery of their patients. You can be assured that you will get a rehabilitation approach that will fill you with confidence and set you on the road to recovery.
- Sports Injuries
Our team have the experience to diagnose, treat and most importantly, to get you back to fitness!
Whether an acute onset from an isolated movement that causes mechanical breakdown or a worrying niggle that develops during your training schedule, an injury will take you away from your sport for an unspecified time.
Most injured athletes grossly underestimate the time an injury takes to heal. Even when injured tissue is technically healed, it may not be ready to withstand normal or competitive sports activity.
A physiotherapist can perform tests, measuring strength, stability, balance, neuromuscular control and function, which can help with decision making on when to return to your sport.
Every athlete should progress through a rehabilitation programme incorporating sport specific drills before recommencing normal training sessions.
Furthermore, once back in training, a maintenance programme ensures a return to full pre-injury condition so that reoccurrences can be avoided.