SPORTS INJURY REHABILITATION
Sports injuries can occur suddenly or over a period of a few days or weeks in response to an area being abnormally loaded or loaded too much due to a spike in training. Our approach is aimed at providing the optimum environment for the tissue to heal. In-depth movement analysis skills can look at how you move and identify areas that are tight, stiff or weak. We can provide hands on treatment to get stiff/tight areas moving, and rehabilitation appropriate for the stage of healing.
Individualised rehabilitation programs are provided, tailored to the individuals needs. Our goal is to return patients to full fitness as quickly as possible. This includes strategies to reduced pain, increase self-confidence in your ability to manage your condition, improve function and enhance performance. It may involve home exercises, hydrotherapy and gym based rehabilitation as appropriate. We have access to state of the art gyms at all our premises which we can use to demonstrate appropriate exercises and provide supervised rehabilitation sessions as required for each individual.
Regular re-assessment occurs during the rehabilitation process to ensure mobility, strength, power and stability are improving and that rehab is aligned with individual goals. Through this process we can normalise mechanics to ensure your body is able to cope with the training loads it is being exposed too. We can work closely with you to ensure you are gradually increasing training loads in line with the tissues capacity to cope with load as it recovers from any injury or overload.
We have a wealth of experience across our team in both conservative management (non-surgical route) and post-surgical rehabilitation and have lots of different rehabilitation options available to us. We can provide you with exercises to do at home or work with you in the gym at all of our locations to create a programme for you to work on in your gym. Whether your goals are return to walking or running a marathon, we can work with you to create an individualised programme to ensure we are working towards your goals. If there are any tight areas that are blocking strength gains we can provide a hand-on approach to release tight areas and give you flexibility and mobility work to do at home to maintain free movement.
BACK AND NECK PAIN
Back and neck pain encompasses a wide-range of problems from traumatic injuries like whiplash to more long-standing problems like Sciatica or occupational-related problems.
In acute stages, we like to provide a hands-on approach. We will utilise manual therapy (soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations) and simple exercises to reduce pain and increase function. We will also offer advice on how to best manage your specific set of symptoms throughout the day and night when you may be struggling the most. When we have settled the acute symptoms we can begin rehabilitation in order to further improve pain and function while working on any underlying issues that have caused the initial problem. This may include a stretching and strengthening programme, postural exercises, and ergonomic advice. We pride ourselves on empowering our client’s with the skills and knowledge to best manage their ongoing symptoms and how to prevent them from reoccurring in the future.
Acupuncture is a technique of Chinese origin where very fine needles are inserted into the skin to try to relax muscles and promote healing. It is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, but has been thoroughly researched in recent years to become a scientifically proven therapy for use in mainstream medicine. It works by stimulating energy pathways (meridians) to regulate the flow of energy through the body restoring equilibrium, targeting any blockages. This practice is used to treat pain and optimise healing by increasing blood flow to the injured area.
MANUAL THERAPY, MASSAGE, STRAPPING
At Angus Physiotherapy we use hands on techniques such as massage, joint mobilisations and taping to try and enhance healing. Massage can help to relax areas of tightness and improve the flow of blood/fluids through the muscle. Mobilisations may be applied to reduce stiffness and encourage normal movement of the joints of both the spine and the limbs. The application of either flexible or rigid tape can be used either short or long term to support injured body parts, helping to control loading of these areas to facilitate healing and return to normal activities.
Physio-led Pilates classes involve a variety of exercises focused on strengthening the core muscles. These are a fantastic long term management option for those with chronic health conditions such as low back pain or those just looking for a low impact exercise class. Small class numbers (maximum of 8 participants per class) allow us to closely monitor technique and individualise exercises as required for each participant. Find out more info and class timetable.
Paediatric musculoskeletal problems are pain or damage to children’s bones, joints and muscles. Musculoskeletal problems are more common in children than people think. They can often have a big effect on children as their bodies are still growing and developing. These problems can also be very restrictive as children are generally very active.
Musculoskeletal problems can be caused in several different ways. Some children may have a congenital problem which means they are born with a condition. Another factor is often the growth and development of the child which can cause pain as the body changes shape. It is also common for a child to simply injure themselves through activity.
