Injuries & Rehabilitation Treatments in St Helens
We offer a wide range of injury treatments and rehabilitation therapies at our Treatment and Therapy Centre in Haydock, St Helens.
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
Strapping & Taping
Strapping & supportive taping is commonly used by physiotherapists to:
- relieve your pain
- improve joint stability
- enhance athlete confidence
- prevent injury
- reduce injury recurrence
Rigid strapping tape commonly used in taping & strapping is often referred to as “sports tape” or “athletic tape” and is most often a rigid style of strapping tape. Elastic strapping tape can also be used when less rigidity or support is required.
Kinesiology tape is an improved version of elastic sports tape that acts to dynamically assist your muscle function.
Aims of Strapping Tape
Your physiotherapist will assess you and design your optimal taping to best meet your current needs, these can include:-
- stabilise or support injury
- pain relief via de-loading of the vulnerable or painful structures
- or to facilitate normal movement, muscles or postural patterns
Pre-Event Massage a short specific treatment given immediately before (30mins – 24 hours) a sports event.
The goal of the massage is to increase circulation, flexibilty, and mental clarity to improve your performance.
The amount and depth of treatment is key to pre-event massage. Deep tissue work is usually contraindicated during a pre-event massage as it may cause too much of an increase in flexibility and it may interfere with your muscle timing and strength.
Quick recovery is the primary purpose of post-event sports massage. Athletes push themselves harder during an event than they do while training.
A massage afterward is vital to assist a pain-free recovery. The aim is to relax your muscle tone, improve your recovery circulation, and restore your flexibility.
This allows for a quicker recovery and a prompt return to training without the usual stiffness and soreness.
Post-event massage can also be that first assessment for potential injuries and more serious medical conditions (heat exhaustion and hypothermia), which may be identified early and treated promptly.