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What is Podiatry?
- General foot & lower limb pain advice & treatment including orthotic insoles
Podiatry is the study of the foot & ankle and mechanical injuries from the waist down as a result of foot function. Dysfunction of the foot and associated soft tissues whilst walking and running can contribute to a whole host of injuries, identifying and addressing these issues helps to decrease pain and improve foot efficiency.
This process includes assessing ‘biomechanics’, the alignment and function of the lower limb during normal walking and running. The aim is to prevent and treat injury whist improving performance and prolonging sports careers. This type of assessment also provides advice to enable increased comfort during daily activities and prevent common pains.
Please find the ‘Foot Posture Index User Guide and Manual’ download available here.
What issues can Podiatry help with?
- Lower back pain – such as Sacro-Iliac Dysfunction
- Hip pain – such as Trochanteric Bursitis
- Knee pain – such as Patellafemoral pain or Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome
- Shin pain – such as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints) or Compartment Syndrome
- Foot pain – such as Plantar fasciitis or Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
- Podiatrists also deal with children’s growth problems, complications from medical disorders and provide routine chiropody.
What are orthotics?
Orthoses are special inserts that go inside your shoes, designed from impressions of your feet. These are intended to control or improve the way your foot and leg works during normal walking and running (functional), or redistribute force and cushion your foot and leg from the pressure it receives during walking and running.
Our practitioners have excellent links with the private hospitals and specialist consultants in the area. Treatment can be covered by most major insurance companies.
All practitioners are HPC registered.
The clinic is staffed by chartered physiotherapists who have a wealth of experience in assessing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and diseases, sports injuries and pre/ post op rehabilitation.
The clinic offers a wide range of physiotherapy treatment methods aimed to speed up recovery, reduce pain, restore function and help you return to your normal daily activities at work, leisure or sport.
What can a Physiotherapist treat?
- Back Pain/Sciatica
- Neck Pain/Whiplash
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Posture Problems
- Sports Injuries
- Woman’s Health Problems
- Advice on injury prevention will be given to reduce the risk of further injury
Physiotherapy treatment can be covered by most major insurance companies.
All practitioners are HPC registered.
Sports Therapy, Massage & Pilates
Sports Therapy specifically focuses on the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It incorporates various treatment methods and can treat musculo-skeletal injuries of the limbs and spine. Examination and treatment methods are similar to those used in Physiotherapy.
What are the possible treatment methods?
- Strength training
- Stretching programmes and rehabilitation exercises
- Taping and strapping
- Manual therapy
- Referral to GP, podiatry or physiotherapy
Deep Tissue Massage
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue massage involves soft tissue manipulation and exercise advice to reduce physical aches and pains. It is beneficial to any individual regardless of sporting involvement as it can provide relief for stiff & sore muscles caused by exercise, stress, poor posture and work/daily activities. A range of techniques are used to loosen tense muscles and other soft tissues, to improve function and decrease pain.
What can Sports Massage help with?
- Keep injury at bay through prevention, treatment & rehabilitation
- Relax tight muscles & stiff joints
- Improve your posture & flexibility
- Relieve stress & tension
- Improve circulation & lymphatic flow
- Soften & tone your skin
- Useful in both sporting & everyday life situations
- Physical and psychological benefits
Our therapists are is professionally recognised with BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree qualification, valid first aid certificate, and a Member of the Society of Sports Therapists
Pilates is a gentle non-aerobic form of exercise that will tone and strengthen your muscles and transform poor posture without stressing the joints or the heart. Pilates follows a series of low repetition/low impact and conditioning exercises. The exercises focus on correct movement quality not quantity, core stabilisation and postural correction helping to prevent and rehabilitate back pain caused by work, sport or even pregnancy.
Pilates helps to:
– Build the Body’s Core Strength – Build Stamina – Improve posture – Increase Flexibility and Agility
– Tone Stomach and muscles
Core strength benefits include:
– Your Back – Abdominals – Pelvic muscles
Pilates helps to develop an awareness of how your body works and to help your mind and body to work in harmony together. Learning from a qualified instructor is the safest approach to ensuring the subtle moves are performed correctly. Once familiar these principles can be applied to every aspect of daily life, helping you function in comfort whether working, driving or exercising! If you need help to reach your sporting goals Pilates can be tailored to running, skiing, horse riding and much more.
Holisitic Therapy - Massage / Reflexology / EFT
Swedish massage may increase circulation, help clear waste products and toxins, boost immunity, and reduce pain and relieve tension.
Reflexology is a non intrusive therapy,. The organs in the body are mapped or reflected in points on the feet or hands. Massaging these points helps to restore your bodys balance, with the aim to counteract the effects of the stresses of modern life.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) EFT is a non contact therapy, an innovative beneficial technique that can be useful to help ease or resolve many emotional, physical and performance issues. Certain meridian points are stimulated by gently tapping on them with the fingertips.