At Angus Physiotherapy, we realise a painful condition is often concerning to both children and parents so we provide a detailed and caring assessment and diagnosis. Due to the varying nature of musculoskeletal problems there are many different treatment techniques – we’ll guide your child though individualised, age-appropriate rehabilitation at a pace that’s right for them.
Our physiotherapists work with recreational and elite junior athletes from a number of clubs and schools. Our specialist knowledge of physical growth and development alongside that of sports biomechanics puts us in an ideal position to provide rehabilitation to young sports people. We aim to help your child recover and return to their normal level of function and activity as quickly as safely possible.
If we feel your child has a problem that physiotherapy cannot treat, or if the physiotherapist feels the child would benefit from other treatment we can refer you on to other specialities and guide you on the best course of action to take.
Paediatric physiotherapy treatment can be carried out either at one of our clinics or in the child’s home or school depending on the child’s needs.
Also, look out for tasters of our kids and teens Pilates classes on our you tube channel and please get in touch if interested.
Our physiotherapists provide hands on, out-patient neuro rehabilitation. We pride ourselves on providing client-centred rehabilitation. This involves individualised assessment and treatments allowing a very personalised rehabilitation or maintenance programme to be developed. Whether your goal is to try to maintain your current level or make progress,; to be able to turn in bed, stand from a chair, walk to the bathroom or outdoors or to return to your favourite sports and activities; we will work with you to try to achieve these goals.
We offer treatment within our well equipped clinics at David Lloyd Leisure and Strathmore Rugby Club, both of which have full wheelchair access. We can utilise the gym space at both of these locations to facilitate rehabilitation.
We can also provide neuro rehabilitation sessions for those who are able to walk( with or without aids) at the BMS hub in Monikie or can provide home visits if this is preferred.
Conditions we can treat:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinsons disease
- Head injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Other neurological conditions
Sports First Aid
With training in advanced pre-hospital care and sports first aid, we can provide elite first aid cover for sporting fixtures and events. This can include pre-match strapping, first-aid provision and aftercare advice/onwards referral as appropriate.
Remedial Massage combines a range of massage techniques to manipulate the soft tissue of the body combined with gentle movements for a specific therapeutic effect, rather than for a general therapeutic effect. The therapist may use a range of styles, individually tailored to target a specific problem that you have. This type of massage is applicable for anybody who is feeling like a specific area of the body requires assessment and treatment which is not necessarily related to a sporting complaint. This could be anything from postural issues to overuse problems.
At Angus Physiotherapy all of our massage therapists are trained to assess and treat common injuries safely and effectively. If there is an issue they feel cannot be addressed by massage, they will refer you in to our physio team for a full physiotherapy assessment.
Sports Massage is a fantastic treatment that everyone can benefit from – it’s not just for elite sports people! Our massage therapists use a a variety of deep, slower strokes combined with individual stretching techniques to relax tight muscles, reduce imbalances, improve flexibility, reduce aches and pains, improve blood flow and more! Sessions are highly individualised and tailored to your body’s requirements. This can help reduce your injury risk, restore normal postures, maintain optimal biomechanics, improve performance and enhance recovery.
As the name suggests, the service is geared towards sports people but is beneficial for everyone. Our clients range from 16 to 65+ and from sedentary individuals to international athletes. Do not think that you are not fit or sporty enough for a sports massage. Each session is highly individualised in location, pressure and intensity and the benefits can be enjoyed just as much by non-sporty clients as athletes.
RUNNING GAIT ANALYSIS
Running gait analysis involves a treadmill based assessment of running technique. The aim is to identify any areas of concern related to injury, recurring niggles or performance enhancement. This is followed up with some specific tests targeted at any issues identified. An individualised rehab program is provided to address any areas of tightness, weakness or poor technique.
Sport specific profiles are used to analyse the specific movement and patterns and relate these to both injury history and performance in many different sports. We will look at flexibility and strength of various body parts relevant to your sport as well as the way your body moves. We then use these findings to provide customised programmes focussed on making physical improvements to reduce injury risk and improve performance.
