First and foremost, Sports Therapy is not just for elite athletes, it is for anyone.
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries. Our primary aim is about helping people to relieve pain and return to their optimum levels of functional, occupational and/or sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability - in the fastest possible recovery time. This will mean different things to each of us – be it preparing for a marathon or triathlon, training hard in the gym or simply allowing us to work or carry out daily tasks pain free.
Some of the conditions we treat:
- Back Pain (chronic, muscular, disc, spondylosis)
- Neck Pain (chronic, whiplash, posture)
- Muscle/ligament and tendon strains ( Achilles tendinopathy, heel pain, shin splints, rotator cuff, tennis elbow, etc)
- Acute muscular injuries/tears
- Chronic overuse injuries – bio-mechanical problems
- Joint Pain
- Sport related injuries
- Post surgery/ fractures
- Headaches/ Migraines
- Pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy
Many of our patients experience pain that is not sport related, and have pain as a result of work, hobbies, gardening, DIY, or lifestyle choices. Irrespective of whether your injury is sport or work-related, you will be made welcome. At NJD we are experienced in treating a wide range of conditions, and age groups. We use current evidence based research, and personalised treatment programs - and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
Whether your pain is old or new, finding the root of the problem is the key. Your initial assessment will include a thorough history and assessment of your complaint to identify the parts of the body that are compensating or contributing to your injury. We rarely find the area of pain that is causing the problem. It is likely the affected area is painful because other areas are not working optimally around it. We don’t just look at the problem area – we look beyond it, and how the body functions as as a whole.
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation
- Manual therapy
- Soft tissue and myofascial release
- Sports massage
- Gym based rehabilitation
- Sports Specific rehabilitation
- Clinical Pilates
- Cranio-sacral therapy
- Sports taping
- Functional movement retraining
- Foot biomechanics & Orthotics
We even have our own you tube channel full of exercises that will be used as a reference in you rehabilitation program. I t also gives you freedom to explore and find new stretches you help you maintain your body after injury.
Exercise classes are offered at NJD along side manual therapy as a ongoing more affordable rehabilitation and prevention method for long standing injuries in accordance to the latest NICE guidelines. Research found physical and rehabilitation interventions for patients with chronic non-specific low back and neck pain of more than 12 weeks duration comparing with usual care and advice to stay active showed a significant decrease in pain intensity and disability in favor of the exercise therapy. Read more here
“Back pain is a common disorder, affecting around one-third of the UK adult population each year. Around 20% of people with low back pain will consult their GP about it.” (NICE, 2012 Guidelines)
What to expect
The initial consultation will normally require up to 60 minutes depending on the complexity of your problem. The therapist will conduct a thorough initial clinical examination and assessment to identify the source of your symptoms and uncover any underlying causes. The findings will be discussed with you along with the appropriate treatment and any subsequent rehab plan.
If we feel that a GP or a specialist referral and further investigations (e.g. X-ray or MRI scan) are required, the most appropriate method of referral will be discussed and put into action. If you have recent X-ray, scans or consultants reports, please bring those with you to your first session.
We feel patient education is just as effective as the treatment we apply. It is important for you to have a full understanding of your problem so that an agreed plan of action can be implemented. You will often be given rehabilitation or self treatment guidelines to follow at home. The more you comply with these guidelines, the more effective your overall recovery and risk of re-injury will be.
Follow-up consultations/treatments are either up to 30 or 60 minutes depending on the treatment required. During these sessions your symptoms will be reviewed and treatment conducted on a session-by-session basis.
You maybe required to remove items of clothing during the session. It is advisable to bring a pair of shorts if the problem is related to your leg or lower back. For ladies we recommend you wear a vest top or back fastening bras.