Assessment begins with our first conversation with the client, where we gather as much information as possible about their physical health.
We find out about their wellbeing, nutrition and hydration, existing medical conditions and their daily routine. The body is complex so the more information we can gather, the more clues we have to figure out what is causing the discomfort. At this stage, I always ask my clients to rate their discomfort out of 10, then, each week I will ask them to give me their new score so we can get a quantifiable result.
We then begin our physical assessment which begins the second you step into our sports therapy treatment room. The way you walk, stand, remove your coat and sit can all indicate the areas that aren’t quite functioning correctly.
Following this, we will carry out joint and muscle testing, movement tests and proprioception tests. At this stage, we will have gathered enough information to discuss our findings and develop your treatment plan.
Step 2. Soft Tissue Treatment
This is the hands-on part of the appointment, your therapist will begin to treat all types of soft tissue in the areas suspected to be causing the issue including muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. They will use techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy, soft tissue release and myofascial release to correct any dysfunction they found during the assessment.
Throughout the treatment your therapist will ask for your feedback and will assess what they are finding – which muscles are tight or congested, are there any imbalances etc.
Everyone reacts to treatment differently, some experience cold and flu symptoms for a few days, others jump off the couch feeling a million dollars. Both are normal and your therapist will discuss aftercare protocol that you need to adhere to. It is important to recognise that the rate of recovery is related to the length of time you have been experiencing your symptoms- you will see an improvement quite quickly but the journey to becoming symptom free varies from person to person.
Depending on the stage of the injury or dysfunction, be it chronic or acute, you will be prescribed some simple corrective exercises to complete between your sessions. These will rapidly improve your condition and are designed to support the work the therapist does in session, correct compensatory movement patterns and improve strength and stability.
You may also be recommended to start one of our tailored rehabilitation programmes. This gives you access to our strength and conditioning suite, a personalised rehabilitation program, coaching from sports and exercise scientists and the lead sports therapist and nutritional guidance.
If you have any questions about our sports therapy and rehabilitation services or you would like to make an appointment , please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, via our Facebook page or contact page here on the website.