Pilates is a low impact form of exercise designed to strengthen the deep abdominals and gluteal muscles, which all help to support the lower back and hips. By strengthening the core you provide your body with a strong stable base from which to move. We also work on muscles further up the spine and around the shoulder blades to support good posture throughout the body.
As Chartered physiotherapists, our expert knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and the role of exercise therapy means we are perfectly placed to teach Pilates classes. Pilates specific training with the APPI allow us to modify exercises to suit the individual client within a class, ensuring that every client is working at a level appropriate to them. Our team of instructors will make sure you are challenged, but will also ensure precision and control of the exercises so that you gain maximum benefit from them.
To familiarise you with the 5 basic principles of Pilates and get a clear medical history we complete a 1:1 induction with everyone coming into our classes. This also allows us to get an idea of the right level for you to be working at in class and to answer any of your questions beforehand.
Struggle to motivate yourself to do your own stretch routine? Feeling stiff and tight from different work postures or your return to the gym? Then this is the class for you. Our flexibility class involves approx 30 minutes of gentle full body stretching, mobility and muscle release work led by one of our physio team. It is a low intensity class suitable for anyone who can get on and off the floor. Recordings are available if you can’t make the class times but still want to join us.
Schedule (online): Tuesday 9am, Wednesday 12noon, Thursday 9am.
This class is suitable for all and designed to provide a gentle strengthening session to those who may not manage something more vigorous. Worryingly 34% of adults aged over 55 don’t meet the UK strengthening guidelines. The benefits of increased strength include reducing risk of falls, reduction of joint stiffness and pain, improving and maintaining bone density, improving physical and psychological health.
The class is targeted towards those who struggle with mobility, are low on energy or are looking for some low impact exercise to kick start a routine – remember any strengthening activity is better than none!!
Schedule (online): Wednesday at 10:00am
Fit For Running
Our Fit For Running classes are a 30 minute class specifically targeted at runners. Regular strengthening exercises can improve running endurance, speed and efficiency. As well as improving performance, increasing strength can also reduce the likelihood of picking up a running related injury.
Classes involve progressive body weight strengthening and flexibility exercises with a focus on the functional movements required for running. Plyometrics are gradually introduced in later weeks. The classes run in 8 week blocks with gradual progression over the course of the eight weeks. Resistance bands are provided for use within the class – no other equipment is required.
Schedule (online) Tuesday 5.30pm. New block start dates available on our Facebook and Instagram.
Recordings are available for those who wish to attend but cannot make this time.
A supervised gym-based rehabilitation class involving a combination of low-level weights, Pilates and flexibility exercises. The class is suitable for those who suffer from chronic or recurring back pain. Extensive research shows that regular exercise is an extremely effective way to manage and improve chronic back pain symptoms so we aim to facilitate your self management with supervised, individualised exercise sessions.
You will be fully assessed and provided with a tailored exercise program prior to inclusion in the class. A chartered physiotherapist supervises throughout to guide you through your rehabilitation and gradually progress exercises as appropriate on an individual basis.
Schedule: Tuesday 1pm at Strathmore Rugby Club, Forfar
Guided Foam Rolling Class
Our guided foam rolling session is the perfect addition to any home workout program. If you’ve been sitting at work all day, the stretch and release you get from some foam rolling will feel amazing. If you’ve been out exercising, foam rolling is a super option to loosen off tight muscles and restore muscle length.
And let’s be honest, a 30 minute session guided our physiotherapy team is far more likely to encourage you to do it all and do it properly!!
Please note: you will need a roller for these sessions but we have some of these available to purchase if you don’t have your own!
These classes don’t run on a regular schedule but can be provided on demand – dates will be made available via Facebook and Instagram
We can also provide one off or regular sessions to clubs/workplaces to educate members on appropriate foam roller use and techniques
Current online class schedule:
10.45 Advanced Pilates
9.45 Beginners Pilates
5.30 Fit for running
10am Seated exercise
Recordings are available for all classes for those who cannot attend live!
WHAT WE DO
At Angus Physiotherapy, we provide elite assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for many different conditions.
We offer clients all the attention and care they deserve in order to get them feeling healthy again.
We operate 7 days a week across 4 handy locations across Angus. For details of locations, times and classes click here.