- Sports Massage
We insist on the best care for our patients which is why Will Moyes is the go-to guy at the Physiotherapy Clinic Gosling, when it comes to remedial and Sports massage at the clinic.
Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage aimed at relieving tired and sore muscles. The therapist works to a greater depth than ordinary Swedish massage, using specialised techniques to penetrate tissues and relieve tension, stress and fatigue, resulting in a profound feeling of relief and relaxation.
While occasional and brief discomfort may be experienced as deeper muscles are treated, sports massage is rarely painful and cannot damage tissue. In fact, deep massage can have dramatic effects in reducing chronic muscle pain and stiffness, thereby improving mobility and flexibility.
Professional athletes have long recognised the benefits of deep tissue massage to treat soft tissue or muscle injuries; using it both to prepare for and recover from competitions.
Sports massage is not just for those who engage in regular sport, it is also an excellent way to deal with the soft tissue problems caused by our modern lifestyles.
Longer hours sitting at a desk, lack of physical activity, or in some cases too much activity all take their toll on your muscles!
While half the population are sedentary the other half take part in recreational sport to a level that would have been considered professional 20 years ago!
As we age our muscles stiffen and become less flexible. Keeping active helps to maintain flexibility, but deep tissue massage can also go a long way in helping mobility, working out the knots and scar tissue accumulated over the years, improving the flow of blood and oxygen and stimulating the nervous system.
Whether under-active, over-active, young or old, keeping muscles and soft tissue healthy and flexible is incredibly important and can lead to a greater quality of life. Being able to use muscles pain-free is as rewarding as winning Olympic medals.
If you have a question concerning wellness maintenance or sports massage, please call Will Moyes here at The Physiotherapy Clinic on 01707 329910.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
If you are experiencing severe dizziness and the only way to find some relief is by laying down then you may be experiencing BPPV, which stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. It is the most common form of dizziness and balance disorder where disturbances within the inner ear can lead to episodes of intense dizziness on certain head movements.
It is very treatable and our specialist physiotherapist Kerris Clarke is on hand to help you.
Sometimes fragments circulating within the fluid of the inner ear cause the dizziness. By using specialist gentle techniques to move the head and reposition these fragments, you can achieve immediate relief.
You will also be assessed and given a personalised exercise programme to rehabilitate the central nervous system which can be trained to compensate for problems in the inner ear. These exercises may include:
- Eye and head movement exercises
- Exercises to improve standing balance and walking
- Advice on falls reduction/prevention
Acupuncture is offered to patients both by the Physiotherapy Team and by our Specialist Chinese Acupuncturist, Bea Masters. Bea offers treatment for pain, anxiety and women’s health issues including menopause, pregnancy and infertility and many other problems.
Our Physiotherapists use Acupuncture with a more western approach to compliment other forms of treatment. Research strongly supports the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief and where patients are compliant it can form an integral part of their treatment portfolio, for a whole spectrum of conditions from sports injuries to arthritis.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is a holistic therapy that works to balance mind, body and spirit. It has been used to stimulate the body’s own healing response for over 2000 years and nowadays more and more people are finding this long-established therapy can be a valuable aid to improving their health.
Acupuncture can also provide relief from longstanding pain, when all else has failed. Our physiotherapist will assess and treat you for this.
At the Physiotherapy Clinic we frequently assess and treat conditions which are caused by muscle imbalance, movement dysfunction and a lack of core muscle control. Symptoms of these conditions tend to include generalised aches and pains, repetitive injury with no clear cause, and longstanding painful backs and necks.
When we assess conditions related to stability, we find a mixture of problems including tight muscles, weakness, poor balance, inability to hold or control a posture and poor patterns of movement. We often find patients are unable to breathe effectively without altering their trunk position.
At the Physiotherapy Clinic we use exercise and manual techniques to correct these problems, and often incorporate Pilates in our treatments as it can help to break abnormal patterns of movement.
Pilates is a specific exercise program which aims to correct movement patterns and improve core stability. Usually patients start off fully supported, lying on the floor/plinth. Patients learn to move their arms and legs while controlling their trunk, once these easier movements have been mastered the support is progressively removed and the exercises become more difficult.
We offer Pilates on a 1 to 1 basis as part of your Physiotherapy treatment, once an initial assessment has been carried out and your Physiotherapy needs determined.
Occasionally patients progress to Pilates-only sessions on a 1 to 1 basis with our qualified Pilates instructor Diana Whiteley, or your Physiotherapist may refer you to a Pilates class in the local area.
- Running Assessments
This hour and a half package offers both a specialist assessment plus a strength and conditioning programme for runners. Using specific tests and video analysis, it aims to gain an understanding of the root cause of injury and provide you with a long-term solution.
Our physiotherapist Beverley Brocklehurst, who is an experienced club runner, runs the assessment clinic and will be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the session.
Package includes an initial 60-minute screening with a 30-minute follow up session for £100.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EST) is clinically proven to treat patients who are suffering with a range of soft tissue conditions. This highly effective therapy accelerates healing by placing a hand-held device over the injury, the device then delivers radial shockwaves which will initiate an inflammation like response to the injured tissue, regenerating blood vessels and speeding up the healing process whilst relieving pain.
We recommend 3 sessions, spaced 7-10 days apart. Patients can expect to feel a 30% improvement after the first session but full recovery can take up to 3 months.
As with all our treatments we advise that you speak to a member of our physio team to discuss if this treatment is suitable for your injuries.
- Neurological Physiotherapy & Functional Rehabilitation
Neurological Physiotherapy and Functional Rehabilitation allows you to:
- Maximise your independence,
- Increase your functional ability and mobility,
- Learn to self manage,
- Improve your quality of life.
Through guided treatment and clear, agreed management plans you can achieve your potential.
Where necessary, advice is available for equipment and aids that can improve your independence and safety.
Detailed knowledge of all local, Herts-wide and national resources is available to support your self-management, including how to access Adult Health and Community Services, benefits and Carer’s support.
You can attend The Physiotherapy Clinic for treatment or be seen at home.
- Balance re-training,
- Movement facilitation,
- Mobility & transfer activities,
- Functional re-education,
- Practical & equipment advice.
- Parkinson’s Disease,
- Multiple Sclerosis,
- Motor Neurone Disease,
- Guillain Barre Syndrome,
- Spinal cord injury,
- Acquired brain or head injury,
- Brain tumour,
- Motor weakness,
- Sensory loss,
- Balance disorders
- Neuropathy and other neurological symptoms.