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.
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.
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
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.